Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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The retaining walls for the patio are comprised of cinderblock and "creek side blend" sawn real stone veneer, provided by Marshall Stone and installed by hardscape contractor NR Masonry of Kern- ersville, N.C. USI buff flagging and treads are used for the primary patio and steps leading down to the secondary patio that has a cus- tom built real stone veneered fire pit. The seating wall around the fire pit was designed to create the perfect space for entertaining guests or relaxing with family and friends. Vernon Electrical Service and Repair Co. of Reidsville, N.C., in- stalled two GFCI circuits to control nine outdoor electrical outlets. Gas lines for the grill, fireplace, and fire pit were installed by Stokes- dale Heating and Air. Over 50 outdoor path lights, Kichler cap lights, and uplights were installed by GLS and provided by Butler Lighting of High Point, N.C., to increase the ambiance and comfort of use in the late afternoons and evenings. Following the irrigation, hardscape, and electrical installations, GLS performed a variety of aesthetic changes to the yard, including backfilling 40 yards of topsoil, planting fescue sod, and adding a va- riety of plant life: bloodgood Japanese maple, sunspray gold cypress, vintage jade distylium, 'Encoure' azaleas, 'Steeds' holly, 'Feedback' bearded iris, Nantucket blue hydrangeas, Otto Luyken laurels, rose- um elegans rhododendrons, Schip laurel, 'Summer Snowflake' vibur- num, and mixed ferns. North Carolina long leaf pine needles were also installed. There are many convenient amenities of this patio project, includ- ing a kitchen, custom-built fireplace with wood boxes, custom-built pizza oven, and Taj Mahal granite countertops that were fabricated and installed by Marble Granite World. The outdoor kitchen, an ex- tension of the home's kitchen, includes a grill, power burner, and re- frigerator, a warming drawer, and two cabinets for convenient stor- age. In preparation for phase two of this project, the smokestack for the custom-built pizza oven was faced away from the patio to allow for the future addition of the roof over the kitchen area. The pizza oven, placed in the corner of the kitchen, balances out the fireplace on the opposite side of the patio. The fireplace, located to the side of the living space, allows for uninhibited views of the wood line, and the stepped-down fire pit breaks the expanse of space allowing for a transition to the lawn. Given the personalized features of this outdoor living space, there were several factors to consider ensuring a superior outdoor space for the homeowners. A natural look to the patio was of top priority. Unlike man-made stone products that are mass-produced and iden- tical, natural stone can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. When using high-quality natural stone, it is important to consider the flow of shapes and colors of the stone. When considering the ex- pectations this project required, it became clear that Marshall Stone would be the very best stone company capable of providing the options required to meet the owner's expectations. Marshall Stone understood how important it was that they didn't just like the mate- rial they selected, but that they love it. With that in mind, countless hours and resources were spent reviewing the different stone options that would prove to be the perfect fit for this project. When Marshall Stone customers are asking for high quality natu- ral stone, Universal Stone Imports is their main source. USI offers a variety of patio stone with matching steps, treads and slabs. The stone and granite used in this project were meticulously selected to guarantee a visually pleasing space and enjoyable experience for the homeowners. Timing for custom-built projects such as this one must also be considered. GLS and the various contractors worked under a tight deadline to complete the project prior to an important family func- tion for the homeowners. Several change orders were also made to allow the homeowners to craft their idyllic outdoor space as the project progressed. The outdoor living space and accompanying landscaping was an exciting project for GLS Landscaping & Mainte- nance to be a part of. 16 LC DBM Above: Marshall Stone supplied the Universal Stone Imports' sandstone caps and flooring, and real sawn natural stone veneer that make up the firepit, seatwall, patio flagging, and steps to the lower patio. Due to the grade change, retaining walls were constructed out of cinderblock and stone veneer. Left: Following installation of irrigation, hardscape and electrical, GLS Landscaping backfilled 40 yards of topsoil and planted fescue sod, Japanese maple, mixed ferns and more. In addition to the custom pizza oven, the kitchen includes granite countertops, a grill, power burner, refrigerator, warming drawer, and two storage cabinets. Lighting throughout the project, provided by Butler Lighting, includes path lights, Kichler cap lights, and uplights. DBM LC Team List Landscape Contractor - GLS Landscaping Supplying Dealer - Marshall Stone Hardscape Contractor - NR Masonry General Contractor - GLS Landscaping Landscape Architect - Next To Nature Photography - Stone Source - Universal Stone Imports, Inc. (Continued from page 14)

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