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mrusk
08-14-2008, 11:04 PM
I thought you guys would like to see a finshed pic of my job that resulted 5 closed threads and 50k views!

P.Services
08-14-2008, 11:25 PM
any close ups and more pictures of it?

crab
08-15-2008, 12:42 AM
rusk that looks great!

02DURAMAX
08-15-2008, 02:17 AM
Looks very Good!!!! Anymore Pics??

Top Dog Pavers
08-16-2008, 12:39 AM
Nice...a little jagged on the border but it works.

S&MLL
08-16-2008, 04:18 AM
Do you need any landscape lighting?

lifetree
08-16-2008, 07:43 AM
Congratulations, that does look nice !!

punt66
08-16-2008, 08:55 AM
dont like the edge.

PerfectEarth
08-16-2008, 09:07 AM
I want to see the driveway/garage area, the front loop, and the front yard- especially around that tree by the curb! More PICS!

BrandonV
08-16-2008, 11:44 AM
looks good very minimalist

AztlanLC
08-16-2008, 12:07 PM
sorry but to claim you do top notch work and all that bla bla I was expecting something much more impressive that looks just like the average backyard with hostas and pots.
Also a close up picture would be nice I can tell you that patio looks so uneven wonder how it looks real close

mrusk
08-16-2008, 05:47 PM
looks good very minimalist

That is the look we were going for. Alot of people that see the site in person/pictures criticize it. It was designed to be different and very simple. There are only 7 different types of plants on the entire job.


Here are a few more pics.

PSUturf
08-16-2008, 07:23 PM
Nice clean look. There's nothing wrong with the edge of the pavers not having a soldier course. That's a common method used with Unilock Yorkstone or Belgard Arbel. As long as the customer is happy that is what is important.

Top Dog Pavers
08-16-2008, 09:46 PM
Looks Great...personally that jagged edge bothers me...i might have talked them out of it...but its what the customer wants not us.......

PatriotLandscape
08-16-2008, 10:05 PM
No paver driveway?

Adam's Lawn and Garden
08-16-2008, 10:12 PM
Just for the record, how long did this take to do? Did you recently finish it?

mrusk
08-16-2008, 10:21 PM
Just for the record, how long did this take to do? Did you recently finish it?

It has been finshed for a few months now. Just never had the time to get finsh pictures.

Been busy working on this other design build job.

Marbleman
08-16-2008, 10:24 PM
I love the curves on the walls and walkways!

What kind of pavers and srw did you use?

mrusk
08-16-2008, 10:33 PM
Versa lok wall and techo bloc elena pavers. Here are 2 more pics of the front and a pic of the IPE deck we are building in the rear of this house.

mrusk
08-16-2008, 10:35 PM
And yes, the walls were build from stamped engineered plans. And yes we have alot of drainage. I have the drain pipe outleting from the wall every 25 feet.

Adam's Lawn and Garden
08-16-2008, 10:39 PM
What was the total time of that pool build job? I know you encountered a lot of problems with weather.

mrusk
08-16-2008, 10:45 PM
What was the total time of that pool build job? I know you encountered a lot of problems with weather.

Too long. Its a very sensitive topic for me. But its done and I learned alot. The leasons learned on a job are always the most valuable part.

Adam's Lawn and Garden
08-16-2008, 10:48 PM
I had a feeling you would say that. I'm not trying to start stuff, just wanted to know. When is the next one to be done?

mrusk
08-16-2008, 10:51 PM
I had a feeling you would say that. I'm not trying to start stuff, just wanted to know. When is the next one to be done?

The deck will run on about 4 weeks past the other parts of the project. We are not planting this until spring. I am hoping to get the top soil and seed down by end of this up and coming week or being of the following.


I have some pavers to put down on the driveway. Besides that its just glue some caps, clean up/grade, and lawn left.

I only have 1 carpenter capable of the quality of worked needed on the deck, so its taking some time to build. Ipe is a very difficult wood to work with.

senatorcongressman
08-18-2008, 01:48 PM
Personally, I find the jagged edge on that job a refreshing change of pace from the cookie-cutter swooping curves or square box that everyone is doing. Looks good with the shape of the house and pool.

BrandonV
08-18-2008, 05:48 PM
Ipe is a very difficult wood to work with.

ain't that the truth, hard stuff

DVS Hardscaper
08-18-2008, 06:50 PM
Look'n good Ruskaroni, look'n good!

JJLMC
08-18-2008, 09:36 PM
Matt that really came out great! Didn't show off some of the pictures.............

AJ Lawnscapes
09-11-2008, 08:47 AM
Glad to see you got it done Mrusk! Looks Phenominal!

5.0
09-11-2008, 09:22 AM
It has been finshed for a few months now. Just never had the time to get finsh pictures.

Been busy working on this other design build job.


What kind of cap is that on the SRW? I like the looks of it a lot better than the thick Belgard caps we use.

shovelracer
09-12-2008, 05:26 PM
Looks like limestone to me. $$$ Looks real good Matt.

KCfireman
09-12-2008, 05:28 PM
that looks awsome. I love the how you guys did the pool area.

mrusk
09-12-2008, 05:36 PM
Limestone can take a basic wall block and really make it pop. Its only a few $ more a linear foot over cap blocks.

oakhillslandscaping
09-12-2008, 06:56 PM
though you get critisized a lot on this site mrusk, your companies work is very well done and photography skills arent to shappy either haha nice work should quite a few folks down

mrusk
09-12-2008, 07:25 PM
This is a closer up of the big wall /stair case. I wish I got a better angle of this.
Here is a pic of the outdoor tv.

Thanks for the compliments oakhills. Yes people do give me a hard time. They do that because I should not be signing these jobs at my age, nor should I be able to execute them as well as I do.

GreenMonster
09-12-2008, 10:14 PM
Yes people do give me a hard time. They do that because I should not be signing these jobs at my age, nor should I be able to execute them as well as I do.

Matt, I give you a hard time because you have a big mouth, and an ego to match!

That said, the VL/Elena job looks very nice, as does the pool job. the pool job I'm just not loving the design, especially the plantings. not only are the choices limited, but the choices are boring -- there are a lot of interesting hosta and lilly choices out there now, and what you (the LA, I know, I know) choose leaves A LOT to be desired.

I do think you're a little punk azz beatch, but I also think the quality of your work has been very impressive this year.:waving:

akb25
09-12-2008, 10:23 PM
Looks great mrusk!

I really like the cobble edging and the limestone cap, all the materials complement each other.

Can you give me some details for your prefered method of installing the cobble using mortar?

Footing size? Any rebar or other types of reinforcement in the footing? Type of mortar between the blocks?

As you know, it is the little details that make a job great.
Was wondering if you'd like to share.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks,


Aaron

mrusk
09-12-2008, 10:33 PM
Matt, I give you a hard time because you have a big mouth, and an ego to match!

That said, the VL/Elena job looks very nice, as does the pool job. the pool job I'm just not loving the design, especially the plantings. not only are the choices limited, but the choices are boring -- there are a lot of interesting hosta and lilly choices out there now, and what you (the LA, I know, I know) choose leaves A LOT to be desired.

I do think you're a little punk azz beatch, but I also think the quality of your work has been very impressive this year.:waving:

Don't you remember that the grass joints lady made all the plant decisions? All I did was plant at 80 bucks a man hour. Every week a order would come from the nursery. I never knew what was coming until we were unloading the truck.

Hell, 25 of the arborvities were hand dug since they decided at the last minute they wanted them, and a machine could not get in.

mrusk
09-12-2008, 10:41 PM
Looks great mrusk!

I really like the cobble edging and the limestone cap, all the materials complement each other.

Can you give me some details for your prefered method of installing the cobble using mortar?

Footing size? Any rebar or other types of reinforcement in the footing? Type of mortar between the blocks?

As you know, it is the little details that make a job great.
Was wondering if you'd like to share.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks,


Aaron



Here are some pics of the belgium block installation. No rebar is in the footing. Footing is around 10-12in of concrete.


The pictures are pretty self explanatory. But if you have any questions just ask.

stuvecorp
09-13-2008, 01:35 AM
Rusk, You use good block - Versa-Lok all the way. I do like the limestone caps, will have to borrow that from you. I am getting bored with regular block caps.

Tyler7692
09-13-2008, 11:20 AM
That will be hell to edge that ****.

pj550v12
09-13-2008, 04:01 PM
Why is this pic photoshopped, and dont say its not lol. Look at the lower portion of the lawn. The clone tool was clearly used, care to explain??

mrusk
09-13-2008, 04:14 PM
Why is this pic photoshopped, and dont say its not lol. Look at the lower portion of the lawn. The clone tool was clearly used, care to explain??

The firehydrant that sticks 3.5 feet out of the ground was removed. You got a proablem with that?

pj550v12
09-13-2008, 04:29 PM
Only that if its easy enough for me to notice it is for others too. Hey whatever floats your boat, hope you didn't tip the photog for that one.

wurkn with amish
09-13-2008, 05:18 PM
like your "equipment" in the one pic on page 4.
I have kids so I can see them doing that.
job is nice and clean, just agree with some of the others-- the plant selection leaves alot to be desired.

Tom B.
09-14-2008, 12:52 PM
Does building code require a railing for any of the stair runs? Here, it's required on one side if there are 4 or more risers for residential, both sides if commercial.

Tom B.
09-26-2008, 10:39 PM
Rusk, Are you there?