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Hardscaping

A beautiful job has all the right components.

Here is a professionally done landscape.  Take notice of all the colors, textures, contrasting sizes and shapes.  An interesting landscape is comprised of many elements, coordinated into one attractive theme.


An outdoor courtyard

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


Beautiful way to handle drainage.

Look at how artistically the drainage is handled in this project.  Stone elements, decorative rock and softscaping in the form of plant material.  Stunning!


Bouldered Bank

Here is a nice example of boulders as the building blocks of a landscape.  Glacial Granite boulders are used as the wall element, granted man made products work nicely as well.  With this naturalized setting however we think boulders really makes the project.


Bouldered terraces and landscaping

A hill side done in boulders and plantings makes an attractive, interesting addition to any slope.


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.


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!


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 – After picture of dry creek bed installation

We installed a dry creek bed and additional drainage.  It added to the landscaping and fixed a problem.  On many projects now a days we add short dry creek beds at key gutters. We find it improves the overall look of the landscaping and aids with drainage.


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.


Duncan – Pavered Bridge Completed

Here is our first steel and concrete bridge finished in pavers.  Built from scratch, looks wonderful when under lighted at night.  I will provide additional photos when the plants fill out in a year.


Fire pit – Glacial Granite Boulders

Here is an example of a fire pit using glacial granite stones or field stone.  They can be as simple as a campfire or more complex using fire rings and mortar such as some of these.  Your tast is the final say.


Fire pit using Granite boulders built into sitting wall

Here we built the fire pit right into the sitting wall.  You could say we killed two birds with one stone… well a few actually.


Fritz – A tree and bouldered lined circle drive.

Here our customer wanted to remedy some problem mowing while still maintaining a natural look.  Our remedy was to build in boulders and add a complementary selection of trees for color and interest.  Now they just allow the buffalo grass to grow and enjoy.  Yes, I will approach them about lighting someday!