Got an odd, but really unique call from a client

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kandklandscape, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. kandklandscape

    kandklandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 341

    So, this guy is a BIGGGGG gettysburg fan...

    He wants his yard to look like a gettysburg battlefield! YES... cannons, flags, fences, the WHOLE nine yards.

    I am excited to do this job, because i cannot wait to see the outcome! I believe it will look spectaculur. He knows obviously our company never has done one before! But I told him that we deff will be here for 2 months.

    Justb uilt his house, it is a 900k house. SO not like he does not have the mulla!

    ANyways, I need some input here... not getting any from elsewhere. Please view our website at

    See if you have any thoughts or suggestions? Any help would be appreciative.

    Thank you!
  2. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,619

    You might try posting on civil war sites asking if they have seen other yards with this type of theme and try to get pictures from the yard(s).
  3. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 894

    how come pepole don't ask me to do stuff like this, my degree in history would actually do me some good!!! i'd watch ken burns "civil war". you will see pictures and learn some history too. make sure these pics come here when you are done.
  4. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    Ummmm.......... I'll state the obvious: Go visit the battlefield!:)

    Take as many pictures as you can, stand in one spot and take a 360 degree panoramic, etc, etc, etc.

    It might help to contact someone who is in charge of the re-inactment battles that I think they probably have there on a yearly basis.

    I've got a feeling that this could turn out to be a HUGE project, make sure you have a well written contract before you get started. No pun intended, but this thing could go south on you before you are done.... Be very clear on what you will and will not do, and that anything not in the contract will cost extra. You may already know that, but with this being a very unique project, it's better to head off problems before they arise.

    Good luck. I think we all expect to see pics if you do it, and when you get it done!


    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i know where u can get a truck load of cannons
    valey forge they left them all over the fields
    just kidding
    but u should talk to the reenactors they should know where to get the swag
  6. desertrat

    desertrat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    Cool job, no advice, I am jealous. Be sure to post lots of before, during, and after pics.
    Could be once in a lifetime job, be sure to make lots of money.
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    a machine shop here in town makes cannons and ships them all over the world.
    he makes replicas of different era's .

    he was even featured on some big network news segment ( abc, or nbc or whatever.)

    very expensive though....
  8. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,655

  9. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Can I come up an install the cannonball holes in the field? lol..I also have 2 1M BTU propane torches for that devastated, freshly scorched earth look..Seriously, that should be a really cool others have said, allow for extras in the process, and even ask the guy what type of project cap he would like to place on the entire project, then work backwards from there. Replica items like cannons and artillery can get very $$$$.Best of luck.
  10. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    I actually had a few thoughts..hmm...depending on the size of the lot, I would try and incorporate a few noticeable grade changes to add interest.Maybe a free stack sandstone or fieldstone wall at the top of your "ridge", with the appropriate flag flying high on the hill. Carve some "cannonball" depressions from the hillside, and reseed them to give the impression of sunken, damaged earth from long ago. I would also incorporate some bramble or berry bushes of some type as many of the open field battles in Pa were fought on farm land, along with kneewall property dividers and locust fence posts and rails. Don't forget to add ivy and moss to your "abandoned" cannons and artillery, and even go as far to age the metal with a solution of rusty nails and distilled water. That's all I can think of for now :waving: <a href='' target='_blank'><img src='' border=0></a>

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