Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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Above At this summer retreat on Lake George in upper New York State, DeFranco Landscaping installed a patio of irregu- lar bluestone flagging, a retaining wall of dry-laid granite stones, and 10 steps of heat-tempered bluestone. Owner Antho- ny DeFranco's team was able to put in the steps at the same time as the wall was being built, with the patio going in last. To reduce the amount of proposed impervious surface area and to help in reducing the site's im- pacts on the lake, almost 2' of crushed stone was used for the base of the patio. Gator Aqua Rock fills the joints between the pieces of flagging. O 28 LC DBM STEPPING UP T i p s f o r I n s t a l l i n g L a r g e S t o n e S t e p s by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM On the shores of Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains in northeastern New York, a new homebuyer wanted to tear down an existing residence and replace it with a larger, modern house. He enlisted the help of Ric Santamaria of Round Tree Construc - tion who after hearing the plan, contacted Tony DeFranco for a couple of reasons. First, DeFranco is a licensed professional engineer and could provide site design and permitting for the project, which had to meet the strict Adirondack Park Agency re - quirements; and second, DeFranco has his own landscape company that could handle the installation of most of the outdoor amenities. "Our two businesses make us one of the local lake experts that have been recognized for our reputation and our expertise of doing the right thing around one of the most heavily regulated bodies of water in the country," notes DeFranco. The Build Besides a patio of irregular bluestone flag- ging and a retaining wall of dry-laid granite stones, the hardscape included 10 steps of heat-tempered bluestone. "We built the stone retaining wall as we built the steps, then put the patio in," DeFran - co remembers. To prepare the site for the steps installa - tion, all of the existing hardscape was re- moved. After initial excavation guided by a laser-level benchmark established by the site surveyor, the 1,000-pound base step was set. From there, the area was cut back about four to five feet and six to eight inches down. On top of drainage fabric the DeFranco Landscap - ing team put clean #2 crushed stone that was then compacted. To finish the base, stone dust was added. Each step weighs around 800 pounds and

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