When the clients purchased this property in 2015, they were confronted with a maze of masonry spread across their property — all created with an orangey-brown stone that the locals call ironstone.
In addition to the existing hardscapes, the waterfront site boasted a main house, guest cottage, and the ruins of an earlier home, felled by a hurricane and abandoned.
The clients brought on the landscape architects to create order from this chaos, and requested that the masterplan include a pool, shade pergola, terraces, and a complete planting overhaul.
Across the rest of the property, the landscape architects used stepping stone paths, rebuilt ironstone walls, and recommended planting edits to knit together the main house, pool, guest cottage, piers, and waterfront gardens.
Along the waterfront, existing hardscapes were preserved to save money; budgets were instead spent on removing invasive species and establishing strong perennial buffers between the house and the water.
The final result is a landscape that feels both old and new — with materials rooted in the past and a modern planting palette.