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River Hills Patio, Walkway and Grading

Project Overview:

Phase 1.
Client needed a new patio, walk and way to keep water away from foundation. We needed to remove an existing concrete patio that was recessed into the ground causing a grading and drainage problem near their backdoor. We proposed a multi -material combination to provide contrast and add an artistic element. After the grade around the home had been re-pitched and two French drains were installed the client immediately noticed a difference and was no longer getting any water in their basement and 3-season room. The patio was made out of a two tone Lannon irregular flagstone patio, with a brick inlay. The brick was a multi-colored clay paver that is called plumb creek with a brown solider course to match the trim on the home. Since the client already was interested in low-maintenance plantings the use of native plants made sense. This softened all of the landscaping that took place.

Phase 2.
We pulled up an old existing Lannon stepper pathway and in its place re-installed a clay paver walk to make it easier for foot traffic. The pavers were matched to tie in with the patio. We also installed a paver walkway to their adjacent mother in law suit and reused the Lannon steppers but in a new configuration.

Materials used:

  • #1 stone
  • Mississippi decorative stone
  • Wisconsin granite boulders
  • Lannon stone
  • Plumb creek clay paver
  • Jameson clay paver
  • French drain
  • Aluminum edging
  • Polymeric sand
  • Re-claimed Lannon steppers
  • Wild ginger
  • Bottlebrush grass
  • Baneberry
  • Spikenard
  • Large leaf aster
  • Sensitive fern

  • Wild stonecrop sedum
  • Snake root
  • Little bluestem
  • Purple coneflower
  • Jacobs ladder
  • New Jersey tea
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Muscle wood
  • Lavender hyssop
  • Joe pye weed
  • Butterfly weed
  • Blue eyed grass
  • Prairie dropseed
  • Blue flase indigo
  • Fox sedge
  • Wild geranium

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