Stone steps leading to mansion courtyard. Dex by Terra Residential Landscape Design & Build Project in Natick, Massachusetts

Bringing Harvard & Newport to Natick

Project Type

  • Courtyard Design
  • Pool Redesign
  • Outdoor Living Area


  • Georgian-Style Courtyard
  • Outdoor Kitchen & Pavilion
  • Pool Deck
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Fireplace
  • Seating Area / Dance Floor


  • Natick, MA


  • 2019

Drawing Inspiration From Harvard and Newport

Inspired by Harvard University, our client in Natick, MA requested a stately Georgian-style courtyard design, based on the classical architecture of Greece and Rome with an emphasis on symmetry, and modest accents. It was constructed of imported natural limestone. In addition to the courtyard, the client asked Dex by Terra to redesign the outdoor living space surrounding their existing pool in the style of Newport mansions.

Criteria given to Dex was for an entertainment area that featured a large patio for dancing, accompanied by an outdoor kitchen, and a large fireplace for use through the summer and crisp fall evenings. The pool deck and patio floor are constructed of silver travertine, and Connecticut white line stone was used for the fireplace and seating walls.

The pavilion which shelters a full, chef’s quality outdoor kitchen was designed by Dex by Terra and constructed of maintenance-free materials.

Because of the property’s proximity to the Charles River, Dex by Terra needed to submit all designs to the Natick Conservation Commission for approval.

Stone balusters surround the front courtyard of a mansion in Natick, MA. Masonry designed/built by Dex by Terra.
Gunite pool with stone pool deck & outdoor kitchen overlooking river. Dex by Terra pool renovation Project in Natick, MA.
Patio area with many small tables and a marble statue and a stone fireplace.

Research Required

With a request for our design to emulate the Georgian-style of Harvard University's oldest buildings and the given proximity of the property to the Charles River, we devoted ourselves to painstaking research to ensure customer satisfaction and conservation compliance.


Our planning process began with a walkthrough of the property and thoughtful dialog which formed the client's wish list and budget.


Hand sketches, perspective renderings, and detailed architectural plans were developed and approved by the client and city.


No stone is left unturned by our construction team, ensuring the project is done right and on budget.
Close up of marble columns with planters on top.

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