09.18.19

Natural Stone Walkway in Ipswich, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:44 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich, MA family wanted to replace their front walkway as the old walkway was showing signs of being more than 20 years old and often had icy patches on the walkway each winter. This family wanted a contemporary look with nice, clean lines and larger stones. They selected Unilock’s Indian Coast natural sandstone tiles. We built the walkway with vertical seams to help create the Contemporary look that our client wanted. The seams continue up the risers of the steps as we built the steps using these same natural stones for the risers.

This is the walkway which our client wanted to replace.

Front walkway built with natural stone tiles that create a Contemporary walkway for an Ipswich family
Old brick walkway that was replaced

We addressed the icy patches by increasing the pitch of the walkway and removing one step. The old walkway had five steps with each step being about a 5 ½” step while the walkway was almost perfectly flat. Our new walkway includes four steps that are each about 7” (we like the 7” step as that is consistent with the wooden steps that continue past the paver walkway area) and we sloped the walkway so that water will flow away from the house. By making these changes, we believe we will be able to mitigate the amount of ice that accumulates on the walkway this winter.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.

09.16.19

Is a nice walkway too expensive?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:24 AM by Administrator

We are often asked ‘if there are any nice walkways that are not very expensive’ and the answer to that question is yes.  The cost of a walkway is based on the amount of time it will take to excavate and remove the existing ground beneath the walkway, the base materials, the edge restraints and the polymeric sand regardless of which stone you select for your walkway. The main variable cost is in the cost of the stone that you select. Most concrete pavers have a cost range of within $7 – $8 per sq. ft. We find that the most expensive pavers will add costs to the project but it will not result in doubling the cost of the project. For instance, if a walkway is $4,500 for the least expensive paver then the cost of the most expensive paver for the same walkway might be approximately $5,600.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display as we have all of the price points shown in our display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.

09.13.19

Can I add lights to my existing landscape lighting system?

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

We added FX landscape lights in the ZDC style to a pergola so that this family could enjoy the same type of light that they had elsewhere on the property. They had a FX-ZDC system already installed but asked us to wire in three under counter lights as they were building an outdoor kitchen. We wired those lights and installed about 10 additional lights. The additional lights were needed to provide security lighting along the driveway and ambient lighting down from the pergola. We were able to add these lights without replacing their transformer or any of the existing lights.

Wall mounted landscape light by FX in the NL style
FX-ZDC light in the NL style mounted to the top of a pergola
FX-ZDC light in the SD style mounted to the top of a pergola
FX-ZDC light in the SD style mounted to the top of a pergola

Please feel free to call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA to talk about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your landscape lighting goals.

09.11.19

What should I do for a walkway down to my pool?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:38 AM by Administrator

This Rowley, MA family did not like their existing walkway down to their pool as there were many steps. Based on the distance between steps, they found it uncomfortable to walk without looking down.

The prior walkway with variable distances between the steps

Thus, we built them a paver walkway using Brussels Block pavers by Unilock as they match the patio that we built for them in 2017. We installed two solid Caledonia granite steps in the walkway so that these steps would match the front steps and the walkway will be easier to walk on than the prior walkway.

Brussels Block paver walkway to the backyard pool in Rowley, MA
Unilock’s Brussels Block pavers were used to create this backyard walkway in Rowley

If you would like to see how Artistic Landscapes can help you, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

09.09.19

Can I extend my brick patio and still have it look nice?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

We are often confronted with the option of removing an existing patio because it is too small and then rebuild a larger patio or just add on to the existing patio. Depending on the style and the laying pattern of the existing pavers or bricks, we may be able to extend the existing patio by just adding on as this will save you substantial money. But there are many times when it is better to start over and build the new patio to the dimensions that you want. We were able to extend a brick patio for this Ipswich Country Club family because the original bricks were installed in a running bond style so that allowed us to blur the line between the old patio and the extended portion of the patio. We were able to get matching bricks so the new patio looks like it was all built at the same time.

Extended brick patio in Ipswich

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio, walkway or driveway needs, please stop by our office on Route 1 in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.06.19

Plants along the front of a house in Newburyport?

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:05 AM by Administrator

A Newburyport family had hired us to install their brick and cobblestone walkway in 2010 and then in 2019 asked us to design their front yard landscape. Based on the clients’ goals, type of curb appeal they want and their budget, we designed their new landscape to address those goals. Through the combination of evergreens and flowering hydrangeas, we were able to achieve the primary goals. We included some additional plants to further finish and make the front foundation gardens have year-round interest.

Because this family likes to do their own gardening but thought there was too much manual labor needed to create a new garden bed, we did the prep work up the right side of the house. The prep work included us removing the existing lawn before incorporating a few yards of compost/loam into the existing soil. Once we had the new garden bed area prepped, they were able to plant their own perennials and other flowers.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with the design of your property or help you update your plants, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. We have many of our plants tagged at our Office so that you can look at a variety of plants. As you will see, we have shade loving plants as well as plants in full sun.

09.05.19

What do I do now that my bluestone walkway is crumbling?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 9:41 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family had a beautiful bluestone walkway but it was crumbling and became a tripping hazard over the last few years. Because a large percentage of the bluestone pieces had layers flaking off, it did not make sense to just replace the problematic bluestone pieces. We removed the bluestone, many of the pieces just fell apart as we were picking them up by hand, and disposed of those stones. We were able to move the walkway a few more feet away from the house because all of the existing plants had grown into the walkway. By moving the walkway away from the plants, we will be able to keep the plants pruned so that they stay off of the walkway while staying full of foliage and beautiful.

In addition to removing the bluestone, we dug out the base as we prefer not to build a new walkway on a base of stonepack (stonedust and crushed stone combination). Plus, by moving the walkway then some of the new walkway was going to be installed where there was lawn. We did install a permeable base for their walkway. This family chose Unilock’s Westport style paver in the Steel Mountain color. The blend of colors within Unilock’s Steel Mountain color was able to provide them with a color scheme that is similar to the prior bluestone.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.

09.02.19

Playset Area

Posted in Masonry, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:08 AM by Administrator

This Rowley family wants to get a swingset for their young son but they did not have a level area in their yard. Thus, they hired us to build them an area for their future swingset. Even if you do not know what swingset you are going to buy, we can still prepare an area so that it is ready for when you select the swingset. We have found that an area that is about 25’ x 25’ is normally big enough to provide an area for a swingset, climbing wall and slide but it is best to get the actual size and layout of the swingset that you want in case you need a larger area.

If you are wondering, how do I build a playset area then we recommend reviewing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines related to Public Playground Safety Handbook for some advise. These guidelines will not guarantee the safety of all users of your playset but it is what we use as guidance. I recommend doing your own research to figure out if there is better advice and recommendations on how to ensure everyone’s safety.

We always build playset areas with a drainage layer of ¾” crushed stone (over 20 tons of stone for this project) before installing landscape fabric on top of the crushed stone. This family selected Certified Playground Chips (approximately 23 yards of chips) to be the surface that we installed as the base of their playground.  The following picture shows the playground area that we built and is now ready for when they select a swingset.

 For information about how you can have a playground area prepped for you or for help in deciding where to locate the playground on your properties, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.