As a landscape designer who runs a design only practice, I am dependent on those who build my work to realize my vision. I have, over many years, through trial and error, found several contractors and artisans who embrace excellent craftsmanship and practice what they preach, but they are getting harder and harder to find.
Cheap materials and quick building techniques afforded by interlocking wall systems and concrete pavers are not part of my design vocabulary. On all of the projects I have done over the years, I have only specified them once–and that was on the deal breaking insistence of a client. I would not take that project today. I believe in using local, natural materials but even those can be used in a slipshod and slap dash manner.
Which wall below do you think will stand the test of time?
Below are some photographs of the now three year old project shown in the video. We replaced ancient and crumbling concrete steps and walks with a terraced front yard built of native pudding stone and locally plentiful bluestone walks and steps. Dan Lupino, dry stone wall builder, really made the project sing with his attention to detail and incredible artisanship. The old lawn area was reduced by fifty percent and is maintained organically by the homeowner.