Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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Inspired by Aspiration and Necessity According to Ryder, the job was just as much of a need as a want. When the original backyard was created ten years ago, Granatell was in the hospital so she didn't have much input with what the design would be. "It wasn't done properly," he says. "It was pretty much falling apart; heaving and splitting. It was just a very bad design." As far as Ryder was concerned, the walls were too close to the pool. There wasn't a sitting area around the pool. The outdoor kitchen was too close to the house. There was a wooden deck off of the house. He sums up, "I felt the layout was all wrong for the beautiful home it accompanied." A crew of three men started and completed the job. They demol- ished and removed the existing landscape and hardscape of the back- yard, except, as mentioned, the pool to which they added a sun deck. The redesigned layout had spaciousness in mind. As explained by Ryder, "If you were a guest at the house you could enjoy the fire at the outdoor fireplace while eating at the outdoor kitchen and be able to have room to lounge by the pool." Created with Accord Techo-Bloc products were a key element in maintaining overall harmony while highlighting individual areas. A winding path is clad with an artful mix of Monticello slabs in az- zurro, rock garden brown, and chocolate brown colors, framed with a single band of Antika in sandalwood and further defined with a Above: At this expansive residence in Bergen County, N.J., Ryder Landscaping Design of Unionville, N.Y. designed and built a new backyard entertainment area with Techo-Bloc slabs, pavers, wall stone, caps, coping and steps such as these curving steps made with stone from the manufacturer's Aged Cap collection in Champlain grey. Also included in the install was a fireplace constructed from FireRock products. March 2014 39 038-043.indd 39 2/27/14 11:07 AM

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