Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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(Continued on page 16) 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News When Bruce Miller, president of Miller Landscape, first met with the Wilson family at their Roswell, Ga., residence, he was presented with a foreboding backyard that ended in a steep cliff at the rear of the property. Miller was tasked with creating an outdoor oasis that would allow the stresses and strains of everyday life to melt away. Miller Landscape, a design/build firm based in Woodstock, Ga., has been creating memorable landscapes for residential and commercial clients since 1985. Miller's staff of designers, architects, and certified professionals work closely with their clients to create a project scope that represents each homeowner's vision for their outdoor space. The information is used to create working budgets and 3D designs, which become the basis of project proposals. "When possible, we use 3D AutoCAD design software for our client presentations," said Britany Heater, sales and marketing director for Miller Landscapes. "This allows our clients the opportunity to visualize how the many components of our project proposal will fit into their outdoor space." The Wilson family's desire to create a usable outdoor living area required the installation of retaining walls to terrace the rear of the home. The site plan called for nearly 300 tons of crushed granite and high quality fill, creating more than 2,000 square feet of new patio space. "Having a space to entertain and cook out with friends and family was very important to our clients," Heater said. "Our client loved the look and texture of natural stone, so we worked very hard to include that finish throughout the project." The main retaining walls were constructed with concrete blocks, and the walls, columns and spa surround were faced with field-split Tennessee fieldstone in thin and medium stack combinations. "We selected Pavestone's Venetian stone Heritage series concrete pavers for this project, because they offered an Old World look that really complemented our overall design," the Wilsons said. Interlocking concrete pavers have many benefits that make them desirable over other patio decking systems, and are known for being extremely strong and durable. Western red cedar was used for the pergola, trim and ornamental accents at the client's request. Cedar is usually not used as a structural component in h a rd s c a p e s By Dan Kalar, Pavestone, LLC Making Space for a Roswell Retreat Above Homeowners in Roswell, Ga., worked with a local design/build firm to transform their unusable backyard into a getaway with an outdoor kitchen, entertainment area, spa and terraced gathering spaces. More than 2,000 square feet of new patio space was created during the three-month installation, and western red cedar was used for the pergola, ornamental accents and trim.

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