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.

12.09.19

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.

09.23.19

A walkway that has many tripping hazards in it

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

This Groveland, MA family wanted to replace their front walkway as the old walkway had failed and contained many tripping hazards. The tripping hazards were due to the old bricks sinking. The following picture shows some of the unevenness of the bricks.

Original uneven (some of the bricks sank) walkway in Groveland, MA

We addressed the tripping hazards by removing the bricks (we left them neatly stacked next to the house as the client wanted to keep them for a future use) prior to removing the old base materials. The base materials were almost all sand. There was some crushed stone as base materials in some areas of the walkway but the crushed stone was not consistently applied throughout the walkway.

We installed and compacted ¾” crushed stone before screeding a layer of 3/8” crushed stone. Once we had the base built then we installed Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian as the main area of the walkway. The perimeter of the walkway is accented with two rows of Copthorne pavers in Basalt color. We believe the contrast between the perimeter and the main area of the walkway looks great and it is exactly what these homeowners’ wanted.

Unilock's Westport pavers in Bavarian color with an accent along the perimeter with Copthorne pavers in Basalt color
Front Walkway for a Groveland family built with Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian color and Copthorne accent in Basalt color
Closeup of the Westport pavers with the double row of contrasting Copthorne pavers along the perimeter

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help with your patio or walkway design please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. Although we have many Unilock pavers on display, there are many colors that we have as options eventhough they are not displayed. So, please talk with us as we can show you paver options that will meet your goals.

09.18.19

Natural Stone Walkway in Ipswich, MA

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

This Ipswich, MA family wanted to replace their front walkway as the old walkway was showing signs of being more than 20 years old and often had icy patches on the walkway each winter. This family wanted a contemporary look with nice, clean lines and larger stones. They selected Unilock’s Indian Coast natural sandstone tiles. We built the walkway with vertical seams to help create the Contemporary look that our client wanted. The seams continue up the risers of the steps as we built the steps using these same natural stones for the risers.

This is the walkway which our client wanted to replace.

Front walkway built with natural stone tiles that create a Contemporary walkway for an Ipswich family
Old brick walkway that was replaced

We addressed the icy patches by increasing the pitch of the walkway and removing one step. The old walkway had five steps with each step being about a 5 ½” step while the walkway was almost perfectly flat. Our new walkway includes four steps that are each about 7” (we like the 7” step as that is consistent with the wooden steps that continue past the paver walkway area) and we sloped the walkway so that water will flow away from the house. By making these changes, we believe we will be able to mitigate the amount of ice that accumulates on the walkway this winter.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get a patio, walkway, paver driveway or retaining walls that you want please stop by our office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike {Route One} in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900. While you are at our Office, please look at all of the samples that we have on display. Our display includes 10 parking spaces that reflect potential paver patterns and styles, we have an outdoor kitchen that includes several samples of exterior grade porcelain tiles as well as other Unilock pavers.

09.11.19

What should I do for a walkway down to my pool?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:38 AM by Administrator

This Rowley, MA family did not like their existing walkway down to their pool as there were many steps. Based on the distance between steps, they found it uncomfortable to walk without looking down.

The prior walkway with variable distances between the steps

Thus, we built them a paver walkway using Brussels Block pavers by Unilock as they match the patio that we built for them in 2017. We installed two solid Caledonia granite steps in the walkway so that these steps would match the front steps and the walkway will be easier to walk on than the prior walkway.

Brussels Block paver walkway to the backyard pool in Rowley, MA
Unilock’s Brussels Block pavers were used to create this backyard walkway in Rowley

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

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