Design Concepts

Landscaped creek

A beautiful creek naturalized through landscaping.

Lee – An after picture

In this case, our customer had purchased a home and was left with some challenging problems.  The prior home owner had built a wall that didn’t fit into the new home owners game plan.  We were commisioned to take out the old and bring in the new.  The wall was failing in spots and re-building it with out having a source for additional stone to match, was not an option.  This renovation involved adding natural Limestone snap steps, pavered walkways, a patio, a pondless water feature and landscaping.  The customer wanted rock instead of mulch to lessen maintenance.  I’m still a mulch fan, especially when boulders are being utilized.  The mulch adds contrast to the boulders and really allows them to stand out.  For customers that are after reduced maintenance, this maybe the way to go.  In time, proper placement of plantings will allow for nice contrast as they mature and fill in the river rocked areas.

Lighted steps 2

Great hardscaping deserves lighting!  Here a charming pathway and steps are utilized into the evening with the use of proper path lighting.

Limestone boulder wall

A nicely done wall using limestone boulders.

Limestone wall and steps

Here is an example of 12″ Limestone wall block and 6-8″ Limestone steppers.

M. Benes – Cobble around the pool

Here we chose to utilize cobble stone around the pool to minimize the mulch which could blow into the pool.  The cobble tends to keep large dogs out of the beds as well not to mention I think it’s a nice and unique alternative to standard issue river rock.

M. Benes – Curved retaining wall w/steps

A curved retaining wall with lighted steps.

M. Benes – Fire pit

Here we utiilized two different colored retaining wall blocks which she already had on hand.  The intent was to create a sunked fire pit area which offered additional seating.  How did we do?

M. Benes – Patio or Chess?

Mary was a great customer with some fun ideas.  Our role was to implement those ideas into a user friendly, sustainable landscape environment.  This is one of many activity centers in her back yard.  Large chess pieces allow kids to actually utilize this space for a quick interactive game of chess.

Matthews – After construction, hardscaping, landscaping and lighting.

We built a custom deck and gazebo using Trex.  Incorperated tumbled pavers into the landings below each set of steps.  Low voltage lighting throughout the structure and landscaping ensured extended enjoyment even into the evening hours.  We were blessed to come accross these customers who now utilize all of our services.

Milbourn – Upper pond with Cranes

Here is one of my first ponds believe it or not. We used Windridge boulders as our stone, this is just a portion of the pond, in all we used some 70,000 lb’s of boulders.

Natural Limstone steps through a bouldered wall.

An example of natural limstone steps incorperated into a bouldered wall.

Natural stone wall with curves

Here is a nicely done natural stone wall.  It has nice curves, and functional steps that complement the wall materials.  The plantings choosen use a scale that compliments the wall well.

Natural stone wall with steps and curves.

Tastefully done natural stone wall with steps.

Nice dry creek bed

The key to a truly natural look is to use a proper mix of stones.  One doesn’t see only river rock in a creek bed.  An assortment of small to large stones rewards the customer with a pleasing, excellent representation of a real creek bed.  Placement of stones is important as well, one needs to have an eye for it.  It’s taken us a lot of years to develop that eye for detail.