02.26.20

Patio and concrete wall repair in Melrose

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:54 AM by Administrator

Thanks to this great weather, we have started construction again. We are in the process of building a patio with firepit next to an in-ground pool. This family wanted some extra space around the pool and we have been able to accomplish that goal by adding a paver patio next to the pool deck. We are in the early stages of this project but this is what the prep work looks like and the current condition of the old, leaning concrete wall.

Permeable paver base for a patio in Melrose
A patio in Melrose prepared with a crushed stone base so that the patio will be permeable
An old concrete wall that is leaning and failing

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs or help you create space and an inviting backyard, please call us at 978.948.2900.

02.18.20

Landscaping Trends for 2020

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:16 AM by Administrator

One of the leading natural stone suppliers asked us for landscaping trends that we are seeing and expect to continue in 2020. Artistic Landscapes is quoted along with two Los Angeles, California companies, a Larchmont, NY company and a company that designs homes as well as an online company that provides guidance related to home remodeling projects.

We continue talking with clients who want sitting walls especially around the firepits that we build for them. To read the whole article on landscaping trends, please see the attached. https://www.delgadostone.com/blog/industry-experts-exterior-design-trends

When you would like to start discussing your landscaping goals, please feel free to call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment where we meet you at your house and start learning about what you have for current goals. You can see some of our displays outside of our Offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

02.14.20

Lazy Susan for Granite Table

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:28 AM by Administrator

As many of you know, I enjoy entertaining, spending time at the granite table that we installed at my house as a prototype and drinking nice wine. We have found that some people can not reach the center of this granite table that seats 8 people comfortably, so we had HedgeHog Designs in Amesbury, MA create this masterpiece for us.

We provided them with the list of wine regions that we have visited and explained to them what we wanted (an actual wine barrel that was used to age red wine). HedgeHog did the rest. They built and sealed the lazy susan that is made from an old wine barrel with automobile quality paint and sealer. By using such high quality paint and sealer, we will be able to use this outside all summer long.

I am so impressed that I wanted to share this customized wine barrel that will serve as our lazy susan this summer.

Our lazy susan made from a wine barrel showcasing the wine regions that I have visited
The lazy susan still allows plenty of space for plates and food on the granite table that we built to seat 8.

02.10.20

Job Fair – February 18th

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:31 AM by Administrator

We are looking to continue growing our company thus we are looking to hire quality people who will treat our clients and fellow employees with the utmost respect and be able and willing to work hard for each other. Our goal is to provide STAR qualities to our clients. We provide Seamless and Trustworthy service to all of our clients and we are Attentive to their needs and as a result we become a Resource for our clients by providing them with plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. who can help them with their other household needs.

If you are a motivated person who wants to work in this environment, please call us at 978.948.2900 to setup an appointment or stop by our Offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA anytime between Noon and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 18th.

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.

01.29.20

Granite Mailbox Post

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:55 AM by Administrator

We are being spoiled with this above average weather as we continue working on landscape projects. So far this week, we have installed a new granite mailbox post, that is engraved with the house number on both sides of the granite, as well as continued our winter pruning. It is nice to prune without walking in snow.

Granite mailbox post in Rowley, MA
Granite Mailbox Post in Rowley

If your mailbox post gets knocked over by a plow or damaged in any other way, please call us at 978.948.2900 as we can install a new granite mailbox post for you in the Spring. If you see us at our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, please stop by and we can show you some of the options that you have to select from.

01.22.20

Steps built in 2005

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:50 AM by Administrator

I built these steps in 2005 for a family in North Andover. They wanted steps which would allow them to go straight to the driveway or the backyard or towards the front gardens thus I designed and built the half circle bottom step. As you can see from the following pictures, the door is set back from the corner of the house so I included two ‘wings’ with the top step. By including the wings, I was able to wrap the step around the corner of the house and provide a wider half circle bottom step.

These steps were built with segmental wall stones and pavers.

Built segmental stone steps for a North Andover family in 2005
Stone steps built in North Andover in 2005

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with the design or installation of a set of steps, please call us at 978.948.2900 or stop by our Offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley.

01.20.20

Weekend – Bull Riding

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:02 PM by Administrator

As many of you know, I try to think outside of the box and create landscapes that are unique and specific for each of our clients. This idea of not staying with things that I already know, led us to spend yesterday afternoon at the SNHU center in Manchester, NH watching professional bull riding. If you have never seen professional bull riding then I recommend going because it was great. The competition lasted just over two hours and it was terrific. The time went very quick and watching these athletes try to ride a bucking bull was fun. It was good entertainment for an afternoon after I spent the night plowing.

If you are interested in changing over your landscape in 2020 this is the time of the year for us to start designing and planning your new landscape. Please feel free to stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley or call us at 978.948.2900 to schedule an appointment.

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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