Best of Boston Home 2013

Every year we consult with dozens of local experts, then hit the pavement ourselves to create a list of talented, trustworthy pros ready to make your dream project a reality. Happy nesting!

Outdoor


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Photograph courtesy of A BLADE OF GRASS

Lawn and Garden Service
A BLADE OF GRASS

While most landscapers simply aim for curb appeal, the crack team behind this Wayland-based company—founded by landscape designer Jim Douthit and archaeologist Heather Lashbrook Jones—also considers the views from inside the house when transforming a neglected patio into a Japanese garden, or a soggy side yard into a colorful perennial patch. Now that’s perspective.

129 Boston Post Rd., Wayland, 508-358-4500, abladeofgrass.com

Outdoor Furniture
SEASONS FOUR

Seasons Four’s 14,000-square-foot Lexington showroom displays a veritable rainbow of umbrellas; tables and chairs in every weatherproof material imaginable; cushions with customizable fabrics and finishes; and finishing touches like fire pits, fountains, and lanterns, many made right here in the U.S.A.

1265 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, 781-861-1200, seasonsfour.com.

Fencing
RELIABLE FENCE BOSTON

Who says fences have to be completely utilitarian? Not the guys at Reliable Fence, who construct cedar barriers that are both functional and beautiful—white-picket fences, folksy post-and-rails, classic arbors, and English garden lattices, to name a few. But it’s not style over substance here: Professional and personable, these fencing experts will get the job done quickly and efficiently—without crushing your hydrangeas.

283 Salem St., Woburn, 800-321-9363, reliablefenceboston.com.

Pool Design/Installation
O’HARA & COMPANY

If you’d rather cool off in a spring-fed swimming hole than a concrete parallelogram, Nick O’Hara can make it happen in your own backyard. His crew harvests boulders from local farmland and forests to create beautiful structures that evoke images of his native Ireland. They’ll even help design features beyond the water’s edge—from patios to fencing—to complete your personal aquascape.

11 Cordaville Rd., Ashland, 508-881-6851, oharacompany.com

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Photograph courtesy of STEPHEN STIMSON ASSOCIATES

Landscape Architect
STEPHEN STIMSON ASSOCIATES

Whether they’re working with a rambling, rural estate, a rooftop terrace, or a postage-stamp-size urban backyard, landscape pro Stephen Stimson and his team pay tribute to the historical context of the land, taking inspiration from geology and vegetation to make sure their designs blend seamlessly into the surroundings.

189 Main St., Falmouth, 508-548-8119; 288 Norfolk St., Cambridge, 617-876-8960; stephenstimson.com

Garage Makeovers
BOSTON GARAGE

Specializing in luxury enhancements, this South Shore company helps discerning clients create their very own Garage Mahal, offering everything from sleek European-style cabinetry for tools and gardening supplies to overhead storage and wall racks for paddleboards, golf bags, and bikes. They’ll even coat the floor with a stain-resistant finish that shines like polished terrazzo.

145 Webster St. #2, Hanover, 781-836-5145, bostongarage.com

Hardscape Design/Installation
MATTHEW CUNNINGHAM LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Working with master masons and reclaimed local materials, Maine native Matthew Cunningham creates lush, natural landscapes that look instantly mature. His lovely stone walls, terraces, and pathways complement carefully chosen plants to celebrate New England’s many moods.

106 Mount Vernon Ave., Melrose, 617-905-2246, matthew-cunningham.com