Dan Dewey A highlight that can be seen all the way from the house is the last planting bed before the water, which presents gentle drifts of two varieties of Miscanthus sinensis grass, “Morning Light” and “Zebrinus,” framed by a thriving throng of “Knock-Out” roses.

In the construction of the patio and the walls framing the entrance to the backyard, Mike Takach, of Earth and Stone LLC, thoughtfully worked with Dewey’s design and the homeowners’ visions, creating a hardscape that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

Eschewing the popular bluestone choice as a reflection of their self-described “rustic, natural aesthetic,” the owners asked for mammoth chunks of mica schist called “Goshen” stone for the new patio. Goshen stone is an unusual import from a rural community in Western Massachusetts. “Goshen stone doesn’t travel far from the town of Goshen,” Takach says. “It is a pretty unique stone that suited the rustic aesthetics of our client.”
The choice was a fitting connection to the homeowner’s history in that part of the state. The patio’s aesthetic is rugged and sturdy, unassuming, yet striking, with  handsome color, veining, and texture.

The double arching shape of the patio offers lots of entertaining possibilities. “Off to each side you have a gathering space and a grilling space,” says Dewey. “Both spaces have a complimentary scale and there’s enough room for people to sit, socialize, and move around comfortably.”

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