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Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, PA - mountain retreat
Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, PA - mountain retreat
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emery rd, dingmans ferry, PA, US
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Cool Temperate

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Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, PA - mountain retreat

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New Construction, Mountain Retreat/vacation home in Pocono Mtn. Steep slopes, low depth to bedrock and extensive soil compaction/erosion issues.

Project Description


The property is located in Pike County, Pennsylvania, encompassing 1.73 acres and is situated in the Piedmont Peninsula, Mid-Atlantic region of the northern temperate forest biome. The elevation in this region is 1,000 to 1,800 feet, with a mean annual precipitation: 35 to 45 inches, mean annual air temperature ranging from 45 to 50 degrees F and a “frost-free period” of 120 to 180 days. (source: NRCS)


The property owners’ goals for this project include:

1. Repair and regenerate the soil that has been disturbed by construction on the site and reduce erosion throughout.

2. An overall property design which places elements in the “correct, relative location” creating a felling of natural flow from one outdoor space to the next; a low- maintenance landscape characterized by resilient plantings (including some edible/ medicinal native species) that are both attractive to wildlife (serve to enhance biodiversity) and still remain aesthetically pleasing.

3. An allowance for an outdoor space to relax and entertain (‘privacy screen’ to obscure the view of the neighboring property) closest to the ground floor egress, located on the South side of the house

4. Provide for an area for dogs to exercise and run in area disturbed by the installation of the drain field.

5.The establishment of some guild plantings comprised of fruit and nut trees/shrubs, edible/medicinal perennial plantings and/or planting of species which will serve to support, enhance and build resilience into the overall function of other design elements ( i.e.: insectary plants, dynamic accumulator plants, nitrogen fixers, etc), primarily located on the edges of the woodland (interface between building envelope and existing woodlands), visible from the main floor living areas of the residence and the deck (located off the master bedroom).

6. Use existing resources found on site (large amounts of woody debris/biomass) to establish a low-maintenance, edible mushroom bed in heavily shaded area of woodland.

7. Manage a large portion of the property as a ‘wildlife preserve,' allowing these area to be maintained as woodland.


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