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.

02.20.19

Patio and Stone Table in Reading

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

This Reading family needed a sitting area near their pool so that they could enjoy their meals and evenings with a nice adult type space. As a result of their goals, we built a natural stone wall along the front of the patio and raised the patio. By building the wall in front of the patio, the client is able to look down into the pool rather than being at the same grade of the pool – which is what they wanted. The pavers are Unilock’s Treo pavers. We did not include an accent row around the perimeter of the patio because we felt that the stonework from the natural stone wall was enough of an accent that an accent of pavers was not needed. The stone table allows 8 people to comfortably sit at it.

Patio and Natural Stone Wall with a Stone Table for a Reading Family

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your stonework needs (whether it is a patio, walkway or stone wall) that you want, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

02.18.19

Cobblestone Apron to a Driveway

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:42 AM by Administrator

We are often asked what is a cobblestone apron and is it needed. We define a cobblestone apron as rows of cobblestones that separate your driveway from the street. We believe an accent of cobblestones, or some other stone, is needed as we build most of our driveways with a permeable base. Thus by installing cobblestones in concrete or mortar, we are able to use the concrete and cobblestones as our border and do not need edge restraints. This picture shows how beautiful and straight a line can be made between the pavers and the perimeter/cobblestones. We do not use a set number of rows in our aprons as the number of rows will depend on how large the driveway is going to be and whether the client wants the cobblestones to be an accent or a more significant part of the driveway.

Cobblestone apron to a driveway in Newburyport

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your stonework needs (whether it is a patio, walkway or stone wall) that you want, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

02.15.19

Lights in a Rowley backyard

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

This family was looking to have their patio illuminated as well as make a significant hill appear more attractive than the dark imposing hill that it was when we met. Because this family has young children and a dog, we designed their landscape lighting system to have light fixtures that were installed in locations where it would be unlikely that someone or the dog would knock them over.

Thus, we installed several lights up on their house. These lights provide downlighting onto the patio and plants while one light is focused over the grill to provide task lighting. Other lights were installed up on the hill and provide up lighting towards the top of the hill and some of the trees. As a result of the combination of lighting techniques, we were able to provide a consistent theme across the backyard and a more welcoming feel to the area. These FX Luminaire lights are in the ZDC style so they can be dimmed and emit different colors as often as you want to change the colors or the lights can be programmed to be a consistent color.

Rowley Backyard with Lights that can be programmed any color

Landscape Lights with color options in Rowley Backyard

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

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