03.20.17

Hunter Irrigation Manufacturing Facility Tour

Posted in Plants, Uncategorized at 6:01 AM by Administrator

Last week our primary supplier and Hunter Industries invited Tony to tour their manufacturing facilities in California and meet with product managers for all of the Hunter irrigation supplies.  The tours were very impressive.  All employees appeared to be happy and proud to work for Hunter.  The product managers explained the new products to the 6 of us who attended this meeting.  I am very excited to share how a few of their products will help all of us save water and minimize how much irrigation is needed.

This is a picture of one area of the manufacturing facilities at Hunter.

This picture shows part of the Hunter rotor being manufactured.

This picture shows the room where the Hunter rotors are tested.  The ‘funnels’ down the center of the room catch water and this information is recorded to confirm the spray distance of each type of irrigation head.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your irrigation system or to enhance your irrigation system, please call us at 978.948.2900.

03.13.17

FX Lighting – Manufacturing Facility

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

Tony toured the manufacturing facility of FX lighting last week.  It is an impressive site where the components are manufactured but not assembled into a final product until an order is received.  They custom build each light by assembling the various components to the exact order.  I was able to see the brass fixtures as well as the coated fixtures.  Here are a few pictures related to the FX lighting facility.

This is a picture of the raw metal before it is transformed into a lighting fixture.

This is a picture of the shavings of the metal that were removed while forming the tops of the lighting fixtures.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your lighting needs, please contact us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our office on Route One in Rowley.

03.03.17

Landscape Lighting Presentation for Sea Spray Garden Club

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:04 AM by Administrator

Tony Hurley of Artistic Landscapes LLC will be presenting landscape lighting system options to members of the Sea Spray Garden Club of Salisbury, MA on Monday, March 13th at 7:00 pm in the East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury.  Garden club members and the general public are invited to this discussion.  We will be discussing some of the factors that we use before designing your lighting system.  We will also share ways to look at lighting systems and better understand why we are installing mainly LED systems.

We look forward to seeing you in Salisbury on March 13th.

02.27.17

Patio adjacent to concrete deck

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 7:06 AM by Administrator

We expanded the patio around the pool for this Middleton, MA family by building a paver patio that is at the same height of the existing concrete pool patio.  The built-in pool has a concrete deck around it but there was an area between the concrete and the house that would get people’s feet dirty on their way to the pool.  That area was improved by having us build a paver patio right up to the edge of the concrete deck.  The area now provides for clean access to the pool and provides a good spot for the grill to be stored and used as it is away from everyone who is using the pool.

Paver Patio with Techo-Bloc pavers

Paver patio cut to expand concrete patio

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help with your landscape dilemmas or want for improvement in your yard, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One at 111 Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley, MA.

02.20.17

Brick step in Ipswich

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

The bricks on this old front stoop were cracking and falling off of the step thus this Ipswich family needed to repair their front step.  The base of the steps was in good shape so we just install a new brick façade and a solid granite tread for the landing part of the step.  The solid piece of granite will help keep water from getting behind and beneath the bricks which will help this step last for many years/decades.

Brick step with granite

Brick step with granite

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help repair any of your masonry needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

02.15.17

Brick patio in Rowley

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:23 AM by Administrator

This Rowley family had a pile of bricks laying around after we replaced their front walkway with pavers.  Rather than discarding these bricks, we repurposed them and used them to build this backyard brick patio.

Brick patio in Rowley

Please stop by our displays outside of our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA to get a few ideas of the many options that you have.  We can walk you through the process and recommend pavers or bricks or other stone that will provide you with the look and feel of the stone that you desire.

02.13.17

Outdoor Kitchen

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:28 AM by Administrator

We designed and built an outdoor kitchen for this Ipswich, MA family.  The kitchen area includes a built-in grill along with 2 drawers and an oversized counter.  The counter is granite that we hand selected and had custom cut to fit.  The gas grill is directly piped into the home’s natural gas so the homeowner’s will never run out of gas or have a tank to refill.  There was some coordination required with the plumber as the gas lines had to be installed and inspected prior to us building the stonework and inspected after the plumber connected the gas lines to the grill.

Outdoor Kitchen Island with granite counter

Outdoor Kitchen Island with granite counter

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you get the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

02.06.17

Front Walkway in Rowley

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

We built this paver walkway for a Rowley family at a fairly significant pitch so that the family could avoid a step in the walkway and the walkway could remain at the same grade as the existing landscape.  There are steps from the driveway up to the walkway and more steps from the walkway up to the house thus we built this walkway to meet all of these various grades and we rounded the walkway in the area in front of the steps to the front door as this was more aesthetically pleasing.

Paver walkway to front entrance in Rowley

Paver walkway to front entrance in Rowley

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can build you a new paver or brick walkway, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

01.30.17

Brick Walkway in Groveland

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

We built a brick walkway for a Groveland family that connects their driveway to their new barn.  We built the walkway with a grade that connected the driveway to the bottom of the barn ramp so that wheelbarrows and tools can be rolled right into the barn with no steps.

Brick Walkway to Barn

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkways, patios, stone walls or other landscaping needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

01.23.17

Built in patio – day vs night

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:52 AM by Administrator

We designed and built this paver patio and stone wall for a North Andover family into their sloped backyard.  The stonewall was built with Estate style wallstones while the patio was built with Treo style pavers.  Both the wallstones and pavers were made by Unilock.  This additional seating area / private patio will have a portable firepit placed on it in the future.

As you can see from these two pictures, there is a dramatic difference to the look of a stone wall and patio when it is illuminated with the appropriate light fixtures.  For this family, we installed lights directly into the wall so that the perimeter of the patio would be illuminated and we installed one path light by the steps as a way to make the transition up/down the steps safer and easier.  Because our goal was not to create a spotlight effect in the patio, we installed ambient lighting on the back lawn and hill area so that the effect of light is throughout the yard and not just inside the patio.

Patio with Sitting Wall during the day

Landscape Lights in a stone wall and accenting the patio

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can build you a private patio, paver walkway or natural stone wall as well as creating a landscape lighting plan, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by and see our displays at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One) in Rowley, MA.

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