Case Studies

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

Denny & Cindy Dolmage

posted: August 01, 2006

Denny & Cindy Dolmage Main Photo

This project features over 2000 square feet of Borget pavers, 60 tons of limestone walls, 3 water features and over 1000 perennials and grasses. We also did a very extensive lighting installation featuring paver lights, and Nightscaping path lighting.

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 summer of 2008 and was the jewel of the garden tour. This project had humble beginnings and was originally to only include a small fountain.

Denny selected Landscapes By Design, because he saw our work at the pond tour in summer of 2005. Weston worked with Denny and Cindy to develop a master plan after the project grew into a complete renovation. The final design was a collaborative effort with Tom Neppl of Neppl Landscape Architecture, who furnished the final construction drawings. We had many crew members who worked on this project over the two year span, but Justin was the lead foreman who worked out all the intricate details with Denny and Cindy.

This project features over 2000 square feet of Borget pavers, 60 tons of limestone walls, 3 water features and over 1000 perennials and grasses. We also did a very extensive lighting installation featuring paver lights, and Nightscaping path lighting. The front walk was re-laid using original paving bricks from Des Moines streets that Denny had installed originally with his son. The massive boulder wall on the east side of the house was a real challenge because of tight site access, but the final product is quite impressive. We combined manufactured pavers, natural stone walls, flagstone, and a custom cut stone step around the new deck to create a totally custom project rich in detail.

Denny and Cindy enjoy spending time in their backyard retreat when not wintering in Florida. They particularly enjoy the tranquil sound water flowing from their deck or patio. We used a 3 3/8” Borget laid on a 10” sub-base to install a maintenance free driveway.

Denny and Cindy have done a great job maintaining the project since we finished the installation in 2008, and every year the garden looks better as plants mature. There are too many details to list in describing this project you truly have to take a stroll around the house to appreciate.

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