Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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the garage and the wall was finished with river rock mulch to match existing landscaping, and shrubs and a small ornamental tree were planted. "The Standard retaining wall system was perfect for retaining the soil behind the garage where we excavated to create the lounge area," said Sekeres. "There are no voids in the units to backfill, and the top-down pinning made installation easy. By back-splitting the units, we could easily create the freestanding seat walls too. Plus, the same SRW unit was used to create col - umns that serve as a base for the pergola and define the space." The Hempes selected Willow Creek Cobblestone pavers in matching Bronze Blend for the patio and walkway areas. Wil - low Creek Cobblestone ¾ stone in Desert Brown was used for borders that define each area. Sekeres also selected Standard units in Bronze Blend to create matching columns to add definition on either side of the seat wall. Natural brownstone column caps that match the color of the paver borders brought continuity into the design colors. "It was a challenge to fit all the features into a small area, but using contrasting border pavers defined each space beautifully," said Sekeres. "The columns and seating nooks also shaped each area. The choices in products and colors were a great combi - nation for the tan house and the mixed river rock around the perimeter." Rickard-Hempe says the family has enjoyed the space, despite dealing with the pesky mosquitoes that Minnesota is known for: "It looks beautiful and is a great use of space." LC DBM 10 LC DBM Below River rock mulch and small plants encompass the patio and incorporate elements of the existing landscaping, into the installation. A very small mulch divider keeps the river rock from being scattered about the yard. The freestanding wall, built with Standard units, adds seating for the fire pit. The columns are capped with Willow Creek Capstone in Des- ert brown. Above The retaining wall near the garage stands about 30" high and the freestand- ing wall in the foreground about 18" high. The bases of the columns for the pergola are made with VERSA-LOK standard retaining wall blocks, as are the freestanding wall and retaining wall. Alternating A Caps and B Caps are used for both the retaining wall and the freestanding wall. The caps alternate to give a straight edge; A Caps have a face width of 14" and a rear width of 12", while B Caps have a face width of 14" and a rear width of 16". The two columns for the freestanding wall are the same height as the pillars for the base of the pergola and the retaining wall in order to create evenness. A decorative, free- standing, step-down wall was added to each end of the retaining wall. One small boulder was placed behind the garage, underneath the ornamental tree, and larger river rocks were used for a small portion of this area. Hardscapes continued from page 8

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