Landscape Construction Photo Galleries
Gallery #1: Paver Patio with Hardscape Retaining Walls
This customer had a very typical problem in our current economy... he was able to purchase a new home at a great price, but was having difficulty selling his old home. He found that when he questioned prospective buyers about what had been the biggest negative aspects of the property, most commented that the back yard was unsightly and needed to be improved to the point where fall cleanup would be easier. So... we designed and installed this project, which was planned to maximize his renovation dollars. Rather than pouring a concrete pad and doing an overlay, he opted for 12" square pavers on a bed of gravel laid with the contour of the land. And rather than building stackstone retaining walls, he chose to use hardscape building blocks with stackstone faces. But what a change! With this and a few other upgrades, the owner is confident that prospective buyers will see the property in a new light... to the point where he is now listing the home "by owner" in hopes of pocketing the commission cost as well.
Gallery #2: Railroad Tie Retaining Wall with Steps
This job had been installed for over 5 years when these photos were recently taken. The homeowners here had problems with the embankment washing down onto their "Garden Level" patio during hard rains, as well as water pooling along their patio. The flagstone was laid on a bed of gravel to allow for drainage, and the retaining wall was built to reduce the slope and hold some of the water in the planting areas above the wall. The steps were built to give quicker access to the top level, and also as a main strengthening feature of the wall. Strategically placed "dead men" (railroad ties installed perpendicular to the face of the wall with "T" braces on the buried end) were also installed in the wall to keep it from leaning forward over the years as the soil above the walls applies outward pressure. The homeowners enjoy the look of the moss that has grown on the railroad ties and flagstone. We also planted and annually trim the Crepe Myrtles, Boxwoods and Azaleas along with the Leland Cypress and Dogwood trees.
Gallery #3: Pressure Treated Lumber Deck
Various deck options were discussed with this customer, including concrete with overlay and engineered "wood"... however they preferred the look, feel and reasonable price of a Pressure Treated Lumber deck. We worked together and came up with a design that fit the existing layout of the yard. The dimensions and segmented structure of the deck were designed to blend well with the lines and contours of the house and keep the decking parallel to the edge lines on all sides of the deck so that no cut ends were exposed. The wrap-around step makes the deck fit the slope of the yard, and allows access to the yard in all directions.
Gallery #4: Deck Railing Replacement
HG Renovations repaired a section of railing at the clubhouse for a Homeowners Association.
Gallery #4 Wimbledon Place Community Gardens
HG Renovation's owner, Fred Gauker is president of the The Homeowners Association Board at Wimbledon Place, and when the decision was made to build Community Gardens in recently reclaimed common spaces, Fred offered some of HG Renovations' expertise. The majority of the funding came from the HOA budget, and manpower was also supplied by other residents who bought into the Gardens. HG Renovations helped out with a few donations to the cause... we planted five fruit trees, loaned a couple of picnic tables, traded work for a composter, and picked up some of the extra expenses not covered by the initial budget. As work progresses, we'll add more pictures, so check back often!