Building With Artaic Tile

From hauling 50lb stones this fall to installing 1 lb sheets of tile...not a bad transition for the winter. Watch this video to see us work on our latest project, a new hotel featuring a great new pool area complete with a tile water wall.

Boston Flower Show - Awards 2015

For this year's Boston Flower Show, we decided to do something a little different....not finish our display! Well. Not exactly. We were looking for a way to involve participants and incorporate an educational component to our display. So we decided to build a demonstration garden. The idea was to teach people how to split granite (so cool), shape patio flagging stone, and  demonstrate proper dry wall building techniques.…

Boston Flower Show

Did you make it to this year's Boston Flower Show? If not (and even if you did), check out this behind-the-scenes video on what it took to build this year's display.

Designing a Winter Garden

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.

For the Birds!

For the Birds!

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…

Some Kind Words From A Client

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.

Flower Show Construction Party!

Flower Show Construction Party!

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!

Some Real Progress

Some Real Progress

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,…

More Snow, REALLY???

More Snow, REALLY???

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…

A Solid Foundation Is Key

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…