02.22.19

Accent lights around a deck and railing

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:33 AM by Administrator

The owner of this function facility in Nahant finished a deck right next to the ocean in white and wanted to make sure the guests would be safe. As a result, he asked us to design a lighting system that would provide safety while not impacting the view of the ocean. We installed FX lighting fixtures that are dimmable and finished with a white exterior. The white exterior of each light fixture helps them blend in with the white railing.

Deck Lights by FX that blend in with the railing

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your outdoor lighting goals, 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.

02.13.19

Brick and Cobblestone Driveway in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 7:02 AM by Administrator

We designed and installed a brick and cobblestone driveway for this Newburyport family using Unilock’s Hollandstone pavers (the brick component) and natural cobblestones. We along with our client decided that Unilock’s pavers were the best option for their driveway because Unilock’s product are resistant to salt and come with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty. As a result of using this product, we were able to lay the pavers in a herringbone style and blend 3 colors into the driveway so that the finished look is of a natural brick driveway.

Brick and Cobblestone Driveway in Newburyport

Herringbone style pavers

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.

02.11.19

Driveway Prep in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:50 AM by Administrator

We listened to this family from Newburyport to understand what they wanted their driveway to look like and what their budget was for this project. After understanding their goals, we designed and installed a paver driveway with site specific enhancements. This is how the existing driveway looked on the day that we initially met.

Driveway Before Pavers

Because they received runoff from the street and their downspout, we enhanced the foundation beneath the pavers. We installed a drainage pipe that collected the water from the downspout and brought the water into a dry well that we built in the backyard. We did this because we believed that the pavers might move if the area by the downspout is absorbing the rainwater that is discharged from the downspout. We also installed a geotextile layer across the whole driveway to provide additional stabilization and structure to the pavers.

Base Prep 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.

02.08.19

Light at a Driveway Entrance

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:24 AM by Administrator

There are times when someone wants light at the beginning of their driveway but they don’t have a post to install the light onto. The common thought is that you can not have light in that area because a plow or snowblower is going to destroy the light fixtures if you place them in the ground or you are going to be blinded from the landscape lights when you drive in or out of your property.

Often times, we install lights up in trees and have them provide downlighting onto the driveway. The benefit of installing the lights up in trees is that the fixtures will not be damaged by snow removal equipment and you should not see the light source when you drive in or out of your property because we will have installed the light fixtures in areas that are out of sight.

For this Beverly family, we have some accent lights facing away from the driveway opening so that drivers will not be impacted by lights shining at them but these lights help accentuate the opening to the driveway. The asphalt area of the driveway is downlit from four lights that we installed up in the trees that are near the driveway.

Driveway Entrance accented with ground lights and lights installed in trees

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

02.06.19

Natural Stone Wall in Newburyport

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 7:08 AM by Administrator

This restaurant along the waterfront in Newburyport wanted a seating area by a firepit that they had. We designed and built a natural stone wall that was tiered so that the wall could serve as additional seating while not obscuring the view. This natural stone wall was capped with granite coping after we installed low voltage landscape lights near the top of the wall.

Natural Stone Wall with Granite Coping

Natural Stone Wall and Granite Coping with mortar

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.

02.04.19

Granite Steps and Bluestone Walkways in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:58 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family had steps that were not stable and a walkway that had washed away over the last several years. As the plants continued to grow into the walkway, our client asked us to design a walkway that will be functional and easy to use despite the significant change in grade from the street to the front door. Thus, we designed and installed two sets of solid granite steps that are connected by natural bluestone.

Granite Steps and Bluestone Walkway in Ipswich

Bluestone Walkway and Granite Steps

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.

02.01.19

Do you have to light all sides of a tree

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:13 AM by Administrator

We design landscape lighting systems to provide our clients with great value and aesthetics thus we include site specific information and our clients’ goals when designing a landscape lighting system. When a tree is going to be seen from all sides then we design and install landscape lights that will provide us with a constant amount of light around the entire canopy of the tree. In many instances, a tree is only going to be seen from one or two angles and there is a “back” side to the tree that does not have to be illuminated (fewer lights will result in a lower cost of the lighting system). This tree has a front side that can be seen from the main driveway while the back side is facing the woods and an extra parking area that is rarely used. Thus, we did not illuminate the back side of this tree. When you look at the tree from the back side, you do not get to see the bark or much of the tree as it appears to have a slight glow from the lights that are in front of the tree.

This is the back side of a tree that is not illuminated but the front side is illuminated.

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

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