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Featured Project: Natural Stone Patio and Water Feature in Reading, MA

Transforming a barren slope into a tranquil sitting area with water feature.

It is amazing how many homeowners have areas of their property that they render useless for one reason or another. These areas are often hopelessly abandoned because they are deemed unusable, unsafe, or undesirable. Fortunately, with a little creativity and expertise from a Landscape Architect, not only can the abandoned be salvaged, but it can actually be transformed into desirable, useful landscaped areas.

The property in this featured project sits with a wooded slope directly to the rear of the house, rendering the “back yard” fairly useless – that is until a Carpenter Costin Landscape Architect took a look. With some fill, minor regarding, a natural stone patio, a water feature, and some plantings, the slope in the back yard was transformed into a tranquil, and very desirable patio area. Next spring when the plants fill in, and the pachysandra ground cover matures, this area will be the complete package of hardscape, softscape, and water feature.

See the images below for the transformation. To have a Landscape Architect out to your property for a free consultation, click here:


feature before 1

The slope made utilizing this space a real challenge.

feature after 1

Thinning out the trees, adding fill, and regrading helped make room for the walkway and patio.

feature before 3

The area had scattered ground cover, but was undesirable to say the least.

feat after 2

The new patio and two-tier water feature from the deck above.

feature before 2

Before bringing in the fill, the slope was so extreme it made this area useless.

feat after 3

Leveling off the slope made plenty of sitting room. As the plants fill in next spring it will make for a peaceful little landscape.

natural stone patio w water feature

A desirable, serene patio with a calming two-tier water feature.



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