Living on the Edge

By Scott Byron & Co., Inc.

This bluff residence was developed with a clear plan to prevent further erosion to the bluff while celebrating Lake Michigan's views. The main focus was installing a 110ft retaining wall made from a mix of Wisconsin flagstone boulders and New York Flagstone stone steps with outcroppings using Waterloo Quartzite boulders. Once done, steps were added using existing ledge rock slabs, and a tram was installed to allow beach access. Finally, two irregular Fond-Du-Lac Gray flagstone terraces were furnished and installed to allow for further beach access, entertainment, and relaxation. Planting specimens focused on bluff tolerance, seasonal interest, and unique sculptural character complemented the bluff. The palette included Wintergreen Arborvitae, Norway Spruce, Kentucky Coffeetree, Whitespire Birch, and groves of various Dogwood, all complemented by a selection of multiple Hydrangeas and shade perennials. A fire pit, Kayak rack, and light fixtures were added to further allow for relaxation and lakeside entertainment. Furthermore, the south side of the residence features a wall of Arborvitae to allow for a sense of privacy. Also, the bluestone chip gravel path allows easy access from the front of the home to the beach below.