M. Benes – Limestone chip makes a wonderfull playground base

This project covered all sorts of outdoor projects.  The picture here shows how easily a playground can come to life in your own backyard when the right materials are utilized.  Here we incorporated .25″ limestone base material through out the playground area.  We vibratory plated the limestone so as to create a hardened surface.  We also introduced a climbing area for the kids made out of natural limestone boulders and low maintenance plants for additional interest.

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 – A before picture prior to construction

This project began as a deck and gazebo but grew into much more.

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.

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.

Outdoor living space, where does it start and stop?

I searched the internet to find the perfect definition of an outdoor living space, and to my surprise I came up short, even Wikipedia left me hanging.  In my opinion, creating an inviting outdoor living space is similar to that of changing your house into a home.  They both require an investment of time and materials. They both require the owner to personalize the space.  Some of the adverbs I’d utilize to describe this place would be, comfortable, welcoming, functional, interesting,… etc.  Establishing such takes ability, creativity, experience, and a personal investment in the effort (a.k.a “time and money”).  This definition includes both you and the people doing the work.

Outdoor living can consist of both structural and natural elements.  The tactful combination of these elements determines the overall success of the project.  Structural elements that come to mind include but are not limited to a pergola, deck, outdoor furniture, grill, patio, fire pit, hearth, etc.  Natural elements would be plantings, lighting, contours, fragrance, water, stone, sound, etc.  The outdoor living space is not to be confused with an outdoor kitchen.  An outdoor kitchen is simply structural elements in combination with the needed appliances to cook outdoors.   Therefore the outdoor living space may include an outdoor kitchen but is not limited to having one.  A growing trend in residential landscaping is that of placing more emphasis into the outdoor living space.  This is perhaps one of the most cost effective home improvements.

Improving your home is always a good investment. In the current economic environment, people are staying home.  Adding to your home’s value is smart, it positions you well if ever decide to sell your home as it makes your home more marketable.  At the same time, it improves your way of life and adds to your overall health and well being by placing you in direct contact with the outdoors.


Tumbled pavers add class and maintain that rustic feel.  Here is a link to a local provider of pavers Outdoor Solutions and the parent company Belgard which manufactures them.  Be sure to look through Belgards web site.  You will fins a wealth of useful ideas and information.

Pergola – Lighted with water feature

Outdoor structures add so many options to the outdoor environment.  Here we have a covered structure with lighting and a water feature.  Lots of interest, what a great way to whine down at the end of a hectic day.

Pergola as part of an outdoor room

Today the trend is to bring the living space outside.  Here a pergola was used in conjunction with outdoor furniture and other amendities.  As one can see, a classy yet comfortable look and feel is well within reach.

Petersan – Corner planting

Nice little corner planting with stone elements.

Petersan “Corner planting Spring”

Poolside – Projects

As I said before, pools make our job easier.  Look at the color and interest, couple that with the reflection off the water and you have a recipe for success.