TomG's Photos

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by TomG, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Here are some pictures from our largest job last year. Project consisted of: replacing an old SRW wall, building a wall for additional parking, complete backyard makeover, with double raised patios, pool, planting, night lighting and around 1000yards of fill.

    I time lapsed the entire job and you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aIF_9AnwWg

    In case you missed my shameless plug from a few posts back here it is again. Next month I am teaching a class called "YouTube Your Next Hardscape Project" for Nicolock. If anyone wants to learn how I make my job time lapse videos the class is about that and how to integrate them into your web site. Something we have had tremendous success with and has really helped us sell jobs.

    Don't worry I'm not a sales man so I wont try and sell you anything If you want to check out the show schedule and locations click this link. The seminars I'm teaching at are the six on the left. If you attend be sure to say hello! http://nicolock.com/nice

    Onto the pictures...

    A few before shots

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    Starting to clear the backyard.

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    Pushing over some trees.

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    Starting to haul materials.

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    Start of the replacement wall along the drive

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    Wall all done

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    Excavating for the wall for more parking and to support the shed

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    We used the old block from the driveway wall and just added new block to the top. The face faces the woods and is not seen. Yes we used grid, sorry no pictures. You can see the roll in the previous picture

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    All done. Room for one car

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    Starting the back yard. Removed the old deck

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    Laying out fabric

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    Starting some walls for the raised patio

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    Had to leave the end of the wall open for access so we weren't doing everything by hand

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    More walls getting started

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    An in ground pool was part of this project as well. The pool guy went to dig the hole for the pool and hit ledge. He wanted big $$ to get his guy in and get rid of it. We got a guy who we work with to come in and break it out and I dug the rubble out.

    Bringing in the big guns

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    Might as well make way for our wall while your here!

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    Hammering the pool. Took not even a full day to hammer and dig out.

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    The little machine that could

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    All dug out

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    So now we had to fill it all back in with good clean fill and compact it because it was a custom pool and needed to be shaped by the pool guy. Talk about an unexpected expense for the pool for the homeowner! Yikes.

    Hauling fill

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    Starting to compact

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    Almost to height

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    All done to the pool guys specs

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    Pool guy shaping the pool

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    Done

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    Pool is in

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    More walls

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    Wall close to done. Couldn't finish it because we had to leave a ramp into the back yard for the cement trucks for the pool

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    Starting the "L" shaped granite steps

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    Stone and geo-grid on every level

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    First set done

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    Starting the second set

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    Raised patio and sitting walls almost done. Laying in the night lighting wire

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    Getting there

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    Compacting for the large patio

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    Laying pavers

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    Digging up the ramp so we can finish our wall

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    Planting time

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    Spreading loam

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    Laying sod and building a play area for the kids play gym

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    Almost finished. Unfortunately I dont have any other finished photos. We wanted some once the rest of the grass grew in, once it grew in it was the fall and the plants had lost there color. Planning on going back in the spring for some.

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  2. scagrider22

    scagrider22 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,272

    Looks great, i like the treads. By the looks of the house I'm shocked they spent that much on landscaping
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,761

    Came out great, ill definitely be seeing you at the long island nicolock thing


    How much are one of those clamps for setting stone steps? I did 10 4'ers by hand and will never do that again
     
  4. Regal Landscapes

    Regal Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 173

    What pavers are those on the upper patio?

    CST Vienna Classic?
     
  5. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Nice be sure to say hello. The clamp is made by Pave-Tech. But a bunch of different company's make them. http://www.pavetech.com/tools/manhandle.htm I think it was around $1000-$1500 not sure. Ours has to be 10+ years old. If you do granite work its a must.
     
  6. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    They are Genest Acadia paving stones. They are a local company in New England
     
  7. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 174

    Great work Tom! Question about the backfill up against the house on the upper L shaped steps. Correct me if I'm wrong but it looks like you are compacting up against the wood structure of the house. Please explain your install process there. I love the big landings coming out of the house but it rarely works for me because of the wood structure being a problem. I'd really like to hear how you guys over come that situation.

    Thanks for elevating the industry nationally but more importantly for me, locally!
     
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,093

    Hes probably against the foundation. I've never seen wood that low except for on really old houses?
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  9. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    Yes it is up against wood there. We work with a carpenter that does all our wood work, flashing gutters and siding. He reinforced the wood with better plywood for strength. He then flashed and water sealed the wood. I dont have any pictures but he pulled up a good amount of siding so he could get the flashing up and under the existing water paper. He then put rigid foam insulation over all that and sealed it again. Also we only used clean stone on that part as you could see from the pictures. Clean stone requires less compaction thus reducing the pressure put on the structure. The pavers have a very good pitch on them away from the house and the joints have poly sand in them. Virtually no water should ever even get to the flashing.

    Having said all that I in no way am a carpenter and I could have left something out. I was working on another part of the project while our guy was doing all that. He is very good at what he does and we trust him.
     
  10. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,690

    Tom,

    How many hours do you have on your T750?
     

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