April 15, 2024 - Nostalgic Nantucket is featured in the Spring Issue of New England Home. available in print and online. See the full article here.


When homeowners Mark and Marilyn Wendling hired Nick Fobes and Douglas Hoerr of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects to design this Nantucket property in 2019, they requested a landscape that “felt as comfortable and casual as a sundress.” Having already designed a Midwest home for the couple, the designers knew exactly how to make that happen. “We just got the band back together,” says Fobes.

After years of summering on Nantucket, the family finally found their ideal property on the outskirts of town but with easy access to the beach. Only one obstacle stood in the way of Nantucket nirvana: the original triangular property had no room for a pool and pool house. After a land swap with their neighbors—“which happens more often than you would think,” according to landscape contractor Gregory Raith—everyone achieved the configuration of their dreams, including the team at Hoerr Schaudt.

While the house and guest cottage were undergoing an extensive renovation by Lindsay Custom Builders, Hoerr Schaudt was orchestrating an elegant approach. By relocating the parking court, the team achieved a flower-filled arrival experience of fairytale proportions populated by masses of long-blooming perennials like nepeta, stachys, alliums, and irises weaving between clouds of hydrangeas in hues that echo the ocean.

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That experience further unfolds into a series of adventures encircling the house and threading through outdoor rooms connected by pathways that duck beneath arbors and disappear into secret spaces. Mounds of prolific perennials in harmonious colors elbow each other beside stepping stones, while the hydrangea leitmotif echoes throughout.

The tango between house construction and earthmoving in limited space kept Raith on his toes. But the site’s sandy loam—ideal for drainage—made up for any headaches. “It was like going to heaven,” he says of working with the soil.

Meanwhile, Fobes delivered his clients’ dream and more. “They trusted us but gave us feedback,” he says. “Rather than designing for them, we designed with them.” Amenities like a spa, outdoor shower, outdoor dining area, and secluded porch are tucked within the plantings. For privacy, mature privet hedges were preserved. “We live outdoors in summer,” says Mark Wendling. “This design is simple, casual, and natural.” Sundress achieved.

Project Team
Architecture: Botticelli & Pohl
Landscape design: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Builder: Lindsay Custom Builders
Landscape contractor: Gregory Raith Landscape Contracting

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