Case Studies

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

Pat Halbur

posted: July 01, 2009

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A circular brick patio was installed as a focal point in the front yard, and a brick walkway from the driveway to front door was also added.

We began working with Pat Halbur after he won a donation package at the Ames's 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.

The biggest challenge on the first phase of construction was working with the steep grade and installing stone steps and walls to create an entrance to main door. A circular brick patio was installed as a focal point in the front yard, and a brick walkway from the driveway to front door was also added. We installed a mixture of perennials, grasses and shrubs in a mulched planting bed with natural edging to define the mowing edge.

We then started design work on the backyard to create a large gathering space for guest and family, as well as tackle a drainage problem that was pre-existing. A berm was created to prevent run-off from neighboring properties, and a French drain was installed to pick up the run-off and re-direct flow to the side yard. There were also several low areas where grate drains where installed to prevent pooling around a play set in the back yard. The berm was planted with a no-mow type grass mixture, and planted with bulbs for spring color. A large Viburnum hedge was later installed to create some privacy from neighboring properties and to screen a chain link fence. The back patio features an in-lay in the lower patio, and the upper patio was created using retaining wall block, stone steps, and brick pavers.

The end result was a phased project that all ties together and looks very cohesive even though it took almost 2 years to finish construction. Landscape lighting was added as a final detail, we installed Nightscaping path lighting and up-lighting. Once again we were able to address some serious drainage problems, create some outdoor spaces that were both functional and low maintenance, and create a low maintenance garden that utilizes native perennials, grasses and shrubs. The property is well maintained by Pat and his family and after several seasons the garden is maturing and the hardscape installation requires very little maintenance.

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