I thought it might be of interest to share with you my favorite plants that can go from your garden to your table. These are florist favorites as well as gardeners. We don’t always think about cut flowers, but wow do they pack a punch so why not plant and cut? -Allium -Anemone -Aster… Continue reading Favorite Cutting Flowers for Your Garden
Plants, shrubs, and trees can provide much more than just beauty to enjoy; they can also create visual screens that provide you with much-needed privacy. I live in downtown Portsmouth, NH and each of my neighbors’ houses is about 20’ from my house with driveways in-between. It is a typical old neighborhood built between 1900… Continue reading Perfect Plantings for Top Performance
When the end of construction is in site and my clients inquire about a landscaping plan, I simply can’t resist but to put a rough sketch and plan together as a “Housewarming Gift”. If you have been watching the New Englander Renovation, you know that the last month is when all the “pretty” things… Continue reading New Englander Renovation Gets its Landscaping Plan
Are you clear on how your landscape design impact architecture and vice-versa? Before I start a project with a client, we discuss their goals and lifestyle for how the house will function for them. As part of the architectural design, I also consider the landscape design. How will people walk into the house? How… Continue reading How Landscape Design Impacts Architecture
While perennials are great because they come back every year getting larger and larger until you divide them, annuals are just going to last for one season and enter the garden with a bang! Annuals add height variations, color, and texture. My favorites annuals are: Ascot Rainbow (Spurge) Salvia Farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’ Angel’s Trumpet… Continue reading It’s time to plant your annuals! YAY!
CLIENT PROFILE The homeowner is an engineer and worked in framing during college, so he is more than capable and very thoughtful about the construction process acting as the GC. He and his wife bought the 1900 2.5 stories, New Englander, with 1,534sf in 2012 mostly for the large, beautiful lot located right on North… Continue reading North Mill Pond View
Every custom home brings with it the possibility of thinking outside of the box and the Steel Farmhouse is no exception. As a matter of fact, it’s a nice blend of typical elements that make a home functional with a custom twist. Here are some of the features that are creative, functional, and outside of… Continue reading Are you Prepared to Think Outside of the Box?
Spring brings hope, health, and plenty of construction. I thought it would be fun to share with you a project that we have been working on since July 2020. This modern steel farmhouse boasts strong elements of custom steel highlighted as exposed structure in the kitchen, great room, monorail stair system, and cantilevered decks. My… Continue reading April Newsletter
Did you know that it’s time to start your landscape design? Yup, that’s right. It’s winter and it’s design time! And…I love landscape design! What is involved in the landscape design process? Budget: let’s just say whatever you think it will cost … double it (maybe even triple). Timeline: If you are trying to… Continue reading Time to Design your Landscaping!
This new construction cape was a challenge worth all the effort! At the beginning of this project, we were up against the city for requiring a demolition permit for removing the existing building structure. There was a lot, I mean a lot of neighborhood contention with this project, and the city struggled with ordinances and… Continue reading Design Challenges Well Worth the Effort