Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2018

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A Lakeside Patio by Greg Frank, LC/DBM Top Steve Mitchell, of Natures Elite Landscap- ing, built this patio in Laconia, N.H., after demolishing the existing dilapidated patio. Located on the shore of Meredith Bay, in Lake Winnipesaukee, the patio and wall include Belgard pavers and blocks and were designed by Mitchell using a design studio. The entire project took roughly 60 days to complete with a four-person crew. Above The patio wall and steps were built with varying-sized Celtik Blocks in a Victorian color. Both the stairs and the wall were capped with Bluestone slabs in a rough finish in order to tie the project together. For the plants chosen, Mitchell used daylilies, upright phlox, Black-eyed Susans, Bloody Crane's-bill and one Japanese Threadleaf Maple tree. Sprinklers for the lawn above the patio provide watering for these plants. The client chose the patio furniture. W When Steve Mitchell, owner of Natures Elite Landscaping in Gilford, N.H., first laid eyes on the 30'x 50' patio overlooking Meredith Bay, he knew that simply resurfacing it would not do. "The patio was a disaster when we first met with the homeowner. Previ - ously, [the homeowner] had met with other contractors that all wanted to do an overlay of the existing patio – but that simply wouldn't do." Mitchell knew that if he added an overlay to the existing dilapidated patio, the client would probably get upwards of four to five more years of use out of it before the patio needed repairs again. So, he discussed this with the client and together they de - cided that it was more advantageous and cost effective for the long-term to have a completely renovated patio that was built from the ground up. One interesting note about the proj - ect is that because the work was reno- vating an existing patio, rather than creating an entirely new one, perme - able pavers were not required by the building codes. In order to prevent water from pooling, the entire patio is on a slope of about a quarter inch per foot. Because Mitchell is an authorized installer of their products, Belgard pavers, site furnishings and design software were utilized for this project. The Process For Mitchell and his team, the pro- cess of constructing an entirely new pa- tio began on the computer. First, they used a landscape design software to create a rendering of the patio, which Mitchell then presented to the client. "We use the design service for our customers so we are able to show 32 LC DBM

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