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Richmond Pool Surround

We completed this project in early Spring of 2016. On the south side of the James River, this property has a sharp grade change that falls off into the far end of the backyard. The client wanted to add a pool, pool deck, and patio to entertain around the new outdoor space. Drainage improvements were necessary to divert water around the pool and patio area. Low voltage LED landscape lighting was installed around the pool deck for safety and aesthetic appeal while up lighting was installed at the base of mature trees located in the backyard to create a natural room feel.

Given the slope of the lot, it was decided early on in our analysis that it would be counter intuitive to the budget of the project to install a retaining wall to retain the pool structure. Instead the outer pool wall was designed to act as a retaining wall structure. This created an interesting look and feel as only half of the pool structure is connected to the pavers while the remaining half is left open to view the wood line below.

Project Scope

  • CMU wall construction

  • Paver patio construction

  • Low voltage LED landscape lighting installation

  • Grading and sod installation

  • Drainage modifications

Glen Allen Paver Patio

This client wanted to extend their backyard living area by constructing an outdoor space where they could spend time with friends and family. While they knew that they wanted a patio, additional assistance was required in designing and planning the rest of the space. Early on in the planning phase, we were able to work with them to develop a design so that we could begin conversations on exactly what could be constructed given the site conditions and budget.

Once the final plan was completed with modifications requested by the homeowner, a layout was presented that would serve as an outdoor living area that could be used as a place to serve multiple functions. Against the house under a cedar pergola is a perfect space for everyone to get out of the sun during the day and entertain in the evening. On the opposite side of the patio, a fire pit flanked by a seating wall and columns provided an area for family and guests to sit down and relax. Because this project was completed in a new development in the Richmond area there were limited trees and vegetation. Thus, it was very important to create a space that felt open but also had the feel of boundaries to mimic the feel of a closed room. To complete the “Room Feel” a short knee wall and columns were added opposite the fire pit area.

Project Scope

  • Hardscape Construction

    • Paver patio construction

    • Seating wall construction

    • Decorative column construction

    • Fire pit construction

  • Drainage modifications

  • Cedar pergola construction

  • Low voltage LED lighting installation

  • Grading and sod installation

James River Outlook

We have been very fortunate to work with this client on many amazing projects around their home in Richmond. The homeowner’s contracted with Rock Creek on this particular project to construct a patio with built in benches, storage space, and sitting area to enjoy the view of the James River.

Upon the site analysis, many features of the existing space were noted as to come up with the most thorough vision possible for the client. Capturing natural sunlight was imperative as the site is full of large deciduous trees throughout. The change in grade elevation also presented many challenges that we used to our advantage to create an ideal living space. Half of the new space was constructed into the existing hillside while the remaining area extended out and above the existing grades. This provides the homeowner with two different vantage points when they are enjoying the space. To access the space from their house we installed raised stepping stones that are illuminated at night with Low voltage LED lighting.

We hope that you enjoy the view!

Project Scope

  • Grading

  • Natural stone retaining wall construction with thermalled bluestone caps

  • Pattern Bluestone patio construction

  • Landscape stepper and pattern bluestone stepping stone installation

  • Low voltage LED lighting installation

  • Powder coated aluminum railing and fence installation