Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

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>> The owners of this Canfield, Ohio, resi- dence hired Tabor Landscaping & Garden Cen- ter to give their backyard veranda style and flow. They had two small patios connected by a set of four steps, and a grade change of ap - proximately 12 feet. "The homeowners often entertain wine clubs, so they wanted the area to flow through the grade change," explained Erik Tabor, presi - dent of Tabor Landscaping & Garden Center. "They wanted the areas to connect." The yard was divided into three elevations, ultimately tying the top of the yard to the ve - randa to the lower patio, where the home has a walk-out basement. The project began with excavation for the bases and footers. Concrete footers were poured, and reinforced with rebar where walls and the fireplace were designated. After setting the grades on the retaining walls, the gravel sub-base was installed and the block walls built on the reinforced footers. The lower level was the first area to have the "Vienna Classic" pavers installed, on a per - meable base atop geotextile fabric. To create a gathering space, they installed a circle inlay as well as a herringbone inlay with the brandy - wine-colored pavers. The pavers used to create the solider course border were recycled from an existing patio on site. The first set of wet cast steps, each of them 6'-wide and 900 pounds, was installed via an excavator with scissor clamps. "We used the 6'- wide steps to make the terrace areas flow together," said Tabor. The steps are from the same manufacturer as the pavers, to help cre - ate a smooth transition from patio to patio. The middle patio was installed next, fol - lowed by the second set of stairs, and then the final, upper patio. Approximately 2,000 square feet of Dutch quality Ohio white stone and vein limestone veneer were installed on the sitting and raised walls throughout the backyard. Finishing touches included the addition of an outdoor kitchen with a large granite counter and a four-burner gas grill. "The kitchen also has a built in 'Big Green Egg' grill, a fridge, Above, Right The "Vienna Classic" pavers were installed on a permeable-type base with washed irregular stones atop geotextile fabric. The field pavers are "brandywine" and "hickory" colors. The soldier course was recycled from an existing patio on site. Approximately 3,000 square feet of pavers were installed. Backyard Terrace Renovation by Alli Rael, LC/DBM 8 LC DBM Above Because of the grade change at this residence in Canfield, Ohio, and the wet ground that accompanies spring, Tabors Landscaping & Gardens Center had to use a skid steer with steel tracks to navigate the site. An excavator with scissor clamps was needed to position each 900-pound step. The rest of the hardscapes were installed with hand labor. HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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