Improved access to the water

This shoreline property had limited access to the water’s edge, and the path to get there was treacherous. Many large boulders were required to adjust grades and allow for the installation of granite steps and a bluestone walkway leading to the dock. Access into the water was improved as well. A canoe and kayak storage area was created to free up space at the dock, and natural stone steps were built, allowing swimmers to walk right into the water.

Expanded space for gathering

A sizeable patio was built for entertaining and everyday use, as was a perched beach to provide an intimate setting close to the shoreline. Seating stones were placed at the patio’s edge to create an area for a portable firepit. Other areas of the patio were established for dining, lounging, and yoga.

Plants chosen for this project serve multiple purposes. Some of the shrubs, perennials and groundcovers used provide screening, while others provide color and fragrance. All of them serve as a form of erosion control. Their root systems intertwine to anchor the soil along the slope.

Lighting fixtures are strategically placed to illuminate steps, as well as walkway and patio edges. Spotlights turn large moss-covered boulders into focal points after the sun has gone down, and the limbs of large beech trees are highlighted to form a cozy canopy over the entire area.

Shoreline projects are permitted and require special consideration. Steps must be taken to minimize the impact on existing plants, animals, and bodies of water through every phase of construction. All materials removed or added to the area need to meet shoreline regulations.

“From start to finish, our experience working with Beth and her team at Stone Blossom was nothing short of amazing. We hired Stone Blossom to create a lakeside retreat at our new house. They started with a design and plan, and then turned that vision into reality. What was once a steep hill covered with brush, with no safe way down to the lake, has been transformed into a stone patio, beautiful stairway and perched beach – adorned with plants native to the New Hampshire area. Our new retreat blends in with the environment and is a serene and tranquil place for us to enjoy for years to come. We highly recommend Beth and Stone Blossom!”

Robyn & Joel Lehrer, Weare, NH

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