Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUN 2014

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Above: Footers for the riverfront walkway were poured at the very end of the first phase of construction, before winter set in. The lake froze over the day after the footers were poured. Pisa2 wall blocks (Unilock) were used for the retaining walls. Top, Right: The circle fountain is the central element for the front yard, and sits above paver walkways framed by boxwood hedges and seasonal plantings. The centerpiece fountain is a bronze sculpture. Middle: The backyard water feature was designed to move through the existing trees, making it look like it had been there for years. The four-inch water line pumps water from the lake to a 4'x4' waterfall at the top of the hill, using a 240-volt pump. Bottom: Many of the new amenities, including the bridge leading from the terrace to the riverfront and the water features, were added as the homeowner became inspired by the project's progress. The bridge, fireplace and circular front yard fountain were constructed of Brussels block and capped with natural limestone. June 2014 41 catch basin and six-inch pipe to reroute water to the lake. As tempera- tures dropped and the landscaping season ended, the lake froze over the day after the footer for the boardwalk was poured. Features Requests from the client for more features led to the installation of a compass design in the walkway, which was conceived by the designer. The compass was created with Unilock series 3000 pavers, and the surround- ing surfaces were paved in a Stonehenge 'Coffee Creek' blend, with a Brussels block in a sandstone-colored band from the same manufacturer. The fireplace, bridge and fountain also came from the customer's chal- lenge to add more elements. All three were constructed with Brussels block and capped with natural limestone. More than 300 tons of natural outcropping stone were installed by the end of the construction phase. The water feature was built of natural sandstone, and the porch was wrapped with rough sawn cedar. The centerpiece of the circle fountain is a bronze sculpture that the designer got from a friend who had the homeowner in mind. The home- owner liked the sculpture and asked for its inclusion in the design, which became the central element for the front yard. Paver walkways were added around the water feature. Collaboration between the homeowner, designer and installation teams was essential to the success of what began as a "facelift" for the existing landscape. When the second phase of construction concluded, about 18 months after the project began, the homeowner realized his expanded vi- sion of owning "the best looking place on the block." DBM LC 040-041.indd 41 5/22/14 2:32 PM

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