With the cost of lakefront property and shoreline real estate in New Hampshire at a premium, it makes sense to make the best use of that land as possible. There are great challenges but also great opportunities when looking at shoreline landscaping solutions.
Retaining Walls for Lakefront Access
The first challenge for many lakefront properties is to level the ground and provide safe access to the shore or dock. Rather than a direct stairway from top to bottom, we prefer to terrace the land and build meandering paths, providing interest and rest along the way. At the shoreline, we will often build a perched beach and occasionally replace a crumbling headwall along the shoreline. In these instances, we often do the shoreline retaining wall construction work in late fall when the lake level has been lowered.
Landscape Lighting for Safety and Elegance
Low-voltage landscape lighting goes hand-in-hand with safety along the shore. We install state-of-the-art LED landscape lighting systems that are Bluetooth controlled. Separate zones allow maximum design options while using minimal electricity. From a mobile device, our clients can control the ambient lighting along the perimeter while keeping pathways and dock areas held it for safety.
Landscape Plantings Blend the Built Environment in with the Natural World.
The project would be complete without providing a palette of greenery to soften the hardscaping. We have an extensive knowledge of plant material. Our designs fill in without overcrowding and create a tranquil environment. Both lakefront and seacoast properties in New Hampshire are subject to the Shoreline Protection Act, which limits the number of plants that can be cut on and provides guidance on re-vegetating those shoreline areas. Planting native species of plants is also encouraged.
Permeable Pavement Makes the Most of a Small Footprint.
Also under the Shoreline Protection Act, there are restrictions on the amount of square footage that can be covered by non-pervious surfaces, like a poured concrete home foundation or asphalt driveway. We almost always install permeable pavement using pavers or natural stone on these properties. This improves drainage and doesn’t not count as non-pervious surfaces. today’s permeable pavers aren’t the honeycomb pavers of old – filled with rocks and, eventually, weeds. They are stylish and beautiful with a wide array of patterns and colors. You would never know they are permeable. For a more rustic look, we often install bluestone flagging on a permeable base. The result is the same, only with a more organic look-and-feel.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.– Frank Lloyd Wright