The Front Entry
Consistent visual understory plane with unobstructed views.
The transformation from manicured lawn to wildflower meadow.
Walkway through Meadow
Monolithic bluestone slab steps connecting the meadow to the main terrace, flanked by a transitional slope of lavender.
View from the existing woodland edge up toward the lawn and adjacent preserve, across the meadow.
Stepping Stone Path
Stepping stones set in gravel chips provide a direct connection to the rear yard terrace.
Balanced proportions: The open “Pole Barn” entertainment area, adjacent pool and sun patio provide a seamless connection to the landscape.
Entertainment Area Privacy Screening
A simple brick wall and hornbeam hedge create a clean separation from the parking and service court.
Entry court brick walls carefully scaled to provide a balanced separation between the courtyard and distant meadow.
Entry drive approach through the apple orchard and newly installed wildflower meadow.
The existing Tulip tree was maintained and protected, an anchor for the siting of the house, and a focal point for the main courtyard.
The breezeway separates private and public guest parking courts. Use of bluestone as both pedestrian walk and vehicular drive. The monolithic bluestone slab step form is repeated in the steps through the meadow.
Front entry parking courtyard shaded by Birch tree allée.
Beachside Planting Restoration
A mix of erosion control natives and salt-tolerant hardy species for year round interest.
Sun and Entertainment Patio
Pool and entertainment patio structure designed to mimic the bow of a ship overlooking the sound.
Rest and Relaxation
Balanced proportions: The lawn sun terrace, with gravel cutouts for lounges, reduces storm water run-off while integrating contrasting material and textures.
Custom designed vertical stainless steel cable railing acts as pool safety fence with minimal visual interference of pool and distant views.
Custom glass tile and infinity edge create a visual seamless transition between land, sea and sky.
Terrace with low maintenance, cool porcelain tile for comfort and reduced “heat island” effect.
The outdoor kitchen with view preserved. Custom lantern, cabinetry design, stone and porcelain tile patio.
A wisteria covered pergola provides a side yard patio escape from the summer sun.
View from Long Island Sound
Enhancement of a natural rock jetty with new double layered seas walls, beach plantings and sunken lawn with sub-surface drainage retention system.
Wisteria Covered Pergola
Planted urns accent the shaded passage.
A Seamless transition between the pool and Long Island Sound.
Custom firebowls and nighttime lighting illuminate the entertainment area.
LED wall, step, under-coping and handrail lighting.
The granite slab entry court provides a glimpse of the pool entrance and an introduction to the overall natural environment. Custom designed entry lanterns.
Hilltop residence with new pool and entertainment area.
Infinity edge salt water pool with distant view of adjacent Nature Preserve.
25 Meter Lap Pool
Swimming amongst the treetops.
The infinity edge gutter system was designed to capture pool overflow circulation while directing additional water to a storage tank provided beneath the patio terrace. The gutter and automatic cover track were carefully positioned to be out of the line of sight when viewing the pool from all practical vantage points.
Bridge & Waterfall
A stone bridge of recycled New England granite curbing connects the upper pool and spa terrace with the lower entertainment area. Boulders and stone slabs excavated during the pool platform construction were integrated into this series of waterfalls. The lower ponds are lined in river rocks with boulder benches providing a contrasting sensory experience from the lap pool above.
New England Natives
Restoration of the woodland edge and meadow, along with confining all new site development to a restrictive envelope immediately surrounding the existing residence, has attracted more than the random butterfly.
Distant view across the pool and over the adjacent woodland. 40 minutes from New York City, yet a world apart.
View from the Lake
View up from Blue Heron Lake, new dock and lake edge, and mitigation plantings.
Lakefront Border Plantings
Secluded privacy, casual seating areas, surrounded by year round garden interest.
Lake front and stream inlet. Wetland mitigation plantings to improve water quality, while providing on-going seasonal interest.
Wildflower Meadow: View to the House
The transformation of a former lawn area into a carefree colorful meadow.
Wildflower Meadow: View to the Garden
Nestled adjacent to a natural rock outcrop, the vegetable/sitting garden was located as a functional destination within our new meadow.
Raised vegetable and cutting flower beds, amidst a pea gravel sitting space.
The early pop of a native North American purple Lupines signalling a summer of colorful fun.
The breezeway separates the entry courtyard from the parking area.
The Arrival Experience
Replacement of an asphalt driveway with a more environmentally friendly gravel approach, re-directing guests past our new meadow and woodland buffer accent plantings.
View from the Waterfront
New front entry walls, steps and cobblestone drive with adjacent planting buffer and drainage terraces.
View to the Long Island Sound
Custom stainless steel cable railing maintains picturesque views of Long Island Sound.
Therapeutic spa, water wall and convenient outdoor shower.
Mixed Use Space for Carefree Living
The reorganization of two existing terrace levels into one outdoor space allowed for flexible entertaining options and provides space for our client’s cherished shuffleboard table.
Night Lighting Features
Under railing lights, wall accents cages & spa overflow patio accents provide gentle glow and ambiance.
Spa and Water Feature
Back-lit glass cage behind spa water feature. Raised spa and patio provide views down the sides of the property to Long Island Sound.
Evening Entertainment Area
Therapeutic spa with recycled glass vanishing edge trough & waterfall insert lit for evening enjoyment. Landscape Architectural Design
Custom glass cages create a decorative artistic element within the privacy wall, illuminating the dining area.
Natural wooded drive leading up to the Main House and all facilities. An understated entry lined with native flowering, shrubs and perennials.
Decorative fencing and plantings border the entry drive with a view of the main residence.
A Peaceful Escape
Reclaimed granite slab steps ascend the slope. A series of hammocks swing from existing trees and bird house posts. The sunrise overlooks the baseketball court.
Early Morning Views
Sunrise over Hillside Park’s mini chess set, shuffleboard, and horseshoe pits.
The basketball court was sited on one of the few level plateaus on the property. Extensive naturalized plantings retain the upper hillsides, anchoring and shielding the court. A custom curved pergola helps shade the sitting area.
The tennis court as activity destination. Sited on a lower plateau, the court is flanked by native dry set fieldstone retaining walls and terraced gardens. The spectacular viewing patio offers a bonus panorama of the distant hills.
Spectators overlook the badminton court from the upper sitting area.
Life-size chess with a view up to the Main House in the distance.
The Bocce Court
The recent addition of this regulation size court adds to the diverse entertainment option on the property.
A Sprawling Landscape
Spectacular views from the upper deck of the pool pavilion. An ideal location for viewing this expansive 27-Acre landscape.
Steps up to the Pool Pavilion
Natural bluestone steps up to pool pavilion. Conceived as a harmonious structure in the landscape, this multi-level pool pavilion was designed to provide a covered entertainment area adjacent to existing pool. A rooftop terrace for sunbathing and viewing the unique surroundings.
A sunset view up from the amphitheater stone stage. The stage platform and hillside sitting/retaining walls were constructed with reclaimed fieldstone from the existing property.
Evening at the Pool Pavilion
“Movie Night” a full 16’ movie screen drops down from the Pavilion ceiling to be viewed from the pool as well as the bar and game tables.
Circular parking court for easy access. Use of decorative gravel and cobblestone bands.
Walking on Water
Native fieldstone slabs in pool structure provide access between sun and entertainment terraces.
Infinity Edge Pool
Crossing state line with water flowing from New York to Connecticut. Careful attention was paid to the design and layout of all site amenities; pool, entertainment terraces, sitting gardens and their orientation to the pond and garden pavilion.
A Green Transformation
The replacement of a deteriorating roof with a sustainable green roof alternative, reclaimed stone patio and sitting wall.
A distant view of the pond and pavilion. Reclaimed stone slab stairs provide a newly created access through the restored woodland edge, along the wetland buffer and down to the pond.
Spiraling waves of alpine plantings with flowering accents divided by recycled colored glass, quartz & jade stones.
The close proximity of the garden pavilion to the pond called for a creative method of responsible storm water management; a mix of sedum and flowering perennials, accented by bands of recycled glass and stones.
Private Sitting Area
Understated stucco steps wrap and encase the existing chimney, restoring a nonfunctioning fireplace and providing access for a unique viewing opportunity.
Accessing the Green Roof
Stucco steps up to green roof.
The Textural Palette
Contrasting textures in stone and stucco take advantage of reclaimed fieldstone from the existing woodland and weathered bluestone from the main residence renovation.
View Across the Pond
Pastoral pond view. A forgotten resource, long neglected is now protected and enjoyed.
Evening Entertainment Area
Infinity edge pool and spa straddle the state line. Boulders from the pool excavation were used as pool accent pieces and hillside stabilization.
Surrounded by a nature preserve and an old abandoned apple orchard, relaxed simplicity was the motto while working on this 4+ acre setting. In conjunction with the clients, their Architect and their design team, the Landscape Architect assisted in siting the residence and designing the outdoor rooms in an effort to minimize disturbances, restore natural systems and provide a logical visual extension with the adjoining conservation area and riding trails. Drawing on the site’s unique qualities and surrounding environment, a seamless transition from Architecture to Landscape was achieved.
Beach Front Lookout
Over the years, forces of nature have caused wear and tear on beach front properties which has resulted in Louis Fusco Landscape Architects to consider the proximity to water in their design. Homes on beach front property have experienced significant damage (destroyed sea walls, salt damage to trees and shrubs, etc..) due to storms, hurricanes, nor’easters and tidal fluctuations. The client wanted to restore and reinforce this magnificent home with a first class view.
The idea of an in-ground pool down on a lower lawn terrace, adjacent to the sound was immediately discouraged. Past hurricanes caused the sea to come up to an existing raised rear patio terrace but never topped the wall. That image actually inspired the Landscape Architects to create a ship on the water feel. Mimicking the bow of a ship, the pool and patio terraces were programmed up close as an extension of the existing house plinth.
Elaborate entertainment, dining and kitchen spaces were integrated into the “bow.” In keeping with the boating theme, a custom stainless cable and mahogany railing system was employed, meeting safety and pool enclosure requirements. Drainage and sea surge protection were handled by a series of systems, with infiltrators running beneath the lawn areas, drainage and storage capacity under the patio structure, double layer of concrete sea walls and ultimately a sunken lawn area behind the sea walls, to handle the next “big one.”
Creation of a 25 meter lap pool on a 2+ acre hilltop where flat terrain was essentially nonexistent was the challenge proposed by our clients. With a project site elevation drop of 86 feet and the existing residence perched on the only level ground, a dramatic site sensitive solution evolved, providing the opportunity to restore and reinvent the entire landscape.
Anchored into a rock ledge and cantilevered off a cliff, the infinity pool and spa complete an entertainment area with a modern aesthetic; allowing swimmers to float among the treetops. A traditional rear of the house position for the pool was initially explored and eventually dismissed for a side yard location that offered better solar orientation, considerably less site disturbance and improved views. The overall site development includes restoration of an acre of lawn hillside into native meadow and a woodland terrace/path system connection to an adjacent Nature Preserve.
Situated on a secluded cove of Bedford/Pound Ridge’s Blue Heron Lake, this 4+ acre property was recently restored, allowing the natural setting to take center stage. Having previously worked with the homeowners, the Landscape Architect established a new way of looking at an old home and tired and overgrown site. Lifestyle choices and entertainment desires were evaluated, leading to a design program that continually returned to a focus on editing and restraint. It was time to return to basics: prune back the overgrown, eliminate the unnecessary fluff and celebrate natural connections.
Original specimen plantings were assessed for site relevance and attention to native appropriateness. An extensive manicured lawn area was replaced with a wildflower meadow for seasonal interest. Once the meadow came in it became one of our client’s favorite destinations and led to the addition of a working vegetable and sitting garden for a pleasant place to experience the view out over the meadow to the cove.
Embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, our “empty nester” clients downsized from a large back-country property to this compact .077 acre site directly across from a public beach. They came to us with two main objectives: provide a therapeutic spa/plunge pool for her medical conditions and create a terrace platform for his recent impulse purchase of a 16’ long shuffleboard table. With an emphasis on carefree living, low maintenance and responsible environmental management, the Landscape Architect reinvented all outdoor spaces, fulfilling the clients’ needs and desires, while resolving previous storm water management deficiencies, with the installation of a series of capture and release landscape drainage terraces. Beginning with programming and design development, through construction detailing, and material selection, the Landscape Architect created customized design elements, ultimately managing the final construction and installation.
Situated on a sloping hilltop one hour north of Manhattan, this weekend retreat boasts 27+ acres of recreation, adventure and relaxation opportunities, where the site and surrounding environment take center stage. What began almost 18 years ago with an informal meeting to discuss a potential tennis court, has evolved into one of those rare Landscape Architect / Client model relationships.
Year after year the Master Plan evolved; transforming a traditional country estate into a recreational park-like property which hosts annual parties of up to 600 guests. The Manhattan based clients were drawn to the properties panoramic view and intrigued by the existing home’s passive solar construction. The clients open their home to family, friends, employees and friends of friends, to experience nature first hand; enjoying almost every conceivable sport facility: from pool and tennis court to a regulation-size basketball court, sand volleyball, badminton, bocce, amphitheater, exercise/hiking trails, a putting green and an elevated pool/game area pavilion with a rooftop sunbathing terrace.
Grey Goose Pond
In 1905 Grey Goose Pond, was created to beautify the area while serving as a source of ice supply for refrigeration. Over the next 25 years it was increased to its current dimensions and grounds, planted with over 12,000 conifer seedlings. It is estimated that 70% of the Pine, Spruce, Hemlock and Fir trees survived; with several choice specimens donated to the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
In 1945 the Modernist Garden Pavilion was built for community meetings. It has since deteriorated and instead of choosing demolition, the clients embraced a renovation that incorporated the landscape with a sustainable roof.
Boundaries between structure and landscape, roof and garden were erased and a visually compelling, welcoming retreat evolved. Mimicking the concentric ripples on the water, a rooftop tapestry of alpine plantings was interspersed between bands of recycled colored glass
The intimate sitting and garden terrace was created with slabs of weathered bluestone surrounded by masses of native flowering shrubs and groundcovers.
Natural Cedar siding was selected for installation inside and out. The slate floor was refurbished, sliding glass doors replaced with energy efficient upgrades and decorative copper rain chains added to direct any roof drainage overflow. To provide access to the roof, a stone stairway was carved into the fireplace exterior, staying within the footprint of the original structure, and not blocking any of the interior views.
The infinity pool was designed to continue the view of the hillside rock garden, with a hidden stepping stone path leading down to the wetlands. Stepping stones over the water connected the sun terrace to an outdoor dining area. The stone materials were recycled wherever possible and an elaborate drainage system was developed to direct house and site runoff through long stretches of planting areas; helping filter the water before entering the wetlands.