Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

OCT 2018

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>> Not all residential hardscape jobs are extensive, lengthy projects worthy of entry into national award contests. Some, by nature, have to be rather modest, be it the homeowner doesn't have a lot of space, or money or maybe they just want a small upgrade to an existing landscape. That was the case on this project for TDH Land - scaping from Monkton, Maryland. A previous customer wanted to add to their outdoor area to accommodate large groups of people for regu - lar "Movie Nights" held at the residence from late spring through early autumn. Brian Hartwyk, an associate ASLA and landscape designer for TDH, set about to design the add-on: a flagstone patio with a fireplace and extra amenities in the allotted space. "It was important that the new space blended with the existing garden aesthetic, provided new views and didn't block any of the existing ones for viewing parties," he relates. The property was located in the town of Baldwin in Baltimore County on a sloped site. Even so, Hart- wyk says that the site required little prep work. "The proposed patio was being cut into an exist- ing hillside and required some cut/fill calculations to ensure the project was completed efficiently and at the lowest cost to the client," states Hartwyk. "Ac- curate site measurements and elevations recorded by the designer were important parts of the prepa- ration and planning for the project." Besides the cut and fill work, the area for the patio and the required retaining wall was rough graded. Excavated soil was kept to backfill around the new patio elevation. The patio and wall were installed on compacted CR-6 aggregate. According to Hartwyk, a challenging aspect of the project was creating a brand new outdoor liv - ing space that matched the style of the present stone patio and retaining wall: "that harmonized with the existing landscape features." "Since both patios and walls will be visible from different locations of the site it was very important that the design read as one place," he says. Pennsylvania fieldstone selected for the wall was chosen for size and mix to match the existing wall, while flagstone for the patio was selected for color and broken onsite to mimic the size of stone used on the existing patio. During the planning phases it was recommended to the client that the existing patio be power washed and by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM 14 LCDBM Above In Baldwin, Maryland, a home- owner was in need of an additional outdoor living space to help ac- commodate larger groups of people. After designating the amount of property to be used, TDH Landscaping designed and built a charming seating area with a fire pit and retaining wall made of Pennsyl - vania fieldstone, a dryset flagstone patio, a bubbling boulder water fea- ture and lighting. Simple Delights Natural Stone Highlights Small Seating Area HARDSCAPES Continued on page 16

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