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.

04.03.19

Natural Stone Wall in Reading

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

This Reading family had a front lawn that sloped down towards the driveway and a failing retaining wall. After talking with us at the Boston Flower Show, we listened to what their goals were (to make some sort of wall that looks pretty) and gained an understanding of the type of wall that they liked. After these discussions, we designed and built a natural stone retaining wall that has minimal mortar showing on the face of the wall. We capped the walls with granite coping and prepared a small garden bed between the back of the stone wall and the lawn. These pictures show the difference between the walls that were existing and the walls that we built.

Natural stone wall with granite coping for a Reading, MA family
Close-up of a Pennsylvania flat type stone wall

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your new walkway, steps or patio please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.01.19

Contemporary look for a wall and patio using natural stones

Posted in Masonry, Pavers at 6:35 AM by Administrator

Many people are talking about creating a contemporary landscape as they like the look of the stonework in those settings. We have previously discussed utilizing Unilock’s U-Cara wall system to create a contemporary look and we will now discuss making a contemporary look with natural stones.

We are able to build your patio, walkway and driveway (not all of the natural stones can be used for your driveway) using a natural stone that will also serve as your retaining or decorative wall. There are many styles of marble and travertine that are cut to serve as tiles/pavers for your patio and walkway. The same slabs of marble and travertine are also cut into wall stone. These natural wall stones have different lengths but they are the same color as the tiles/paver. We think this can create a pretty contemporary look and will allow us to create a modern look utilizing all of the same style of stones and will allow us to add a decorative accent stone, if you want, within the wall as the sizes and look will be consistent.

Natural stone wall and bullnose coping
Natural stone tiles/pavers and wall stone with bullnose coping

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these natural stones as are excited by them and believe they will make some beautiful patios and driveways. You can also see some samples by stopping by our offices at Artistic Landscapes, 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

03.25.19

New Natural Stone line of tiles/pavers

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:31 AM by Administrator

Last week we attended a seminar on a new natural stone line of marble and travertine tiles/pavers which we were extremely impressive to us. These natural stones can be used as a paver for a walkway or patio as they can be cut with a uniform thickness of 1 3/16″. Other natural stones that they fabricate are cut with a uniform thickness of 2 1/4″ and can be used as a driveway. They are very slip resistant as they are not slippery (eventhough they are marble or travertine). They do not get as hot, temperature wise, as bluestone can.

Natural stones for patios, walls and driveways
Natural stones for patios, walls and driveways now available in Massachusetts

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these natural stones as are excited by them and believe they will make some beautiful patios and driveways. You can also see some samples by stopping by our offices at Artistic Landscapes, 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

03.18.19

Serpentine Natural Stone Wall in Rowley

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

We designed and built this natural stone wall for a Rowley family as they wanted their gardens to be more accessible and enhance their backyard with a New England type stone wall. The serpentine design complemented the flow of the plants and remained consistent with the shape and flow of the other garden beds.

Natural stone serpentine wall in Rowley

Closeup view of the natural stone wall that we built in a serpentine style

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your stone needs, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

03.06.19

Bluestone Patio and Natural Stone Wall around a Hot Tub

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

This Beverly family wanted a hot tub in the area below their deck but there was not enough head room for them to feel comfortable using the hot tub. Thus, this area was dug out and we built a bluestone patio under the deck so that they can easily access the hot tub without walking on the lawn or through plants. The patio is now a step below the adjacent lawn and plantings. We built the wall to allow for maximum patio space while contouring around the hot tub.

Bluestone Patio and natural stone wall around a hot tub for a Beverly family

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your stone needs, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

03.04.19

Georgetown Paver Patio

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

We designed and built this large patio with Unilock’s Treo style paver in the Steel Mountain color with an accent of Courtstone pavers.  This free flowing patio is large enough to provide a table area plus an area for a couch and other furniture so that this Georgetown family can comfortable entertain their friends regardless of how many people show up for a party. The Courtstone accent is set in from the perimeter so that we were able to achieve a decorative trim like appearance from these pavers.

Paver patio in Georgetown with Treo style pavers and an accent of Courtstone

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you decide the right size for your patio and build it in time for your next party, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

02.27.19

Stone Steps

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

This Beverly family wanted custom built stone steps that matched despite the different types of doors that lead from the house to the patio. Artistic Landscapes designed and built these natural stone steps that are finished with granite treads. The individual stones and granite steps were individually cut to ensure that the steps that wrap around the 3 sided doorway looked similar to the wider french doors.

Stone Steps with Granite Treads wrap around doorway

Matching Stone Steps with Granite Treads

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your stone needs, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

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