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A landscape designer’s take on stone structure and style.

Wall Ends, Stairs and Tops

Ends: At some point, no matter how beautiful, all walls must come to an end. There are several ways of terminating walls. Retaining walls easily alter contours and allow for new usable space. At some point, the newly created area … Continue reading

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Retaining Walls

Retaining walls let you alter the grade or slope of land to create level areas that you can use for planting, adding a patio, or any other multitude of uses. More importantly, retaining walls protect the slope from eroding or … Continue reading

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Free Standing Walls

In the history of New England farming, stone walls played a very important role and were used for fencing, property lines, and animal pounds.  Free standing stone walls remain a popular landscape feature, and their role has evolved from the … Continue reading

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River Rock

“The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time” – Henry David Thoreau River rock is a beautiful stone with … Continue reading

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New England Fieldstone

THIN FLATS: Thin flat New England fieldstone is a great fit for shorter walls. Even this smaller wall is just enough to retain lawn and garden areas from the main sidewalk. Thin flats allow the details of smaller stone wall … Continue reading

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A Stone Introduction

The powerful effect of the use of stone in the New England landscape is fascinating to us at NSWS™. Stone can guide you through a path, define an outdoor space, or act as a gateway to exciting new areas. Not … Continue reading

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