Backyard Renovation: Blending Old and New | Volunteer Gardener

Backyard Renovation: Blending Old and New | Volunteer Gardener


¶¶- Well today’s a great
¶¶day, ladies and gentlemen, because I get to
take you with me on a world of what I get
to do every single day with Gardens of Babylon, and that is taking small
spaces, large spaces, ¶and transforming them into
¶amazing outdoor living areas, ¶and what we got going
¶on right behind me ¶¶is that exact same thing. ¶We’re out transforming
¶this backyard into, ¶¶and adding so many
¶¶elements from hardscaping, ¶and planting and irrigation. ¶¶We’ve even got an informal
¶¶bocce ball court going on, ¶¶that’s gonna be installed
¶¶in the coming weeks. ¶So, I’m really excited
¶to share it with you. ¶Come on, let’s take a look. ¶¶So a lot of the elements
¶¶going on here at the job, one of them, very
important, was drainage. ¶We have the garage in the
¶back here, in the backyard, ¶and the yard was just kind
¶of pitching and sloping down. It was just newly built. ¶So, we really have to
¶drop this soil line ¶at least six to eight inches
¶from this seal of the garage. Get this soil line brought down. ¶¶Add some box drains on
¶¶the site to make sure that ¶that water is really
¶clearing away very quickly. ¶Now, because we’re dropping
¶the soil line so severe, ¶we’re gonna have to come back ¶and install, maybe a
¶one foot to 18 inch, ¶mini retaining wall
¶that acts to separate ¶the two soil grades and levels ¶and keeps the main backyard
¶more on a flat plane, ¶but drainage is very important ¶for any major
¶landscape projects. ¶That needs to be considered ¶¶very, kind of as the
¶¶first phase, if you will, before all the fun
stuff can really happen, but let’s take a look at
some of that fun stuff. ¶So, since this home has
¶varying levels of grade on it, ¶it makes the site a
¶little challenging. ¶One of the other items,
¶besides the box drain systems ¶that we’re installing
¶on the property, is using large river rock swales ¶to kind of swoop that water in ¶and make it go where
¶exactly where we want to go. ¶¶We’ve had an issue
¶¶with mulch washout ¶going on on this
¶side of this pathway. ¶¶This is a great idea using
¶¶a two to eight inch size ¶river stone to be
¶a permanent fixture ¶¶to keep that mulch
¶¶from washing out. ¶Over here, on my other side, ¶we’re gonna take this
¶whole river rock swale ¶and swoop it all the way
¶down through their backyard, kinda creating this nice
little river rock effect ¶¶to make sure that
¶¶this water drains ¶¶through the box drains and
¶¶out around the property, ¶making sure that we put this
¶really heavy-duty weed fabric ¶¶underneath the stones to
¶¶keep any weeds or grasses ¶from growing up from later on. ¶¶Another element that we’re
¶¶putting in at this home is gonna be a really
nice patio seating area ¶¶with a seat wall around it ¶and fire pit right
¶here in the middle, ¶and big thing to talk
¶about a lot of times ¶with new hardscaping projects is a lot of people
really don’t understand how much work goes into
the base preparations, ¶and this really makes
¶a huge difference ¶¶in the world of hardscape ¶and how long it will
¶last without failure. ¶We take a lot of pride here ¶because we go down and
¶dig down a good four, ¶this is a footer, so
¶we’re puttin’ a footer ¶¶underneath that retaining
¶¶wall and the seat wall. This is gonna go
down a good foot ¶¶by almost 18 inches to 24, ¶¶doin’ crush stone in here, ¶running a compactor over it. We’re gonna do a nice four inch
compacted, crush stone layer ¶over top of the patio. ¶That’s going to be out
¶of concrete pavers. So, just whatever you’re
doing with hardscaping, it really pays to put
in the base preparation ¶¶to make sure it
¶¶lasts a long time. ¶¶So in total, we’re
¶¶looking at about ¶a three to four week project. ¶What we’re doing right now, the demo and the
bed preparation, that’s gonna take
about one to two weeks, ¶but it’s not always
¶gonna look like this. It’s gonna be beautiful, and so here we are, it’s
the finished product. ¶The hardscaping’s in. ¶The river rock swale, ¶¶I’m really excited to show
¶¶ya’ll all the details. ¶So, let’s get goin’. ¶So, here we are at
¶the cobblestone patio, ¶which really serves
¶as a great space ¶for relaxation and socializing
¶for the homeowners. ¶What we have here, we have, ¶we’re surrounded by
¶a nice seat wall, ¶¶18 inch seat wall,
¶¶around this gas fire pit. ¶We had to go ahead and
¶tie in to the gas line ¶that was running to the grill and we just spurted off
into this gas unit here ¶¶for the fire pit. ¶That turned out really great. ¶Behind me, you’ll
¶see how we added in ¶just a large amount
¶of river rock ¶because we were
¶having such a problem ¶with drainage and water flow
¶coming off of this walkway and washing a lot of this mulch, ¶and so this project
¶came up fantastic. We put a really
heavy-duty weed fabric, again, just to keep the
weeds from growing in ¶through all this mulched area ¶and then we have box drains
¶sporadically placed out. ¶The box drains pretty
¶much just disappear when you mulch
everything in like this ¶and once all the
¶plants get growing in, ¶you’ll almost never
¶even notice ’em. ¶¶So, one of the challenges
¶¶that homeowners often face on jobs that
have existing stonework, ¶when they’re adding
¶in new stonework, ¶is trying to match
¶and tie all this in ¶to where it has that
¶fresh look and appeal ¶and all the colors and
¶tones kind of match, and what we had to do with this
existing fieldstone walkway ¶was we had to come in ¶and do an application
¶of muriatic acid, ¶which really helps to clean
¶a lot of the tree debris, ¶the hackberry sap, the dark
¶soot that tends to grow on ¶¶these patios and
¶¶walkways surfaces, ¶¶and it really brings a new
¶¶fresh look and a new life, ¶and it really helps
¶tie everything in from the new
hardscaping in the stone ¶¶that we used on the site. ¶¶Another consideration that
¶¶homeowners need to look at ¶when they are adding
¶on new hardscaping ¶to try and match their
¶existing hardscaping ¶¶is just tryin’ to get the
¶¶general overall layout ¶¶of some existing seat
¶¶walls that did exist here ¶¶and limestone-gray finish, ¶tryin’ to carry that
¶over with the design ¶of the new fire pit
¶and the new seat wall. We also had to kinda
take in to consideration the retaining wall finish as
this whole backyard was sloped, and what the homeowners
were lookin’ for ¶kind of a more flatter area,
¶usable space for the kids ¶to play on and even
¶though it was small, retaining walls can
really add that ability ¶to adjust grades really well, ¶while also at the same
¶time mitigating water ¶¶and directing it
¶¶in the right way. So, I think overall, it
turned out really great, and sometimes when you
have these small spaces on the side or in the backyard, you can get really creative
with your landscape design plans ¶and try to create a little
¶duel function of design space, ¶meaning we had a side
¶entrance walkway, ¶here on the side of the house, where the homeowners
were kinda still lookin’ ¶¶to still utilize. ¶The challenge here was
¶it was really muddy, had a lot of tree cover. ¶So, nothing was really
¶growing back here. It was kind of a muddy walkway. ¶So, we came back in ¶¶and added this decomposed
¶¶granite surface, nice chip surface to
walk on, nice and soft, ¶but it also serves as kind of
¶a play space for the kiddos, maybe used as a informal
bocce ball area. ¶So they’re really exited the
¶way everything turned out ¶on this side. ¶So, on this side of the house, you can see everything
turned out really great ¶with the river rock border to
¶mitigate this mulch washout. ¶We’ve had some really heavy
¶rain so far this spring and the drainage system
has held up exactly ¶the way we wanted to, ¶which is always a great sign. ¶Couple of the last elements
¶that we’re adding on to wrap up the project
are landscape lighting. I can’t stress it
enough how much ambiance that landscape lighting does add ¶during the night time. These are some aluminum
pathway lights. ¶We’re gonna be adding some
¶more up lights on the garage. ¶¶So, very happy with the
¶¶way the lighting came out, ¶¶and the plants you
¶¶can see around me, ¶they’re all just waking up. ¶Everything is coming
¶out of dormancy, ¶a little bit later with
¶the temperatures coming on. ¶Gotta be a little bit patient, but very happy with the
health and the vitality ¶¶that we’re seeing so far. ¶¶This property sits in the
¶¶urban core of Nashville, which is highly desirable right
now with people of all ages. This family like the
vibrancy and convenience ¶of being close to downtown, and this lot is smaller ¶than what you would
¶find in the suburbs. ¶So, it was important
¶to this family to maximize the utility of
every square foot of yard space. ¶¶I can say with confidence
¶¶that we took the time ¶to make sure the water on the
¶property will drain properly ¶to make sure there’s
¶a solid foundation ¶underlying all the
¶paths and structures, ¶¶and selecting the right
¶¶plants for the right spot. ¶All of this works in harmony
¶to create this outdoor space ¶I’m sure will be appreciated
¶well into the future. – [Narrator] For
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