01.30.13

Invigorating weather for a nice night in the Hot Tub

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Winter Landscape at 7:41 AM by Administrator

We worked with a family that lives in Lynnfield, MA as they wanted to have a hot tub.  We designed the path to get to the hot tub and the patio for which encompassed the hot tub.  By making access to the hot tub easy and clean, stepping stones and pavers, we were able to help keep the water inside the hot tub clean (no grass clippings or mulch getting stuck on someone’s feet) and easy to use the hot tub all year.

The patio makes access to the mechanical parts of the hot tub easy and free of obstacles, while the extra wide patio area by the entrance to the hot tub serves as a walkway and place to dry off.

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

Hot Tub on Paver Patio

Hot Tub on Paver Patio

01.28.13

Construction of a patio for a Hot Tub

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:54 AM by Administrator

We created the base and a patio for a Hot Tub for a family that lives in Lynnfield, MA.  We determined the weight of the hot tub when it was full of water and people and used that information to determine how to construct the base under the hot tub.  Our goal was to build the base in a manner to ensure that the hot tub does not settle as we want the water level to remain consistent within the hot tub.

As a result of our planning procedures, we installed crushed stone and geogrid around electrical conduit as the base.  We worked closely with the electrician to understand the proper size electrical conduit that was needed and brought the conduit up within the inside of the hot tub so that none of the electrical work would be seen.

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

Base for a Hot Tub

Base for a Hot Tub

01.25.13

Uplighting the Front of a New England House in Newburyport

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 5:37 PM by Administrator

This Newburyport family wanted some ambient lighting as there are no street lights near them and they walk their dog every night.  By lighting their house with this style of uplights, we were able to install lights flush with a new cobblestone apron that we installed and have the light give some brightness to the whole area.  As you may be able to see that the fence on the right of the following picture is illuminated, that is because we also installed 2 lights up in a tree that is next to the house.  These lights that are up in the tree provide lighting down to the end of their property which makes the nightly and early morning walks much more pleasurable and safe.

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

Uplighting the Front of a House in Newburyport with Flush Mounted Landscape Lights

Uplighting the Front of a House in Newburyport with Flush Mounted Landscape Lights

01.23.13

Patio and Wall in an area that stays wet – Completed

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 8:12 AM by Administrator

This Amesbury family has been able to enjoy their patio, walkway and new wall.  The patio and walkway were built with Unilock pavers and the new wall was reconstructed using the wall block that was pre-existing.  As for the wall, we improved the drainage beneath and behind the wall and we applied an adhesive to the top row of blocks.

The accent row for this family includes pavers with the same color as the body of the patio, but it is a different style of Unilock paver. Unilock patio finished

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

01.21.13

Patio and Wall in an area that stays wet – installation method

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 7:00 AM by Administrator

This Amesbury, MA family chose pavers by Unilock and we were careful to ensure that all of the pavers were installed in straight lines.  It is best to always check that each row of pavers are straight by comparing the edge of the pavers against a long level or a taut string.  Minor adjustments and spacing is best done immediately and not after all of the pavers have been installed.

Installation Pattern of Unilock Pavers For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

01.16.13

Patio and Wall in an area that stays wet – Stepping Stones

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 6:52 AM by Administrator

Keeping with the client’s goals, we needed to make the remainder of the side of the house accessible, but did not want the whole area to be just pavers.  Once again, because the area is traditionally wet, we excavated the clay soil and installed a crushed stone base beneath the stepping stones prior to bringing in new loam and compost.

Thus, we introduced stepping stones and small perennials.  We placed the perennials close to the stepping stones as a beautiful fragrance will be noticed when the plants are brushed or moved by a person walking on the stepping stones.

Stepping Stones and Perennials

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

01.14.13

Patio and Wall in an area that stays wet – how to stabilize

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 7:50 AM by Administrator

For this Amesbury family, they wanted a patio that would be large enough for them to have friends come over and enjoy some dinner and music, but they have a small backyard (approximately 50′ x 30′) so location and design was going to be critical.  Based on their goals and future uses for this patio, we designed and constructed a paver walkway from the house to the patio.

But, the area where the walkway and patio needed to be installed was normally wet and did not drain very well.  Using these facts, we installed a drainage pipe from the downspout of the gutters and ran that pipe behind the segmental wall that we planned to reinstall (the prior wall needed some TLC).  This helped control the amount of water that would have possibly been a problem to our walkway and patio.

Secondly, we overexcavated (dug out more than the ICPI requirements) so that we could install more crushed stone and remove some more of the clay type soil.  We also installed a geotextile fabric that adds additional support to the foundation of the walkway and patio.  This fabric will be hidden under the finished pavers, but is critical in instances like this.

Drainage Pipe & Geotextile Fabric

For more information or to speak with Tony of Artistic Landscapes, please either look at the Artistic Landscapes website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or call 978.317.9875.

01.11.13

Boston Flower & Garden Show – March 2013

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Pruning, Winter Landscape at 1:00 PM by Administrator

We will be exhibiting at the Boston Flower & Garden Show that is held at the Seaport World Trade Center from March 13th – 17th this year.  Please stop by booths 836 and 838 as we will be there displaying some of our natural stonework, a paver patio and some of our low voltage landscape lights.  We will be raffling off a pair of free passes to attend the show to everyone who sends an email to raffle@Artistic-Landscapes.com.

Thank you and if you would like any information regarding what we will have with us on display or would like to schedule an appointment for us to meet with you and discuss your goals please either call us at 978.317.9875 or email Tony at Tony@Artistic-Landscapes.com.

 

01.08.13

Front Entrance with Pavers

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 12:32 PM by Administrator

If the front entrance to your home needs some added curb appeal and improved accessibility, we recommend you consider using pavers.  For this Georgetown family, we installed a paver walkway from the steps by the driveway to the front of the house.  Once we made it to the front of the house, we graded the patio portion of the project so that the family will have a 7″ step from the pavers to their existing steps and the water that lands on the pavers will drain away from the house.  Because of the site specific conditions, we built a small segmental wall that makes the slope of the patio work well and serves as a step from the walkway that connects the driveway to the patio.

Proctor Patio