A stunning entrance to your home! Nothing compares to a paver driveway which adds a ton of curb appeal to your property. Since pavers are made using pressed concrete they can support the weight of cars and small trucks. Just like with any driveway, it is all about the base and how it is compacted. With the correct sub-base, compaction, and experience your paver driveway will last as long, or longer than traditional asphalt or concrete.
Interlocking Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are used to secure and hold back the soil behind it, preventing erosion and other issues from infringing on your yard. These can also be added to your yard for visual purposes, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look for the area around your home. As with pavers, retaining walls became popular in the mid-1990s. A great product, these are simple and quick to build. They are strong, neat, and sharp-looking, and are a good alternative to a classic New England stone wall.
Cobblestone Borders & Driveway Entrances
With that old European look, cobblestones are great attention grabbers and are typically placed at the entrance of your driveway. They really give that fantastic old-world look. We also install cobblestones along the left and right borders of a driveway to truly make the area look amazing!
These jobs include all types of patios (including patios for swimming pools), walkways, stairs and stairways, and specialty driveways. They can be done with either stone, brick, and/or pavers of all different styles and designs.
Stairways: We have done many over the last 39 years. We jackhammer the old staircase to break it up and start to rebuild immediately. We put a cement block in the structure then some sort of stone riser to begin the stairs. These could be bricks, fieldstone, limestones, and sometimes even granite. The most popular is the blue stone – nothing beats that new bluestone look! I have had the same Mason, Hector, for over 25 years who manages these projects and brings a ton of knowledge and experience to each job.
Stone walls: We have done many stone walls throughout the years and typically use New England antique stone. Your property can have a very New England look in just about a week!
Bluestone Walkways & Patios: Again, bluestone is a fantastic look and adds value to your home. Whether a front walk or a back patio, it’s an excellent choice, a real conversation piece, and an overall great place to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.
Shrubs and trees: I was planting shrubs and trees long before masonry, hardscaping, and asphalt paving. I loved it and I still do. In just one day, we can remove the shrubs in front of the home and replant new ones. The most popular are azaleas, rhododendrons, rose of sharon, and evergreens, but there are many different things you can plant to make the area look fuller overall.
Sod Lawns: You CAN have a beautiful green lawn in just one day! We have done thousands and know the ins and outs of installing the perfect lawn. I highly recommend investing in an irrigation system to provide the necessary watering to extend the life of your sod lawns.
Stairway Railings & Walkway Railings: Wrought iron railings are one of our newer services which we began providing in 2017. I have a fantastic welder who builds all the railings. These can be added to a variety of masonry projects including stone stairways, which provide safety and are overall visually pleasing. Our expert welder will assess your needs and design the railings just as you’d like!
Catch Basin: When there is a small water problem in the driveway, we can install a small catch basin to give the water a place to go. Usually about 2’x2’ deep, the basin is filled with stone and covered with durable plastic or steel.
Drywells: For major water problems in the driveway, a drywell can be installed. Sized anywhere from 500 to 1,000 gallons, these give the water a place to go. These are made of precast concrete from E.F. Shea in Wilmington, MA. We use an excavator to dig a large hole, install the drywell, set a steel grate on top, and pave around it.
Line Drains: A line drain is used across the front of the garage usually to catch any water from entering the garage. It then has a connecting pipe on the end to run the water away from the home. If conditions are tight, we can build a small drywell and catch the water to help it go underground.