Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
Landscape Architects & Designers
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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A hand-crafted stone stairway connects both of the terraces to the rest of the yard. "The clients really wanted to use a local stone," says Cunningham. Thus, he found this Goshen stone, a granite from a nearby quarry. Pops of purple from catmint and allium tie the back garden to the front.

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tatapuh added this to tatapuh's Ideas
on Tuesday
Подпорная стенка
seanpaultv added this to furniture
last Friday
ernestine1 added this to stone structures
January 14, 2015
Thoughtful terracing/step design
mrtownson added this to mrtownson's Ideas
January 4, 2015
amyscottlep added this to Outside wall and patio areas
January 2, 2015
love this look, steps are great
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December 29, 2014
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December 18, 2014
steps with stack stone and retaining wall
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December 12, 2014
stone stairs
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December 7, 2014
Great steps
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November 25, 2014
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November 23, 2014
like stone
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November 12, 2014
Retaining wall
Leslie Baker added this to Landscaping/Outside
November 2, 2014
Our Stairs?
tdsalp1234 added this to tdsalp1234's Ideas
October 29, 2014
Love the stairs
rottas56 added this to rottas56's ideas
October 19, 2014
2 retaining walls with steps
emete added this to Hominy landscape
October 19, 2014
So pretty, love the lavender
tiffanydecker added this to Landscape
October 14, 2014
Retaining Wall
Kelly added this to Landscape Ideas
October 13, 2014
Goshen granite
jgray2006 added this to Exterior Ideas
October 7, 2014
steps in and out
ealtug added this to ealtug's Ideas
October 4, 2014
Garden leveling
kmstiffler added this to Landscaping
October 1, 2014
Retaining wall (is with a brick house!)
Monkeyface Properties added this to cloverdale
September 28, 2014
Madison McVeigh added this to Porch
September 22, 2014
stone retaining wall
reyne100 added this to outside
September 14, 2014
tiers with grass
Karen added this to Backyard steps
September 7, 2014
bronwynj added this to garden
September 7, 2014
Steps coming down retaining wall
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August 27, 2014
Erin DeRonghe Tromley added this to erin_deronghetromley's Ideas
August 26, 2014
Retaining wall, brick, flowers
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August 15, 2014
Stone wall
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August 14, 2014
dry stack wall with built in stairs
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August 4, 2014
double wall, stairs
ejgall added this to ejgall's Ideas
August 3, 2014
ranidmullen added this to Ideas for Patio/Garden
August 1, 2014
Lovely stone retaining walls and steps!
katyj27 added this to Retaining Walls
July 27, 2014
Love the steps
texasluz added this to Hacienda Styles
July 25, 2014
Stone steps.
Cindi Meeker Miner added this to cindi_meekerminer's ideas
July 23, 2014
retainer w steps
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July 22, 2014
RAL Architecture & Design added this to LES. RES.
July 22, 2014
stone finish and retaining wall
ckiritta added this to Bathroom Ideas
July 16, 2014
The stone steps
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July 8, 2014
Retaining wall
Nicole Bentivegna added this to Landscaping
July 6, 2014
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July 5, 2014
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July 3, 2014
Love it
Rebecca Welch added this to Garden
July 3, 2014
wall + stairs
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July 1, 2014
stone wall
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June 26, 2014
Carmen Heethuis added this to Outdoors
June 9, 2014
Love these stairs!
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May 26, 2014
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May 26, 2014
Stone finish...
hookeyd added this to hookey's exterior
May 25, 2014
Wall and steps
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May 19, 2014
5791san added this to Garden
May 11, 2014
very nice
Matt Bowman added this to matt_bowman4544467's Ideas
May 11, 2014
Retaining wall steep slope
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May 8, 2014
mtyson29 added this to mtyson29's Ideas
May 4, 2014
Beautiful stone steps
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May 3, 2014
This could work here.
mdmcconnell added this to outdoor ideas
April 27, 2014
love the color and stairs
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April 24, 2014
Flat stone steps
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April 24, 2014
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April 23, 2014
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April 20, 2014
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April 16, 2014
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April 13, 2014
Retaining Wall
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April 13, 2014
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April 10, 2014
like the slab stairs in retaining wall
Laura S added this to Yard landscaping - other
April 10, 2014
Love the stone walls, the steps and the nepeta!
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April 9, 2014
Retaining wall
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April 8, 2014
retaining wall
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April 7, 2014
Likey Yo added this to retaining wall
April 7, 2014
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April 4, 2014
retain wall
Jarred Parsons added this to Landscape Ideas
April 3, 2014
Dry stone walls add nice formality and softened by planting. Something similar to these steps could work out front (although not as high given the slope on our block is not quite that much)
Noelle Sampson added this to noelle_sampson's Ideas
March 31, 2014
Stairs below grade
Claire Kozar added this to Landscape Ideas
March 25, 2014
tiered retaining wall. Could be a nice place for a small garden. Things like to grow on that slope.
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March 10, 2014
This is a perfect transition from one level to another. Steps are placed just right which leads to the ground
firemedc added this to Retainer Walls
March 7, 2014
1 PC step face
Erin Kidd added this to erin_kidd's ideas
March 1, 2014
Stairs and sandstone
Carolyn Swift added this to Exterior Ideas
February 22, 2014
love the natural style of the wall
ollie65 added this to retaining wall
February 20, 2014
how the steps were incorporated into the wall
willene13 added this to Exterior Ideas
February 19, 2014
like the stone nice transition from pbrick house to pavers to walls
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February 17, 2014
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February 15, 2014
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February 13, 2014
LANDFORM Inc. added this to RoseLawn
February 11, 2014
Retaining Wall with Stairs
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February 9, 2014
Flat stone retaining wall with steps
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February 3, 2014
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January 31, 2014
Stone steps
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January 26, 2014
Lavender for retaining wall
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January 16, 2014
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January 5, 2014
stacked stone and steps
Laura McIntosh added this to landscaping ideas
January 5, 2014
Perfect example of front courtyard steps
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January 1, 2014
Retaining wall with steps in middle
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December 24, 2013
Don't know if there is enough elevation for a secondary?
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December 24, 2013
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December 20, 2013
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December 15, 2013
retaining wall and steps forming terraces
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December 13, 2013
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December 10, 2013
Rob likes this look.
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December 9, 2013
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November 27, 2013
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November 21, 2013
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November 15, 2013
Retaining walls and stairs
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November 11, 2013
Pretty ateps
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November 10, 2013
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November 3, 2013
Possibilites for benches
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November 1, 2013
Steps 7
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October 28, 2013
steps from top
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October 24, 2013
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October 20, 2013
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October 12, 2013
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October 10, 2013
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October 10, 2013
Retaining wall
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October 6, 2013
Retaining wall stair entry
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October 2, 2013
Stacked stone
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September 29, 2013
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September 26, 2013
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September 26, 2013
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September 26, 2013
slab stone steps and wall
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September 23, 2013
retaining wall steps
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September 19, 2013
Retaining wall, stairs
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September 19, 2013
Steps up through retaining walls
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September 17, 2013
Landscaping - Fieldstone retaining walls
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September 16, 2013
Mary Spada added this to garden
September 14, 2013
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September 14, 2013
highfive added this to Landscaping
September 9, 2013
love these steps and wall
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September 6, 2013
steps through retaining wall
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September 6, 2013
The Stairs!
warrenh4 added this to Porch
September 6, 2013
Stone Steps
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September 4, 2013
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September 3, 2013
like the purple tipped plant
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September 1, 2013
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August 31, 2013
Stairs, wall
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August 28, 2013
Love the flowers
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August 25, 2013
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August 23, 2013
Retaining wall
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August 23, 2013
Tier steps
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August 19, 2013
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August 15, 2013
Retaining wall
Landforms added this to STEPS AND WALLS
August 13, 2013
This is a great use of incorporating large natural stone slabs into a bluestone wall
onewingstudio added this to Landscape Ideas
August 13, 2013
I'd like to have steps like these (stadium steps) going down both sides of the drive to the lower levels.
1234usuck added this to nu fire pit
August 11, 2013
Rock wall
marlena27 added this to outdoor space
August 10, 2013
2 landings
lwibb6 added this to lwibb6's ideas
August 9, 2013
Terrace out back
bwaeldner added this to bwaeldner's ideas
August 8, 2013
good for side of house
Rhinecliff Builders, Inc. added this to monique_heenan's Ideas
August 7, 2013
Stone stairs
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August 4, 2013
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August 4, 2013
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August 2, 2013
steps with bench built to left and right
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August 1, 2013
terriannclose added this to landscaping
July 29, 2013
Love this stone
builderkate added this to retaining wall
July 28, 2013
kinda ok
sian16 added this to sian16's ideas
July 28, 2013
Use of stone
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July 27, 2013
Retaining wall
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July 27, 2013
tennissister added this to fireplace design
July 27, 2013
Stone steps
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July 26, 2013
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July 25, 2013
Retaining wall with steps
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July 23, 2013
stair design
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July 22, 2013
If we need to do steps
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July 22, 2013
markrichardson464 added this to Patio Ideas
July 19, 2013
Dry stone steps and wall
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July 15, 2013
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July 13, 2013
purple catmint for sahde garden
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July 11, 2013
Retaining Walls - Fieldstone
jillmcdougall added this to 4404 Landscaping
July 10, 2013
great stone
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July 5, 2013
clean lines
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June 30, 2013
stairs in wall
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June 27, 2013
Love the idea of stairs somehow
cprm135 added this to Walls
June 26, 2013
nice layering
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June 26, 2013
retaining wall for backyard
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June 16, 2013
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June 15, 2013
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June 14, 2013
Retaining Wall
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June 9, 2013
Stepped garden
stinaa added this to Landscape Ideas
June 9, 2013
stone wall#1
blackdog4889 added this to retaining wall
June 8, 2013
stairs integrated for access
tati added this to Garden
June 8, 2013
sage around steps nice choice of stone material
rebeccaohman added this to choate residence
June 4, 2013
dry stack retaining walls for patio
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May 30, 2013
these are a little to hard/rigid
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May 18, 2013
ptlyle added this to Patio Ideas
May 14, 2013
bottom stairs
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May 8, 2013
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May 5, 2013
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May 1, 2013
Thin stines
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April 30, 2013
i like the material used to make this retaing wall
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April 25, 2013
Wall steps
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April 24, 2013
stone wall & stairs
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April 22, 2013
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April 21, 2013
terrace and simple plants
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April 19, 2013
Wall !
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April 17, 2013
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