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.

09.11.19

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.

09.05.19

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.

08.23.19

What do I do now that my brick steps are dangerous?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:59 AM by Administrator

This Topsfield family had two sets of brick steps that became dangerous. Some of the bricks had chipped while other had disintegrated and both sets of steps needed to be replaced. We were able to reuse the base/footing beneath the existing steps because the existing steps had not shifted. But, we installed new flashing against the lumber frame of the house prior to building the masonry steps.

We built the new steps with reclaimed granite as the risers (the vertical part of the steps) while the treads (the part where you step on) were built with gray granite treads that are 2” thick. The granite steps are all mortared together and we expect this family to get many years of maintenance free enjoyment from their new steps.

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. Please ask us about our 5 year warranty as we believe we have one of the longest warranties that you will find.

08.21.19

Cobblestone Like Walkway in Salem, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

This Salem, MA family wanted a walkway into their backyard and to connect their main entrance of their house to their driveway. This family selected Unilock’s Courtstone pavers in a blend of two colors. The cobblestone like feel to these pavers is perfect for a home in Salem. We were able to cut the pavers so that the curve at the end of the walkway is the exact same size as the curve in their trellis. This was important to this family as they wanted the end of the pavers to be perfectly aligned with the trellis.

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.

06.21.19

Coolest Moth in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

I was in Newburyport talking with our client about how we are going to be able to help them this year with the front of their house. Once we finished the conversation about how we are going to enhance their front steps and add a stone veneer to their foundation, we walked out back to look at the stonework that we did in 2017. The stonework looks great, in my eyes and the client as well as this really cool moth…

I don’t think I have ever seen something like this, thus I took a couple of pictures then let it be (it was pretty comfortable resting on the top of the bench that we built around their firepit).

06.19.19

Patio and Grilling Area in Medford, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:30 AM by Administrator

This Medford, MA family asked Artistic Landscapes for our help in designing a backyard for them that will look much better than what they have had and have a more defined purpose. Their goals were to have patio space for a large table and some chairs/lounges, a vegetable garden, a lawn and a space that they can use to turn a vehicle around.

We designed their backyard by using Unilock’s U-Cara wall stones as these wallstones have a similar feel and look as their house foundation. The wall was built so that they could have a long garden area which they plan on using as a vegetable and herb garden. We made an alcove to allow for the grill to be located. This alcove is sort of a mini-outdoor kitchen area and allows for more flexibility in the main part of the patio. The patio was built with Unilock’s Treo style pavers and Courtstone pavers as a border (the boldness in the color of the Courtstone help define the patio even further). In between the patio and the retaining wall, we planted sod.

The client has been enjoying their patio and grill space so much that they have not built the pergola that we installed footings for.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio, driveway and landscaping needs, please visit our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

05.29.19

Backyard walkway in Rowley

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

This Rowley, MA family has several dogs and wanted a 2nd large kennel for a puppy that they were going to get shortly. Because they needed a kennel and wanted something to keep the dogs clean (when the area was a lawn the dogs often went into the house with mud), we built them a large walkway and patio. This walkway and patio was built using Techo-Bloc’s Hera pavers in Chestnut Brown color. As you can see from the following picture, we built a short retaining wall, with Techo-Bloc wall stone, on the left side of the walkway so that the kennel area could be relatively level. The Techo wallstones and patio complement the stonework that was done around their pool a few years ago.

We felt a combination of curves and straight edges would make the space more interesting and aesthetically pleasing, which our client agreed with. But, because we were looking to continue the look and feel that was around the pool, we accented the perimeter with the same Hera pavers but we used just one size.

Techo-Bloc pavers in the Hera style for a backyard walkway and patio in Rowley.
Techo-Bloc pavers in Hera Style and Chestnut Brown color for a walkway and patio in Rowley, MA
The square Hera pavers were used for the perimeter of the walkway.
The accent along the perimeter of the walkway is built with one size of the same stone that was used for the body of the walkway.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio, walkway or stone needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or send us an email or visit our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

05.01.19

The Importance of Drainage

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:45 AM by Administrator

We believe one of the keys to building a strong retaining wall and patio is to provide an appropriate drainage system. We typically install underground drainage pipes every time that a downspout is near our wall or patio. The drainage pipes will carry water past our work and empty into either an open area or into an underground dry well. The dry well is filled with crushed stone and lined with soil separation fabric.

The types of drainage pipes that we use will vary depending on the site and the location of the pipes. For instance, the drainage pipe that we installed in front of our retaining wall is a different quality of pipe than the pipe that we used to carry water under our patio. In this project, we did not install any perforated pipes related to the downspout disposal as we wanted to bring all of the water into the dry well.

Downspout draining into an underground drainage system
Heavy duty drainage pipe to drain a downspout under a patio
The dry well will accept the water from 2 downspouts and keep the patio and retaining wall from sitting in water

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help solve your drainage issues or to have us build you the patio and/or retaining wall of your dreams, please stop by our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

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