Island Simplicity, Block Island

Master plan for a year-round residence focusing on low-impact landscape design principles

A landscape architectural master plan was provided for a two-acre residence on the eastern end of Block Island. The house was surrounded by open fields with distant views to woodlands and Block Island Sound.

The client required a new studio addition, a covered deck and a patio to sustain their 3-season outdoor lifestyle. Spaces for children to play, for a fenced vegetable garden and perennial gardens and a recommenced location for a future fruit orchard and a garage were included in the master plan.

Although the property is situated on a private gravel road, the house is located close to the road edge and thus, the client required privacy screening along this frontage. A circular driveway provides adequate parking for guests as well as adequate access for truck access to delivery supplies for the home-based business. Plantings were kept to a minimum and are “deer-resistant” as well as sustainable and suited to the windy coastal setting.

Design Focus

Sustainable, Low-Impact Design
Building-Site Integration • Coastal Landscape Design

Island Simplicity: Block Island, Rhode Island
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