Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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22 LC DBM Meets the Eye continued from page 20 Left Brooke Inzerella, owner of Horticare Landscaping, built a traditional brick-and-mortar wall fountain for a customer looking to recreate the feel of New Orlean's French Quarter. The builder took a creative approach and used a monolithic pour for the ba- sin. Although not typical, this move allowed the builder to adjust the shape of the basin to fit the space. Inzerella recommends calling in a professional with aquatic experience when dealing with water features. Below Windridge Landscaping built a decorative wall fountain for a commercial hotel chain in Charlottesville, Va. The builder collaborated with a civil engineer and landscape architect to keep the fountain design up to code with state regulations. The contractor utilized a CMU block design for the wall to facilitate installation of the fountain hardware. if needed. According to Inzerella, his ex- perience building pools allowed him to easily build the basin without the need to subcontract a specialty builder. Collaborating With Experts Jeff Howe of Windridge Landscaping, based in Afton, Va., collaborated with a civil engineer and a landscape architect to build a wall fountain for a commercial propery in Charlottesville, Va. Howe was brought on board the project as a subcon - tractor due to his extensive water feature and hardscape experience. State regulations in Virginia required that a civil engineer be involved in the design of the wall used for the fountains. Howe and his team built the wall out of concrete masonry units and stone veneer. "We decided to go with CMU blocks for the wall because they are hollow on the inside," said Jeff Howe, president of Windridge Landscaping. "This made it easier to install the plumbing and electri - cal without excessive drilling." The 36" plastic color-changing LED scuppers came ready to install and did not need to be adjusted. They produce an even sheet flow and have integrated adjustable lighting. The system can be controlled from the interior of the build - ing via a module that can control up to five units. The Verdict If you have solid masonry skills and pre- vious experience with aquatic design, a project like this will be a walk in the park. Although the contractors on these projects used different approaches in completing their work, they all shared a considerable amount of relevant experience. All three builders recommend calling in an expert if your landscape contracting experience is limited to the softscape. LC DBM An experienced builder will always keep the codes and regula- tions of the area where he or she is working in mind before breaking ground on a new project. Most structures built in the United States have strict codes that regulate how they are constructed. According to Jeff Howe of Windridge Landscaping, "wall fountains require some serious planning and technical skill." Often times experts need to be called in to make sure the building plans are up to code. If you're attempting a wall fountain of your own, a good resource for commer- cial and residential building code research is constructconnect.com. The website allows users to search for building codes for almost every city nationwide. To learn more visit www.constructconnect.com . A Wall Fountain Is Still A Wall

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