Custom 4,000 square-foot outdoor living space
Homeowners Greg and Christie Downes contacted Evergreen Hardscaping to design and install their new custom 4,000 square-foot outdoor living space. After meeting with a representative from Evergreen Hardscaping, a Landscape Architecture firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, the Downes soon decided that they were the best option to create the outdoor living space of their dreams.
The vision included an in-ground swimming pool, but the challenge was getting outside of the proverbial box to create something unique. Evergreen Hardscaping needed to create an inclusive space that formed the perfect balance of separation for the homeowners and their guests. The design team created a small kitchenette, shaded seating area, and fire feature; all of which accented the saltwater swimming pool with a sun-shelf and custom water features along the raised beam of the pool.
Once the project passed through the design phase, things were underway. Almost immediately after pool construction began, the project came to a screeching halt. During the first day of excavation, a large granite deposit was hit which had everyone scrambling for solutions. The sheer size of the deposit was something rarely seen by the excavation crew. It didn't take long for them to realize that traditional chipping would not work, which prompted them to apply for blasting permits. Once all stone was blasted, excavation continued. Evergreen Hardscaping was then able to reclaim the granite removed during excavation and used it to not only build several retaining walls on the property, but they were able to incorporate the stone into the custom-built waterfall, raised beam, firepit, and surrounding masonry.
Black accents added a real statement to the overall aesthetics of the project. The full color antiqued flagstone, sourced through a stone yard in Avondale, Pennsylvania, was used to cope the pool, sitting walls, steps leading from the house, and firepit. The fieldstone was used for all vertical surfaces and with the reclaimed granite.