Leisure Styles: Creating the Visual Oasis

A Property Solution with Masonry Elements Creates a Visual Oasis

Hoffman Landscapes adopted a holistic approach to create outdoor spaces for all to enjoy

Functional Spaces

Over the years a series of additions were added to this rambling colonial, presenting the new homeowners with a unique dilemma. Hoffman Landscapes, Inc. in Wilton was selected to blend the antique charm of the home with modern functionality along with creating an outdoor entertainment area for the family. Matthew Biron, the landscape architect who created the master plan says, “With proper planning and vision, masonry elements can provide both a visual oasis and connectivity in an outdoor space. For this property, they became the crucial link between the home’s architecture and the backyard.” A feasibility study set the basis for a truly holistic approach. The initiative faced multiple challenges including; minimizing the clutter of entryways from the house and repurposing existing stone work as well as utilizing other natural materials in the landscaping plan.


An outdoor kitchen/dining area with barbecue and granite countertops anchors one end of the terrace. On the opposite side is a large sitting area. Both spaces are connected with a bluestone walkway. Curved Belgian block steps flow gracefully down to the yard softening the property’s visual geometry. A transitional walkway to the front of the home uses irregularly shaped flag stone in a free-form pattern for visual interest and continuity.


Set in Stone

The integration of a more formal layout with the pastoral transitional materials is linked to outdoor areas affording symmetry. Cobblestone embedded steps became a rustic secondary transition to the lawn area. A series of retaining walls built with native fieldstone composed a scenic backdrop for colorful perennial gardens, with a wandering garden leading to the terrace. Regarding the project’s pallet of design elements, Biron offered a provoking statement about its unusual challenges, “It’s the juxtaposition of apparent opposites that makes it all work well.” More often than not, a beautiful landscaping solution can indeed be set in stone. O&G Masonry Division supplied natural stone materials.

For more information about Hoffman Landscapes please navigate to their website or contact Kelly Baccash, marketing Coordinator directly at 203-834-9656. For more information about O&G Industries Masonry Division, please navigate to our website, social media or contact Anita Goerig, Director of Marketing directly at 203-881-5192.

Photo’s courtesy of Hoffman Landscapes, Inc.