December 15 2014

Our work often takes us out to coastal areas, where we address new landscape needs: hardscape design that minimally disrupts the terrain and planting schemes to meet erosion control standards. When creating steps for this slope we looked to a solution that would also follow the natural undulations of the landscape.
The geometry of these steps uniquely plays with the rise and run relationship, extending each step in response¬†to the slope’s natural topography, bringing one up gradually to the residence. The designers wisely chose black locust for its durability – viably structural as Ipe, but sustainably sourced, also resilient to rain and insects. Native beach and prairie grasses are hardy, yet soften the edges, standing up to both drought and wet conditions. Providing the backdrop, woody, dense shrubs were also chosen for their ground stabilizing properties, with deep, binding root systems to help mitigate erosion in a sand dune habitat.