Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

AUG 2018

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rafters and purlins. Once these features were complete, the team was able to tackle the pavers. About half of the Brussels pavers for the patio were overlaid on the slab of concrete that was originally on the property with a thin layer of sand screed overtop, and the other half was overlaid on compacted subsoil that was wrapped with geotextile fabric and joined to the existing concrete slab with concrete adhesive. 2A modified aggregate was then compacted onto the non-concrete surface and topped with a 1" layer of coarse sand. The pavers were overlaid and compacted before Gator polymeric sand was applied and swept into the joints. PVC edge restraints were then placed along the edges of the pavers. Phase 2 Due to the hilly topography of the neigh- borhood, there was more filling needed than cutting to prepare the ground for the pool. First, Beall's team had to build the tumbled Versa-Lok retaining wall and boulder wall to support the pool before bringing in truckloads of aggregate to lev - el the ground for digging. Once the pool was in place, they installed strip drains on either side, with one running between the pool and the house to make sure water was not running towards the house and that it was also not running back into the pool. Water overflowing from the other two sides runs off into the landscape. The story of this project is one of evolu - tion and adaptation. Beall's was able to save on cost and demolition by overlaying pavers with a 1-inch layer of coarse sand on the original concrete slab that was al - ready in the backyard, and the pool was an unexpected but successful addition. However, the real hidden gem came in the form of an unplanned brainstorming session with the homeowner. Beall suggested that they break up the pavers and boulders visually by installing AstroTurf to cover a trench drain where there was originally going to be river rock. The homeowner then countered that they turn the area into a putting green. Continuing to build on the idea, Beall brought up the fact that the home - owner's son had requested a sandbox in the yard. Connecting this to the concept of the putting green, the owner and Beall agreed to design a sand trap for the area, fulfilling both the father's and the son's visions. Next to the putting green rests the boulder wall, made with 80 tons of native western Pennsylvania boulders found in the hills near the home and transported to the site in four large trucks. They were dry-laid to create a rustic look in the space. "It's an art," Beall says of the boulder work, "piecing them in one at a time, turning them around, flipping them over." This is not the first time Beall's Nursery and Landscaping has taken ad - vantage of the abundant local materials of western Pennsylvania; however, the company also reaches outside its commu - nity, often traveling across the country to find large-scale plant material for its high-end residential customers. Some of the plants used for this project were re - trieved from Portland, Ore. The extensive project was not without its challenges. A rainy spring brought certain weather complications, but Beall claims that the biggest hurdle was simple bureaucracy. Due to the exclusivity of the neighbor - hood, Beall had to present all aspects of the project to several committees and boards in order to receive approval, slow - ing down the progression of the work in some cases. The Legacy Continues The Beall family is still influencing the Pittsburg community, helping to fulfill landscaping visions through creative flex - ibility and consistent effort. Who could have imagined that a business that started in one family over 70 years ago would continue to affect western Pennsylvania neighborhoods today? LC DBM 38 LC DBM Left The apron encircling the pool was created with poured, dyed concrete finished with a swirl pattern. The same pavers from the patio continue onto the pool deck, con- trasting with the concrete with a strip drain running between them. The pool bench starts at the corner of the house and runs on one side of the pool. Right Native western Pennsylvania surface rock forms the boulder wall that outlines the putting green and combination sand trap/sandbox. It acts as a retaining wall for a garden bed that is home to shade-tolerant perennials and evergreen trees planted in a wall-like for- mation to maintain some privacy for the property. The putting green is EZ Lawn AstroTurf.

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