Nashua NH Patio Design

2014 Cornerstone Award Winner

This Nashua homeowner wanted Terrain Planning and Design to create a patio design off the back of their house for entertaining and relaxing. In addition to function, this client also desired the elements of fire and water to help them unwind after a hard day’s work.

The sloping grade presented a challenge – but also an opportunity – to divide up the space aesthetically for the many uses they wanted to use the space for – dining, entertaining, sun bathing and lounging. Gradual descending terraces of natural stone transition visitors from public to private space.

A spacious upper patio provides ample dining near the house; second level sitting area with a gas fire pit; to the intimate lower level setting of a custom-built gunite spa. Accent boulders were placed throughout the project not only as function but also to add an element of depth and texture to the setting.

Core-ten steel was used in the construction of the fire pit and also in a series of waterfalls that flow down the hillside. Core-ten steel is specially designed to rust without corroding – providing a natural patina that blends in with the environment.

Nighttime transforms this space to a magical experience with ambient light from low voltage landscape lighting, warm glow of the fire, and the soft sound of cascading waterfalls that disappear at the spa edge.

Accent boulders were placed throughout the project not only as function but also to add an element of depth and texture to the setting.

“Terrain” represents the medium that we use to link the built environment with the natural world around us.

A Few of the Services We Offer

Land Planning

A thorough evaluation of real estate property before development helps to determine the cost/benefit factor long before construction begins. This is known as “Land Planning” or “Master Planning.” Completing the master planning process for a site exposes the limitations as well as the opportunities for the landowner.

Whereas Landscape Architecture may deal with the site-specific elements of landscape design, land planning is broader in scope.


Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects are different than landscape designers.

One of the main differences between a landscape architect and a landscape designer is that an architect, is a licensed professional who has gone through extensive schooling, passed a registration exam and is required to follow the regulations of the state in which he or she practices.

A landscape designer may or may not have any formal training. What they bring to the design table has much to do with their personal experience in the landscaping trades.


Playground Design

Interpretive Play Playgrounds have become wildly popular among educators and environmental awareness groups. As landscape architects, we have been designing natural playgrounds in New Hampshire more and more eveInterpretive-Playground-Desry year.

However, natural playgrounds are not a new concept. Since the beginning of time, children have formed a world of imagination with sticks, boulders, trees and fallen logs. It’s only in recent years that stainless steel tubing and brightly colored plastic has replaced the organic world of natural play.


Project Management

The landscape design is complete. The plans and construction details have been drafted. The next step is to hire a qualified and competent landscaping contractor, or team of contractors from various trades to install the project.

Whether you are in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Maine, this is the phase that can be the most difficult part for a homeowner. Who is a good contractor?What licenses are required? Is this going to stay within budget? This role is best fulfilled by a Landscape Project Manager.


Residential Landscape Design

As landscape architects in Bedford New Hampshire, a good percentage of our business involves residential landscape design.

It is one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of what we do. Your home is the most important place in the world to you. Perhaps your yard is not all that you think it should be. Designing your home landscape is a very personal business, and it should contain elements that reflect your personality. You need a plan to make that dream a reality.


Shoreline Wetlands Permitting

There’s nothing like having a lakefront property in New Hampshire. The quiet atmosphere and abundant recreation opportunities year-round bring not only New Hampshire residents to these shoreline wetlands areas, but also residents of Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.

What may come as a surprise to many folks is that up to 250 feet from the water’s edge, their waterfront property comes under the regulation of the Shoreline Protection Act.


Sustainable Landscapes

There is a term that landscape architects have used for over a decade that is now becoming a household name: “Sustainable Landscapes.” Even in New Hampshire, the effects of a growing population have put a strain on natural wildlife habitats.

Sustainable-LandscapesMany home builders and home developers have embraced Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design* (LEED) standards in making the home construction itself more energy efficient and carbon-neutral. This is a great first step, but there is still much work to be done regarding the use and low-impact development of the land itself.


Swimming Pool Design

Swimming pools are the centerpiece of any backyard. There is an inherent social quality associated with the backyard pool. As a primary feature of the outdoor living area, swimming pools offer the promise of fun, relaxation, and entertainment.

The “one-stop shop.” When considering swimming pool design for your backyard, who should you call first? Many homeowners assume the first step is to find a pool contractor in New Hampshire or Eastern Massachusetts. After all, it is the largest part of a backyard project, and most pool companies are a “one-stop shop.” Most pool installation companies will travel a great distance and handle all of the aspects of pool construction with their own crews or subcontractors. They may have an in-house pool designer or a set of stock swimming pool designs for you to choose from. Conventional wisdom says, “let’s put the pool in first, then landscape around it.” How can you go wrong with that?


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