Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work 26 photos

This was another fantastic project, with many different elements from other projects. It's always a challenge to do new things and this was no exception.
Having great people to work with, doing amazing work, makes it a pleasure to come to work as well! We literally worked from the cul-de sac to the far back side and the left and right sides of the home. There were so many different min- projects happening simultaneously, I felt like I was managing multiple projects!

Also, working with Land Plus and these gracious homeowners, it was an honor to be a part of this endeavor.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

We sourced our boulders... all different shapes and sizes to be used in the landscape and to build the waterfall

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

A range of different sizes and shapes, specifically for the waterfall- each piece is marked and its orientation.

The others are to appear as natural outcroppings, scattered boulders for the rear landscape.

The stored area is the old driveway, pre- demolition.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Here, the workers are placing the first layer boulders or the base.. its very important to set them at just the right angle. They're placed on a wide ledge that was sized by the architect/ engineer and poured by the pool company to the exact specifications for the boulders, allowing sufficient overhang... they're set with a special waterproof, non- toxic (leaching) concrete, making them immovable.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

The foreman shows how it's done by giving hand signals to the lift operator... we see the placement ledge clearly and the area to be filled in directly above, up to the spa overflow (cutout). From this overflow the Waterfall is created. So... the pool isn't completely finished, but this is the actual process. Finishing for this pool will be in Pebble Tec, as are almost all the pools we work in tandem. The sprayed application will be done after we've finished most of the immediate Hardscapes.

To the left and Right are both poured retaining walls with a 3-4" ledge as the base for the Field stone wall veneer.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Here, more boulders are in place, fitting snugly together and the area to be filled in directly above is much less.

The two top outside boulders will also help in retaining the soil from both planters.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

The boulder installation is complete, including 2 additional boulders on the left side. Later, when the spa/ wall cap are added, there will be a seamless finished look between the spa/ retaining walls/ waterfall.

Field stone veneering and wall cap are underway.. again tying nicely into the boulders.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

These are the formal steps (with several landings), starting from the Driveway and leading down to the pool terrace. The base is core- filled (cement and rebar) CMU block.

All the boulders have been placed around the landscape, as well as, all drainage pipes, sleeves under the walkway and drain boxes.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

A bit of Spring rain just after we've removed the old driveway... the forms are up, but the area needs a sump pump. Once its dried out then more compacting / leveling the entire area to prepare for the colored concrete pea gravel driveway.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

This area leads to the rear property. Notice in front of the arched forms is a stone / paver landing. Along the house form boards outline two planting beds and a downspout that will need to be tied into the new underground drainage system.

A bit of Spring rain just after we've removed the old driveway... the forms are up, but the area needs to dry out. Once its dried out then more compacting / leveling the entire area to prepare for the colored concrete pea gravel driveway.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Perfect curves are generally made from measuring / marking a radius and spraying or flagging the lines, like the formal rear steps. Here however, the architect did it completely by hand. He sprayed the outline for the front steps and walkway (the original walkway follows the outline of the lawn).

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

At the home's entrance, there's a Field stone terrace with a hand chiseled or chipped edge. The columns were removed and re-cut to accommodate the added thickness of the terrace.

Shown are Field stone slab steps with the chiseled edges too (all wall cap has also been hand chiseled). The brick used for the risers was sourced, matching the house. And there's a portion of the Irregular stone walkway.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

This sprayed outline is for a staircase which follows a nice curve on the left side of the house, leading to the pool, with a separate entrance gate (to be added later).

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

This is the finished Field stone slab staircase (shown in the previous pic as a spray painted arch) that leads DOWN to the 2nd (proposed) cypress gate... also shown are solar walkway lamps and a few small specimen trees & shrubs.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

This Field stone stepping stone path leads UP to the 2nd (proposed) cypress gate... also shown is a section of the Ipe steps leading up to the Deck.

The right side and straight ahead is a modular wall retaining the walkway. Directly behind, the modular wall continues and is retaining the pool terrace.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

We built the above deck in 'Ipe' wood (Brazilian Cherry) with wrought Iron handrails- hope to have pics soon.

Below the deck is this 'under- deck' drainage system which 1) removes all the rainwater from above, as it's tied into the underground drainage system; 2) keeps the underneath area dry; 3) provides a nice finished ceiling; and 4) it's configured to install fans and lighting! This allows for yet another separate entertaining area.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

The warmer weather has 'greened up' the turf, and there's a bit of color from the bulbs in the bed on the right and on either side of the entrance steps, all of which softens the abundance of stone work and pea gravel driveway.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

In the center is a copper gas lamp fixture with post and a Field stone base and a small flower bed.

Between the driveway and the turf/ flower bed is Field stone edging, it looks great and keeps the runoff from staining the drive - form/ function!

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

See the cobble edging angles down to receive the Field stone stepping stones, flush with the driveway to prevent tripping.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

A close- up of the sandstone- colored concrete with raised (exposed) pea gravel aggregate, and saw- cut expansion joints... the mark of good work here is consistency (no patches missing stones- not raised and no stones easily breaking loose!

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

This view of the Cypress arbor entrance & fencing shows an expansive area of the pea gravel driveway and cobble edging. The edging also prevents water and mud from running onto the driveway- puddling and staining the aggregate.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Looking through the Cypress arbor we see the the paver walkway, privacy wall, columns and natural boulders.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Looking more closely through the Cypress arbor we see the paver walkway detail and Field stone step Treads, privacy wall, columns and natural boulders, most of the landscaping. Notice how the 'Ipe' bridge softens the stonework. In the far background, we see the Field stone wall cap for the curved modular retaining wall (the wrought iron fencing has yet to be installed).

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Looking back toward the Cypress arbor we also see the paver walkway detail and Field stone step Treads, privacy wall, a column, different types of night lighting, natural boulders and most of the landscaping, but too early, no blooms yet.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

Finally, some color, but still waiting for other trees/ plants to show off.

We see great detail with the pool coping, retaining wall veneer, pavers and waterfall.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

It's great after waiting so long to finally see the water flowing!

Here's a great shot of the wall and spa cap, retaining wall veneer, boulders and waterfall.

Sweet Residence - Construction process / Finished Work

The serenity of the waterfalls, neighboring forest and this tranquil landscape feels like being at a 5 star mountain retreat.

The Ipe bridge adds a nice touch to the pool, as does the lux pool furniture and a beautiful specimen blood- red maple in the right planter.

The finished product provided me with this shot that we used in our marketing campaign.