Cambridge, MA

Creating Impact on a Small Site

One of our more demanding recent projects was in Cambridge, Massachusetts – in the heart of a busy neighborhood along the main thoroughfare to Harvard University.   The scope of landscape construction required was not significant relative to many of the projects we manage, yet working on a compact urban site presented unique challenges.

Historic Queen Anne Home

Our clients had embarked on a significant restoration of a Queen Anne Shingle-Style residence – a grand period house built in 1886 and recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.  Situated on a parcel just over a ¼ acre in size, every aspect of the grounds would be impacted.  Beyond the challenge of operating within limited space, our work was to take place in concert with the custom-building team and various trades on site, while ensuring minimal impact to numerous residential abutters.

 

A Heated Driveway for Aesthetics & Utility


Our work began with the demolition of the existing driveway, grading and sloping the area before installing a radiant heat system, pouring concrete, building a new asphalt chip seal driveway, and achieving a pea stone appearance. Next, we bordered all sides of the drive with concrete granite curbing, repaired the city sidewalk at the front of the home, and constructed two specialty historic fences surrounding the property.

 

The Final Result: An Urban Oasis Garden

A new stone patio and fire feature is a signature element of the completed project.  Created with big blocks of monolithic blocks of stone, it is visible from many areas of the home, creating expansive connections to the outdoors even though the home is situated on a smaller urban lot. Our masonry scope also included construction of granite steps to various entrances to the home, and several stone walkways to facilitate indoor/outdoor connections.  To finish, we planted specimen trees, bushes, and a lush lawn area.

Many thanks to our client for inviting us to be a part of the team, and to our talented project partners for your professionalism and hard work throughout.

 

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