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.

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.

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.

01.11.17

Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2016

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

We are very proud of achieving the Angie’s List Super Service Award for our efforts during 2016.  We have continued to focus on listening to our clients and helping our clients obtain the landscapes that achieve their goals.  As a result of this attention to our clients needs and our attention to details and workmanship, we have earned an Angie’s List Super Service Award every year since 2010.  Angie’s List states that less than 5% of companies are awarded a Super Service Award, thus I thank all of the Artistic Landscapes employees (especially Will, Jake & Kevin) for staying focused on each clients’ goals and doing a great job.

If you would like to see how we can help you, please either stop by our office on Route One in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900.

06.03.16

Masonry Repair – Compliment

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 5:57 AM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes was asked to repair a couple of old natural stone walls that had started to show their age.  These walls are next to the ocean and probably more than 50 years old.  Kevin (an Artistic Landscapes employee and a mason) made these repairs for this Beverly, MA homeowner by rebuilding sections of each wall with the goal of making it look like the repairs never occurred.  This was accomplished by ensuring the stones did not get scratched or marked during the process and that the new mortar that was visible was finished to look like the existing mortar.  As he was making these repairs, he noticed that the brick walkway had settled by the walls and steps, thus he took the initiative to rebuild the walkway so that it was flush with the top step.

As a result of Kevin’s efforts, the client provided the following feedback: “Kevin fixed a section of my old brick walkway very well.  I was surprised, but very pleased as to Kevin’s attention to detail.  Kevin picked out the moss that has grown between the bricks and placed it to the side.  He then fixed the bricks and planted the moss back between the bricks.  Great job and you can’t tell that he did anything as the whole area looks the same.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can repair your existing stone walls or build you new stonewalls, please contact Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit our website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com for more information.

05.31.16

Natural Stone Retaining Walls, Reclaimed Steps and Patio

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:08 AM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes enhanced the backyard for this Georgetown family by building a new set of steps that connects the driveway to the backyard and a new paver patio.  The steps and patio are supported by natural stone retaining walls.  These walls were built to look like an existing wall as the goal was to make this area look like it had already been built for 20 years.  As a result, we used solid reclaimed granite steps for each of the steps and by using this type of stone, we were able to achieve a classic look that is easy to walk up and down.  To ensure nighttime safety on the steps, we installed 4 lights directly into the stone wall as these lights provide sufficient light across the entire set of steps.

A sitting wall was added to help remove the grading concern as the ground sloped more than we wanted and this wall provides some additional seating and the background to some plantings.

The patio was built using Unilock’s new pavers called Westport.  We found these pavers to be very nice to work with and they provide the homeowner with the exact look that they wanted.

Natural Stone steps and retaining wall

Natural Stone steps and retaining wall

Westport pavers by Unilock

Westport pavers by Unilock

For more information about how Artistic Landscapes can help transform your property, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or go to www.Artistic-Landscapes.com for more information.

 

05.26.16

Radiant Snow Melting

Posted in Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:51 AM by Administrator

Jake Austin and Tony Hurley of Artistic Landscapes both completed training in Radiant Snow Melting that was provided by ProLine Radiant Heat Solutions.  This training has taught both of them the most effective process and design criteria in creating a radiant heating system that will melt snow and ice from on pavers.  One of these systems will result in decreased operating cost for a homeowner as plowing and shoveling will just be a memory as the radiant heating system will make it so there is no maintenance.

It is never too early to start planning and if you do not want to deal with ice or snow next winter, please contact either Jake or Tony at 978.948.2900 so that the planning can begin.

03.23.16

Waterfalls and Pond in Groveland

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:20 AM by Administrator

We designed and built this pond with 4 waterfalls into the side of a hill in Groveland.  By choosing this location, the waterfalls are able to be seen from 1/4 mile away as there is a street directly lined up with the waterfalls as well as from the family room of their home.  We built the waterfalls and pond with stones and boulders and ‘planted’ some of their stones away from the waterfall path so that it helps the waterfall look more natural.  Landscape lights have been strategically located in and around the pond so that the flow of water is visible even at night.  During 2016, we expect to plant around the waterfalls and pond as well as inside the pond.  Fish will begin making this pond their home later this Spring.

Backyard waterfalls and pond

Backyard waterfalls and pond

For information about how we can help you, please stop by our office on Route 1 (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.  We look forward to creating the ideal yard for you and your family.

03.04.16

Should an area of trees have uplighting?

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:37 AM by Administrator

We are often told that an area of mature trees is not very interesting and not worth uplighting.  After I ask a few additional questions and listen to their answers, we sometimes decide that we should setup a demonstration with temporary lights so that the homeowners can see what I envision.  Here is a picture of a cluster of trees that we did uplight and the homeowners love it.

Uplighting of trees on the North Shore

Uplighting of trees on the North Shore

If you would like to discuss your landscape lighting needs or if you are interested in seeing what your yard could look like with a custom designed landscape lighting system, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 to schedule a time for us to set up a demonstration with temporary lights.

 

02.26.16

Landscape Lights for the whole front of a property in Middleton

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:55 AM by Administrator

Similar to the Lynnfield family that we showed you last week, this client also wanted to create focal points and provide a dramatic flair of the front of their Middleton property.  As such, we created a lighting system that includes uplighting most of the trees including installing lights on the house so that we could get more of the foliage of a mature tree and installing a light about 15′ up another tree so that we could have light all the way to the top of the Birch clump, we also installed lights on the house itself so that we could uplight the columns by the front door and the stonework above the garage doors.  By combining these various lighting methods along with other light fixtures and locations, we were able to provide the dramatic flair that this family wanted.

Uplighting trees and shrubs as well as the front of the house.

Uplighting trees and shrubs as well as the front of the house.

Artistic Landscapes can design and install a landscape lighting system for you and we can also repair existing landscape lighting systems.  A lighting system designed by us will include an astronomical timer (the time that the lights turn on will automatically adjust everyday to reflect the sunset time for that day) and lighting fixtures with lifetime warranties.  For more information about us, please visit our website at www.Artistic-Landscapes.com or stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route 1), Rowley, MA  or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

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