In that spirit, landscape architect Gregory Lombardi of
Gregory Lombardi Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
wanted to preserve the original “worn” charm of the site and
the old Yankee house-on-the-water persona.
“It is a magic site — they have rocky coastline, protected
harbor views, and then they have beach. It is the best of all possi-
ble worlds,” says Lombardi. “We tried to work with the character
of what was there to make it more focused and refined.”
Lombardi and his team replaced apple trees that had to be
removed during the renovation and played with the one-story
grade difference between the driveway and front door using a
sequence of granite paths rather than typical linear steps.