When my clients suggested I put up a sign at their home, I realized I hadn’t even thought of having one made.
That’s because I usually just create the design for my clients and they go on to arrange the installation. For this project, I was hired to be on site with the installers and help them with layout and to point out what existing plants to move and remove.
The project was a lot of fun and things are looking great. Even many of the transplants. Most of those relocated plants had just been installed (professionally) and seem to be happy in their new locations. Some plants, old Irises and Narcissus needed to be divided. A few others, some Nandina, had been in a long time and are showing some stress.
Walk Before, a straight path and a step down from the driveway.
The existing walk was serviceable, but had quite a few problems. Click the photo to see what.
The lawn was separated from the drive by a raised bed of low brick walls and from the home by a planting bed along the walk. Because of this, the entry appeared undersized for the large front yard. I offered the clients a design option with the walk in place, but recommended they remove and rebuild it to really enhance the home. Any new walk had to avoid the existing well head near the lamppost.
New Walk of stone to complement the home.
They had already decided to remove the raised bed and fix the grade at the driveway (now there is a slight slope down to the drive. But deciding to change out the walk took a bit more time.
The masons did a great job laying the pattern flagstone. Pattern flagstone is flagstone cut into rectangular shapes. Rather than a busy look with irregular flagstone (or crazy paving), this style truly complements the ashlar-cut stone on the home.
Because no one wanted to add railings to the distinctively curved stoop (they had been there once), I placed 3 Sky Pencil Hollies (Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’) to provide the “feeling” of a railing.
The light on the post used to be a very colonial carriage lamp–a bit undersized, too. I suggested they find something more modern and they found this. It even has a photocell that they like (they’ll love it in the winter).
The homeowners and a few other laborers did all of the landscape work. One of the homeowners even did all the grading with new soil at the walk and the drive over the weekend in nearly 100 degree heat and high humidity.
Now we just need that new Bermuda seed to come up. A little rain would be nice.