Walls Steps Walks and Patio

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Duncan – The bridge, prior to pavers

Here is the beginning of what will become our pavered bridge.

Hidden Flagstone Patio

Wooded lots offer unique opportunities in the landscape arena.  This lot allowed for a secluded patio of flagstone.  Throw in some subtle landscape lighting and you’ve created a warm, quite, intimate space.

Hobbs – Pergola with swing and screen

Here Landmark Landscapes combined some construction skills with landscaping skills to package a nicely landscaped patio and pergola.  The pergola was built out of Cedar and was beefed up to handle additional weight from the swing.  It’s not visible but we actually have a steel beam built into this pergola so we new it could handle an additional 400 lb’s or so.

Klement – Project before and after pictures.

Here is what we began with on this project.  Little do I know at present but this is going to turn into a turn key project for us.  First in, last out… we inevitably walk this project right through all phases of construction.

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 1

In these steps, we used special low voltage lights that with some work can be made to fit right into the block itself.

Limestone boulder wall

A nicely done wall using limestone boulders.