This project involved constructing a series of naturalistic ponds, troughs, scuppers, and a constructed wetland bog to tie together an extensive backyard renovation. The overall site plan was designed by a landscape architect; moreover, the water feature detailing, construction, and equipment specification were left to our discretion. The designer, general contractor, and Client turned to us to create a feature that was substantial and impressive yet blended seamlessly between the disparate elements involved with the project and the site.
The design intent was for us to create a series of natural ponds that were integrated into a sloping site between a new outdoor kitchen and living area and the custom pool and pool house. Rustic stone scuppers and a stone trough were integrated into the stone walls that were intended to look as though they were remnants from a structure hundreds of years old, and long forgotten. This aesthetic is consistent with the vernacular architecture of the historic farms and barns in this part of Chester County, Pennsylvania. As the water course flowed from the outdoor living area down to the pool area, it terminated into a sprawling constructed wetland that carefully mingled and integrated with the limestone pool deck.
Hess Landscape Architects oversaw the design and development of the site on behalf of the Client. There was a general contractor tasked with the architectural components and overall day-to-day operations taking place throughout the site. There was a pool contractor, two masonry contractors tackling the extensive stone walls and pool deck work scope, an electrical contractor, and our staff serving as the water feature contractor. Thanks to our staff and the fellow contractors on site, we feel this complex project and installation went according to plan and provided a product for the Client that feels as though it has been there for many years and evolved from the site naturally.
Project: Country Splendor
Pond Contractor: PondWorks
General Contractor: Griffiths Construction Inc.
Landscape Architect: Hess Landscape Architects
Architect: John Milner Architects