Worldy Composition

Stoney Brook Landscaping and Masonry, based in Cape Neddick, fuses culture and history at Milbury Cottage
Words By Heather Chapman
Photos By Michael D. Wilson

A project completed by Tom Dunn of Stony Brook Landscaping and Masonrystands the test of time,both stylistically and structurally. With an approach grounded in old-world craftsmanship, acommitment to using—whenever possible—local or repurposed materials, and artistic expressionsnoted in signature touches, Tom’s handiworkis unmistakable in its character and methodical designs.

Retaining walls puzzled together with natural stone hug the contour of the dipped grade of the lot.
A granite slab bridges the gap between driveway and sunporch.

Thus, when a sophisticated and cosmopolitan couple sought out Stoney Brook for a project involvingboth grand and intricate hardscaping, Tom embraced the opportunity with open arms. “The client andIstarted with a plan derived from common goals and dreams for the project,” Tom explains, noting how,after the base plan was established, the design became free-form—each party playing off the other’sthoughts and suggestions. “This client and I workedexceedingly well together,” Tom shares

A close-up reveals Tom's old-world craftsmanship, anchored in a commitment to using local or repurposed materials, and artistic expression.
Worn and artfully configured hardscape materials keep in tune with the period of the cottage.

One common goal was to minimize steep inclines and create easy access to the home without the need for stairs. “The driveway needed to accommodate a smooth and rather flat transition from the pavement to the entrance,” Tom explains, noting the difficulty the task presented with the dipped grade of the lot. Retaining walls puzzled together with natural, rugged stone hug the contour of the property, leading to expertly curved pillars signifying the smoothest point of entry. A granite footbridge merges seamlessly with a wooden sunporch, leading to French doors on the side of the home. The entryway’s tranquil structure evokes a Japanese garden—a purposeful nod to the homeowners’ past travels

New hardscaping remains true to the period of the cottage, with worn materials integrating with weathered shaker siding and granite wall caps sourced from an old church in Massachusetts. “I’d been keeping those safe for quite some time,” says Tom. “When this opportunity presented itself, I thought it was the perfect time to put the material to good use.”