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Before+After: Landscape

McHale Landscape Design creates streamlined outdoor spaces for a residence on the Severn River

“The house is almost totally surrounded by water,” says McHale’s Sandra Moffatt, who collaborated with Mike Miller on this Crownsville, Maryland, project. Located on the low-lying tidal ground of Peninsula Point, the property required wetland, native and ornamental plantings that would withstand flooding. Boulder outcrops and native blooms retain the site’s slope and create space for a fire pit; summersweet and bayberry buffer the shoreline.

Then Now
The circa-1970s house was rundown and the adjacent, ramshackle pool cabana needed an overhaul. McHale rejuvenated the property while the house was being renovated. The cabana was replaced with a new, modern pool house featuring a folding NanaWall, mahogany accents and clerestory windows.
The pool was dated, with a concrete surround and a crumbling brick patio adjoining it. An infinity-edge pool lit by LEDs boasts a spillway clad in mosaic-glass tile. The pool surround and patio are made of quartzite.
The property was bare and there wasn’t enough deck space from which to enjoy the amazing water views. McHale designed and built ipe decks that terrace the waterfront slope and connect the home and outdoor-living spaces via pathways and boardwalks.

Landscape Design & Contracting: Mike Miller, Sandra Moffatt, McHale Landscape Design, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 

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