DESIGNER Ron Marotte is known for his classically based, modern inspired landscapes. Whether designing a traditional or contemporary space, Marotte's simple approach and well-trained eye results in a refined elegance that is unmistakable. Each project is carefully selected, and Ron is personally involved in all aspects of the design process.
Hardscape surfacing materials now come in tremendous variety: cultured stone, pre-cast shapes to resemble natural materials, natural stone, engineered and modular, permeable and impermeable. With careful engineering and proper installation of the base, these materials can last a lifetime.
PLAN AHEAD and get ahead of the rush. Off-season is a great time for dreaming, planning, and getting prepared. Being ready at the beginning of the season takes best advantage of supplies, wider selection, and taking advantage of premium inventories.
Retaining walls can be boulders, dressed natural stone, or fabricated segmantal retaining walls. Often used to hold back surface soils, these materials can greatly enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space— mitigate grade changes, fence and define spaces, provide privacy, introduce structure and architecture to your landscape. A good contractor will analyze the structure of your soil, site conditions, watershed, water table and grade elevation changes so that the wall can be properly engineered.
One of the hotest trends in landscaping is adding lifestyle amenities to enhance outdoor living. Let's face it, our summers can be spectactular and we want to enjoy every minute of it outdoors. Grilling, entertaining, and outdoor play options are at the top of must-have lists. To accomplish this we design landscapes to include: complete outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens, flame features, water features, fireplaces, entertainment centers, outdoor theaters, man-caves, grilling stations, and the list goes on…
Adding water features to the landscape is one gift to yourself that keeps on giving. Highly therapeutic, beautiful in sight and sound, cooling and soothing, this is one element that can completely transform your space. Indeed, it has been a prized and essential element in gardens for thousands of years.
Exterior lighting, which is now primarily all low-voltage, is very economical and affordable—costing only pennies a day. It serves a dual purpose: to provide safety and security, and to add visual beauty and increased functionality. For security, sensors are activated when someone enters the space, lights to on, and alerts can immediately inform the homewoner. When entertaining, lighing is designed to acheive both functional tasks lighting levels and lower levels for ambiance and romance. Additionally, lighting is used to highlight landscape features so that they can be enjoyed throughout the evening.
Decks have been popular additions to homes for years. It extends the living space of the residence, usually provides ready access to outdoor kitchens and grills, fireplaces and fire features, and provides a dramatic vantage point from which to view the landscape. Modern materials now make them entirely maintenance free.
Arbors, gazebos, pergolas and trellises are wonderful features that bring structure and architecture into the landscape. Some serve as dramatic gate structures, while others can be gathering spots for private conversations, reading, and viewing the landscape. A common request is to add screens and heaters to extend their seasonal use.
Careful planning is probably the most critical and essential thing you can do to achieve the landscape of your dreams. Planning ahead allows you to foresee future utilities and developments, allows the landscape to change and grow as your family changes and grows, and identifies and stylistic pallet that isures that the completed landscape looks cohesive and unified when completed. We often recommend developing the landscape in phases, as your budget permits.
Careful planning involves style, budgets, construction documents, work orders, logistics, illustrations and visuals—all tools that help the homeowner and contractor communicate and work together.
Gardening is a wonderful, relaxing, and therapeutic exercise. The physical and mental benefits are well known and homeowners have embraced this hobby to the benefit of themselves and their family. It is a great teaching tool for children to learn about agriculture, their food source and, as research shows, gets children more engaged with healthy eating habits. Today, gardening is the number 1 hobby of American homeowners.
Special events in the home landscape is quickly becomming the "in" thing to do. It is economical, imbues the event with a more personal and intimate ambiance, and provides the family with more control. Homeowners can often be overwhelmed with duties and so we offer services to help groom the landscape and get it ready for the event. This is especially critical when weather becomes a factor days prior to the event. We can install gazebos and arbors, plant, spread mulch, groom the beds, prune trees and shrubs—whatever is needed to make your landscape the perfect backdrop in your photos.