UBLA believes in working with our clients to provide the highest quality design and construction administration services.

 

Our process begins with a client interview to understand the goals of the client, and is then followed by a thorough assessment to determine the site's negative and positive features.  Throughout the design process, we combine progressive ideas about stormwater management, use of native, lower-maintenance plants, utilizing appropriately sourced / reclaimed materials and water reclamation with the characteristics of the unique site.  Probable costs are considered throughout the process, helping to guide design decisions and be sure that the final plan is within our client's budget.  

We further partner with select clients to see the developed design through to completion.  Working with skilled tradesman with whom we have established trusting relationships over the last 20 years, we provide in-depth construction administration services.  We act as the owner's representative to be sure that projects are delivered on time, on budget, and built according to the design intent. 


LANDSCAPE MASTER PLANNING AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

River House

Working with Olson Lewis + Architects, Derosa Environmental and others, UBLA provided full landscape design and construction management services for this newly built home in Manchester-by-the-sea. A new entry drive, parking court, pool, tennis court, fencing, entry gate, lighting and plantings provide the finishing touches to this beautiful home and site.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • Project Architect: Olson Lewis + Architects

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design and Owner’s Project Management

  • LEAD CONTRACTOR: DeJoy Landscape Construction, Inc.

  • AERIAL PHOTOS: Derosa Environmental

  • OTHER PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


NEW POOL, PATIO, FENCING, AND LIGHTING

Andover Pool and Terrace

Working for a return client, this project joined the 2012 upper bluestone terrace to a new pool and associated decking. Bluestone, brick, ipe wood, new plantings, period fencing, and lighting were all seamlessly integrated with the existing house and patio.  A series of well defined and unique terraced spaces lead one from the house, through entertaining spaces, to the pool.  UBLA provided design and construction management services for this recently completed project.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • BUILDER: Ratte Construction

  • LANDSCAPE: New England Fieldstone Walls, Gunite Construction Inc, Barcellos Lighting and Design

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape Design, Owner's Project Management

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


master landscape planNING AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

Peach’s Point

UBLA provided landscape design services and acted as owner’s representative for this recently completed project. A driveway winds through a wooded slope, where three stone columns guide the way to the parking area and front courtyard. Nestled between the original rear porch and a new deck, a sunken patio and firepit provide beautiful views to the ocean beyond. Stay tuned for new photos to come this spring as the plantings fill in and the finishing touches are completed.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • BUILDER: Windhill Builders

  • ARCHITECT: MMO Designs

  • LANDSCAPE: DeJoy Landscape Construction, various trades

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape Design, Bidding, Lighting Design, Owner's Project Management

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Dolliver’s Terrace

Situated adjacent to Freshwater Cove, UBLA redesigned this small backyard to both maximize the functional outdoor space, and create a planted buffer to the neighboring shared driveway. Playful, organic curves define the patio, and plants tolerant of the seaside climate provide visual interest and screening.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR: Essex County Landscape Associates

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


LANDSCAPE MASTER PLANNING AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

Pride's Fire pit

Sometimes small projects make a big difference!  By opening up existing walls and adding a wide set of steps, a new fire pit space was created with a strong connection to the existing terrace.  Through careful material selections and rehabbing of existing stucco walls, this new space looks like it has always been there.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design and Owner’s Project Management

  • CONTRACTOR: WT LeRoyer Landscape, various

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


TERRACE, PLAYHOUSE, AND GARDEN DESIGN

Family Getaway

UBLA worked with this young family of four to develop a plan that divided a long backyard into a series of outdoor rooms for different functions. A spacious terrace screened from the driveway overlooks a large, open lawn terrace. Beyond the lawn area is a structure and playspace for the family’s young children. Low plantings create a sense of space while still allowing views from the terrace to the lawn and play area.

 

Project Details

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design, Owner's Project Management

  • Contractor: Corliss Landscape & Irrigation, various

  • PHOTOS: Geddes Donlon, Matthew Ulrich


LANDSCAPE MASTER PLANNING AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

Woodland Pool

UBLA provided full landscape design and construction management services for this pool and backyard renovation project in Topsfield. A small, organically shaped pool was nestled into the backyard off of an existing deck. Carefully placed within building setbacks and conservation restrictions; the use of a dark plaster, irregular stone decking and native plantings tuck this pool into the existing wooded landscape.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design and Owner’s project management

  • LEAD CONTRACTOR: Swazy & Alexander, Gunite Construction, Inc.

  • AERIAL PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


PERGOLA, TERRACE, LIGHTING AND GARDEN DESIGN

Beverly Quarry

A sunken garden was created in this small backyard through the use of a reclaimed dimensional granite block wall.  Split face granite steps playfully narrow and widen, leading  one from the driveway to the grape covered pergola and patio below.  Red Cedar horizontal slat fencing provides privacy and a unique background at night.  Granite blocks artfully placed in the garden and patio echo the granite retaining wall throughout the yard.

 

Project Details

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  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design, owner's representation during construction
  • Contractor: W.T. LeRoyer Landscape
  • LIGHTING: Barcellos Lighting & Design
  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

Cove Cottage

Taking advantage of a small front yard with ocean views, This recently renovated Beverly Cove home takes advantage of a small space in the front yard. Low growing, salt tolerant plantings are used to provide curb appeal and give a sense of privacy for the terrace and fire pit, while maintaining view lines.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • Architect: Mead Design, PC

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design and Owner’s Project Management

  • CONTRACTOR: DeJoy Landscape Construction

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


SITE PLANNING, ENTRY COURT AND GARDEN DESIGN

Georgetown Tudor

UBLA provided design and construction management services for this residential project in Georgetown, MA. The landscape design included the placement of a 2 car garage, extensive driveway and parking court redesign, and the integration of a seat wall and patio with the new kitchen addition. Unique grading issues resulted in the design and installation of a bio retention area to capture runoff from the roof and patio surfaces.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • Project Architect: Greenbridge Architects, LMK Interiors

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design, owner's representation during construction

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


LANDSCAPE MASTER PLANNING AND OWNER’S REPRESENTATION

Salem Common

UBLA provided landscape design services and helped guide this project through the Salem Historic Commission. Upon approval, UBLA was engaged by the homeowner to act as their representative throughout construction. This unique property near the Salem Common fits many elements into a small space: Bluestone terrace, a brick and antique cobble driveway, sliding electric gate / fencing, historically appropriate plantings, and peastone walking paths.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design and Owner’s project management

  • LEAD CONTRACTOR: New England Fieldstone, Parker Fence, Barbeau Electrical

  • AERIAL PHOTOS: Geddes Donlon


ENTRY DESIGN AND PARKING COURT

Manchester By the Trees

UBLA provided permitting, landscape design and construction administration services to see this project from inception to completion. The original U shaped driveway and pavement area extended up to the front door, and made for an akward parking and entry to this remodeled home. UBLA designed a new parking court/backout, a generous walkway to the front door, extensive boulder placements and naturalized plantings in keeping with the woodland context of the site. Two hand split granite posts, lit from below, accent the entry from the street. .

 

Project Details

  • Client: Owner
  • BUILDER: Stan Magnusson
  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design, owner's representation during construction
  • PHOTOS: Jim Badershall, Matthew Ulrich

HARDSCAPE, PLANTING AND LIGHTING DESIGN 

Marblehead Residential

 UBLA provided design and construction administration services for this residential project.  A small existing bluestone patio was reused in this new enlarged terrace through careful color matching and pattern design, and existing cement landings and stairs were reclad in brick with bluestone treads.  Screening concerns proved challenging in the narrow side yard, which was addressed by planting Phyllostachys aureosuculcata ‘Lama Temple’, an upright variety of bamboo which can attain heights of 15′ within a 3-5 year span. Its bold yellow/orange culms pop against the essex green of a universal board fence with an 18″ lattice topper.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Homeowner
  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design, owner's representation during construction
  • Contractor: WT LeRoyer Landscape
  • PHOTOS: Jim Badershall, Matthew Ulrich
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HARDSCAPE AND PLANTING DESIGN

Suburban Meadow

UBLA provided design and construction administration services for this residential project in Topsfield, MA. Early conceptual planning with the septic engineer allowed for alternate placement of the leaching field and septic tank, thereby freeing up much needed play space in the front yard. Extensive native and drought tolerant ornamental plantings are used to give shape and depth to the front yard, while setting it back off of the road.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Homeowner

  • Project Architect: TS Beard Architecture

  • LEAD CONTRACTOR: Essex County Landscape Associates

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape and lighting design, owner's representation during construction

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich


PARKING COURT, HARDSCAPE AND PLANTING DESIGN

Ocean's Edge

Working with Windover and Siemasko Verbridge Architects, UBLA provided landscape design services for this newly built home in Manchester-by-the-sea. A new entry drive, parking court and plantings provide a graceful welcoming entrance to this shingle style home.

 

Project Details

  • Client: Windover Development

  • Project Architect: Siemasko + Verbridge

  • SERVICES PROVIDED: Landscape design

  • PHOTOS: Matthew Ulrich