Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
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Belmont Hill Residence contemporary landscape

Belmont Hill Residence

The master plan for this south-facing woodland property celebrates dramatic topography, muscular canopy trees, remnant fieldstone walls, and native stone outcroppings. Sound vegetation management principles guide each phase of installation, and the true character of the woodland is revealed. Stone walls form terraces that traverse native topography, and a meticulously crafted stone staircase provides casual passage to a gently sloping lawn knoll carved from the existing hillside. Lush perennial borders and native plant stands create edges and thresholds, and a crisp palette of traditional and contemporary materials merge––building upon the surrounding topography and site geology.

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Susan Toscas wrote:
Stone - What type of stone and location?
   Comment   March 19, 2013
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Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
Hi there--this is Massachusetts Goshen Stone. It's pretty much available through most landscape suppliers throughout MA. Good luck!
March 23, 2013 at 2:29pm   
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Susan Toscas
Thank you! I'm in Calif. :(
March 25, 2013 at 8:47am   
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Beneath the dining terrace is a lawn terrace that overlooks the surrounding woodland. No mortar was used in building these walls, and Cunningham raves about the landscape construction company that completed the renovation, Gardenform.
Here we see probably the nearest thing in a contemporary garden to the traditional ha-ha.The wall here performs the traditional task of neatly dividing the more formal sections of the garden yet allowing views into the wilder, picturesque surrounds.

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I like the wall but I know I don't have enough height on our property.
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Raised ground
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Retaining wall (not ugly)
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Ha ha
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Idea for back garden top level
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Do not like this wall
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Lounger area
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our yard!
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Retaining wall
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top cap stones. can we do this?
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HaHa wall--back of the house looking out into the pasture--make another foot taller though
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Stone terrace
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nice landscaping
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Teak chair.
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side yard view into pond /creek
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like the small scale wall material
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Farm yard
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I have already used this picture on FB
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Garden surround
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Meditation area ....
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Lawn up to wall edge in front
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because it looks like our place!
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stacked stone wall
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nice wall
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retaining wall
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Retaining wall
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stone seatwall
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Know the architect
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hiding brick
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Great use of thinner stones, adds more character to the retaining wall
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probably wouldn't work
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small area no stairs to doors
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retaining wall
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retaining wall
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grass landscape with stone wall
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Raised back yard patio area
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Dark veneer
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Terrazas de piedra
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retaining wall
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Wall ideas
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Rob likes this look.
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Flood resistence
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The master plan for this south-facing woodland property celebrates dramatic topography, muscular canopy trees, remnant fieldstone walls, and native stone outcroppings. Sound vegetation management principles guide each phase of installation, and the true character of the woodland is revealed. Stone walls form terraces that traverse native topography, and a meticulously crafted stone staircase provides casual passage to a gently sloping lawn knoll carved from the existing hillside. Lush perennial ...
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garden chair
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front yard
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Woods and wall
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retaining wall
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how our view should be
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Woods, terraces, stonewalls
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terrace for mountains
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Cap for wall use flagstone leftovers
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around boat house
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Retaining wall...different garden levels!
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like stone and caps
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might work as a fence
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wall for sides of garage door and end of walk
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tall tiers
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Stone wall
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Stone wall
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stone fence
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Outdoor grass
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Split levels
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the way the grass and stone wall interact
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Ha Ha
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for the lower level
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Retaining wall.
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Very nice
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Quiet nook overlooking woods
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stone wall
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dream; replace tie wall
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Retain Wall
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How top of rock wall is finished
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Great rock edge for retaining walk
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Retaining wall
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Retaining wall
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terasa padure
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Ha-ha is the precursor of anything we call "infinity" today
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Yard wall
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the wall
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Retaining wall
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Ground cover
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Got it - backyard with less trees
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This is what your yard could begin to look like in back once some ash come out.
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Very nice stone quality/color and space created by retaining wall. Very pretty.
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I like the wall
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Retaining wall idea
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Подпорная стенка
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Stone border like this in front of palms and along roses and a lower version around backyard planters
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Woods and grass
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Retaining walls
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That's it.
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Rock wall and wooded lot
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Лежак крутой надо такой
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Good example how a stone wall can be useful and an interesting feature in the landscaping.
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wonderful view for sitting
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Love it
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Fieldstone wall
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what I have in mind for the front lawn, to hide the telephone and power boxes at 29" height.
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Vía morada
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This just looks awesome
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Stone wall
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Stacked stone wall
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Stone wall
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