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Thursday
Jan262017

Goldberg & Rodler Earns Top Landscape Award on Long Island

Back in October 2014 this property was featured in our Project of the Month blog and is now aptly named The Manor on the Hill.  The design for this Port Washington property began in summer 2013.  The Goldberg & Rodler design team earned the Judges Award, the top honor in the Long Island Nursery and Landscape (LINLA) awards program, and also won the Gold Award in the Single Family Residence category.

UPDATE 06/22/17: We were just honored with the New York State Nursery & Landscape Associtaion (NYSNLA) 2017 Environmental Beautification Award: Residential Over $100,000 for this project!

The front yard is now a cobblestone and asphalt parking court comprised of tiered retaining walls and increases the usefulness of the space. Planting helps soften the boldness of the brick manor and the large natural boulder is showcased.This traditional style brick home is the definition of a diamond in the rough.  The house sits atop a hill, oriented on an angle, and was found with a landscape in utter disrepair.  Our clients had a vision for their home to reclaim its historic integrity while providing the comforts of a modern lifestyle.

BEFORE: The original driveway was a dark and desolate ........AFTER:The entry is now transformed to an inviting and open experience.

The first obstacle was grading the site, which was a massive undertaking.  Since the lot was so small, staging equipment and materials was a constant struggle.  Tight scheduling and diligent project management were essential components for conducting this project smoothly.

BEFORE: A nine foot wide spread footing is making its debut......AFTER:Brick and bluestone walls are paired with Long Island boulders.

The existing bluestone patio in the rear yard was recycled into a new form that included an aged brick edge.  The patio was then extended to accommodate a brick and bluestone fire pit.  A u-shaped outdoor kitchen was an essential part of this reimagined landscape.

The backyard is now a series of entertaining spaces enlivened by a full outdoor kitchen, gas fire pit, and seating/dining areas.The outdoor kitchen has a chunky bluestone veneer and provides a textured aesthetic with a smooth bluestone counter.

An incredible amount of coordination was required to carve this diamond out of the rough.  The process was grueling and taxing on all parties involved and the result speaks volumes about the power of teamwork.  The amount of construction required for this project would make most people shudder or retreat.  With determination and due diligence Goldberg and Rodler transformed this landscape into a unique lifestyle experience.

The Manor on the Hill is composed of a dynamic arrangement of entertaining and advantageous spaces. The new design succeeds in creating a private getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.We can tailor a landscape design to fit your lifestyle as well.  All projects large and small are treated with the same level of award winning detail.  We can do this for you.  Call Goldberg & Rodler at (631) 271-6460 and we will mobilize our design team to help enhance your lifestyle.  Now is the time for planning this year's garden, so call today!

Written by: Nick Onesto

Friday
Jan302015

Designing an Old Fashioned Garden

A week after Super Storm Sandy, my husband and I purchased a 120 year old Victorian house on a secluded ½ acre of property in Northport.  Restoring the house was my husband’s priority.  My focus was to create an old world setting that lent itself to the historical architecture of the late 19th century without the formality, elegance and maintenance associated with the ‘Victorian Garden’.

A view from the porch into an old-world garden, featuring a fragrant lilac.

Before getting into the process of designing the garden, we needed to consider the plants appropriate for an old fashioned garden.  We considered several ornamental trees including dogwoods, Japanese styrax, magnolia and cherries.  Lilac, hydrangea, boxwood, viburnum, holly and roses were on the short list of shrubs.  Old fashioned perennials would include bleeding hearts, phlox, peony, bearded iris, lady’s mantle, balloon flower, perennial geraniums, daylily, baptista and lily of the valley just to name a few.  When considering an annual list, you would have a hard time coming up with flowers that are not considered old fashioned.  It is safe to say most any annual would work so long as you plant in large masses of one color.  Take creative license when including newer varieties of old fashioned plants, especially shrubs like hydrangea and roses.  Newer varieties of hydrangea come in a multitude of colors and most rebloom throughout the summer and early fall, especially when deadheaded regularly.  Knock out roses and carpet roses come in incredible colors also re blooming from mid spring to late fall.  Personally I love the double flowering and the blush pink varieties of knock out roses and the coral and amber carpet roses.  There is a carpet rose called ‘Scarlet’, and if you’re a fan of red flowers, this one is a must have.  The combination is breathtaking when planted next to Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’. 

Border of purple hydrangea

The first stage of this project was to evaluate the existing plants and decide what to remove, transplant or leave alone.  We kept several old hydrangea along a fence that bloom the most incredible shade of deep purple.  They took my breath away!  An old lilac, a weeping cherry, Japanese maple and all the healthy mature trees also remained.  Other plants that did not fit into the ‘old fashioned’ theme like euonymus, pachysandra and Alberta spruce, were removed and donated to friends and neighbors.

The next stage involved redesigning the brick driveway. Then we added a serpentine irregular bluestone walk to open the view of the wraparound porch and an irregular bluestone terrace to give the appearance of agelessness.  Once the masonry was complete, the garden beds were defined, amended with compost and rototilled.  Now the fun began…planting!!!   

Screening an ugly stockade fence along one side of the property was the first priority.  A mixed border of Nellie Stevens Hollies, English laurels, Ilex crenata and varieties of Viburnum were chosen, all having an old fashioned aspect and lots of texture, with the bonus of berries for winter interest.  The foreground plantings included Hydrangea varieties ‘Endless Summer’, ‘Teller’s Blue’ and ‘Annabelle’,  a tree form Hydrangea ‘Pee Gee’, Abelia ‘Rose Creek’, Platycodon grandiflora, lots of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and coral carpet roses with an old bird house as a focal point in the garden.

A planting composition of Pee Gee Hydrangea, Platycodon and coral carpet rose.

The foundation planting included Ilex ‘Dragon Lady’ and several varieties of boxwood as hedges, groupings and single specimens for evergreen structure.  For color, groupings of Hydrangea ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘Endless Summer’ were planted with a mass of Hydrangea ‘Mini Penny’ surrounding an old dwarf lilac adding a wonderful fragrance along the porch for several weeks in the early spring! 

Spring in Northport is just weeks away and I can hardly wait!

Written by Maria Morrison-Ferrero

 

If you would like to get in touch with Maria please contact her via email: maria@goldbergandrodler.net

Friday
Oct172014

Project of the Month

Goldberg and Rodler broke ground this summer on a full scale residential landscape revitalization in Port Washington.  The conceptual design phase started over a year ago and is now being realized in physical form.  Given the size of the project and its many components, various permits were required by the town to allow the early 20th century house to be brought up to current codes and regulations. 

Forms are put in place before concrete is pouredRichard Schneider, a Landscape Architect at RS Designs, partnered with Goldberg and Rodler and a structural engineer to design a multi tiered wall system to retain an existing steep slope.   The footings of the walls were engineered to maximize structural integrity and prevent collapsing.  This was a pivotal component of the project and required collaboration on all fronts between designers, engineers, excavators, surveyors, and masons.  Two hazardous red oak trees were removed from the front yard and revealed the house in its entire glory sitting atop the hill like an old historic manor.

The major excavation of the front yard began with removing an existing cesspool, and installing a new sewer line from the house to connect to the municipal sewer system out at the street.  After the line was installed and inspected, excavation began for the two major walls.  We dug over 10 feet down to reach the base of our proposed footing.  Like almost all projects, some things can just never be anticipated.  While we were digging we encountered a massive boulder sitting directly in the center of our proposed wall.  The boulder is so large that moving it could jeopardize the structural integrity of an existing masonry porch in front of the house.    We solved this by forming the new wall foundation around the rock and drilling rebar directly into it.  After the walls were finished, they were faced with brick to match the traditional style of the house A brick veneer was added using reclaimed material to match the historic look of the house.

Outdoor kitchen with bluestone countertop, BBQ, warming drawer, ice maker, refrigerator, and storageNext, we coordinated the design and installation of a luxurious outdoor kitchen and bar fully equipped for entertaining.  The existing patio was extended to accommodate a custom fire pit.  This outdoor living space is a priority for the client, and we wanted to provide a comfortable environment while maintaining a rustic aesthetic.  Look for updates on this project in the upcoming months to see the final components evolve into the finished design.

 

Written by Nick Onesto