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Shoreline Restoration Options

Shoreline homeowners have many options for naturalizing their waterfront, depending on the conditions at their home. At homes with shallow slopes and little wave action, a full sandy beach can be appropriate. Along shorelines with more erosive forces, partial bulkhead removal offers sufficient protection, while allowing the benefits of easier waterfront access with a small beach cove.

Sandy Beach

Due to the protected location of this home on the lake, a finer, sandy beach was designed. Grades were pulled back onto the property and clusters of natural boulders held back slope and large garden beds. Plantings are lush but low, allowing views from the house onto the lake.

Naturalized Bulkhead with Beach Cove

Natural boulders and logs protect the shoreline and replace the bulkhead. Native emergent vegetation is tucked behind boulders to give the cove both added habitat value as well as privacy.
The natural boulder edge is pulled back to create a small beach cove. (More photos of this project.)

Private Cove

The cove is tucked into the naturalized shoreline of this home and allows access to the lake. The landscape frames a peek-a-boo view into the property from the lake but overall maintains a high level of privacy. A log and emergent plants divide the gravel-cobble beach on the shoreline from a sandy inner-beach.

Boulder - Gravel Beach Combination

This project replaced one half of a concrete bulkhead with a natural boulder wall (far right), and the other half with a gently sloping gravel beach (left). Paths and lush plantings filled in behind the shoreline and around existing, mature trees. (More photos of this project.)

Naturalized Bulkhead

A degrading concrete bulkhead was removed and replaced with more natural materials. The wall was brought back a little, and natural boulders and logs form the new bulkhead. The shoreline is better protected from wave action, the lake shore gravel added to the shoreline is good for salmon, and the shoreline is overall more attractive and natural looking. (More photos of this project on Houzz.)

Anchored Log Shoreline

Large, fallen logs are anchored along the shoreline with large boulders, lake shore gravel, and native vegetation. Logs protect the shoreline and vegetation, and act as a smaller, more natural bulkhead. Additionally they serve as a natural seating wall along the beach.

Partial Bulkhead Removal

In this project a portion of the bulkhead was removed, and a portion was retained (on right). Where the bulkhead was removed, a beach was created using large boulders set back into the landscape. Low-rise, stone steps connect the beach to a new patio overlooking the lake. (More photos of this project.)

With dozens of shoreline restoration projects along Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, we can help you figure out which option is most suitable for your home.

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