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

  1. DLONGLANDSCAPING

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is the reason for the curbing on 1/4 of the left side of the driveway? I would think you would want a uniform look even if it is just for water run off so mud doesnt wash onto the driveway.

    Second question: With a permeable application, what happens if mud,dirt,soil, and crap fill the cracks of the driveway. To me, each time the lawn crew is there, they are going to have a terrible time blowing off the driveway and getting grass out of the cracks without blowing the small rocks in the cracks out of the cracks.

    Third: Your work is amazing, and i cannot possible fathom the idea of landing a job this large scale, but your work is always top notch and i love the videos. Definitley a youtube subscriber and a subscriber to all of your threads.
     
  2. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Answers are in red.
     
  3. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here are a few pictures of a project we completed last summer. This is the largest project I have ever been 100% in charge of (besides pricing and design). The customer was extremely happy how it came out and so was I.

    It consists of double tiered raised patios, sitting walls, fireplace, grill unit, granite steps, paver walkway, and plantings. Techo-Bloc Blu60 slabs make up the patios. Mini Creta wall block was used for the sitting walls, retaining walls, and grill unit. A Tech-Bloc foyer fire place unit was installed. Night lighting throughout the project as well. Fifty-six pallets of material created this outdoor living space.

    I time lapsed the entire project and it is the largest one I have done to date. Over 80,000 photos make up this video, and a lot of time editing! Check it out here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljn01oengWI

    Here are the photos. I have photos of pretty much every step of the build if you want to see something specific. I'm not going to post them to start because you can see the build process in the video. Pictures were taken late in the year after the grass grew in so the plant material is not the best looking. I'm going to get some nice shots this spring with the plants in bloom.

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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Great video and project as always tom.
    I'm interested in the nuts and bolts
    WAs anything specific done to handle the extra load of that fireplace on top of the wall?
    Also where do the patios drain to? It looks like the lower one might pitch out to the walkway?
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  5. grassmaster06

    grassmaster06 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Great work ,how many guys and how did that take?
     
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks great ! I would have thought the first wall would have been much deeper?
    Steve
     
  7. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law LawnSite Member
    from NH
    Posts: 174

    Awesome bro!

    Please explain to me how you built the base for the fireplace. I did one similar 4 years ago where it sat on a wall like that but the wall was shorter. I followed the manufacturer specs with 4 ft sonotubes then a pad, etc. But it seems like frost will get through the wall making the 4 ft depth meaningless. I've always been concerned about that fireplace but it hasn't moved a millimeter in 4 years. Please explain your building process. Thanks.
     
  8. JRL8

    JRL8 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I have glanced through every page of this thread and I have to say from a layman's point of view everything looks awesome. I understand there are some people here giving advice and such but the finished products look great.

    Anyways, my question is about the permeable driveways with pavers (I had never heard of this before actually):

    Are you doing this because you are worried about water drainage and you dont want to dig down to put any drains in the driveway? Or does it have to do with the type of soil underneath? I guess my main question is what would be the principle reason(s) to do this? cost maybe?

    Thanks
     
  9. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    6ft geo-grid lengths were spec'd every 3 rows for the entire circular lower wall. We also used 1.5in stone behind the wall compacted in 6in lifts.

    The lower patio drains out to the opening. And the upper patio drains out to the 2 sets of granite stairs.
     
  10. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks! Not sure what you mean? There are two - three rows buried on the entire wall. Its tough to see from the video because it doesn't show the grading being done around it.
     

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