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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Dirt Boy, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Job I did this past year. Open it up to your critiques. Not sure there very good pic's, but comments are welcome.

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  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm reminded of a fish tank. (The gravel)
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looks level and tight, never seen caps like that though. Make sure the neighbor has your card when that wood one fails!
     
  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Did you use grid? The upper wall is quite tall.
     
  5. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Why all the post lights on the wall? Looks very busy to me. A good lighting plan could have been implemented once the landscape was in. Why light a bunch of gravel? -Some things are better left under the cloak of darkness.

    Wall looks good though- I am just a lighting freak.
     
  6. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Grid was used throughout, drainage as well.
    Lights probably look a little busy from the distance that the picture was taken, it looks better, at least I think it does!, from a distance.
    I'm sure they'll put a few plants in there eventually, so it will help as well.
     
  7. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hey Dirt Boy looks great:waving:
     
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree about the poor choice of action for lighting.

    Effective lighting in the landscape is accomplished through the planting design. Example - you plant specimen trees and up light them.

    When people want a full blown plan (design, hardscape, planting, and lighting) from me, I never get into the lighting portion until AFTER WE ARE SQUARED AWAY ON THE HARDSCAPE ABD AFTER WE ARE SQUARED AWAY ON THE PLANTING PORTION. If the client has a bunch of changes to the hardscape design, then that changes the planting design, and if the planting design has changes, then that changes the lighting design.

    But that's exactly how a nice lighting job is done - utilizing the landscape :)

    Never, ever use gravel, use perennials. there are exceptions to gravel, such as, under steps, or for dry river beds.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2014
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    The lights aren't terrible, it may go with his area. You can see much based on just a picture of the wall.
     
  10. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll keep these thoughts in mind, didn't really talk about plants, and I guess, thinking about it, it certainly would play into the design, and some different layouts for lighting. They did kinda leave it up to me for lights, gave them a pic, and they were OK with it. It wouldn't be impossible to change, but they were happy, so we'll make better suggestions next time.
    Sometimes I get an idea in my head, and get tunnel vision.
     

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