02.05.20

Natural Goshen Stone Patio

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:16 AM by Administrator

After we finished compacting the base of 3/4″ crushed stone for this Newburyport family’s natural stone patio, we started cutting the natural stone (Goshen Stone). These stones range in size from about 1′ x 1′ to 6′ x 7′ with a whole variety of other sizes. We maintained a ‘live edge’ for a stone that is about 3′ x 8′ so that the live edge will create a less formal edge where the planters will be located. The sides of the stones that are within the patio were cut by us.

Natural Goshen Stone patio being built
An early look at natural Goshen Stone patio being built in Newburyport. The area to the left is going to be finished with a hot tub.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your natural stone patio needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our Offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley.

02.03.20

Preparation for a natural stone patio in Newburyport

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

This Newburyport family has a fairly small backyard that they want to make better use of. The existing brick patio was uneven and would flood for a couple of days after each rain storm. In addition to wanting a new patio that fit into the characteristics of downtown Newburyport they wanted to have an outdoor shower, a hot tub and a vegetable garden.

We worked with the family in determining the size of the vegetable garden in the sunniest corner of the yard as well as the location of the hot tub and outdoor shower. The location of the outdoor shower was a little tricky as this area can be seen from some neighbors but we agreed that by locating the shower in the corner of the yard closest to the house then the hot tub would gain a little additional screening and the shower would not be directly below a kitchen windown.

Once we had all of these design factors determined then we connected the downspout into a 4″ pipe and brought the water from the gutter system into a large dry well that we built. The base of the new patio is permeable as the base consists of 3/4″ crushed stone and geotextile but no stonedust. Here are a few early pictures.

Existing brick patio that was replaced
Existing brick patio that was replaced

The drywell will receive rain water from the downspout that will be moved to the front right corner of the addition as we installed a 4″ solid pipe between the downspout and the center of the drywell. This drywell is deeper than normal because we were only able to fit one drywell in eventhough we will be collecting all the roof runoff in one place. The drywell is wrapped in landscape fabric so that soil does not clog the drainage system.

The drywell is approximately 5′ deep and 5′ wide

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your drainage or patio needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 to schedule an appointment or stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

12.18.19

Natural stone wall in West Newbury

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

This West Newbury family wanted a stone wall to separate their driveway from the front yard. They had a paver walkway installed and saw the potential to have a beautiful planting bed between the walkway, driveway and house. The issue was that there was ledge in this area and the grade of the land sloped significantly down towards the driveway.

We jackhammered the ledge down to the point where we could build off of the ledge then built a natural stone wall. We included very large stones that were blended together with more traditional size stones as we believed this look provided the homeowners with the look that they were seeking.

Existing ledge and grade before the stone wall
Natural stone wall with granite coping in West Newbury, MA
Natural stone wall with granite coping in West Newbury
Straight on view of natural stone wall with granite coping in West Newbury
Straight on view of natural stone wall that includes very large stones and traditional stones for a West Newbury, MA family

Tony is a licensed mason in Massachusetts. For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your stone wall needs or any other type of stonework, please stop by our Office on Route One, 111 Newburyport Turnpike, in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment.

12.16.19

Compacting the base for a paver walkway

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:53 AM by Administrator

After you have dug out for your walkway, we recommend making sure that the existing soil that you leave behind is at a constant grade as you do not want this material to be irregular (some small mounds or low points are bad). Start by spreading 3/4″ crushed stone as the base for your paver walkway. You will need to rake the 3/4″ crushed stone so that it is even before compacting. Compacting is done by using a machine that mechanically condenses the crushed stone into a solid foundation for your future walkway. We use a CR-6 compactor that has a computer on it as the computer displays when an area is fully compacted or needs additional compaction. Once we are fully compacted then we re-check our heights. If the crushed stone is at the right height then we set up the screed bars before spreading 3/8″ crushed stone. We will screed the 3/8″ crushed stone and then we lay the pavers.

Compacted 3/4″ crushed stone base for paver walkway

The most important part of building a walkway is making sure that you have the right base material and that it is fully compacted. For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkway or patio, please call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment or stop by our Office on Route One, 111 Newburyport Turnpike, in Rowley.

12.11.19

Loose stone wall along property line

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

This Groveland family had the property line marked with stones but was not a proper wall. Artistic Landscapes was hired to build a natural stone wall that is dry laid (no cement or mortar) along the front property line. The homeowners gathered stones from their property so that we had more stones to work with. We built the two sided natural stone wall with stones that were already on the property.

The existing stones lining the front property line
Completed farmers wall along the front property line for a Groveland family
This is what the top of the farmers wall looks like

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you improve the look of your property, please call 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

12.09.19

How to prep for a paver walkway?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

We were asked what needs to be done to prep for a paver walkway, thus we thought we would discuss this here today. The first thing that we do is start digging out the existing loam or materials as we will need to install a compacted stone base. We figure out how deep to dig based on the type of soil that exists on the side and if the walkway is going to be used for just people to walk on or if there will be vehicles driving on it. If vehicles are going to drive on it, then that is a different conversation as this conversation assumes that it is just for people to walk on. We will normally dig 8″ – 10″ deep and about a foot wider than the walkway. It is important to dig deep enough and wide enough to allow for the stone base to have enough holding capacity to hold the pavers while allowing for water to drain into the native soil. We use a laser level to ensure that we will have a consistent grade of the base materials as we do not some areas of the walkway to have 10″ of crushed stone while other areas have only 6″. We recommend reading the ICPI website for more information.

Excavated base beneath a paver patio in Georgetown, MA

If you would like to see how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkway and patio needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

11.08.19

Curved walkway with granite steps in Georgetown

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

This Georgetown family wanted a paver walkway to connect their front entrance with the driveway. They selected Genest pavers in the Katahdin and Harborline styles. We complemented the pavers with solid gray granite steps for the front entrance as well as the steps within the walkway. We did not install all of the granite steps together as we wanted to stay more in line with the existing grade of the front yard.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping and walkway needs please stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 to schedule an appointment.

11.06.19

How to determine where the front walkway should be located

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:57 AM by Administrator

This Georgetown family wanted a new walkway that would connect their driveway to the front door. They have found over the years that people walk on the lawn since many of the stepping stones were partially covered by overgrown grass. Although they knew that they wanted the walkway and they knew the pavers that they wanted to use, they did not know where to have the walkway meet the driveway. We helped them by drawing out the walkway with the location of the steps beforehand so that they could look at it and determine if the location felt right. After we painted the walkway lines, we moved the walkway a couple of feet further away from the house and made a larger welcoming beginning to the walkway.

For more information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with steps or a walkway, please stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.30.19

Can anyone fix my granite steps as they are starting to fall?

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

This West Newbury, MA family had granite steps installed years ago by someone other than Artistic Landscapes. Over the years, the base material beneath the steps washed out or was not compacted properly on the day that the steps were installed, so the granite started to sink. Once the granite steps started moving and sinking then the steps became worse by the month.

Artistic Landscapes was able to remove the granite, fix the base materials beneath each step and then reinstall each step. By rebuilding the base and reusing the granite, we were able to fix these steps without the added cost of new granite steps. We were able to fully repair both sets of steps without much of an impact to the homeowners and we reset the pavers that were adjacent to the granite steps.

The following pictures show the before and after of the granite steps.

We were able to reset the steps and provide the homeowner with the full space on each step exposed (you can see the dirt outline from where the granite had slid on top of the lower step).

Our client was so happy that they sent us a note stating that the steps look better today than they did on the day that they were originally installed. For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help fix your steps, walkway or stone wall, please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.25.19

Walkways to match bluestone steps in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:37 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family wanted to replace their old brick walkways with a more modern look that will match their bluestone steps. We showed them Unilock’s Westport pavers in Steel Mountain color and they loved the pavers. These pavers blend in with the bluestone that was used on the steps perfectly. We installed the pavers with a laying pattern that was similar to the pattern used to lay the bluestone on the top step.

The following pictures show the walkways as viewed from the driveway as well as from the house.

The front walkway in Ipswich built with Unilock’s Westport pavers
The front walkway in Ipswich as seen from the house
The side walkway in Ipswich also with Unilock’s Westport pavers
The side entrance walkway in Ipswich as seen from the house

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

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