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Hardscape Solutions: Rock solid

December 9, 2020 -  By

Company: DiSabatino Landscaping & Tree Service
Location: Wayne, Pa.

An upscale local magazine connected the clients to DiSabatino Landscaping & Tree Service. The clients wanted a tiered patio project completed in time for a high school graduation party.

The house sits on top of a sloping hill. Ivan Mazur, a designer with DiSabatino Landscaping & Tree Service, designed terraces to naturally descend the hill.

“I was hoping to help the customer make it feel as if their home was interfacing with the property better,” he says.

To give the design a native feel, Mazur selected Pennsylvania bluestone and brownstone, Wissahickon schist, granite and local Avondale stone. To execute the design, the company used a Kubota excavator and an articulating claw to help set boulders.

To light the patio, Mazur used FX Luminaire’s DX controller with autotiming. Native plants, including catmint, Zagreb coreopsis, Otto Luyken cherry laurel, Blue Zinger sedge, Jane magnolia and nonnative threadleaf mahonia, give the backyard a natural feel.

This project earned DiSabatino Landscaping & Tree Service a 2019 Silver Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The main goal of the design was to address the vast elevation change on the back of the property.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The view from the driveway to the backyard patio shows FX Luminaire lights highlighting the path.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

Native stone and sedges line the patio.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The large fireplace challenged the team when it came time to put the cap on. The team engineered scaffolding to reach it.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

Pennsylvania bluestone pavers line the floor of the patio.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

An overview of the terraces designed to take guests from the house to the bottom of the hill the property sits on.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The clients asked for a cooking space close to the house with a built-in grill and fridge.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The outdoor dining space is near the home and outdoor cooking space for ease of transporting food.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

The design of the patio creates independent areas that feel cohesive.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

Another entertaining area allows guests space to relax.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

DiSabatino used FX Luminaire lights to accent the patio.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

An overview of the backyard patio.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

A look at the property before the start of the project.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

Crews lay the groundwork for the project so that the elevations are more manageable.

Hardscape project (Photos: Jeff Robinson Photography)

Photo: Jeff Robinson Photography

Crews worked on the project right before winter. DiSabatino deployed tents and heaters so crews could work on the masonry and flatwork and the outdoor kitchen to complete the project in time for a high school graduation party.

Christina Herrick

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