Best of Boston Home 2010 Outdoor Hardscape
O'Hara & Company
Dedicated to re-creating the ancient stonework of his native Ireland, Nick O'Hara gets personally involved in every job that comes his company's way. The firm has spent the past 20 years building outdoor fireplaces, chimneys, walls, archways, and paths that look as if they've existed for centuries. (The company motto? "Every stone must have character.") O'Hara's passion doesn't stop with bricks, though: He's also been known to build custom wine cellars like those found in European chalets.