Well designed and properly constructed hardscape patios, retaining walls, steps and walkways, add timeless beauty and value to residential and investment properties.
From concept to completion, listening to customers, guiding their visions and getting their approvals along the way, brings their dreams to life.
Completing the finishing touches are Bret n Brett – NBN hardscape crew – sketch and rendering by Green Room Landscape Architect, Jessica Spencer.
North by Nature Landscapes guarantees it’s hardscapes construction projects for life...so we start with a sound, well- drained foundation sunk into the ground, and work our way up. Unseen is the drain pipe already buried behind the foundation stones, and set to drain into the lower hillside garden. The patio base will cover the drain pipe seen on the right of the photo and the stacked foundation stones on the left.
Adding to the mass of this wall is and 14” of back fill that narrows as the wall gets higher. The mass of the wall was careful planned to retain this clay hillside.
Tools of the trade - masonry saws and grinders modernize the centuries-old tradition of dry-stacked retaining walls – there is no mortar or concrete to fail in in this wall. Hand chisels and hammers are used to fit and knit the stones together. Hand tamps and levels are a reach away. This retaininig wall is gracefully curved into the hillside. The wall is capped with large stones that function as a walkway into the future hillside garden.
The cap stones are level across the full length and width of the wall and the stones don’t move as you walk across them. The wall is stepped up as it gets higher and leads the gardener or curious child into the garden. Generations of family and friends will enjoy the outdoor living spaces created by the new wall. Thanks to the owners for allowing us to bring their dreams to life.
As you look closer you will see all stones are laid one on two with a stone across each joint in the course below. The stones have a unified look and color. Stone looking similar to our local limestone outcroppings and beaches was selected. Older stone walls in the area have similar feel, color and textures. The cap and corner stones are heavy and bulky to provide stability.
The shoreline is restored to blend into the neighboring shoreline. It is graded to form a gentle ramp into the lake. The gentle slope allows “walk-in” access along the entire shoreline. As the plants and their underground root structures become established, the entire structure is strengthened.