Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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GLS Landscaping & Maintenance of Oak Ridge, N.C., was the land- scape installation firm for this 1,300 square foot outdoor living space. It took approximately two months, from initial planning to installation, to complete the project, which included a natural stone patio with a built- in grill, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, fireplace, fire pit, and seating wall; electrical work including custom landscaping lighting; irrigation; and ac - companying landscaping. Over 20 GLS employees, in addition to hard- scape and electrical contractors, brought this outdoor living space to life. The project began with several planning sessions with the homeown - er, Next to Nature Landscape Design, and Marshall Stone, the hardscape supplier, to create the design for the outdoor living space. To accom - modate the patio, existing trees would need to be removed or protected. The grade sloped away from the house, which would require retaining walls to create a level surface. Maintaining privacy for the new patio area from the neighborhood street had to be addressed. Natural light to the home's interior needed to be maintained as well as the family's view of the wood line. Once the analysis was complete, Next to Nature created final design blueprints and 3D models. The blueprints and 3D images gave a complete view of the project, allowing team members at Marshall Stone and GLS Landscaping to order materials and begin planning the installation. The project was split into two phases: the installation of the patio, accompanying features and landscaping, and the installation of the roof over the outdoor kitchen. After contacting the North Carolina underground utility locating service, GLS removed the existing patio, which consisted of pavers and retaining wall block. The existing irrigation needed to be adjusted to accommodate the larger square footage of the patio. GLS installed ad - ditional irrigation heads to ensure appropriate watering and maximum lifespan of the plants and sod, which were planted after completion of the patio. Natural Stone in North Carolina By Charbel Zogheib, Universal Stone Imports, and Tucker Beeninga, Next to Nature Landscape Design 14 LC DBM Above: At this North Carolina residence, GLS Landscaping & Maintenance installed the design created by Next to Nature Landscape Design for the 1,300 square foot outdoor living space. From initial planning to completion, the project took a team of over 20 GLS employees, plus additional subcontractors, two months to complete. Left: The custom pizza oven was designed by GLS Landscaping and built by hardscape contractor NR Masonry. During phase two of the project, a roof will be built over this area, so the smokestack for the oven was directed away from the patio. Hardscapes (Continued on page 16)

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