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A significant transformation

The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The stone clump in the foreground conceals a pump for a fountain which fills a stone trough in the patio. The new rear porch connects the rear of the house with the outdoors and lush gardens surrounding the property edges. The barn in the back of the property received a new roof and paint job.
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography

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August 13, 2014
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Thanks for the nice comments, we will pass them on to the owner. It really has been a labor of love.
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November 16, 2013
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Just found the front photos, please disregard the question and thanks!!
    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 3:55PM
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October 5, 2012
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You are correct in that the water running down the back yard was a major problem - causing water to pour into the basement. A complete rework of the grades in the back yard allowed for the lower patio and walls. Drainage was designed so that most of the runoff above the wall follows a subtle swale which drains into a stream in the very back of this image. The lower terrace in the rear also has a central drain to collect further runoff from the patio and roofs. The image I am attaching shows how runoff ran straight into the house before this renovation.
Hope that helps!
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Beautiful job! This is my dream backyard.
My property is very much like this one, with the same drainage issues. Did your company do the complete project or were the drainage issues corrected by a different trade first? Thank you in advance.
    Bookmark   May 7, 2014 at 4:55PM
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