Native Stone Retainingwalls

This job was a lot of fun, and looked amazing when it was completed. It took a little longer than expected and more stone than we originally estimated. Part of that could have been that the homeowners liked it so much they added a longer wall to the project.

 

Eight tons of native stone and two pallets of concrete. One hundred and fifty blocks and one hundred and fifty bags of mortar later. The end result was low retaining wall about two hundred and forty feet long that wrapped almost all the way around the house.

The back of the house sits up against a small hill, and all of the water run off from the roof runs into a built up gravel bed that used to be held in place by landscape timbers. Over the years the timbers began to rot and break down. So the new native stone retaining wall should last longer and help with erosion control around the house. Unfortunately we didn’t get any pictures of the back.

 

 

 

 

One of the hardest parts was finding enough native stone to match the existing rock-work. After we found rock to closely match the stone that had been on the property for years the wall got longer. So it was back to the rock yard to try to find more rock with just the right coloration. The new inventory wasn’t as spot on with the existing stone, but we got it pretty close.

 

 

 

 

 

In the end the customer was vary happy and is glad to have the last big project for the property done.

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.

 

gazebo and lights

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.

Aspen Cobblestone Sitting Area

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pool sitting area