An Exterior To Match The Home’s Interior
Our challenge was to give this property an entrance that matched what you would see inside, but we needed to keep the driveway the same size.
We also needed to create planting pockets that would not get destroyed by a snow plow in winter. The drainage in the front of the house was not working. Water and ice would build up on the concrete making the entrance dangerous and unusable.
When we removed the concrete we encountered heavy clay soil. The ground was saturated and mushy. We excavated 3 ft. down and placed crushed gravel and drainage tile to let the water flow away from the entry.
We also installed a grate to allow the water to drain away. We laid heating tubes under the Belgard pavers so the pavers could be heated in the winter. We chose a paver product to help facilitate the drainage and to create the formal look the client requested.
Creating A Formal Walkway
Our clients wanted a formal walkway that would go from the front driveway, connect to the side porch, and then continue to the back yard. Drainage needed to flow away from the house so it wouldn’t damage the walkway.
We needed to create planting areas that were well drained and filled with nutrient rich soil. We had to consider our plant choices as this walkway was on the north side of the home that did not receive much sunlight.
For the top tier, we chose a hearty ground-cover that would need irrigation for only the first season.
For the lower tier we used hearty native perennials that require little watering.
We created planting pockets that are easily maintained and created a transition from the formal walkway to the informal native common area surrounding the house.
Unusable Space Transformed
Our clients wanted to take this unsightly and unusable space and make it into a usable outdoor living area.
We wanted to make it easy to maintain and stand up to the extreme climate.
Again we used Belgard pavers to create the more formal space our clients desired.