Backyard Pool, Wilmington, DE
Backyard Pool Hardscape & Landscape Project
Pro Image Landscaping is located in Wilmington, Delaware so when a North Wilmington resident wanted to overhaul their backyard pool area and add hardscaping and landscaping, they called on Pro Image to get an estimate.
Elements to minimize landscape maintenance and add space for entertaining their large family gatherings were the first concerns of the designers of the landscape and hardscape project. Backyard pool landscaping requires some design, thought and planning. For example, no mulch was used in the final design and a small area of lawn was left for wet feet not to track dirt or mulch in to the house. Delaware river rock was used for the landscape beds, which is initially more expensive but in the long run it never has to be renewed like mulching.
Pavers as a Hardscape Material
EP Henry wall block and pavers were the customers choice for the hardscape materials. The home's red brick was a very prominent feature we wanted to diffuse a little. Most companies would say "Oh, I see you have red brick on your house, we should install a reddish color concrete paver". WRONG. By choosing the same color, the hardscape won't stand out and look like a massive area of red brick with no variations. The brown and gray tones of the pavers were the right choice for matching this homes exterior. Not only did it tie into the beige colored siding, it was also the color they were going to re-do the pool decking concrete with a paver material in the future.
A Raised Patio was our Favorite Feature of the Hardscape Project
What we ended up with was a forty-foot long sitting wall which doubled as a landscape bed and to diffuse all of the water that flowed onto the property from the neighbors poorly graded yard. The knee wall was located at the rear of the main sitting area for maximum use when having guests over. The raised patio feature was our favorite part of the landscaping and hardscaping design. It used to be a large koi pond that was a nightmare to maintain and keep the herring from eating all the $300 fish.
"How About A Small Firepit?"
During the final stage of the raised patio area we noticed there were a few wall blocks that were unused. The client also had old flagstone that was used for stepping stones. "How About A Small Firepit?" I asked. The customer thought it would be a great addition for all the kids that swim in the pool during the day can roast smores and marshmellows during summer nights.