What's the Perfect Size?

How big is too big? Should your patio be smaller? Do you need something tall in that corner that you see everyday? Incorporating landscape elements that fit the scale of your home and property is key to a successful landscape project. Check out this video for an example of how we solved the question of scale in the landscape.

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

So you’ve decided to finally take the plunge and build a pool? Well good for you! Your dream “home vacation” spot awaits! But you might want to put on the brakes before you sign on the dotted line with a pool builder. And here’s why. Planning for the pool, the space around it, and the space around that, is the most important part of building the pool. There are plenty of contractors who can get…

Ron Burton Training Village Pond Installation

What some inspiration to start your week? Watch this video documenting one the most satisfying things we built in 2018, a project for the Ron Burton Training Village. Working with the kids and the Burton Family was an amazing experience. Check out this video they made of the project installation. Pay it forward!

Drainage Clean Outs

Neil discusses the basics of drainage clean-outs. Ironically, after posting this video, our own basement flooded due to clogged pipes someone else installed!

Giving Back

Giving Back

Last month we were contacted, out of the blue, by the Ron Burton Training Village to see if we would be interested in donating our time to build a water feature for a new garden they were installing.  Paul Burton, one of the Burton brothers, remembered seeing a water feature that we installed for the Boston Flower Show a few years ago. In fact, he was the news reporter that was sent out to cover the show. Paul is…

Some Kind Words From A Client

Interviewed 3 landscape architect firms. Magma Design Group provided the most interesting and comprehensive design concept. Very natural looking as if it had always existed. Working with Neil and Samantha was wonderful. Schedules and budgets were adhered to as promised. The execution of the project was flawless. We've received numerous compliments from family, friends, and people who notice and stop by. It's an urban Oasis in the city. Most importantly, the design and stonework is "artistically" natural and amazing. Neil really knows his trade and is heads above others in the business.

Magma Presentation at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in February

Magma Presentation at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in February

Magma is pleased to announce that Samantha and Neil Best will be giving their presentation, 'Stems and Stones: A Love Story' at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens on       February 19th at 1pm. Join them for a lively discussion about the mysteries of working with stone and how plants are the finishing detail to every hardscape. Neil and Samantha share humorous stories of working together as…

Some Kind Words From A Client

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Magma. I cannot say enough good things about them as professionals who delivered a quality product with a personal style. While a local, family business they operate with a perfect balance of big company professionalism and small business nimbleness.

 Our project scope changed and grew several times and they were always willing to discuss our new “greatest idea”, offer candid advice on how it would/would not work, might delay the project and/or increase costs. There were never any surprises, and with the exception of some unexpected weather delays, they delivered everything on time or early.

 My favorite part of the Magma team is that they approached the project from a professional standpoint with an eye of building with a “built to last” mentality...Neils’ stone work is extraordinary; it is truly a work of art. Watching him lay the stones one by one and ensuring that they fit every nook and cranny was like watching a master painter at work (and sort of fun to see if he could really find the proper stone for the proper fit). And Samantha’s passion for plants and flowers shone through at every stage; we had some tough conversations about removing trees that to a novice were just trees and to Samantha so much more, but in the end, we preserved the centuries of growth, created proper shade and have a beautifully natural looking space.