Temple Road

Metro Boston

Ragged pine trees and scrub brush covered the hillside behind this Temple Road home. Without some sort of change, half this family’s property would remain unused. We terraced the slope to allow a mezzanine level and located the new patio, outdoor fireplace, and kitchen at the bottom of the slope by the house. The pool fit well into the landscape for entertaining among gardens of native flowering shrubs and specimen trees. The pool house allows even more options for varied activities.


Chip Webster Architecture, Belmont Landscape and Tree, Bronson Drilling, and Easton Pool.

Total Project Cost: $538k

Hillside of Dying Trees Transformed

The owners wanted better use of their land, and this setting was carved out of the hillside. Not shown are the sport courts and front gardens.

Integrating Ups and Downs

Managing terrain is a technical skill and an aesthetic opportunity. Determining the best way for various pieces of the landscape to interlock is one of our greatest and most interesting challenges.

A Place to Hangout

Our design influences come from all over – the Art Decco Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, the multicolored granite paving around the historic cemeteries in Prague, and the steps and walls along the canals in St. Petersburg (the old St. Pete across the water!). We travel extensively because everywhere there are good ideas worthy of emulation.

Project Lead

David Bartsch

I hired David’s firm to work on three properties I developed – a small house squeezed into a tight property that now has beautiful outdoors, a spec house that turned out great, and another beautiful project on Capaum Pond Road. David was efficient, very creative, and professional all the way. Looking forward to the next one.
K. Murphy

General Contractor and Developer of custom homes

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