Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Shea Homes Colorado and Sage Design Group knew exactly what they wanted in landscaping design for Stepping Stone, a modern, single family home de- velopment in Parker, Colo. Sage and Shea Homes hoped that they could use color to make the community open spaces as fresh, welcoming and attractive as possible. These unique specifications presented the developers of Stepping Stone with an exciting challenge: how to create func- tional walls that are beautifully organic, and a little bit different, without breaking the bank. A Separate Direction Phil Sage, founder of Sage Design Group and lead designer for the project explained, "We wanted to do things a little bit differently than what you'd find in a standard subdivision." The key element in provid - ing distinction and aesthetic was a series of retaining walls - 33 retaining walls, to be exact. "Instead of just having straight rectilinear walls like you would see in most walls in developments, we wanted to make it quite a bit more artistic, with everything much more organic," explained Sage. But these walls needed to do more than look visually ap - pealing. "What we ended up creating was a retaining wall that's fluid, but also two sided. That helped us get the height up, and helped with visual and sound attenuation from the nearby highway." Ultimately, the retaining walls had to make the community fresh and welcoming, support the land, and shield the homes from highway sights and sounds, all while staying within budget. Mapping It Out The solution came from landscape contractor and retaining wall specialist Rod Rucker of R&S Retaining Walls. Rucker introduced the design team to wet-cast concrete products being made by Basalite in Denver. With their help, Sage and Shea Homes decided that Rosetta's Belvedere line of freestanding and retaining wall blocks would suit their needs exactly. The original intent of the design was to build the Above: Shea Homes' Stepping Stone development in Parker, Colo., needed a unique, functional landscape design. The solution was a series of retaining walls, designed by Sage Design Group and installed by R&S Retaining Walls using Rosetta's Belvedere line of wet-cast concrete wall blocks. Throughout the new single-family development, 33 retaining walls totaling 17,000 square feet have been installed so far. Phase II, covering 15,000 square feet, is slated for completion in spring 2016. By Melissa Johnson, Rosetta Hardscapes 46 LC DBM Navigating the B M J h R t t H d e Curves

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