Extreme Grade Site
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Challenge: This corner lot was fully visible from the road and surrounding pathways, the residence is also set below the existing embankment so the clients were looking directly at a dirt wall from their house.

Hunter Landscape had to manage the huge elevation change while creating an exquisite entrance way with a water feature and year-round planting interest.

BEFORE PHOTOS: (Please click on photos to enlarge)
The existing bank edge at the South side of the house.   The existing bank edge at the West side of the house.    


  • Meandering mortared random Bluestone flagstone path to create a clear but interesting direction to the front door
  • Drystack Basalt walls with large columns to break up elevation change
  • Grasses and other ‘flowing’ and open plants like Euphorbia robbiae ‘Red Wing’ used to soften stonework
  • Water feature placed near front entrance and in view from master bedroom
  • Sitting area by water feature used as a retreat surrounded by tall columns and beautiful plantings
  • Plant height variances to soften and break up terraced walls
  • Hedge along property fence for screening from street and surrounding pathways

AFTER PHOTOS: (Please click on photos to enlarge)
A view of the front mortared flagstone to the entrance way and the surrounding planting.   An overall view from the West side of the house depicting the mortared and non-mortared flagstone, raised sitting area, terraced planting beds, water feature and impressive columns and boulders.   A close-up of the terraced drystack Basalt retaining walls.

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