"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rhododendron

    Large Bluestone Flagging walkway with Granite steps connects the garage and house. Jumbo cobblestones laid flat creates a transition from garage to driveway.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    Getting started Hand cut to fit Looking out from the porch Cobblestone "skirt"

    A Full Color Bluestone Flagging Walkway and accent garden create an inviting path to a once hidden front door.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    How do you get in? Where's the door? Bluestone Flagging, Pennsylvania Flatstone accent wall and easy maintenance garden Large irregular Bluestone flagging No more mystery as to where to go. A welcoming entryway now greets you.

    Boston City Hall water struck brick give an old fashioned look and fit with this Colonial-style House. The size of the house and distance of the walkway warranted a proportionately sized walkway. The flair of the smaller, secondary walkway conforms to the curve of the driveway and allows for an easy transition from parking to walkway.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    A bit barren...This house was in need of some landscaping. What a difference a few landscape elements can make. Another view before walkway and planting installation Boston City Hall brick walkway with foundation planting Nice wide walkway to front door Looking over a double sided Pennsylvania Flatstone wall

    This black asphalt walkway was replaced with Patterened Full Color Bluestone and an entryway garden providing for a warm and inviting entryway.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    Kind of a boring entryway Full Color Patterned Bluestone and garden Now the porch is a nice place to sit Bluestone walkway with granite header Curve of the walkway Opens up the view to the front door

    This steep slope and the uneven flagstones made for a dangerous walkway especially in the winter. It was replaced with Granite steps and Bolduc Pavers for a safer and more appealing access to the front door.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    Crumbling brick steps, slippery and uneven slate walkway Poorly constructed granite steps Granite steps evenly spaced for comfortable walk Looking down the walkway A much cleaner look What a difference!

    A steep slope presented a challenge to make the front door a usable and inviting entry.

    Large Blue Stone steps and irregular Blue Stone flagging were used to maintain a natural look that will lead guests up through a perennial garden to the front door.


    "If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."

    ~ Anatole France

    Large Blue Stone Steps Blue Stone steps another view Full Color Blue Stone walkway Looking down walkway Looking up walkway

    Full Color Blue Stone Flagging with Split Faced granite steps gives a little more formal look to a front entry walkway through a perennial garden.


    "Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts."

    ~Sigmund Freud

    ContemplatingFull Color Blue Stone with Granite Steps Putting on the finishing touches Granite steps Full color Blue Stone Landing with steps

    Boston City Hall Pavers give a well worn look to an entry way. The warmth of the traditional red, water-struck brick is inviting as it winds through a garden to the front door. The manufacturing process creates built-in defects that give the brick an old weathered look.


    "David exceeded all our expectations. The end result of his knowledge, creativity and dedication is a walkway with grand steps that are truly a masterpiece in our landscape."

    ~Satisfied Client

    Boston City Hall, Cherry Red Brick Herringbone detail in walkway Wide and inviting entry to walkway Curved walkway with accompanying plantings

    A variety of paths and walkways


    "The best thing about Dave is his ability to design and build a new landscape that is beautiful, natural and looks like it's been there for years. His design complemented our home without dominating it."

    ~Satisfied Client

    Fieldstone walkway Bluestone stepping stones Boston City Hall Brick Bedford Solid Clay Brick Boston City Hall with Bluestone inlay Select Bluestone

    For this project, we took this poorly drained and unsightly space between the pool and house and created a comfortable patio with sitting walls and plenty of space to entertain. The terraced portion of the patio connects the screened-in porch and the pool area.


    Unused and poorly drained space Almost done. Sitting wall, bluestone steps and patio Terraced patio Ready to entertain Stepping stones leading to patio
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    Large Bluestone Flagging was used for the floor of this open-air classroom at the Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, NH.


    Picking out the stone Hand cut to fit Mosaic of stone Joints filled in with stone dust Finished Close-up of Bluestone Flagging
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    This Full Color Patterned Bluestone patio extended the outdoor living space while improving some drainage issues and bringing functionality and order to the backyard.


    Laying out the patio Overgrown backyard and poorly designed drainage sloping towards the house Random pattern, Full Colored Bluestone patio Patio pitched away from house to improve drainage issues Extending the outdoor living space The finished patio
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    The dappled light helped determine where this patio would go making it a great spot for enjoying summer evenings. Bolducs' Burgandy and Charcoal Manoir Modular creates a nice pattern accented by the charcoal border.


    Dappled light on the existing grass Bolduc Paver patio Border of charcoal grey 9x9 paver Random pattern View of the curve Patio that fits the yard
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    This raised patio helped the transition from the house to the backyard. The Pennsylvania Flat Stone used for the retaining wall as well as the large boulders and large bluestone steps incorporated into it give the grade change a natural look without appearing massive.


    Bolduc Champlain circle kit for front door entry Bolduc Champlain pavers Pennsylvania Flat stone retaining wall and large boulder Another view of the patio Bluestone slab steps and large boulder Bluestone steps flanked by large boulders
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    Here we took a back yard that had grade and drainage issues which made it difficult to use for anything other than a lawn. The large patio now makes the back yard space usable and great for entertaining as well as a way to transition to different parts of the yard and incorporate what were once issues into the overall design.


    Bolduc Manoir Antique Pavers Steps up to the garden Bolduc Manoir Patio with Fieldstone wall Steps to path Path to Firepit Patio with pergola
    "He who plants a tree plants hope."

    ~ Lucy Larcom - Plant a Tree

    This patio is made with the fieldstone that came from the original farmhouse cellar hole. The Granite edging that can be seen is part of the undisturbed foundation. A nice example of using exsisting material and gives the homeowner a feeling of continuity and connection with the orginal homestead.


    Fieldstone patio Boulders and granite Patio showing fieldstone and old granite foundation Fieldstone from original farmstead cellar
    "Understated natural beauty that really enhances your home and property is what Dave's designs are all about. He had great design ideas but also valued our input throughout the process. Just a great guy, a hard worker, and a pleasure to work with."

    ~Satisfied Client

    Select Pattern Bluestone gives this patio a formal appearence but is softened by a curvilinear shape and plantings.


    Select Bluestone Patio Patio with curvilinear shape Brick wall opening into patio Arborvitae for Privacy
    "Dave DeJohn was a pleasure to work with. He impressed us with wonderful ideas that took into account our entire family's needs. He made sure to incorporate child-friendly areas and plantings, as well as providing our family with a wonderful outdoor area for entertaining. Our back yard is now a beautiful and usable space!"

    ~Satisfied Client

    A variety of patios showing the many different materials that can be used.


    "David did a fantastic job on our patio. He is not only a talented landscape designer, but also a skilled craftsman when it comes to stonework.
    He fixed some difficult drainage issues (our basement is dry for the first time in years), completed the job on time and budget, and had an attention to detail that went above and beyond our expectations.
    He has an impeccable work ethic and clearly takes great pride in what he does."

    ~Satisfied Client

    Sunken Patio Boston City Hall patio Bolduc pavers around ledgestone Full color Bluestone Patio Full Color Bluestone Flagging Granite Cobblestone patio

    For this garden renovation, we removed all the old evergreen shrubs from the foundation planting and created an inviting Entry Garden using shrubs and perennials for 4 seasons of color and interest.


    "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

    ~Claude Monet

    Foundation planting before it was taken out. Starting the accent wall. A special place in the wall for the ashes of a very special dog. Jazz tests the wall for sitting. The garden from a distance. Colorful entryway garden A variety of shrubs and perennials for 4 seasons of interest. Rock Garden at Driveway Entrance.

    At first, this house was just sitting out in the open on a flat plane of grass with no connections to its surroundings. Carefully mixing color, shape and size when creating the perennial gardens that now surround the house helped make it a part of the field and blend it into the distant landscape beyond.


    "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

    ~Claude Monet

    No connection to its surroundings Carefully mixing color, shape and size creates a stunning effect: the foreground perennial garden blends with the larger background landscape. Tumbled bluestone patio The tumbled bluestone walkway provides a pleasant stroll through the perennial garden to the patio. Shasta Daisies Daisies, Coreopsis, Dwarf Fountain Grass

    A variety of trees and shrubs were used to hide an unsightly vent stack. All the trees and shrubs in this garden were chosen for their berries that attract and provide food for birds. Viewed from the dining room window, the Winterberry, chokeberry, Cardinal Dogwood and Viburnum dentatum are just a few of the plants used in this garden to attract a wide variety of birds.


    "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

    ~Claude Monet

    Unsightly vent stack and a background of scrub brush Cleaned up and edged plant bed Large boulders, curved lines, fall colors and vibrant berries Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin' with Aronia and Ilex verticillata Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst' Ilex verticillata Berry Heavy

    The owner of this home is an avid gardener and wanted a garden that always had something going on. From early April into October and November there is color for every season whether it is something in bloom or the vibrant colors of Fall foliage.


    Cobblestone patio and perennial garden Echinacea Echinacea and Helianthus Buddleia Helianthus White Swan Echinacea
    "Pulling into the driveway after a week-long vacation in Maine, I remember the sight of the Amur Maackia and the astonishing precision with which David situated the tree - its placement perfect. Oriented to show the best aspects and sublimely mated to my home – a veritable pas de deux. If you think this happened by chance, give it a try. Go out and wrestle with a 15’ tree weighing a couple of hundred pounds. It takes skill, an eye for details and patience. I couldn’t do it."

    ~Satisfied Client

    Here is a sunken patio surrounded by summer flowering perennials. A perfect spot for early morning coffee.


    "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

    ~Claude Monet

    Summer Perennials Perennial Garden Sunken Patio Great for morning coffee

    This garden takes advantage of the grade changes on the property and allows for some mystery as you wind your way along the stepping stone path to the fire pit. Only 100 ft away, the fire pit with it's sitting rocks is not visible from the house making for an intriguing destination point.


    "Garden-making, like gardening itself, concerns the relationship of the human being to his natural surroundings."

    ~ Russel Page

    Garden and sitting wall Pennisetum Winding path Fire pit View from Fire pit Stone steps to path

    Various ways of using plants to create inviting entry ways, solutions for problem areas, and give texture, fragrance, and color to your yards.


    "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment."

    ~Georgia O'Keeffe

    Perennials for shade Front entry garden Cone Flower and Black Eyed Susan Coneflower and Helianthus Doublefile Viburnum in winter Pond and waterfall

    Many of the old fieldstone walls running through the woods were displaced during site work for the construction of a new house. Much of the stone was saved however and we used it to rebuild a rough double sided "farmers wall" along the road.

    Ancient Stone Temple
    Saved stone Base for wall Wintertime construction. Capped wall Pretty rough Matching up to existing single stack wall
    "Every time we dry-stack a wall or build a stone sculpture, we join the the thousands of people before us who have expressed themselves in stone."

    ~David Reed - The Art and Craft Of Stonescaping

    This backyard was pretty overgrown and the railroad tie retaining walls and steps were not only hidden by the vegetation but were also beginning to rot. The Pennsylvania Flatstone wall, brick walkways and granite steps added stability, clean lines, a neater look and access to the basement and storage under the deck.

    The overgrown backyard Tearing out the old railroad tie wall View from the driveway into the backyard after construction is complete. View looking down from the deck A renewed backyard Clean lines
    "Stones are the bones
    of Heaven and Earth"

    ~ Chinese philosoper

    This dry stacked, double sided wall defines this long driveway and blends harmoniously with field and farmhouse in the background.

    It took 120 tons of New Hampshire fieldstone to complete this 300' wall.


    "Stones are the bones
    of Heaven and Earth"

    ~ Chinese philosoper

    Setting the first base stone Different sizes of stone all fit together Fieldstone wall with native Black-eyed Susan The new stone wall naturally follows the terrain Drystacked New Hampshire fieldstone wall with farmhouse in the background Beginning of the driveway

    Years of pressure from water and soil build-up finally pushed this old concrete wall up against the frame of the garage door. It was replaced with a Pavestone Segmented Wall System which features a terraced design with built-in batter, drainage stone and pipe, and geo-grid. The new retaining wall helps solve the existing drainage issues as well as add beauty and functionality to an otherwise unusable space.


    "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
    The next best time is now."

    ~ Chinese proverb

    Huge concrete retaining wall leaning dangerously against the garage door frame. Full Color Bluestone walkway leads from the front door to the granite steps in the retaining wall. The gently curve of the new walkway and wall. Pavestone's Anchor Highland Stone retaining wall system. Granite steps up through the wall Terracing created a plant bed that when planted will help soften the overall aspect of the wall.

    This Pennsylvania Flat Stone wall fits the Colonial style of this house. Using three sizes of stone gives the wall the look of fieldstone yet maintaining a more linear face. By measuring from the edge of the road we were also able to give the wall a subtle curve.

    "Stones are the bones
    of Heaven and Earth"

    ~ Chinese philosoper

    Pennsylvania Flatstone wall Boston City Hall walkway Capstones Colonial Style House and wall Three sizes of stone Subtle curve

    All the stone for this large retaining wall came from the wall that had been there before and from the foundation of the house when it was being renovated.

    The steps down through the wall now allow access from the parking area up top to the rest of the yard.


    "Stones are the bones
    of Heaven and Earth"

    ~ Chinese philosoper

    Fieldstone retaining wall Stone from old foundation and wall Corner of wall Stone steps through wall Looking down the steps Wall and fall color

    By creating a terrace, these walls took a steep and unusable problem area along a driveway and created a perfect spot for a rose garden.

    The stone steps give access from the driveway to the barn above.


    "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
    The next best time is now."

    ~ Chinese proverb

    Stone stairway leading to barn Pennsylvania Flatstone wall along driveway Early Fall Curved Stone stairway in the wall Looking up the driveway Looking down the driveway

    Various styles of retaining and freestanding walls.


    "I've made an odd discovery.
    Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite."

    ~ Bertrand Russell

    Moved right in Fieldstone terraced walls Pennsylvania Flatstone walls and steps with Bluestone Treads Double faced Fieldstone wall Pennsylvania Flat wall with Bolduc patio Fieldstone Planter to hide foundation

    This area needed a major overhaul to make it a spot guests would find comfortable and a nice place to hang out.


    "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

    ~ Gertrude Jekyll

    Not very inviting or usable space and a bad transition from screened porch to pool area Ready for entertaining What a difference!

    Poorly drained, unusable space next to a pool was an eyesore for years.


    "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

    ~ Gertrude Jekyll

    Removing the old retaining wall Pennsylvania Flat stone retaining wall and Venetian Stone pavers transform this area into a spot for lounging. Nice spot to relax by the pool.

    From a front door hidden by overgrown shrubs and no walkway to an inviting natural stone entryway.


    "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

    ~ Gertrude Jekyll

    Foundation before Colorful Entryway Garden A shady spot to sit with a friend.

    From a front door hidden by overgrown shrubs and no walkway to an inviting natural stone entryway.


    "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

    ~ Gertrude Jekyll

    Before Overgrown Entryway Bluestone Flagging walkway and Pennsylvania Flatstone Accent wall Large Bluestone Flagging walkway, accent wall and garden

    Bland driveway entrance to Grand driveway entrance using a double sided fieldstone wall to run along side of it.


    Starting to lay the base stones Finished Double Sided Freestanding Wall NH Fieldstone Freestanding wall
    "Dave came highly recommended and from seeing his work at neighbors' homes, we knew our project would go well. What we didn't know, was how easy he would be to work with. We had to make changes in our timeline, design and budget...yet he was always patient and cheerful with us and he made sure we would have exactly what we wanted. We ended up with even more than we expected. Beautiful work!"

    ~ Satisfied Client

    Dangerous concrete retaining wall leaning against frame of garage door replaced with Pavestone Wall Block to retain slope, improve drainage and create access to upper yard.

    "Nature is not a place to visit,
    it is home."

    ~ Gary Snyder

    Concrete wall leaning against garage door frame Pavestone Block Retaining wall Dangerous concrete slab wall replaced by contoured segmented wall system with built-in batter creating terraces for planting

    From overgrown and unsightly with limited access to basement to neat and tidy with fieldstone wall and walkway.


    "If you have a mind at peace,
    a heart that cannot harden,
    go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden."

    ~ Author unknown

    Overgrown trees and plants hide the existing timber wall and limit access to the basement door. And voilà! Granite steps, Pennsylvania Flat fieldstone wall and Brick walkways create a neat appearance An esthetically pleasing solution which increases convenience while reducing maintenance.

    After much trial and error, we finally settled in on a layout for this backyard patio as seen on the left.

    Surrounded by several acres of lawn, I wanted the patio to have a comfortable and intimate feel yet it had to be proportional and not get lost in the sea of grass around it.

    The unique stone from Vermont, the brick walkways and circular stonedust path around the garden all blended to make the area seem bigger than it is and create a one of a kind patio


    "There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight."

    ~ Gertrude Jekyll

    Layout for patio View of finished patio Layout and end result

    The before photo shows a fieldstone retaining wall that had become dangerous and unsightly due to age and poor construction as well as overgrown by weeds and brambles.

    After dismantling the wall, all the stone was separated into various categories and 90% was re-used.

    This reconstructed wall is now a safe and elegant part of this property.


    Tearing down the old wall Rebuilt new wall using stone from old wall Old wall and new wall with steps
    "Dave DeJohn is one of the hardest working people we've met. Once he starts on a project, he works long days and weeks to finish it. And he has a good understanding of landscape and garden design, as well as a love of the outdoors and gardens. Just as important, he approaches his work with good humor and real enjoyment.
    We've hired Dave for several large landscape projects -- patios, retaining walls, planting beds, reworking an old farmer's wall -- and would hire him again."

    ~ Satisfied Client

    This area between the road and formal lawn, as seen in the before picture, has been kept in more or less its natural state as a meadow.

    The 130 ft. freestanding wall now acts as a transition from meadow to formal lawn and echoes the Farmers Walls on the other side of the road.

    "Nature is not a place to visit,
    it is home."

    ~ Gary Snyder

    Excavation for wall 130 ft. double-sided wall Ready for base stones and finished wall

    An uneven, poorly drained lawn with ledge outcroppings made this backyard difficult to use and maintain.

    Notice the ledge on the right hand side of the "before" photo.

    Then, in the "after" photo, notice how we blended this stone outcropping into the new patio.

    The dry river bed now captures all the roof runoff from the various downspouts of the gutter system when it rains and allows it to move away from the patio and seep back into the ground. They now have a backyard that is both functional and beautiful.


    "If you have a mind at peace,
    a heart that cannot harden,
    go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden."

    ~ Author unknown

    Backyard with ledge and drainage issues Bolduc Patio and pergola Dull to Spectacular

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