Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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Left & Below: These pictures show parts of two of the four terraces built by ThinkGreen LLC at a residence in Easton, Conn. All four terraces feature bluestone steps and patios enclosed by dry-laid Pennsylvania fieldstone retaining walls, which incorporate accents of larger boulders jutting out from their bases, adding to the natural rustic feel of the space. Some of the boulders were existing and so massive that instead of moving or blasting them, they were incorporated into the character of the terrace. The wall caps are also bluestone. The upper terrace is a main dining area. One step down, the terrace features a monolithic slab bench built into the wall that faces the fireplace built of firebrick and enclosed in dry-laid Pennsylvania fieldstone with bluestone coping and small stone slab shelves set in to its face. The lighting is from Cast Lighting Systems. Left & Right: At this residence in Chicago, Heffernan Landscape Design completely rebuilt the backyard, which had been reduced in size by a new addition to the house. To maximize entertainment space, they eliminated the lawn and installed two intersecting bluestone panel patios bordered with Whitacre Greer old Chicago bricks that transition to the same brick in the sidewalk to the front of the lot. The patio is framed in two opposing L-shaped seat walls, which are poured concrete with bluestone coping. Heffernan let the walls show the texture of the framing lumber. They got rid of the straight walk to the back gate, and poured several large offset concrete pads to echo the offset planes of the patio. The walk is framed in Pennisetum "little piglet." Right: The walkway, bench and infinity edge at this home in Janesville, Wis., are made of wet-set piranha stone, which comes from Brazil, mixed with golden sunset stone. JJ Hayden Inc. of Woodstock, Ill., designed and installed the hardscape and landscape. The boulders holding up the bench, and on the face of the bridge and the waterfall are Wisconsin granite. Lining the walkway are Sedum autumn joy and Chicago fire burning bush. Gold lace juniper, white pine, bald cypress and autumn blaze maple create the backdrop. The large boulder feature at the end of the pool is a waterfall. The bridge connects the home and pool area to an island that Hayden also set up. It has a large waterfall that starts higher up the hill and recirculates from the lake that the bridge crosses over. A variety of Hydrangeas and assorted perennials line the lake's shore. March 2014 45 044-049.indd 45 2/27/14 11:06 AM

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