Maplewood, New Jersey
Located dramatically on a wooded steep slope--with views of New York City to the east and a 2100 acre forest to the west--the project goals were to maintain the unique woodland feeling of the dense suburban site and maximize the sustainability of the yard while addressing decaying unsafe retaining walls, create a new front staircase and entry experience, and renovate an existing 40 year old swimming pool and patio. Extensive planting of a variety of deer-resistant ground covers and ferns were added as an alternative to planting grass. Mature tulip and beech trees were pruned and thinned and a new under-story of native trees, shrubs and 3000 spring bulbs were added throughout the yard. River birches, masses of hydrangea and other evergreen shrubs surround the pool.