02.27.13

Boston Flower & Garden Show – March 13 – 17, 2013

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Pruning, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:16 AM 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.  In anticipation of this event, we have started constructing a natural stone firepit by hand chiseling the stones.

Please stop by booths 836 and 838 as we will be there displaying some of our natural stonework, a paver patio, segmental walls and some of our low voltage landscape lights.  We will be raffling off a pair of free passes to attend the show.  Please send an email to raffle@Artistic-Landscapes.com to be entered into the raffle.

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.

02.26.13

New 2013 F150 Truck

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:34 AM by Administrator

As we continue to prepare to provide our clients with the terrific service, once again, we have upgraded one of our trucks.  We just added a 2013 F-150 pickup truck.

If you have any landscaping questions or why we purchased another Ford truck 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.

Thank you!

Artistic Landscapes New Truck

02.25.13

Winter Landscape

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 2:13 PM by Administrator

We hope everyone is enjoying the snow and seeing the positives of this weather.  Our plants are receiving much needed snow cover and they will eventually be treated with ample melting snow.  This is the view of a section of my yard this morning.

Trees covered in fresh snowIf you would like to get your landscaping improved this year, now is a good time to start discussing your goals with Artistic Landscapes and we look forward to including your project in our schedule.  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.

02.15.13

Landscape Lighting around a Patio

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:49 AM by Administrator

We were able to provide this Danvers family with the adult type backyard that they had in their goals.  The backyard is completely visible from the kitchen and family room and is now visible after sunset as well.  This family can look at their kitchen window and see the firepit and when they look at the slider from their family room they see the patio and stone planters.

To achieve the upscale look that they were looking for, we installed 3 accent rows around the patio.  The outer 2 rows were built using pavers that are blackish and have an old cobblestone look to them and then we installed 1 row of a contrasting color and style to separate the body of the patio with the outside border rows.  The differences in the textures, colors and styles of the pavers become more pronounced under the soft illumination of strategically placed landscape lights.  The center of the patio is illuminated by a landscape light that is installed approximately 15′ up on the house.

As you can see from this picture, each planter contains an area light which will illuminate the plants as well as the paths next to the planters.

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.

Paver Patio with a Firepit and Stone Planters at Night with Low Voltage Landscape Lights in Danvers

Paver Patio with a Firepit and Stone Planters at Night with Low Voltage Landscape Lights in Danvers

02.13.13

Firepit under Construction in Danvers

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:43 AM by Administrator

This firepit was built with Segmental Wall Units by Unilock.  Similar to the stone planters and sitting wall, we were able to acheive a consistent height between the various stone structures by taking measurements from our laser level.  By using our laser level, we were able to begin construction of each stone element independent of each other and still obtain the correct/consistent height.

As you can see from this picture, the base inside the firepit is filled with crushed stone.  This crushed stone plus additional crushed stone which we installed prior to installing fire brick helps maintain an appropriate level of drainage from within the firepit.

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.

Firepit built with Segmental Units by Unilock

Firepit built with Segmental Units by Unilock

02.12.13

Skiing at Cranmore, Bretton Woods, Deer Valley & The Canyons

Posted in Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:22 AM by Administrator

In addition to taking care of all of the paperwork for last year, planning for this year, preparing for the Boston Flower & Garden Show in March and designing our new office and garage space, I have been able to go skiing.  So far this winter, I have enjoyed a day at Mt. Cranmore and a day at Bretton Woods – both are in New Hamsphire.  Last week, we enjoyed an afternoon at Deer Valley (it was like skiing in a blizzard) and 3 days at The Canyons in Utah (2 of the days were complete snow days – almost 24″ in the 2 days).  Skiing has been great and it is nice to see all of the snow.

Bretton Woods

Blizzard Conditions at Deer Valley, Utah

Blizzard Conditions at Deer Valley, Utah

View from The Canyons Ski Area, Utah

View from The Canyons Ski Area, Utah

 

02.11.13

Stone Planters Under Construction in Danvers

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

These stone planters were built with Segmental Wall Units by Unilock.  We were able to acheive a consistent height between the various stone structures by use of our laser level.  By using our laser level, we were able to begin construction of each stone element independent of each other and still obtain the correct/consistent height.

As you can see from this picture, the base inside each planter is filled with crushed stone.  This crushed stone plus additional crushed stone which we installed prior to installing freshly screened loam helps maintain an appropriate level of drainage from within the planters.

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.

Segmental Wall Units by Unilock Used to Build Planters

Segmental Wall Units by Unilock Used to Build Planters

02.08.13

Uplighting the Front of a Colonial Style House

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 8:23 AM by Administrator

This North Reading family loves their home and the brick facade, but with daylight hours limited they did not get to see the exterior of their house often.  As a result, we designed and installed a low voltage landscape lighting system that illuminates the front of their house without casting much light into the bedrooms.  We also adjusted the lenses and lightbulbs to accomodate the difference in roof height from the part of the house on the left to the main part of the house.

The front walkway is now also illuminated with a few path lights which makes the house appear to be set further back from the street.  The homeowners have stated that they feel safer in their house now that the front is illuminated and that they are very pleased with their extra sense of security.

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.

Colonial Style House with Brick Front Illuminated with Low Voltage Landscape Lights

Colonial Style House with Brick Front Illuminated with Low Voltage Landscape Lights

02.06.13

Sitting Wall Under Construction in Danvers

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:57 AM by Administrator

After we completed the rough grading of the patio for this Danvers family, we started building the vertical elements that are going to be around the perimeter of the paver patio.  First, we built this sitting wall that is built from Unilock segmental wall units.  As part of the theme and to dress up the backyard, we installed a border row of contrasting color and texture stones.  This border row is partially installed in this picture.  The top rows of segmental wall units were afixed with concrete block adhesive.

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.

Segmental Wall Stones by Unilock

Segmental Wall Stones by Unilock

02.04.13

Soil Stabilization Fabric in Base Beneath Patio

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:45 AM by Administrator

We were told by this family that lives in Danvers, MA that they wanted an adult friendly backyard.  Through our meetings and discussions, we determined their ideal wants for their backyard.  As such, we designed a new deck to replace the deck that had rotted out and was their only access from the house and designed a new bulkhead that would be built with steps of consistent height and walls that were not crumbling.  We hired a professional carpenter to build the Azec deck, perform the non-masonry portion of building the new bulkhead and reflash the back of the house.

After we poured the footings for the deck, we started on construction of their new paver patio.  The sub-base level was determined by using a laser level.  Based on the type of soil and area where the patio was going to be built, we reinforced the base of the patio with a soil stabilization fabric prior to installing 3/4″ crushed stone.  The soil stabilization fabric was a key component in the construction of this patio and its required inclusion is site dependent.

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.

Soil Stabilization Fabric Beneath a Paver Patio

Soil Stabilization Fabric Beneath a Paver Patio

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