The large pieces of outcropping at the water's edge are used for seating. The Mazus ground cover provides a softening for the large amount of flagstone on the project. In the background is a hornbeam hedge that has filled in completely and provides privacy and noise reduction from the road as well as creating a more intimate outdoor room atmosphere.
Crewmembers excavated the fire pit area to install drainage stone. To reshape the pond, workers utilized a Hitachi 330 excavator with a progressive hydraulic thumb and a 2.75-yard bucket. A Caterpillar D 400D Articulated off-road truck and a John Deere 750C-11 Longtrack Dozer were also employed.
The design includes a long set of outcropping steps down to the pond. The outcropping is also used as a seat wall around a flagstone patio.
Tumbled stone was used to build a large eight-foot fire pit, with an installed gas starter for the fire and a grill.
Marshall noted that the large boulders were shipped on site from Michigan, the flagstone was shipped from a Utah-based manufacturer and the cobblestone on site is from Wisconsin.
An extensive plant pallet was used on this project to provide the serene surroundings desired by the business owners. Plantings consist of hundreds of perennials and grasses for splashes of year-round color, cover and food for birds. A hornbeam hedge gently curves at the back of the bed providing the requested privacy from the road. Onsite evergreens were relocated to new berms by the street and the perimeter of the site.
The contractor planted a variety of trees, including Japanese Maple, Dwarf Conifers, Sweet Gum and Oaks which provide their own interest at different times of the year. Ground covers were added to spread throughout the flagstone patio and plantings, providing a layered look.
Marshall noted that Chicago Decking's custom is to plant an evergreen tree every time one of their projects is completed. As a result, Marshall has specified the location for future evergreen plantings in relation to the new space design.
More than 14 tons of flagstone was used on this project for the walkways and patio area. Workers then planted Mazus in the joints on all of the flagstone-covered areas.
Workers used a Bobcat T300 to move large rocks to build the hardscape area surrounding the lake. Overall, more than 23 tons of sandstone boulders, 25 tons of limestone boulders and 33 tons of Boulder moss rock were used in the project. The project boasts flagstone from Utah, boulders from Michigan, and Wisconsin Cobblestone.
Small's Landscaping used Kubota 520 articulated loaders with backhoe units attached, because, according to Marshall: ''These are a very useful and versatile piece of equipment. Their advantage over a mini excavator is that there is a bucket and long forks as well as grabber attachment.''
GE Marshall Excavating was a subcontractor on the project and their excavating equipment was used for the reshaping and heavy duty grading of the entire property.
Small's Landscaping's Mack tri-axle saw use on this project and semi dump trucks were hired from GE Marshall Excavating to haul pulverized topsoil to the site. In addition, a hydro seeder was used to seed approximately five acres of lawn.
- 23 tons: Sandstone boulders
- 25 tons: Limestone boulders
- 20 tons: 8-inch and 12-inch outcropping
- 18 tons: Moss rock
- 33 tons: Boulder moss rock
- 9 tons: Thick flat stone
- 14 tons: Flagstone cherry
- 2 tons: Krakowski flagstone