Phase III – Walkway + Gardens – Westford, MA

In the next phase of this project we rebuild and reshape the garden walls and lay a new walkway/patio.  The existing gardens were badly overgrown and the walls were falling apart.  The paver walkway was deteriorating and overgrown with moss.

Original Front Wall

Existing Front Wall

Existing Walkway

Existing Walkway

Existing Garden Wall

Existing Garden Wall

Existing Landing

Existing Landing

Then by dismantling the front stone wall it leaves us enough stone to rebuild that wall as well as rebuild/extend the garden wall.

Extending the Garden Wall

Extending the Garden Wall

Next we lay the walkway.  For this we use a unique type of flagging called Goshen Stone.  It is quarried locally in Goshen, MA and has a silvery, lustery appearance.

Goshen Walkway + Landing

Goshen Walkway + Landing

Along with the stonework we weed and prune the gardens and transplant desirable plants as needed.  The hillside is also planted with a variety of perennial ground covering plants and a few select shrubs.  Fresh topsoil is also spread over the whole yard and hyrdro-seeded.

Goshen Walk and Garden Wall

Goshen Walk and Garden Wall

Rebuilt Front Garden Wall

Rebuilt Front Garden Wall

Completed walk and garden

Completed walk and garden

Hyrdo Seeded and Hillside Planting

Hyrdo Seeded and Hillside Planting

View from the stream bed

View from the stream bed

In the spring we can return to see the grass and hillside grown in.  Finished photos to come.

Bluestone Walkway and Granite Steps – Boxborough, MA

At this home in Boxborough, MA an old bluestone walkway had come out of level and the stones were breaking apart.  Also the bluestone steps had come loose and were unstable.  The homeowner wanted to replace the walkway with new bluestone and use solid granite steps.

For this project we removed the existing bluestone and excavated below.   Whenever possible we will excavate by hand in order to preserve the surrounding landscape and minimize/eliminate extra costs for sod repair that can arise when machines come in.

Here we have excavated the area to depth of 8-10″ to allow for new base material.  The new walkway will go in the same footprint as the old.

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excavated stairway

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excavated walkway

Next we install the granite steps.  The steps are dry laid on a bed of crushed stone and a thin layer of stone dust to achieve level.   One step goes in, we back fill behind it to meet level, and the next step is stacked on stop.  The adjacent wall has to be partially dismantled to make room for the new steps.

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granite step installation

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granite step installation

All nine granite steps are set.  With the steps in we have a guide for the level of the walkway portions.  We’ve carefully planned the upper steps so that the finished height of the walkway doesn’t sit too high above or too low below the grade of the adjacent sloping lawn.

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granite step installation

Next we finish compacting the subgrade and filling the base with crushed stone to prep for the bluestone walkway installation.  The crushed stone provides a solid base that readily drains water.   A layer of stone dust is used to set the bluestones in and achieve the fine tuned level.

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bluestone walkway prep

The bluestone is installed, stone dust is swept in the joints, and some soil is added to the edge to regrow grass and meet the level of the stones.  The bluestone used is natural cleft, full color range.  It comes with it’s irregularities, but produces a handsome and slightly more rustic finish than the more finely treated varieties of bluestone.

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completed bluestone walkway and granite steps

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completed bluestone walkway

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completed granite steps