HISTORIC PRESERVATION: Courtesy of Artistic Landscapes LLC
In an area so rich in historic significance, the New York Hudson Valley boasts many homes that represent the character of yesteryear, drawing from a much more ornate era of both architecture and landscaping. Because of this, many homeowners either desire or require that the original style of their home and estate be preserved during renovation. Since technology has leaped forward in ways no one could have predicted, many such homes are sadly lacking in modern conveniences and are considered not “up to code.”
For those attracted to the challenges of updating a historic real estate gem, often they are not prepared for the exorbitant expense involved. It is common to discover hidden problems which must be fixed to preserve the actual structure of the home or building. Some of these problems stem from poor drainage, which leads to rotting materials and insect infestations, along with mold, mildew and other health hazards.
This is where a knowledgeable landscaper comes in. But in addition to rectifying problems, there are aesthetics which affect the final outcome of any landscaping efforts. Some historic estates have the overgrown remains of grand gardens and dismantled stonework as a result of years of neglect or tree root invasion. Other turn-of-the-century homes with large expanses of land suffer from too much shade, the effects of tree or plant disease, as well as damage from storms and wildlife. However, none of these conditions is impossible to control with the proper long-term measures.
If the historic home in question is to be enjoyed by today’s standards, the landscaping work will probably involve a complete overhaul of both front and back yard to address seasonal weather conditions, lighting, safety and availability of water and power for luxuries we all crave, like pools and outdoor kitchens.
Since much of the work needed for successful landscaping occurs underground, it is important to choose an experienced and highly esteemed team of landscape experts to address all of these concerns. Beyond the very essential structural roots of your project, the absolutely vital beauty of the final result will be the goal you need to achieve. This may need to emulate the architecture of your home’s historical style necessitating creative use of modern techniques and materials as well as conforming to guidelines set forth by organizations protecting the area’s history.
Many projects handled by Artistic Landscapes based in New York’s Hudson Valley have had to meet many of these parameters: Complementing stone building and foundation structure, recreating cobblestone driveways, building natural fieldstone walls, and planting suitable adornments to live up to the meticulously beautiful landscapes of an era gone by.
If you would like to discuss your historic restoration project with Artistic Landscapes at a free on-site consultation, landscape designer and owner Rhett Goslar would be happy to meet with you. You can contact him by email by visiting http://artisticlandscapesny.com/contact_.html or by calling 845-542-6723. To see his well-earned awards or read authentic Angie’s List reviews by discerning clients just like you, please visit http://artisticlandscapesny.com/Angies_List_Reviews_.html