07.28.20

Outdoor Kitchen

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:40 AM by Administrator

We finished this outdoor kitchen by creating a new sitting area in between the lawn and the kitchen. The contrasting colors of the sand and beach pebbles work very nicely against the stonework that we built for the kitchen cabinets. The porcelain tile floor provides of wide planks of wood grain tiles that are made to be installed outdoor. The kitchen counters are granite slabs.

Outdoor kitchen with built-in gas grill and granite counters
A close-up look at the outdoor kitchen with adjacent seating

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

07.20.20

Raised counter on outdoor kitchen

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

We designed this L shaped outdoor kitchen for the stainless steel cabinets and refrigerators. Once we had agreed that the L shaped cabinets would work best for the flow of the kitchen, we decided to raise the the corner area between the cabinets as that added another element of interest. We raised the corner and built the stonework to emphasize this element.

Raised counter in an Outdoor Kitchen

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

07.17.20

Built-in Refrigerators in an outdoor kitchen

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:33 AM by Administrator

This family wanted an outdoor kitchen with storage drawers/shelves and plenty of refrigerator space. We designed the kitchen to include two refrigerators. The refrigerators are manufactured by Kalamazoo Gourmet. The refrigerator on the left has shelves for cans, bottles and food storage while the refrigerator on the right have shelves for wine bottles (the shelves actually allow the wine to be stored lying down).

In addition to the refrigerators, we installed various drawers and shelves in stainless steel cabinets that are manufactured by Napoleon. Having a cabinet door with shelves was helpful as it allows them to store some of their taller items, including a blender.

Outdoor kitchen with refrigerators and storage cabinets

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

07.15.20

Built-in Grill in Outdoor Kitchen

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:55 AM by Administrator

This family wanted an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill. We built the kitchen with stone masonry and stainless steel cabinets. The cabinets are manufactured by the grill company, Napoleon. A family who we built a patio for last year loves their Napoleon grill so we looked into them and they have quality materials. The cabinets have a soft close and the insides have stayed dry even after the rain.

The 4 burner grill (plus the high heat burner at the back) have worked very well. The heat is pretty consistent and the family has been using the grill to cook homemade pizzas on a regular basis. The Napoleon grill has lights inside the grill which helps them see the food that they are cooking. The knobs are illuminated blue when the grill is not on and the knobs turn red when the grill is on.

Built-in grill with storage drawers for an outdoor kitchen
The blue knobs mean that the grill is not on as the knobs turn red when the grill is on

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

07.13.20

Natural stone walkway in Groveland

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:47 AM by Administrator

This Groveland family likes the look of large natural stones set into the landscape. Thus, we built this walkway with large, irregular shaped natural stones as the walkway from their driveway to their backyard. The area between the stones is likely going to be planted with lawn or groundcover after the house construction is completed.

Natural stone walkway

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC 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.

07.01.20

Timber steps replaced with granite steps

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:24 AM by Administrator

This Byfield family has had timber steps with a crushed stone walkway between the timbers. They told us that they were tired of slipping on the timbers when they are wet and the crushed stone is too low to serve as a regular walkway so they wanted this replaced.

We designed the walkway to have solid granite steps while the walkway portion was built with Unilock’s Westport pavers. We were able to keep the new walkway and steps within the original footprint eventhough we added a 3′ deep landing up near the door.

Timber steps in Byfield
Original timber steps in Byfield
Granite steps and paver walkway
Granite Steps with Unilock’s Westport pavers for the walkway for a Byfield family

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

06.29.20

Paver walkways in Lynn

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

This Lynn family has a new paver walkway with granite steps for their front entrance while they also enhanced their walkway to the backdoor with a paver walkway as well. Unilock’s Westport pavers make up the body of the walkways while the front walkway is accented with Unilock’s Courtstone pavers.

Paver front walkway with granite steps
Front entrance now has granite steps and pavers manufactured by Unilock {Westport pavers were used for the body of the walkway while Courtstone pavers serve as an accent}
Westport pavers for walkway to back door

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your walkways and/or steps, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our Office on Route One in Rowley, MA.

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.

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