01.20.21

Can a stone wall be built this winter?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:45 AM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes is in the process of building a natural stone wall in Ipswich. Our goal for this retaining wall is to match an existing stone wall that is on another part of the property. We have tented the area and use portable heaters to help the mortar cure. A natural stone wall can be built during winter weather only if you make sure that you have heat to help the mortar cure and you do not freeze doing the work.

Natural stone wall being built in Ipswich, MA
We setup a tent with tarped sides to keep the work area warm as that helps mortar cure properly

The following picture shows one of the methods that we use to heat the work area and help the mortar cure. With this method, we heat the water so that the mortar will go into the wall while being warm and then the heat from the torch is captured within the tent. At that point, the whole work is warm. You must remember to keep the area well ventilated as you do not want to breath in the fumes from a portable heater as the fumes can be toxic.

Various methods can be used to heat the work area

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. If you want to see a few samples of stone walls that we have on display, please visit our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

01.18.21

Patio in Newton, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:34 AM by Administrator

This family bought a house in Newton less than 6 months ago and needed to address a water issue as they noticed some water would come into their basement. They spoke with their neighbor (they basically have the same hill sloped towards each house) and asked if the neighbor has had any water issues. The neighbor explained that he had Artistic Landscapes install a drainage system and patio for him seven (7) years ago and everything has been great ever since.

Thus, we listened to our client’s goals and designed a curved, free flowing patio that also has a space for their grill. Unilock’s Treo pavers in the New York Blend color serve as the body of this patio while the Transition pavers in Charcoal accent the perimeter. We were able to grade the patio so that water will flow away from the house rather than towards the house.

Backyard patio in Newton, MA with Unilock Treo pavers and an accent along the perimeter of the patio
The backyard in Newton, MA with a cracked concrete patio and downspouts that emptied near the foundation

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your patio needs or help stop water from coming into your basement, please call us at 978.948.2900. Our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA is currently not open to the public but we can meet you outside and look at the many paver samples and retaining wall samples that we have on our property.

01.15.21

Can I plant sod in the winter

Posted in Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized at 12:46 PM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes is planting sod today, January 15th, in Newton, MA. As you will see, we built a patio and install drainage for this Newton family. During this project, we realized that the client’s soil is clay and they have had drainage issues and a very poor lawn (mainly weeds). We removed some of the clay adjacent to the patio and replaced that material with freshly screened loam.

In an effort to minimize cost, we have incorporated hydrate lime into some of the other clay areas. By doing all of this work, we are concerned with erosion over the winter and the upcoming Spring. Thus, we received a sod delivery this morning and we are in the midst of planting sod today.

Sod being installed by Artistic Landscapes in January – Newton, MA

For help about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your erosion issues or landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900.

12.21.20

Stone steps in Manchester, MA

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 7:02 AM by Administrator

This Manchester, MA family wanted a total makeover of the front of their house. We listened to what their objectives were then designed our stonework so that we could keep much of the existing layout while incorporating an entire new finish.

These steps and planters are built with stone veneer and granite treads/coping. The stones as well as the granite look differently when they are dry as compared to the look shortly after some rain.

Natural stone veneer by Delgado Stone with granite treads and coping in Manchester, MA
The same natural stone steps but viewed in bright sunny, dry conditions
Up-close view of the stonework related to the front steps
The granite treads and top landing of granite

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.18.20

Walkway and Plantings in Bradford

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

This Bradford family needed to replace the broken concrete front walkway as it had become a tripping hazard. They were also ready to add some curb appeal to the front of their house as they have done extensive landscaping in the backyard but had not focused on the front yard.

We listened to their goals and built them a front walkway with Unilock’s Beacon Hill Flagstone 80mm pavers in the Fossil color as their front walkway. The perimeter of this walkway was defined with Eco-Priora pavers in Granite color.

Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers for the front walkway of this Bradford family’s home
The front yard for this Bradford family
The front yard before Artistic Landscapes arrived

If you have one of those walkways or a set of steps that is becoming dangerous to walk on as those minor cracks have been expanding, please call us at 978.948.2900 as we can help.

12.16.20

Natural stone walkway in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:51 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family wanted a relaxed, casual walkway to access their backyard. They showed us a walkway that they love and asked us to duplicate that look. Thus, we were able to customize the feel of the walkway that they had seen into a walkway that works at their house.

View of the natural stone walkway from the front yard.
View of the natural stone walkway from the backyard

If you have seen some landscaping feature that you like but don’t know how to build it yourself, please call us at 978.948.2900 as we look forward to helping you. We look forward to looking at your pictures and listening to your landscaping goals so that we can best help you.

12.14.20

Paver patio in Charlestown

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:39 AM by Administrator

This landlord wanted to provide a patio for the tenants but had limited access and limited area to the courtyard. After listening to their goals and their budget, we developed a design that included loose tan stone as well as a paver patio. The patio is large enough that each tenant can have their own space for their grill. The patio is built with pavers manufactured by Unilock and their Treo Premier style and Fossil color.

Patio built with Unilock’s Treo pavers in the Fossil color for a Charlestown landlord
View of the Charlestown patio from one of the condos

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.09.20

Paver driveway in Ipswich

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:43 AM by Administrator

This Ipswich family wanted to extend their driveway to include the additional garage bay. They had been accessing the garage bay by driving on the lawn. We built this paver driveway with Unilock’s Westport pavers in Bavarian color so that it would match their front walkway. The outside edge of this driveway is maintained with cobblestones that are set in concrete. As you may be able to see, we kept the cobblestones that are near the existing driveway lower so that the homeowner is able to ‘cut the turn short’ and drive over the cobblestones.

The driveway was extended by installing Westport pavers.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.07.20

Brick Walkway in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:46 AM by Administrator

We built this brick walkway for a Newburyport family so that they could safely access their backyard from the street. The prior walkway was broken asphalt so we removed all of the asphalt and base materials prior to building this brick walkway. The bricks were repurposed from an old patio and the edging for the walkway was done with cobblestones.

Brick walkway using repurposed bricks and natural cobblestones along the edge for this Newburyport family.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

12.04.20

Goshen Stone patio in Newburyport

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:40 AM by Administrator

This is a follow-up to the posts where we discussed building this patio but we never shared the final pictures. As you will see in these pictures, Goshen Stone varies in color and size. Some of these stones were 8′ long and 3′ wide. A stone that we installed near the center of the patio is about 5′ – 6′ long and wide.

The finished goshen stone patio in Newburyport. NOTE: the steps are 4′ wide.
This view of the patio shows that it is a permeable patio as the joints were filled with 3/8″ peastone. Larger loose stone serves as the mulch between the fence and the patio.
This individual piece of goshen stone is approximately 6′ long and 6′ wide.
This individual piece of goshen stone is the same length as the fence (8′) and it is approximately 3′ wide.

For information about how Artistic Landscapes may be able to help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to your landscaping goals and areas that need to be improved so that we can help you.

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