Every beautiful space begins with your vision. The process is intended to be as simple as possible for our clients, and starts with an email or phone call. At the initial consultation, we will run over goals, considerations, and get as much on paper as possible. The initial consultation generally lasts three hours. Additional sessions may [...]

Gravel Driveway

DESIGN/Gravel Driveway  Gravel’s growing popularity is related to its increased availability and also to an expanding awareness of its richness in color, shape, and size. Most focus on its function and not on its form. Crushed gravel is at first, rough on the feet but over time, the pieces lock as they settle, providing a [...]


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Cobblestone Curbing & Apron

Cobblestone pavers, or Belgian block pavers, are not inexpensive. An affordable way to incorporate these pavers is to install a cobblestone apron or curbing. DESIGN/Cobblestone Curbing & Apron A cobblestone paver driveway can stand up as well as any other driveway material. Even better? Cobblestone pavers add value to your home and are easily maintained. Used as [...]

Fire Boulder

Exclusive to YardApes in all of New England, is Fireboulder, a company specializing in artisanal fire pits. Natural stone (from an Indiana boulder farm) is hand-carved and as such, no two are alike. We love the Fireboulder in our tipi. Ours is wood-burning, complementing of its surrounds. (Fireboulders outfitted for propane gas are available, but we thought it antithetical to the tipi. Can you imagine?) In most other settings, however, the convenience of propane Fireboulders is appealing. These incredible focal points are ideal for both outdoor living rooms and commercial spaces. Fireboulders are beautiful in their simplicity and easily integrated into existing hardscapes. And, equally important as aesthetics, Fireboulders are easily maintained.


The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.-Henry David Thoreau Design/Stone Walls


Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.-Jean Luis Borges DESIGN/Patios Patios make up a large part of your home’s curb appeal…your patio is the entrance to your home and can make […]

Outdoor Kitchens

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.-Oscar Wilde The “before” and “after” of this outdoor kitchen appear in Consumer Reports’ May 2013 article, “Reduce the size of your lawn–and your yard work.” For the full article and project photos, click […]

Paths & Walkways

Stone or paver walkways can add elegance to any yard, are great near entrances and driveways or to reach far off places like a pond in the corner of the yard. Custom walkways can create an adventurous, winding maze of a garden path, or just be a simple route from the basement cellar to the side door.


Ambience of camping, mood in yard, focal point, anchor in space, extend short New England summers, even in summer months when temperatures rarely go below 60 degrees, a more subtle way of lighting exterior spaces, constant movement, constant change has relaxing effect, ambient beautiful light, maximize outdoor space, for every fiery association–summer camp cookouts, primitive life, even danger of fire…circular, social, build a party around it. destination for entertaining, permanent seating, area more comfortable as seasons change.