Pond Rebuild

This summer has been super busy and flown by. We haven’t been taking pictures of most of our jobs. Luckily this week we snapped a few of one of our favorite yards.

We fixed a leaky pond with a solar powered waterfall. As well as laying some flagstone and spreading out some gravel for a walkway. Both of the stone and gravel should help control an existing erosion problem, and help to fill in bare spots in the lawn.

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This lawn gets a lot of sun through out the day. So growing grass has been a little hard, even though the homeowner water it every day. The pathways will help fill in some bare spots where grass seed was washed away.

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The waterfall sounds amazing, and the peach water lilies compliment the entire picture. This backyard is great place to relax before bed or wake up in with a cup of coffee.

Best Grass to Grow in the Ozarks

Sitting Poolside

Belgard Cobblestone around poolStart summer off right, by dressing up that old pool and adding a shady sitting area.  It may be the best way to beat the humid NWA heat for the next few months.

We rearranged and leveled some existing Belgard Cobblestone pavers around the pool. Polymeric sand was used between the pavers  to help stop weed growth and any further movement of the pavers in the future.

 

Then we pulled up stepping stones leading from the pool to a side gate.  More stones and rock were added to make the walkway look fuller.

Next  a step was added for easier access from the pool into the new gazebo that was built.

 

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This summer poolside oasis was finished off with a shady gazebo type sitting area. It was built completely out of cedar, except the roof. Native stone and polymeric sand was used for the floor inside the sitting area. This helps keep everything clean. Less debris gets drug into the pool, and wet feet stay clean on the way out.

 

Add lights and ceiling fan so the pool can be enjoyed 24/7 all summer.  Less heat, humidity, dirt and flies. The guests at this pool will never want to leave as long as the drinks keep coming.

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New Sod and Flower Beds

This yard went from a rocky mess to a green dream. New sod and flowerbeds, to go with a new home.

 

We planted phlox, ornamental grasses, glit edge, nandina, purple leaf crepe myrtle,and a pencil bush just to name a few. It was all capped off with a Japanese Maple. These hardy perennials will keep coming back and looking great every year with very little maintenance.

Now we just have to wait on all the spring rain coming in to help it all flourish.

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Blue Grey Flagstone

This is a great blueish-grey colored flagstone. This rock made a lovely sitting area and fire pit.

It has a great retaining wall sitting area, and was finished just in time for holiday entertaining.

Although the fire pit is very narrow, we built in two clean out places on the bottom. These also provide airflow to keep the fire going, and make getting one started easier.

 

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Native Stone Fire Pit 

Aspen Cobblestone Sitting Area

This cute suburban backyard just got a little bit more family friendly. Belgard’s Cobble pavers in Aspen have turned the family’s small back porch into an enjoyable sitting and grilling area. It also added a space for the kids play house without killing dad’s grass.

 

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Cobblestone Sitting Area

Lake Front View

This is a gorgeous spot located on a little lake in Bella Vista, AR. The very steep grade of the backyard going down to the lake presented many challenges. The sidewalk leading down to the lake is so steep that you have to almost lean backward in order to walk down it. The homeowners were almost unable to use this entire area safely.

We can’t wait for the newly terraced areas to fill in with grass, and maybe sedum or other ground cover to add more color. On a happy note the homeowners now have a very nice sitting area and are able to safely bring their paddle boat to and from the lake.

graveled-slope  The entire backyard are was originaly all covered in gravel with only two retaining walls. You can see the first retaining wall up by the house.

 

 

 

Keystone Retaining wall systems The gravel below the original wall has all been cleared away. The first native stone walkway is in the process of being laid out.

 

 

 

1105161007Our first Native Stone retaining wall is starting to come together.

 

 

 

 

Native Stone Retaining Wall and Pathways  Both Native Stone walls in place with steps and a pathway.

 

 

 

 

Retaining Wall with block by KeystoneThe bottom retaining wall was raised. These blocks are a Keystone product. They are very durable and easy to assemble. We would recommend them for any similar projects, they will do their job for a very long time.

 

This is the Native Stone sitting area built into one of the walls. The perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, or just look at the lake.

 

Terraced Lake Front Home

 

 

 

Cobblestone Sitting Area

This is a great little sitting area in a partially shady backyard. We loved installing the Dublin Cobblestone pavers made by Belgard, and hope to use more of them soon.

400 square feet of cobblestone and 15 yards of river rock later. I can’t wait to see this wonderful sitting area all decked-out with furniture.

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Beautiful Native Stone Fire Pit

This is a gorgeous yard. It went from bare to a peaceful, luscious green  paradise. Sod and river rock combined to keep erosion problems under control and to cut out some mowing for the wonderful homeowners. A custom built fire pit and flag stone patio with rock bench steal center stage.

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More Red Pavers

This is a great little transitional piece connecting the driveway to a sidewalk near the house. Cement pavers make a wonderful easy to clean area that cuts out yard work. Rings were added to the trees with chocolate gravel to cut out weed eating and add to the aesthetic appeal. This area will provide a shady place to sit and grill for guests.

 

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