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Asheville Flagstone Patio

Custom Flagstone Patio Asheville

We spent the last couple weeks in Asheville building a Flagstone Patio.

This patio was unique because each needed to be set with a machine due to their size and weight. Some of the slabs were 5 inches thick and 800-1000 pounds.

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We prepped the base of the patio with 8 inches of compacted drain rock. We then hand selected and cut each slab to fit tightly with the other slabs. Having a tight and consistent joint is crucial for the long term stability of any dry laid flagstone patio.

We used a durable webbing, instead of a traditional strap, to set the slabs. This allowed us to easily remove the webbing after the stone was set without disturbing the base layer. This can be difficult and time consuming for the builder.

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Our clients were very pleased with the finished product and invited us back for more landscaping and stone work projects in the Spring.

Feel free to give us a call for your next patio, retaining wall or water feature project.

Jacob

828-301-8017

 

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Asheville Waterfall Construction

Here is a video showing  the construction of a large waterfall we recently constructed for our clients in Asheville, NC.

Enjoy!

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Building a Fairy Home

When designing a landscape it’s always good to stop and think about some options to make your garden unique.

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We built a series of dry stacked stone retaining walls for our client in Asheville recently. In the landscape design process we decided to add a really cool feature into the walls. A little fairy grotto was the idea. Our clients came up with the idea originally. I have seen similar ideas in other walls, but have yet had the opportunity to install one. We thought it was a great idea, for a small statue or maybe a spot for a candle to brighten the feature at night.

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So we made a space for the little fairy nooks (3 of them in the finished wall) and began building.  We installed some small stone arches that were dry laid into the wall, using only friction to hold them together and some wood support that we removed after we were done.

The stone arch is an ancient technique that I have yet to master.

The history of the arch dates back to ancient Italy where the Etruscan people built unimaginable stone arches as gates to the city. The Romans learned from them and perfected the craft.

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To bring a little bit of this ancient art into our modern landscape design brings me great joy.

I love dreaming of new and old techniques to install into the features we create for our clients.

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We will move forward, building and learning. Mastering techniques as the Romans did from the Etruscans.

Maybe one day in the future our children will pass on some pass on some skill to another generation to come, that will create a legacy of artistic craftsmanship for future builders.

 

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Asheville Water Features: Worth the wait

The wait is over! We finally got enough rain to fill the pond we worked on back in October. After almost 6 months of waiting to see this feature come to life, today it was ready to turn on. We constructed a large waterfall that flows into the pond and a bog filter to keep the pond water clear and healthy.

The pond holds approx. 1,000,000 gallons of water and we have had a pretty dry winter season. Yesterday I went back to check on the pond level and it was full!

This is always my favorite part of any waterfall build, seeing it run for the fist time. It’s always a beautiful experience. When we are building waterfalls, we have to imagine what the water is going to do as we are setting the rocks in place. Carefully choosing stones, creating different types of areas for the water to flow through and visualizing what the water will do when it is turned on. We have to attempt to calculate the volume of water from the pump that will flow through the feature. The process brings me joy and anxiety. I was more anxious with this feature because I knew it would take a while to fill up.

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The lighting wasn’t the best today for pictures, so I will post some more later.

Check back soon for more!

Jacob

Living Waters Landscaping Asheville

828-301-8017

 

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Is you water feature ready for Spring?

​We spent the day yesterday getting some of the water features we installed last year ready for spring. 

Now is a great time to get your pond cleaned out and to check your system for leaks. Winter can have a toll on some ponds in Asheville. 

Asheville pond cleaning It’s a good time to get your pump put back in if you had it pulled out for winter. Also you should get the aeration going again now that it’s warmer. 

Give us a call for Spring start ups, Spring cleaning or any other pond maintenance needs. 

Jacob 

Living Waters Landscaping 

828-301-8017