A two-acre site along one of Rhode Island’s coastal ponds is the
location for this retirement home. The property is at the end of a rural road and abuts salt marsh, a coastal pond, and farmland
acreage. The client wished to have views to the pond opened up, while maintaining open views to the farm acreage.
The design work involved evaluating those landscape elements which should be retained, identifying views that needed to be enhanced, and creating the exterior spaces that worked with the client’s lifestyle. To maximize on views as well as retain valuable
vegetation, dead and diseased trees were removed while other mature trees were relocated. One of the owners, a horticulturist, wanted perennial beds as well as native coastal plant material with seasonal interest. Native plants such as inkberry, shad, and
bayberry were utilized throughout the design scheme to compliment the selection of perennials and other seashore plantings.
The design has a look reminiscent of seacoast “farmscape” and provides a series of outdoor spaces that maintain the open coastal landscape, as desired by the client.