Case Studies

Each month we'll feature a recent project we've completed. Come with us as we spotlight this months featured project. You'll be amazed at the finished product!

Barb Linderbaum | posted March 17, 2011

Barb Linderbaum

The Linderbaum residence was another tough drainage issue that was creating serious maintenance issues that needed to be corrected. This property had existing irrigation lines that needed to be protected during construction, so a majority of the drainage

Project Duration: 5 days

Services Provided: drain pipe, French drain, planting berm, perennials, grases, limestone edger, pruning, mulching

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Jerry & Sandy Hurd | posted June 01, 2010

Jerry  & Sandy Hurd

Sandy and Jerry Hurd came to LBD with a need to create a functional outdoor living space to encompass the backyard. We were referred to Jerry after working with his daughter on a landscape installation in Madrid, Iowa.

Project Duration: 6 weeks

Services Provided: multi-level rock landscape beds, large 16' circle patio with seat wall, 300 square feet boulder walls, limestone outcropping steps

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Steve & Deb Syverson | posted August 01, 2009

Steve & Deb Syverson

Steve and Deb Syverson were interested in getting some ideas together to redo a portion of their landscape after their friends Mike and Patty Richardson had hired LBD to do some landscape work in their backyard. The design and installation were done by

Project Duration: 2 years split into 2 phases

Services Provided: boulder wall, sitting wall, urbana paver patio, Weston block retaining wall, flagstone steppers, concrete bullet edgers

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Pat Halbur | posted July 01, 2009

Pat Halbur

We began working with Pat Halbur after he won a donation package at the Ames Saint Cecelia's Gala. The project started in the front yard and the goal was to design and install a more functional entrance to the front door.

Project Duration: 2 years split into phases

Services Provided: circular brick patio, brick walkway, perennials, grasses, shrubs, planting beds, french drain, grate drains, viburnum hedge, patio created using retaining wall block, stone steps and brick pavers

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LBD Display | posted June 01, 2009

LBD Display

LBD is located a one mile north of Slater, at Weston’s acreage. Using his house to showcase the vast array of services that we provide, this was an ideal location to build our display.

Project Duration: 5 weeks

Services Provided: 7 different styles of pavers with 4 different colors of each style totaling over 3000 sq ft, over 225 square feet of Weston Wall seat wall, a 4’ fire pit and custom fireplace, a built in grill and countertop space, a paver hot tub pad, different styles

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Patty Richarson | posted May 01, 2009

Patty Richarson

The Richardson residence was started in May of 2009, and was originally designed to address a major drainage issue around the pool. After installing the successful French drainage system that prevented the run-off from reaching the pool, we began discussi

Project Duration: 2 years split into 4 phases

Services Provided: French drainage system, retaining wall, edging, installing large out-cropping steps, night lighting, fire pit deck with custom railing and limestone stepping stones

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Scot & Sherry Dickerson | posted July 01, 2008

Scot & Sherry Dickerson

The goal of this project was to reduce a serious drainage problem in the backyard, and to accomplish this we installed a massive rain garden. The property had a drainage easement, so careful planning and communication with the city of Urbandale was requir

Project Duration: 5 weeks

Services Provided: rain garden, circular fire pit, seating wall, night lighting, planting beds

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Mark Vernon | posted June 01, 2008

Mark Vernon

The Vernon project was initiated by Mark and Karen who reside on an acreage just outside of Elkhart. They wanted to put in a patio and circular fire ring just off their deck to enjoy spending some family time with their daughters.

Project Duration: 2 weeks

Services Provided: patio, circular fire ring, limestone walls, flagstone steppers

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Denny & Cindy Dolmage | posted August 01, 2006

Denny & Cindy Dolmage

The Dolmage project was started in Fall of 2006 and was split up into phases and construction was finished in the fall of 2008. This residence was featured on the Pond Tour in the summer of 2008 and was the jewel of the garden tour.

Project Duration: 2 years split into 4 phases of construction

Services Provided: Landscaping, Hardscaping, Bed Planning, Nightlighting, Water Feature, Pergola Structure, Fire pit and Irrigation System

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Ames Residence | posted May 01, 2006

Ames Residence

This project was started in May of 2005 and was finished in June of 2005. We worked with Liquid Landscape Designers who installed the water feature in conjunction with the complete renovation of the front yard.

Project Duration: 5 weeks

Services Provided: water feature, paver walkway, stream, grade work, walkways, planting areas, flagstone landing areas, no-mow fescue

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Devon Lewis | posted October 01, 2004

Devon Lewis

This project also combines several materials such as flagstone, pavers, composite decking, and copper lighting fixtures. We created a living wall in the backyard that retains a slope, but creates planting pockets to soften the effect.

Project Duration: 2 Months

Services Provided: Flagstone, pavers, composite decking, copper lighting fixtures, pondless water feature, millstone fountain, 3 arbors, shurbs and trees

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