waterview residence

The objective was to design a creative and functional pool garden for the enjoyment of the family (particularly grandchildren) and for entertaining friends and business associates.  The primary use is as a summer residence and a quiet place away from Boston.  The house was purchased because of the view of Narragansett Bay and the Mount Hope Bridge.  Unfortunately, the descending slope of the rear yard (almost a 12’ drop) put one at a view level that neither landmark was visible.  The solution was to raise the viewer into the view shed.  This was achieved by the construction of a raised terrace area retained by a native fieldstone retaining wall that wrapped around the garden and faced the ocean.  The pool, pergola and surrounding landscape was then sufficiently raised to take advantage of views across the Bay.








Location: bristol, Rhode Island
Client: Town of Holbrook
Completion Date: 2018


WDA Design Group
   Michael Dowhan
   Erik Vangsness
   Ramon Ibarlucea
Flansburgh Architects - Architect
Nitsch Engineering - Civil Engineer
Garcia, Galuska and DeSousa Consulting Engineers - Electrical Engineer


Landscape Architecture
Regulatory Permitting