Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
Landscape Architects & Designers
Farlow Hill Residence
 

Farlow Hill Residence

A durable, contemporary garden provides context-sensitive gathering spaces that celebrate dramatic topographic changes on a northern slope. New stone retaining walls rise from a carpet of native ferns, forming the foundation of a lush, terraced garden. A multi-level mahogany deck with stainless-steel railings extends over site walls and overlooks a stunning stand of mature hemlocks. New wood staircases provide several flexible circulation routes from the house and encourage movement across the platforms. The garden accommodates both large and small gatherings. An elegant in-wall staircase exhibits efficient beauty and becomes a conversation piece. A new sugar maple blocks unappealing views, and a transplanted tree hydrangea becomes a dazzling late summer focal point. Fountain grasses soften deck edges, while a casual grove of lilacs spill flowers through the railings in late spring. In the front, the removal of overgrown perimeter plants reveals an elegant façade, and a new perennial border merges with the existing yews to create an inviting threshold into the property.
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Eric Reinholdt, Architect added this to Design Workshop: Materials That Tell a Story
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads.The wall stone, by contrast, is stacked in smaller increments, as its own physical properties and geometry require. The distinction between the wall and stairs is simple, allowing each material’s story to be quietly revealed. Large stone blocks for walking; small stones for stacking and retaining earth. This is an example of an attitude toward design. There’s a reason behind these decisions, an intent.

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bowert added this to outdoors
October 6, 2014
stone with no morter
good_plenty_fun_nice_ added this to Exterior design
September 25, 2014
Contrasting stones stacked
Solange Reis added this to solange_reis's Ideas
July 2, 2014
Modelos de parede
ncombs added this to yard
June 15, 2014
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads. The wall stone, by contrast, is stacked in smaller increments, as its own physical properties and geometry require. The distinction between the wall and stairs is simple, allowing each material’s story to be quietly revealed. Large stone blocks for walking; small stones for stacking and retaining earth. This is an example of an attitude toward design. There’s a reason behind these decisions, an intent
danhoude added this to danhoude's Ideas
May 14, 2014
Alternance des pierres
stephanieaylott added this to stephanieaylott's ideas
April 5, 2014
steps for garden
bjmisc added this to Staircases
March 15, 2014
granite steps
herodynamo added this to herodynamo's ideas
February 14, 2014
love it!
purpleowls added this to landscapeing
February 14, 2014
grate for getting over those little walls in the yard:]
gg01755 added this to Landscaping
February 13, 2014
combination of stone
Cristina Brand added this to cristina_brand's ideas
February 11, 2014
escalera
Amy added this to Designer Deco
February 10, 2014
Morningstar Residence
bawlf added this to Lakehouse
February 9, 2014
Exterior stone stairs
idog added this to idog's ext landscape
February 9, 2014
NEAT
talal32 added this to talal32's ideas
February 9, 2014
village steps
Maria Teresa Parada added this to webuser_117648's ideas
February 8, 2014
piedra
homesteadideas added this to Landscape Ideas
February 8, 2014
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads. The wall stone, by contrast, is stacked in smaller increments, as its own physical properties and geometry require. The distinction between the wall and stairs is simple, allowing each material’s story to be quietly revealed. Large stone blocks for walking; small stones for stacking and retaining earth. This is an example of an attitude toward design. There’s a reason behind these decisions, an intent.
keefree added this to keefree's ideas
February 8, 2014
I like the granite treads with the risers being stacked stone.
bocadebo added this to bocadebo's ideas
February 8, 2014
stone steps
Trent Balzer added this to trent_balzer's ideas
February 7, 2014
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads.
Mary Herman added this to mary_herman's ideas
February 7, 2014
stone treads
1660popevalley added this to exterior
February 7, 2014
Stone stairs
sbrower added this to sbrower's ideas
February 7, 2014
heavy granite treads on stone steps and stone wall
Dana Clark added this to Gardens
February 6, 2014
cool steps up a retaining wall
lyrel added this to GARDEN
February 6, 2014
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads.
abupili added this to abupili's Ideas
February 6, 2014
bardas y terminaciones
roetje added this to roetje's ideas
February 6, 2014
Granite steps
dtoomes added this to dtoomes's ideas
February 6, 2014
nice contrast
Susan Tessier added this to Exterior Ideas
February 6, 2014
two tone stone
chauvel added this to Joe
February 6, 2014
stairs
Sandra Panou added this to Exterior Ideas
February 6, 2014
Stairs
mileste added this to mileste’s ideas for baño granero
February 6, 2014
contraste entre piedras
jrcl added this to Escaleras
February 6, 2014
combination of materials
queena02 added this to Backyard Ideas
February 6, 2014
In using simple pavers to make some steps, incorporate large cut stone (rough granite etc) contrasting treads
kscdill added this to Patio Ideas
February 6, 2014
neat steps
ems1008 added this to ems1008's ideas
February 5, 2014
cool, but not a great length for stepping
enyblade added this to Landscaping ideas
February 5, 2014
granite stairtreads
drambuie added this to drambuie's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Stone steps
denibates added this to Deni's Garden ideas
February 5, 2014
Stone slab steps
marvalousaz added this to Landscaping Ideas
February 5, 2014
Nice contrast.
Dianne Wegner added this to dianne_wegner's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Stone steps
3326 added this to Exterior Ideas
February 5, 2014
stone steps?
sharayah added this to Landscaping
February 5, 2014
Great mix of stone to feature the steps.
Dinah2012 added this to dinah2012's ideas
February 5, 2014
steps
pops1950 added this to pops1950's ideas
February 5, 2014
dry stack + stone combo
Sarah Griffith added this to exterior
February 5, 2014
Contrast
The Feathered Nest Ltd. added this to exteriors
February 5, 2014
Stone stairs!
rosiegirl29 added this to rosiegirl29's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Neat!
rich1629 added this to exterior
February 5, 2014
Stairs
javv added this to flame tree 1
February 5, 2014
piedra china steps
stacieraes added this to outside
February 5, 2014
stair idea
midurak added this to Texture & Material
February 5, 2014
Stone treads
sofiamarkoula added this to sofiamarkoula's ideas
February 5, 2014
outside stairs
Tomas Pavelka added this to tomas_pavelka's Ideas
February 5, 2014
stone work excellent
molsonzdg added this to molsonzdg's ideas
February 5, 2014
wall stone, integrated stne granite slab steps
Valorie Phillips_Keeton added this to valorie_phillips_keeton's ideas
February 5, 2014
old with new
davidjones83 added this to davidjones83's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Steps
meredithmunro added this to meredithmunro's ideas
February 5, 2014
beautiful juxaposition
petalpowerful added this to petalpowerful's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Front steps
Mari added this to Outside
February 5, 2014
These cut stone treads tell a different story than their contrasting wall counterparts. The even grain of granite is well suited to its being shaped mechanically into the larger slabs required for steps. This fine grain can be “flamed” with a torch to split off minute pieces of the material, leaving a rough surface suitable for treads. The wall stone, by contrast, is stacked in smaller increments, as its own physical properties and geometry require. The distinction between the wall and stairs is simple, allowing each material’s story to be quietly revealed. Large stone blocks for walking; small stones for stacking and retaining earth. This is an example of an attitude toward design. There’s a reason behind these decisions, an intent.
ewharvard added this to eileenslasthouse's ideas
February 5, 2014
WONDERFUL GRANITE STEPS exterior
Design Alternatives, Inc. added this to Indoor/ Outdoor
February 5, 2014
Precise stonework/ granite treads
Ana_Lorena Mndez_lvarez added this to analore's ideas
February 5, 2014
el enchape
francine1958 added this to francine1958's ideas
February 5, 2014
Pour notre muret
ajones976 added this to Outside
February 5, 2014
retaining wall
marott added this to marott's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Cut stone treads for back steps!
lisamullin added this to lisamullin's ideas
February 5, 2014
steps on wall
joydelliott added this to joydelliott's ideas
February 5, 2014
Step detail
jujumtl added this to jujumtl's ideas
February 5, 2014
Granite steps on field stone wall
darwin111 added this to darwin111's ideas
February 5, 2014
WOW! Like the S. W. Indiginous Peoples bldg.
equinutt added this to equinutt's ideas
February 5, 2014
steps
phizziwig added this to Stairs and railings
February 5, 2014
Stairs
jama1984 added this to jama1984's Ideas
February 5, 2014
Step v4
nosotron added this to nosotron's ideas
February 5, 2014
stone stairs
doukar added this to Stair Steps
February 5, 2014
The stone look
mayerj added this to Exterior
February 5, 2014
Front steps
swsink added this to swsink's ideas
February 5, 2014
nice integration of lighter larger cut stones to darker smaller stacking stones in the wall. Leaves a place to place a candle or light on the walkway
gabrielaponce added this to nhome
February 5, 2014
Topes son de granito. Mezcla de materiales en escalera de piedras
ucjohnson added this to ucjohnson's ideas
February 5, 2014
Flamed granit used for threads
InsideWright added this to Appealing accents
February 4, 2014
contrast of tone and size.
Cindy added this to Pools and Garden ideas
February 4, 2014
thick cut stone for hillside steps
elleno47 added this to elleno47's Ideas
February 4, 2014
Stone
carylhull added this to carylhull's ideas
February 4, 2014
Contrasting material. Simple forms
newbarndoug added this to newbarndoug's ideas
January 2, 2013
Love this
Sparling LA Inc added this to Stone Walsh & Paving
May 27, 2012
Integrated steps and wall
Andrew Anderson added this to Landscape ideas
March 25, 2012
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