Case Studies

Project Duration: 2 weeks

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

Mark Vernon

posted: June 01, 2008

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A circular fire ring just off their deck to enjoy spending some family time.

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.

The design was done by Weston in the summer of 2008 with construction taking place a few weeks later by lead foreman Charley. The main patio is a blend of materials with the inside being poured concrete surrounded on the outside by concrete pavers. This was done for 2 reasons.

The first is that by using concrete as a centerpiece it provides a solid contrast and focal point for the patio and the second is that by using concrete for a majority of the main patio we were able to work within their budget while still providing Mark and Karen the square footage they needed to effectively utilize the patio.

Intersecting the corner of the patio is a second, circular paver patio with a fire ring in the middle. The fire ring and perimeter sitting wall are both constructed of limestone wall block cut to make tight joints. After the landscaping portion of the project was completed, Mark and Karen along with their daughters installed all of the surrounding plant material, as well as the seeding of any disturbed areas of the lawn. The landscape beds are filled with native plant materials as well as the occasional accent boulder. Flagstone steppers placed in the mulch beds help to bridge the gap between the patio and lawn.

The Vernon family has done a great job maintaining their landscape and occasionally ask us to come back now and then for a top dressing of mulch or a spring or fall clean-up.

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