New wall and walk

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by joee0914, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    NOt bad really for a first job, just lack of design knowledge, but that comes with experience. I'm going to dig up my first job and post it here, if I can find it.
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Really the work isn't all thy bad. But like zedo-roni said the design is terrible. There is a little more to hardscaping them just stacking and laying block and pavers. The planting is terrible. Design work is like music - is all has to have harmony.

    On a positive note - at least I'm not seeing the ground and beds lined with landscape gravel!

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  3. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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  4. joee0914

    joee0914 LawnSite Member
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    We realize the design could have been a little better.. Also plants are not finished... We have many other things going in, plus some being moved around. Overall the customer loved the wall and walk.
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    Customers usually will love the work because they don't know the ABC's of design :). Nor do most contractors!
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  6. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well, if the customer is happy, the contractor is happy. Life goes on.
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  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Being north NJ tell me the planting finish is install a Prunus Subhirtella 24" off the house in the right radius. The step layout is not ideal as mentioned, but more so a grey soldier would have helped tie it all together better. You can let the customer choose, but it is usually a good idea to make suggestions on things like contrasting colors, and steer them away from potentially bad choices.
  8. cameronderzack

    cameronderzack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    - If you would had started the steps closer to the driveway it would had taken care of the embankment you created on the right side of the steps sloping into them.
    - It looks like an additional step can be put in.

    - Wrong product chosen for such a tight radius
    - Not saying the tight radius is even the proper design

    - usually I could care less about colors, but its too busy as a result of colors
    - and theres more
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    lol, it looks good! This isnt a 2.5 million dollar house which is what alot of guys dont realize. Those are the guys that are 2x the price and dont get the job and bash the guy that does because he is smart enough to simplify it.
  10. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I liked the natural stone wall better (I am not a big fan of segmental walls, but of course that is just me talking, which doesn't mean anything to what your customer wants). Ultimately, you work for them and they sign your paycheck. I would respectfully have to agree about the steps, they do look a bit out of place. By adding that 3rd material to the segmental wall and pavers it gets a bit busy, but all in all I wouldn't hang my head at all if I were you. For a first project I think you did very well. Sometimes the reactions can be a bit harsh and unforgiving from some of the members on here (I guess they seem to have forgotten that they didn't start out as hardscape gods, but just like you they had to study and learn as they went). Try to gain inspiration and ideas from others and craft your own style. You'll do fine.

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