2023 Outdoor Design: Outdoor Living Space Winner: Historic New Boston Farmhouse
Respecting the rural setting of the colonial-style home built in 1991, careful consideration was given to mature tree preservation, extended views from the house, and newly incorporated features such as stone walls to maintain the farmhouse feeling of the property. The comprehensive design plan incorporates walkways, retaining walls and a large patio, along with a seasonal driveway for easy summer access to the porte-cochère. A strong diversity of plantings, including native ground covers, flowering annuals and perennials, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, and ornamental trees, provides a rich experience for the senses as one walks the property. Blocky granite retaining walls frame a wide, terraced walkway with granite steps and Chester stone landings that lead to the improved, formal front-entry door. The client, an avid gardener and owner of a small antiques business, incorporated her own statues, sculptures, arbors, fountains and other accent pieces, which add a great deal of character and depth to the landscape. The focal point of the patio features a custom-designed, gas-powered fire table, which, when not in use, can be transformed into a simple stone coffee table.
What the judges said: The marriage between the designer and client is evident throughout the picturesque setting, with wonderful vignettes appointed throughout the natural landscape.
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Pellettieri Associates, Inc.