Arrow. Land + Structures

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Services Provided
Landscape Architecture, Residential Master Plans, Swimming Pool Designs, Spa and Pool Designs, Outdoor Living Designs, Patio Designs, Garden Designs, Landscape Designs, 3D Illustration, 3D Landscape Animations,

Areas Served
Chicago North Shore, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Deerfield, Kenilworth, Barrington, Highland Park

Business Description
Each design that we conceive is a unique, artistic response to the individuality of your home and your desires. We specialize in designing beautifully balanced and well planned outdoor living areas, swimming pools, and fine residential gardens.

We proudly provide residential landscape architecture, architectural illustration, site planning, garden design, and all aspects of outdoor construction. We service the entire Chicago, IL North Shore Region and all surrounding suburbs. (Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Northbrook, Glenview, Northfield, Barrington, St Charles, Glen Ellyn)

At Arrow, our main focus is design. This is key to a well executed and beautiful outdoor room. Our keen eye for architectural details and our sense of spatial balance allows us to design on a variety of scales from intimate garden spaces to grand formal living areas. No detail is spared - we look at the overall site to begin a well balanced design and we always pay close attention to sub-surface features that affect the performance of the environment including the mechanics of site grading and drainage.

We are licensed landscape architects in the State of Illinois and we are national and state members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Whether you're looking to renovate the front entrance of your home or business or you need detailed plans for an elaborate poolside retreat, please email us or look through our website to get your project started!

Principals:
• Marco Romani, RLA, Project Designer, Licensed Landscape Architect
• Antonio Romani, Construction Director
• Rafael Romani, Maintenance Director

(Arrow Land + Structures is the result of an exciting merger between Arrow Shop and Romani Landscape Architecture)

Certification and Awards
• Illinois Licensed Landscape Architect
• American Society Of Landscape Architects (national and state chapter)
Location:
Glencoe,Winnetka,Wilmette,Lake Forest,IL, IL US 
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Marco Romani - Landscape Architect 
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Address:
400 Green Bay Rd. Unit 201
Glencoe,Winnetka,Wilmette,Lake Forest,IL, IL 60022 
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It’s a bit hard to say whether your stone pavers will be stable as different installers have their own preferred methods for stonework base prep. However, I can say that our own method of base composition, suitable for the Chicago/IL region, is a compacted 6" base of crushed Sandstone gravel - referred to as Grade 9 CA-6 gravel. Over that base course, we install a variable 1" course of torpedo sand as a leveling mechanism. The sand is not really an optional item...its needed for leveling every individual stone as the slabs vary greatly in thickness from 1.5" thick to 2.5" thick and the sand course allows for fine tuning. If you don’t use the sand, the stones will be uneven across their span which will cause them to rock when stepped on and will also create uneven/non-flush joints from stone to stone.

On a different note, you mention that your installer might be using compacted crushed concrete CA6 aggregate. If this is a job in the Chicago region, I would advise against that as crushed concrete gravel tends to solidify after it has been compacted and soaked with rain. The rock hard crushed concrete gravel base then loses most of its potential for flexing under heave/thaw cycles - which then defeats the whole point of having a "flexible" dry-set application which is meant to “give” a little in the winter…and “settle” a little in the spring. Furthermore, the extreme compaction characteristics of crushed concrete gravel tends to block the free flow of rain water down into the native soils which causes trapped moisture between the base course and the stone pavers. During the warm months, that might not be a big issue. However, during the cold/freezing months, trapped moisture is a big no-no under pavers as it becomes ice. Ice causes major base shifting issues as it can heave pavers far out of place.

Crushed concrete gravel is more suitable for roads, driveways, parking lots, and other bituminous/asphaltic concrete paved applications where you really don’t want a “flexible” sub-base as asphalt paving is very susceptible to cracking under excessive movement. Potholes are easily created under repeated heave/thaw cycles. Crushed concrete gravel is also a bit cheaper than crushed sandstone grade9 gravel – this may be one of the reasons why some installers prefer to use it for patios and walkways versus the more expensive crushed stone gravel. I would say that the money saving aspect of crushed concrete is certainly not worth the future problems that can arise out of using this cheaper base course for patios and walks.

All of this is just my professional opinion and I am aware that there are other generally accepted methods of base composition that vary based on region/location/application/climate and other factors and standard practices. Hope this helps!

Kind Regards,
Marco Romani, RLA
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Dear Marco, I appreciate your time and trouble you have put in to answering my question. I live in Greenville, S.C. so we don't have very cold winters. I will ask the installer about the sand, though. They have not finished this project so it would not be too late to change their method. I am concerned about the rocking of the stones and I don't think it rude to mention this to them. I also realize they are not finished yet. and this project is still in the work process so perhaps they will correct the rocking of the stones. I just want to be sure the finished job is to my liking and I also don't want anyone tripping on this pathway. Again, thank you so much for your input.
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Hi Susan. Romani Landscaping did the beautiful hardscape on this job, so they will be able to answer your question.
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Hi Susan - Thank you for your question. That drain is a deep concrete catch basin with an iron grate lid on top. There is no pump inside....the yard is gently pitched to that corner and once the rain water level inside reaches a certain height, it exits through pipes that are connected to that basin. Hope this answers your question! :-)
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ignore my original comment. hydrangea should not fall over like that. There have leafy stems too.
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Hi Pauline Chawla - thank you for your question. The plants are called Annabelle Hydrangea. And RaRe, yes they do fall over gracefully like this especially when they are newly planted and also right after a hard rain.
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Hi Mary,
Here are a few more pictures of one of the homes on conway. Click link below the picture :
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Nice Idea book Sallie. :-) Here is another example of a green privacy panel:
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Hi Cruise - Thank you for your question. That plant is called Russian Sage.
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From the earliest stages of our plans to the last detail of our project, Marco has been patient, knowledgeable, creative, thorough and fair. The whole way thro...
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We worked with Marco Romani of Romani Landscape Architecture in designing and implementing a back terrace and patio which included an outdoor kitchen and fire p...
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We used Romani Landscape Architecture this spring for our backyard. The plans that were drawn were comprehensive and detailed. He went through each plant and tr...
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We have worked with Arrow Shop on a number of projects. Their designs offer clients a good mix of creativity and along with functional use of outdoor space. Ma...
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Rosebrook builds excellent quality pools. It is a pleasure working with them and they really deliver on their promises. Jamie Ori is a very hard working, crea...
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