Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Debbie Gliksman of Urban Oasis Landscape, designed and supervised the installation of a fence, drought tolerant garden, deck, steps and more at this home in Tarzana, Calif. The job also included a decorative screen that was installed against an empty slope too steep to plant. The screen is made of COR- TEN, or weathered steel, which has a naturally oxidized fin - ish that forms a stable rust-like appearance. Jamie Gracia, of Gracia Design, fabricated the screen, and also cut out the house address numbers, creating a graphic visual statement. The numbers that were cut out were then applied to this COR-TEN raised planter bed at the entrance of the same home: another good example of how imagination and in- novation can come from fencing projects. David O. Lightfoot of Da- vid Lightfoot Landscapes, designed and built the fence behind the planter box. It was designed as a swimming pool security fence that would be pleasing to the eye and not block the view from the prop - erty. The redwood frame was made with 4" x 6" posts and 2" x 6" caps. The fence has 5' x 5' panels with 1-1/2" square steel mesh fastened to the back of mitered 2' x 4' redwood frames. The wood has a semi- transparent finish, while the metal mesh was left unfinished. A concrete continuous grade beam was poured with steel (Simpson PB) post bases set in. The 4' x 6' posts were mounted and the 2" x 6" caps were fastened to run continuously. The 5' x 5' panels were fabricated on site and suspended in each frame with uniform spacing (long construction screws and cylindrical spacers). The finish was applied after construction. This project is located in Bucktown, a section of Chicago. Initially the out- door space had a very simple set of ta- bles and some plants, with a large area of grass. Urban Rooftops improved the outdoor space with a wooden slat fence and gabion wall for privacy, lay- ered with perennials to create a sec- ondary layer of screening. There are wider wood slats in the lower portion of the fence, and slim- mer wood slats at the top. This creates a visual barrier to highlight the vegeta- tion layer and brings the eye towards the gabion wall, a focal point that is placed halfway through the total length of the fence. The word gabion is derived from Italian word "gabbi- one," which means "big cage." A gabi- on wall is a cage, cylinder or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineer- ing, road building and landscaping. The 7' tall wood slat fence is com- prised of 4" x 4" metal tubes, ground- ed with 3' deep footings every six feet across the length of the property. The lower five feet of the fence has 1" x 6" cedar slats. The top two-feet of the fence has 1" x 4" pine slats. For the gabion wall, a metal post was placed on either side of the gabion. This allowed the cedar slats to span into the gabion. Two more metal posts are centered within the cage of the gabion wall. Each of the gabion baskets is assembled with tie wire or spiral binders. Stiffeners connect the panels of wire mesh. Then 3.5"-12" clean stone was installed in 12" lifts until all of the baskets were filled. Materials came from a local Menard's and Gabion Supply. January 2016 39 DBM LC Hiding a Slope, Pinpointing a House Windy City Fence with Gabion

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