Reflections on Swimming Pool Design

As seen in North Shore Living magazine.

Water is a magnet!  People are drawn to its sparkling beauty.  When motionless, water reflects, when moving, the sound of water is soothing and energizing.  On a hot day, a swimming pool becomes a haven, an oasis providing fun and comfort for family and friends. When designed as part of a comprehensive landscape plan, a pool adds value to the property and provides many years of enjoyment.

Whether installed at the time a new house is built, or as a later addition, a swimming pool should be incorporated into overall planning so that it becomes a vital part of the landscape. A landscape design professional will prepare a creative plan for the pool and the surrounding landscape.  The design Continue reading

Landscape Design and the Quality of Life

As seen in North Shore Living magazine

The design-build firm of Hugh J. Collins, Jr. has been creating spectacular landscapes on the North Shore for the past twenty-five years. The firm’s success is based on attention to every detail in the project from start to finish. This “hands-on” approach leads clients through a total design-build experience which includes dealing with public review boards, sub-contractors, and maintaining cost and quality control.

Most residential customers have only a vague perception of the landscape they would like to have surrounding their home. They may have seen a photo in a magazine or a neighbor’s yard they admire. Many people, however, are unfamiliar with the site planning aspects of landscape design. Site planning deals with vehicular and pedestrian circulation within the property, designation of outdoor use areas, surface drainage and grading, sun and wind orientation, views, and so on. The benefit of good site planning is to unify these important variables while creating convenience, accessibility, safety and security. Continue reading

Growing with Your Landscape

As seen in North Shore Living magazine

How does the outdoor space surrounding your home affect your life? The landscaped areas around a house are very different from the interior rooms. Although we may change the color of our walls from time to time, the landscap is changing constantly. New England, with four distinct seasons, offers a potential kaleidoscope of textures and colors throughout the year. The first crocuses breaking through the snow in March offer a hint of what is to come. Watching trees leaf out brings the promise of a shady spot to relax on warm summer days. Continue reading