Known as hardscape items, walks, walls, and patios are among the most impressive elements in a landscape. Hardscape items are the visual items added to your landscape that add character, value, and often, useability.
Hardscapes can be defined as simply anything that is not soft.
Brick Paver Driveways, Patios, Walkways and Steps
Driveways, Patios walkways and steps created with pavers allow beautiful sweeping designs, attractive colors, and unique patterns. Pavers enhance the appearance of your project and add value to your home. Pavers are a low maintenance alternative to concrete and asphalt. Bricks come in a large variety of textures, sizes, colors & color mixes. The bricks can be set into numerous patterns (e.g. herringbone, standard, basket weave). Because of the wide variety of brick choices, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
Michigan is a prime location for interlocking concrete pavers, also known simply as pavers. Why? The soil here often has a large clay content, which does not allow for proper drainage. Poor soil drainage, combined with the brutal freeze/thaw cycles, can destroy, heave or crack any type of poured pavement surface (i.e., stamped concrete, concrete, asphalt, etc.). We also install Flagstone patios and walkways, which offer the same benefits as pavers.
Retaining Walls and Steps - Concrete or Natural Material
Concrete Retaining walls and Steps are one of our specialties. Retaining walls come in a large variety of textures, sizes, colors and color blends. We can design and build retaining walls and steps that enhance your landscape's appearance while making the best use of the environment. Retaining walls and steps are ideal for both residential and commercial projects. Just like the castles of Europe, these walls are built to last. The wall units display a natural texture that compliment any landscape and are environmentally safe, because they are made of compressed low moisture content concrete. There is minimal maintenance to retaining wall systems, and they have a durable long life.
Boulders and natural stone make durable and pleasing walls. When engineered correctly, with proper base preparation and drainage behind the wall, they will last for decades.
Raised planters, borders for shrub beds, tree rings and tree wells, steps, pillars (for entrance lights/mail boxes), terrace walls, fire and barbecue pits are just a few more items that add beauty and value to your landscape.
Landscape lighting can help create an atmosphere of relaxation, security or festivity in your garden. Landscape lighting enhances a property's value and pride of ownership. Lighting increases safety and reduces risk around walkways, decks, pools, spas, and other landscape features. Nighttime lighting also provides greater home security by deterring burglary, vandalism and other crime.
Ponds, Waterfalls and Fountains
There is nothing more soothing than the sight and sound of water. We can help you obtain that feeling of tranquility in your garden by assembling and installing water features such as ponds, waterfalls, streams and fountains.