Le Petit ChaletRustic Landscape, Boston

A durable, meaningful design heals a devastated residential property bordering Acadia National Park and Somes Sound on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Comprehensive stormwater management strategies shape new landforms, resulting in elegant grading and thoughtful drainage solutions. Native plant colonies stabilize the site, regenerate habitat, and reveal wildlife patterns. Exquisitely crafted new masonry, built from an authentic palette of local reclaimed materials, gives the garden a unified, established feel. Lichen-encrusted stone retaining walls define edges, thresholds, and overlooks, and thick slabs of salvaged granite embedded in the earth provide gathering terraces and pathways. With balance restored, brilliant seasonal drama unfolds.

This is an example of a rustic retaining wall landscape in Boston. —  Houzz
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SMSD Designs, LLC wrote:Jul 31, 2013
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    The total height of this wall was about 3' and the bench is about 18" above grade. I would recommend designing this to fit your specific height and size. Good luck!
  • achianelli

    Beautiful work! I would be interested in renting this home if it is available. Do you know if that would be an option?

idianuhla wrote:Oct 8, 2012
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    Wow--Kuwait!? That is a long way from New England... ;) This is indeed a custom installation, and we worked with very talented masons to create this feature. The stones are weathered New England fieldstones. I love to use local stones as much as possible. Perhaps you can find something in your area that has a similar look/feel? Good luck!
  • idianuhla
    Thank you so much ;)...hehehe and yeah kuwait is far but its ok, we can go anywhere, dont worry..i hope that theres a way that we can get those stones..even though m sure in new england they look better, not on our dusty hot weather ;)
Jacob Graves wrote:Jul 30, 2013
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    Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC
    This is a custom dry-laid wall with bench. I would talk with a local builder to identify a price because there would be tremendous variation in costs based on locale and materials used. Good luck!

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Claudia De Yong Garden Design added this to Which Outdoor Seating Is Best for Your Space?Jul 11, 2017

2. Make use of a wall. A good way to incorporate seating into your garden if you have terracing is to integrate it into a bank when constructing your retaining walls. You can also build a seat or bench this way as a design feature when creating a raised wall around a patio area. Whatever material you choose for your wall, whether it is stone or wood, leaving an area for a seat will work well as long as you make sure you make it safe. You can also create a floating seat bench, or a cantilevered one, coming out from a wall, which will create the illusion of a bigger outdoor area thanks to the negative space under the bench. You could then plant the negative space with shade-loving perennials and bulbs or ferns to make you feel like you are sitting within the plants. Try using ferns such as Dryopteris Filix-mas, and perennials such as epimediums, Liriope muscari or Alchemilla mollis.Ferns: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend

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Becky Harris added this to Sublime Coastal Woods Gain a Healthy New Foothold in MaineJul 24, 2013

In one special spot, Cunningham integrated a 9-foot slab of granite into a dry-laid fieldstone wall overlooking the sound.

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Katherine Caviness added this to Pile On Style With a Dry-Laid Stone Retaining WallAug 18, 2012

Design options. Dry-laid stone retaining walls can complement most landscape designs. Curving lines or structured lines create definitive boundaries from one space to another.The retaining wall pictured above has a stone bench integrated within the structure. If you are limited in space for seating, why not integrate seating into your wall?

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Mollie Palmer added this to outdoor patioAug 17, 2019

Rustic Stone Bench in Retaining Wall

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