The goal of this project was to rebuild an outdated constructed pond and stream at an existing residence in the Philadelphia Main Line. Over time, the existing stream and pond had broken down, and the technology involved was outdated.
The design called for a ‘cliff and spring’ origin to the stream, with a running, tumbling stream dropping into an intermediary pond, then continuing under a custom bridge and descending into the main pond via a large waterfall. Hardscape areas, such as a flagstone patio and other sitting areas, were strategically incorporated around the water to allow for areas of reflection and relaxation. A stepping stone path provided access to these points, while also allowing users to take a journey throughout the landscape. Large stepping-stones located around the pond gave access to step across the water from the formal sitting area to other informal sitting areas across the stream. Large trees and shrubs in the existing landscape provided an ideal backdrop for the ‘cliff origin.' New boulders varying in different sizes were shipped in from NE Pennsylvania and helped enhance the naturalistic setting for the stream, waterfalls, patios, and sitting areas. The entire operating system was upgraded to a state of the art system, along with a heater that allows the pond and stream to run all year long.
Upon completion of the project, a custom teak and steel bridge was added, as well as an up-to-date landscape lighting system. Not only has the landscape been enjoyable during the day, but it also takes on a whole new personality in the evening, allowing our clients to enjoy their landscape at any hour of the day.
Project: Pond & Stream
Pond Contractor: PondWorks
Landscape Contractor: Drauschak Landscaping