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HARDSCAPES By Alli Rael, LC/DBM 28 LC DBM Left Go Pavers, a paving contractor based in the Los Angeles area, was hired for the com- plete renovation of this home's hardscapes in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Led by project man- ager Kobi Dan, the crew of up to 8 workers designed and installed 3,000 square feet of paving plus a retaining wall, water feature and fire pit over the course of two months. Below The pavers for the backyard were installed first, over a bed of Class 2 road base and paving sand. "We started in the back and paved our way forward," said Dan. "It doesn't make sense to pave the drive- way and create a new front yard, then have workers going over that brand new area." On this elevated patio, a fire pit was installed using the same natural stone veneer found on the retaining wall. T The owners of this residence in Thousand Oaks, Calif., were look- ing for a change that would expand their useable yard space and tie together their front and back yards. They hired Go Pavers, a Los Angeles-based hardscape contractor, to build an undulating retaining wall that ranges from 18 inches to six feet tall as well as to install new paving, a water feature, planter, and fire pit. As with every installation, the process began with excavation. The area for the driveway was excavated about nine to 10 inches, and the backyard was excavated six to seven inches. Due to the rocky terrain of Thousand Oaks and the amount of soil to be removed, excavation for the retaining wall took three days. "Demo and excavation was a lot of work here," said project man - ager Kobi Dan. The team used air breakers to get the rock into man- ageable pieces for removal from the site. Once excavation was complete, installation could begin. Building From Back to Front The retaining wall was built first. Stretching 60 feet from the curve around the fire pit to the sidewalk at the front of the house, it was initially constructed 6 feet tall for the entirety of its length. to The Importance of the Sequence of Installation