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.


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.


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.


Paver walkway in Rowley

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

This Rowley family loved the Treo pavers in Sierra color. We were able to remove their 30+ year old walkway and replace it with the new paver walkway. Because there had been some settling and other issues, we dug out the base beneath the old blocks and installed a permeable base. We also fixed the grading of the front lawn as it was pitched towards the house.

Prior walkway for a Rowley, MA family
The base was excavated before installing a compacted permeable base
Treo pavers for front walkway for a Rowley, MA family
Treo pavers in Sierra color for the front walkway of a Rowley family

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 in Rowley, MA.


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.


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.


Local restaurants

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:27 AM by Administrator

As most everyone knows, I like good food and nice wine. Since restaurants are no longer allowed to serve customers in their restaurants, we have been ordering take-out once per week and having some of the bottles of wine which we bought on one of our California trips. I still think some of the best food from a sub shop type place is the Rowley Pizza Factory. The food is always fresh and the owners are just terrific. I look forward to picking up the food and talking with them.

We have been having nice italian food from the North End because Ristorante Massiminos has been delivering to different towns each day. We have had their food three times already as we just enjoy the fresh food, large portions and some of the Italian wine that we bought when we visited Tuscany.

I had a nice burger (actually just half of a burger because a co-worker saw the burger and said that it looked so good – I offered him half the burger and he took it…) from Sea Level Restaurant. We have also enjoyed meals from The Spot in Georgetown, Sylvan St Grille in Salisbury. I am sure there are many other restaurants serving great food but these are the places where we have been ordering from.

In addition to knowing how to order good meals and drink nice wine as well as local craft beers, we love landscaping and improving properties. If you need any help with your yard, please give us a call (978.948.2900) and we can meet to discuss your landscaping needs and talk about good food.


Covid-19 Policy

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:27 AM by Administrator

We thank everyone for allowing us to continue working over this Spring. We are all impacted by the precautions being taken to slow the spread of Covid-19 and we have been diligent with our efforts. The following highlights our Covid-19 policy that has been shared with all of our employees and is something that we strive to maintain these high standards.

As we all know, the U.S. Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that a coronavirus outbreak had been identified and it was spreading across a number of countries, including the United States. Since that announcement on January 31, 2020, the virus has continued to spread and is a risk to all of us. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. Because of the proximity to infected individuals, workers in certain industries are at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was enacted to regulate workplace safety and health. OSHA has provided guidance on COVID-19 and in summary it is as follows:

  • Consider whether we will encounter someone infected with Covid-19 in the course of our work.
  • Train employees about virus exposure, hazard recognition and appropriate protocols for preventing or reducing the likelihood of exposure.
  • This virus might impact use of PPE, general duty clause, bloodborne pathogens, exposure to hazardous chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Increased record keeping and reporting.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reaffirmed that landscaping is an Essential Service again on March 31st. Because of this ruling and our ability to help maintain healthy landscapes (which often leads to healthier environments around each home), we are allowed to work and must do so with great diligence. Some of the changes that we have made at Artistic Landscapes LLC include:

  • NOT shaking hands with any client or potential client,
  • Maintain Social Distancing (minimum 6’ between each person) when talking/working with fellow employees as well as members of the public,
  • Use an overabundance of caution as I do not go into anyone’s home when meeting to discuss a project,
  • Our office building is closed to the public and we do not allow anyone inside.
  • Mandate that all employees maintain or exceed the CDC recommended distance at all times,
  • Sanitize all tools, work areas inside the office, trucks and vehicles.

As a result of this guidance from Governor Baker, OSHA & other organizations, Artistic Landscapes has made the following enhancements to our safety protocols and continues to discuss this situation with all employees on a daily basis. Some of the enhancements include:

  • Tony asks clients if anyone has been tested for COVID-19 or is showing any symptoms of the virus prior to us showing up to work at the property (this is one reason that we have deferred the work for one client until after April 14th).
  • No more than 1 employee is allowed in a truck.
  • Work has been distributed amongst us so that we are all working at least six (6) feet apart from each other (weeding beds at a different time than the edging is being done, the spreading of mulch is done after the entire bed has already received mulch piles rather than spreading it while the mulch is being delivered).
  • Each employee has been provided with his/her own ear protection and had that person’s name written on the ear protection.
  • Each employee will not share tools with another employee without disinfecting the tool first.
  • Social distancing has been instituted and this has resulted in us sitting at least six feet apart from each other when having lunch or talking. Also, all meetings are done standing up so that we can space out even more while administrative focused meetings have been delayed until after the virus has subsided.
  • At the end of every day, at a minimum, all door handles within the building and each vehicle is sprayed with disinfectant spray or wiped down. The inside of each vehicle’s cab (the seat areas) are disinfected with a disinfectant spray every day.
  • The bathrooms are being cleaned more frequently as well.
  • We are not working on days that are rainy and cold as a way to potentially help us all stay healthy.
  • Any and all cleaning or sanitizing product that an employee may want is provided, to the best of our ability to obtain those products.
  • Every employee has been told that if he/she becomes aware that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then they must immediately communicate that to Tony.
  • Every employee has been told that if he/she is not feeling well that we support and require them to stay home.

The World Health Organization and local governments have provided a list of best practices on what to do so that you do not get or spread this virus. These best practices include:

  • Wash your hands regularly with alcohol based sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time,
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between people,
  • If you are to be in a group then keep the number of group members to less than 10,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth,
  • Practice respiratory hygiene (sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow) and throw away any used tissues immediately,
  • If you get a fever or have trouble breathing then get medical attention quickly,
  • Stay informed of the latest news regarding this virus.

We have also reminded our employees that they will not loser their job if they decide that they do not feel safe to work during this time as we also shared the following: As a reminder, OSHA prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for raising concerns about safety and health conditions. Consistent with our conversations, if you do not feel safe to work or are concerned about your health then you are allowed not to work during this crisis. You will be eligible to be rehired after the crisis is over.


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.


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.

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