Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JUL 2017

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Above Retaining walls to match the kitchen and fireplace adjacent wall were built as planters. A decorative wooden panel was installed above this wall to give the homeowners more storage space. A crew of 3-5 spent about a month on the overall project. Above Belgard, the manufacturer for all the hardscape products Roche used in this project, offers a 3D design service for contractors. "I took a photograph and drew some lines on it and sent it over to them," Roche said. "They made the rendering and a 3D video." He recommends using 3D software when designing. mark it properly," he explained. "It was pretty much just below the dirt." Being that it was a fiber optic cable, Roche and his crew couldn't just splice it together after their run-in, and had to call in the utility company to correct it. "It wasn't technically our fault," said Roche. "Once we knew where it was it wasn't a big deal and we could work around it." Drainage and grade changes also came up. "We had to adjust the drainage so water would flow properly under and across the patio," he said. They used a mini excavator to level out the grade, and to create a flat area for the homeowner's kids to play. "We also did a lot of planting and lights out front, and some steppers in the side yard," he said. "The whole thing took about a month." When it comes to projects such as these, Roche recommends going big to start out and breaking it down into phases from there. "Everyone has a reason for doing a larger project," Roche concluded. "The biggest thing is accomplishing the homeown- er's goals." LC DBM 10 LC DBM The Interlocking Concrete Pavement In- stitute has released "Tech Spec 23: Main- tenance Guide for Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements." A durable, cost- effective solution for compliance with stormwater regulations, and an excellent option for freeze/thaw climates, PICPs do require some maintenance as sediment accumulates in their joints over time. The 12-page guide includes information on: • Practices to support surface infiltration • Techniques for infiltration inspection and testing • Preventive maintenance equipment options for various applications • Restorative infiltration maintenance for highly clogged surfaces • Inspection intervals and procedures for maintaining surface infiltration • Winter maintenance practices The Portland Cement Association announced it expects an annual growth of 3.5% for U.S. cement consumption during the remainder of 2017 and 2018. This is based on conservative baseline estimates for factors such as infrastructure spending and tax reform, according to the association's senior vice president and chief economist Ed Sullivan. In particular, tax reform was cited as a key contributor to the predicted growth since it drives consumer spending and confidence that play heavily with the housing sector. Hardscape North America is now ac- cepting entries for the 10th Annual HNA Awards, which recognize out - standing hardscape projects in all sizes in residential and commercial applica - tions using a variety of products includ- ing concrete pavers, clay pavers and seg- mental retaining walls. The early-bird entry fee (Aug. 14 deadline) is $100 for ICPI, BIA or NCMA members and $200 for non-members. The final dead - line is Sept. 11, and fees are $140 for members and $240 for non-members. Projects must have been completed be - tween November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2017. The awards will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during HNA 2017. . PCA Gives Positive Forecast for Hardscape Industry through 2018 HNA Calls for Contest Entries New Maintenance Guide for Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements Available Hardscapes continued from page 8

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