09.30.19

Can anyone fix my granite steps as they are starting to fall?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:36 AM by Administrator

This West Newbury, MA family had granite steps installed years ago by someone other than Artistic Landscapes. Over the years, the base material beneath the steps washed out or was not compacted properly on the day that the steps were installed, so the granite started to sink. Once the granite steps started moving and sinking then the steps became worse by the month.

Artistic Landscapes was able to remove the granite, fix the base materials beneath each step and then reinstall each step. By rebuilding the base and reusing the granite, we were able to fix these steps without the added cost of new granite steps. We were able to fully repair both sets of steps without much of an impact to the homeowners and we reset the pavers that were adjacent to the granite steps.

The following pictures show the before and after of the granite steps.

We were able to reset the steps and provide the homeowner with the full space on each step exposed (you can see the dirt outline from where the granite had slid on top of the lower step).

Our client was so happy that they sent us a note stating that the steps look better today than they did on the day that they were originally installed. For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help fix your steps, walkway or stone wall, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.27.19

Planting in Newburyport

Posted in Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:51 AM by Administrator

This Newburyport family wanted to transform their small front yard from an area that had a variety of plants growing into each other into a more defined garden area. We designed the new area to include some evergreens that will have red berries during the winter months, ornamental grasses that are great for dried flower arrangements while not impacting the beautiful, mature Japanese Maple that was existing.

This is what the front of this beautiful home had for their landscaping.

Prior landscaping in the front of this Newburyport home

The new landscape includes few plants while keeping a mix of loose, flowing plants (the Liriope and ornamental grasses) with flowering shrubs (the hydrangeas) and a couple of accent evergreens (hollies that will have red berries for the winter).

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs including redesigning garden bed areas, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.25.19

Walkways to match bluestone steps in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family wanted to replace their old brick walkways with a more modern look that will match their bluestone steps. We showed them Unilock’s Westport pavers in Steel Mountain color and they loved the pavers. These pavers blend in with the bluestone that was used on the steps perfectly. We installed the pavers with a laying pattern that was similar to the pattern used to lay the bluestone on the top step.

The following pictures show the walkways as viewed from the driveway as well as from the house.

The front walkway in Ipswich built with Unilock’s Westport pavers
The front walkway in Ipswich as seen from the house
The side walkway in Ipswich also with Unilock’s Westport pavers
The side entrance walkway in Ipswich as seen from the house

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

09.23.19

A walkway that has many tripping hazards in it

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

This Groveland, MA family wanted to replace their front walkway as the old walkway had failed and contained many tripping hazards. The tripping hazards were due to the old bricks sinking. The following picture shows some of the unevenness of the bricks.

Original uneven (some of the bricks sank) walkway in Groveland, MA

We addressed the tripping hazards by removing the bricks (we left them neatly stacked next to the house as the client wanted to keep them for a future use) prior to removing the old base materials. The base materials were almost all sand. There was some crushed stone as base materials in some areas of the walkway but the crushed stone was not consistently applied throughout the walkway.

We installed and compacted ¾” crushed stone before screeding a layer of 3/8” crushed stone. Once we had the base built then we installed Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian as the main area of the walkway. The perimeter of the walkway is accented with two rows of Copthorne pavers in Basalt color. We believe the contrast between the perimeter and the main area of the walkway looks great and it is exactly what these homeowners’ wanted.

Unilock's Westport pavers in Bavarian color with an accent along the perimeter with Copthorne pavers in Basalt color
Front Walkway for a Groveland family built with Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian color and Copthorne accent in Basalt color
Closeup of the Westport pavers with the double row of contrasting Copthorne pavers along the perimeter

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help with your patio or walkway design please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. Although we have many Unilock pavers on display, there are many colors that we have as options eventhough they are not displayed. So, please talk with us as we can show you paver options that will meet your goals.

09.20.19

Irrigation System and New Lawn for a Rowley family

Posted in Plants, Uncategorized at 6:27 AM by Administrator

This Rowley, MA family had a yard that was not very level and not easy to use as there will little hills throughout the area. We added sand fill to the lower areas of the lawn prior to adding about 4″ – 6″ of loam throughout the whole yard. After we graded the loam and created the base for their new lawn, we added on to their Hunter irrigation system that we installed in another area of the yard a few years ago. Now, the same controller controls the entire property. The Hunter PGP rotors and Hunter sprayers were installed before the new lawn was seeded. Clark Hydroseeding did the hydroseeding for us.

New lawn being watered with Hunter irrigation heads

For information about why we can help you with your irrigation needs, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

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.

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