Examples of Sonya's work (click on pictures to see larger versions):


Residence
Newburyport, MA

Sonya designed and oversaw the installation of a completely new landscape for this residence in Newburyport.  The owners had just completed a large renovation project to the interior and wanted their outside space to complement their renovation.  Working with the homeowners, the builder and the landscape contractor Sonya was able to interpret and bring to life an inspiring landscape that includes magnificent outdoor hardscapes and living spaces with beautiful garden landscapes and pathways.


The Dalton Club

Newburyport, MA

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built in the late 18th century The Dalton Club needed a landscape plan that would keep the traditional aspects of the magnificent property intact but update it for the many needs of the active social club.  The many existing gardens, trees, fencing and structures provided many opportunities and challenges.  Sonya worked with the leadership of the club to incorporate their ideas and needs into a plan that is innovative yet incorporates the proper historic cues in keeping with the property.  Sonya is also overseeing the installation of the plan during late 2011 and early 2012.


Reclaiming
a Waterside Ruin
Newburyport, MA

Sonya's graduate thesis from Harvard created and presented a plan to transform a decaying, unused railroad bridge over the Merrimac River into an inspirational, bustling connection between the towns of Newburyport and Salisbury.  The plan incorporates the existing Clipper City Rail Trail and the work of the Coastal Trails Coalition and lays out a plan that would enable the railroad bridge to become a true center of activity within the communities and provide improved access and connection to Merrimac River.


Park 6.4
Cambridge, MA

The goal of this project was to create a public park for two economically diverse Cambrige neighborhoods; area 6 and area 4.  The site, currently a parking lot for a 5 story office building, sits just one block from Central Square and is boardered by Prospect Street, a high trafficked road along the Southeastern side.  A bus stop sits at the Southern corner of the site.  

The new park layout embraces the "energy" of Prospect Street by widening the exisiting sidewalk into the park.  This also softens the pedestrian's interaction with the busy road.  Continuous bedlines flow throughout the park creating a sense of unity and flow for the visitor while large boulders help to anchor the site in its city surroundings.  A water feature creates a focal point for kids, adults and pets while softening the sounds of nearby Central Square. Green lawns, wide paths, and lots of seating invites the visitor to utilize the park whether walking to the bus, eating lunch, or playing on the grass.  A variety of native plants are used to give year round interest and a sense of "backyard" feel to the surrounding community.


Residence
Concord, MA

Sonya was retained by a builder in Concord, MA to develop a landscape plan for several new homes that were being built within smaller lots.  Challenges included the need to provide screening between the houses along with solving several difficult grade change issues.  The builder also had strong budgetary pressures and needed to work quickly to complete the project before the new homeowners moved in.


Residence
Cambridge, MA

Sonya developed a landscape design for a pre-eminent historical house in Cambridge, MA.  The plan succesfully balanced the needs of maintaining a connection to the historical past along with providing privacy in a busy urban setting. 


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