Construction and Remodeling Ideas

A gallery of composite deck ideas

We feel the back bone of  every landscape is a great hardscape.  Most hardscapes involve the addition of one or more structures, may it be a deck, a gazebo, or even a pergola.  That being said, we expanded our skill sets to handle those types of projects.  The construction industry is seeing a great surge of new environmentally friendly products such as composite decking materials.  Here are a few deck ideas for you to contemplate when dreaming on your future outdoor environment.

Acreage clearing

In the winter months, we like to work on projects that still entail the outdoors when ever possible. On many occasions, we offer great winter labor rates for this  type of work. Winter duties can entail large scale soil moving such as lake construction, underbrush removal in wooded locations, we have carved out walking paths through the woods, and we are always available to take down the unfortunate Nematode strickened pines. Give us a call if your interested in some winter work at a great price!

An outdoor courtyard

Here you have a charming outdoor courtyard effect.  Segmented block, pavers, color and contour, comprise the finished product.

Castle Wall Hearth and Railing

Here is an example of Castle Wall Block application in the landscape.  In this photo, we utilized Castle Wall Block to build both a hearth and railing that can be used as a sitting wall.

Cedar Platform Deck

We enjoy building quality decks.  Cedar is still our preferred medium of choice but we also build decks in pressure treated Pine and Composite.  This particular deck (Cedar) has metal spindles and wrap around steps.  The deck transitions down to a cobblestone look of patio pavers.

Composite Decks

Composite decks are another skill set we offer.  Composite has come along ways!  With so many colors and features it’s hard to beat.  To some it’s cost prohibitive as the over all materials cost is almost twice that of Pressure treated.  At the same time, it’s longevity is tough to beat.  A well built composite deck can last 20-30 years with no painting or staining!

I feel it only makes sense to combine all of your outdoor projects under one roof when ever possible.  It comes down to a good product for a fair price.  We at Landmark Landscapes are making good on that philosophy.  By contracting with us you can combine a landscape, hardscape, deck, fence and outdoor lighting project all in one turn key package.  By combining various small to large projects into one comprehensive plan and or project, we can offer a better price and keep all of the tasks running on a smooth schedule.  This makes life for you new construction home owners a breeze and stretches your dollar.  Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Concrete culvert

Here we took on our first culvert project.  I’d say it turned out nicely for our first attempt at forming and pouring a culvert.

Concrete vs Pavers

We admit the tendency is towards paver’s but concrete works nicely as well.  Here is a before shot of pool project prior to concrete.

Continued upgrades to our first swing set

To think my family started with a swing set.  Maybe I felt I’d missed out on some portion of my childhood?  Maybe my sons thought it a great idea?  No matter how it transpired, this is our upgraded swing set.  It offers a working water faucet in addition to two fully functional water cannons.  The platforms add new meaning to water fights and serve as great defensive positions for my children to pummel me with water as I try to storm the fort.  If you or your children are into play and want to explore some fun construction projects in your back yard just give us a call.

Custom fort with slide and rock climbing wall

We had fun on this project.  Rather than mowing a challenging slope, our customer went with a play area for the kids and took the mowing out of play.  Snap steps complement the bouldered bank, allowing for a more manageable elevation change.  Fun project.  Still needs a water cannon though!

Keep in mind we are capable of more than just landscaping!  We handle projects from decks and pergolas to garages and small additions.  We offer special pricing for those of you whom are willing to wait till our off season (December – March).

Dalton project

We took this back yard to the next level last fall 2014′.  We removed the concrete, added large pavers a sitting wall and this nice fire pit kit.  We utilized Lumberman’s and Outdoor Solutions as our material suppliers on this joint project.  We made a friend along the way as well!

Deck built during winter pre-season

Here our customers took advantage of our discounted winter labor rates and had us build them a deck.  This particular deck utilized preasure treated lumber and took a few days.  Landscaping came later.

Deumic – Castle wall and Holland pavers

Here we addressed not only the drainage issues but also added a nice sitting area and landscaping.  We used standard Holland pavers and Castle wall block to create a more open airy feel.  The deck was expanded upon and resurfaced with a composite product “Trex”.  Multiple levels were created.  Wire’s wereran throughout the project to allow for easy lighting installation later in life.  A dry creek bed and hidden drain tile direct water away from the house now.  All in all, a nice practical addition to an existing yard.

Duncan – A before picture of a drainage problem.

This was another technical project for Landmark Landscapes.  Our customer continued to have water seepage in their basement.  Standard drainage proceedures were utilized to no avail.  In the end, a special group was formed consisting of various specialists and an engineer, with Landmark Landscapes being a player in this process.  We unfortunately, had to tear out an existing pavered walkway, boulders, lighting, and landscaping trees, shrubs and perennials.  The picture merely shows how we lowered the entire front yard by close to 24″.  With the grade down past the level where the house essentially sat on the poured foundation, the seepage ended.  Do to the grade change we were forced to come up with a plan that allowed for an attractive entry while still allowing easy flow of water from the home.  We came up with a sunken grotto effect.  The trees, shrubs and most of the perennials were saved and taken care of at our nursery, while construction ensued.  Do to the lay out and grade changes a bridge was required.  We wanted to re-utilize the pavers as well and this became a challenge as well, since we needed a bridge of concrete and steel for ridgidity.  In the end, most of the initial landscape was reutilized and the main water issues were fixed.

Duncan – During construction

Here is our work in progress on the sunken grotto.  Note how we took the bridge from reinforced steel, added 3″ of high tinsel strength concrete, and then ran our pavers right over the top.  We have 4′ reinforced steel and concrete piers on all four corners of the bride as well.  Don’t want it to move!!!  In the end, we will finish out this landscape using many of our customers initial plantings as we saved them when it proved beneficial.  I will take some pictures in a year and show you the project filled out with colorful plantings.