Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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>> Creating an outdoor living space at a new home comes with a host of challenges unique to it being in a new develop - ment. Jay Roche from Natural Surroundings was contracted for one such project in Colesville, Md. He started by using Belgard Design Studio, a program pro - vided by the manufacturer to create 3D models and flythrough videos of a planned landscape. "We used it for all of our big projects last year," said Roche. "It was seamless." Contractors can use one of the models or flythrough videos already on the manufacturer's website, or for a fee, can send plans to the company and they can create a rendering. At this particular residence, Roche had a crew of 3-5 to cre - ate the deck, extend the lanai, create an outdoor kitchen, and install a fireplace and retaining wall segments. "We used the Bristol fireplace and fireboxes as the wall in itself to hold the hill from the wood line," he explained. The fireplace unit stands 9' high, and with the two wood boxes, extends 11' long. A small retaining wall continues to hold the hill, extending from one side of the fireplace. For the installation, Roche's team had to dig out more than 4" below the finish grade and pour a level concrete pad. They used a skid steer to place the base unit in the concrete, and to place the chimney on top of the fireplace. The Mega-Arbel pavers that were used for the entire patio were laid right up next to the fireplace. In addition, the homeowners requested an outdoor kitchen, which the Natural Surroundings team constructed from the Celtik wall block topped with a natural flagstone. During the construction, he ran into some problems – liter - ally – with utility lines in the yard. "The builder didn't bury the fiber optic cable properly, or Top Natural Surroundings, led by Jay Roche, was hired to expand the outdoor living area at this new home in Colesville, Md. In addition to leveling out the slope to create a better space for children to play, his team built a 'Bristol' fireplace on the patio, which they extended with 'Mega-Arbel' pavers. Bottom To complete the outdoor living space, a kitchen grill space was constructed out of 'Celtik' wall blocks. The countertop is a natu- ral brown flagstone. A Space for the Family by Alli Rael, LC/DBM 8 LC DBM HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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