Do the winter blues have you down? Well take a winter garden tour through one of our favorite gardens and get inspired with some ideas to make your winter garden (almost) as interesting as your summer garden.
Looking for a way to beat the winter blues, Neil started creating these awesome birdhouses. Old tin boxes, salvaged slate roof tiles, metal strapping, recycled wood, and rusted signs are just a few of the salvaged gems that have found their way onto these structures. But these birdhouses are not just about style, they are completely functional for the cavity dwellers who call them home. Chickadees, tufted titmouse, and… Read All
I have hired Magma Design for several significant landscape design and installation projects over the last decade. There design ideas are inspiring. They easily accommodate input from the owners as to personal preferences but also stretch your thinking. And the execution of the plans has been flawless. The work they have done for us has won awards. I have also referred Magma to friends who were highly pleased with their work.
With the birth of our second son this year, we decided to opt out of any winter flower shows. Instead, we thought we would reminisce about what it took to put past shows together. Wow, it's been a ton of work. Notice how much older Samantha and Neil look each year! These shows certainly added to their gray hair count. Join us for our trip down memory lane!
After what we hope is the final "dig out," we've managed to start going vertical. Our lumber has arrived and it's time to start seeing some results from all the "underground preparation." We are using rough sawn lumber for most of the woodwork. This will give the cottage a rustic look, especially since some of that lumber will be exposed. With the lower posts up, the sub-floor installed, and the upper corner posts attached,… Read All
Another 15" of snow. Enough is enough! Here's a lovely picture of our "cottage" job site at the moment. Don't get me wrong, if we were hiking outside with snow shoes or cross country skiing, this site would be lovely. But, we're not. What we are trying to do is build a project that we've had our hearts set on for a year. Add to that digging out stone and materials for the flower show, and you've got yourself a couple… Read All
After removing many buried boulders, the foundation for the upper part of the cottage has been excavated and poured. In order to preserve an existing stone wall, the structure is being built over the wall, similiar to a deck. It will sit on posts, thereby giving the homeowner a place for storage beneath the structure. Thankfully, we've also beaten the weather in order to get the concrete poured for these posts. These… Read All
While we were building the focal point of last year's Rhode Island Flower show display, the stone cottage, we kept our fingers crossed that someone would want us to build a real one. Miraculously, at the end of the show, a new client approached us to build a small stone cottage on their property, similiar to our garden display (click HERE to see that display). So, you could say, this project is a "dream come true." After… Read All
After viewing photos by Magma Design Group, Inc. on their website, I was immediately drawn to their unique landscape design and custom stone work. I was living in a new development at the time and had decided that my cookie-cutter yard needed an attention-grabbing makeover. After spending time with me and getting a sense of my personal vision, owners Neil and Samantha Best presented and implemented a beautiful, colorful design complete with a bubbling water feature and patio created with hand-cut bluestone flagging. In a separate project they designed a stunning stone garden in a low, wet area of my property that was underwater with every torrential downpour. The rain garden collects and holds rainfall during these events, allowing it to seep into the ground gradually without flooding the area. I couldn't be happier with the result or with this couple who is incredibly talented and passionate about the work that they do.
After almost a year of preparation, this DEM permitted plan is finally being built! And what a transformation! Located on one of the most beautiful pieces of property that we have had the pleasure to work on, it is quite the challenge. A 15’ grade change, invasive plants galore, and lots of planning and filling out paperwork to get the approvals we needed. This project consists of terracing the slope using boulders… Read All