Building your dream yard
CUSTOM OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES BUILT TO LAST
OUR BUILD PROCESS IS WHAT ELEVATES US TO A LEVEL ABOVE MOST LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS IN LANSING. WE’RE CONSTANTLY LEARNING NEW, INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND WE BUILD EACH PROJECT WITH THE GOAL TO LAST A LIFETIME!
The "standard" interlock construction process:
Dig down 12"
Fill it with crushed gravel, and pack it really hard
Do a final grade with sand
Put down the pavers and joint sand
Pack up the truck and on to the next one
THAT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR US…
HERE’S A LOOK AT OUR UNIQUE LANDSCAPE AND HARDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
We don't just dig an arbitrary 12" depth. We dig based on soil conditions. During traditional aggregate base construction, we excavate to remove the “native soil” which can be clay, sand, or loam soil, as it is unpredictable in both bearing ability and compaction. Each soil type requires slightly different excavation methods. Clay soils typically require additional drainage since it does not absorb water as fast as other soils. Sandy conditions typically require more excavation because sand can move with our freeze and thaw cycles, however, it is better at draining water back into the subsoil. As well, loam soil contains organic material which can decompose over time, leaving voids beneath the base. This is where the standard "12-inch base" comes from, but is not ALWAYS the case when excavating for interlocking pavers.
The base is excavated to ensure your landscape will react properly during freeze/thaw cycles. Using a laser level will help us reflect the finished grade for your specific project.
To ensure no soil is able to mix with the clean aggregate base, the entire excavated area is wrapped in woven geotextile fabric. This is pulled away from the house, with overlap based on subgrade conditions. Excess geotextile is left higher than the sides of the excavation, which will be trimmed later. This is not “LANDSCAPE FABRIC.” This is specifically designed as a soil separator.
If soil infiltration rates will allow, we prefer to use a 3/4" Clean Gravel in our landscapes. some advantages to this are not holding moisture which makes it more predictable during freeze/thaw cycles. It compacts more easily than traditional "Granular A" -3/4" Crushed Gravel, helping to speed along the interlocking paver construction process.
After backfilling the excavated area and compacting the 3/4” aggregate to within ~6" of the final grade, we install a product called “triaxial drive grid” that will help strengthen the base under your pavers.
We then fill the remainder with 3/4” clean stone until we reach the approximate height of our setting bed layer.
Next up is the setting bed: if Clean Stone was used, a smaller 3/8” clean chip stone is used as the setting bed. This allows water to permeate down through the base and lets us fine-tune the grade for the paver installation.
If water is allowed to sit on the bottom of the concrete pavers, it will degrade their integrity over time. For this reason, we do NOT use Stone Dust or Sand. Sand can migrate over time with our freeze/thaw cycles, ants burrow in the sand setting bed, and in excessive rains, washout can happen. Stone dust can be compacted hard like cement but will trap water between itself and the paver, which can create issues with your concrete pavers.
We only install the best.
All of our paver manufacturers offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY on most of their products.
Concrete pavers are manufactured using compression-molding technology, making them far denser and stronger than poured concrete.
We use only through-mixed concrete products that have color all the way through the mix, with the highest tolerances, and strongest aggregates on the market.
Retaining Walls & Steps
Like our pavers, all of the retaining wall materials we use are top of the line. We choose them based on their structural engineering specifically for your project needs and what style best matches your home.
Our stepped and raised structures are always built independently from your home, to avoid placing weight load on your house, and to make the structure even stronger.
We tie everything together with Biaxial Geogrid. This ensures the whole structure is tied together and if any part of the raised landscape wants to move or settle in any direction, it must pull the entire structure with it.
Retaining walls are always backfilled with 3/4 clean drainage stone (NOT PEASTONE) and reinforced with Biaxial Geogrid.
There have been so many industry advancements that, "the way we've always done it," no longer cuts it. Michigan experiences some of the most frequent freeze/thaw cycles and most extreme temperature differences of all the states in the US. Interlocking Concrete Pavement, built to ICPI standards has an average life expectancy of 30-100 years. We strive to create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
If you have a site with tight access, you may notify us using this product.
Gator Base is a synthetic base that replicates the insulating value and weight distribution of a traditional interlock paver aggregate base.
Gatorbase allows us to efficiently build a patio when machine access is limited. Less excavation, less backfill, same beautiful paver patio!
This is not weed fabric. It is used to separate and stabilize dissimilar soils and aggregates, its main use is to prevent subgrade soil from mixing with the gravel above.
Most of the time when hardscape installations fail, it happens from when the native soil migrates into the base material from the sides or bottom.
Our projects last because we go the extra mile!
Tests conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other engineers around the world have consistently shown that a triaxial drive grid makes it possible to construct high-performing roads using a thinner aggregate base.
It is becoming more and more commonly used within the landscaping industry, however, not all companies have gotten on board. We've stayed ahead of the curve and had several years of experience installing this critical product.
Alliance G2 Maxx Polymeric sand is simply the best on the market. It hardens almost as rigid as the pavers themselves, and is rain safe within 15 minutes!
What is the best part about high-quality polymeric sand? NO WEEDS! When properly installed, polymeric sand makes your interlocking pavers virtually maintenance-free!
The NEW Nitro semi-permeable joint infill is a great alternative to traditional polymeric sand that can be installed even in wet conditions and will harden much more than traditional sands. It’s a great upgrade in the appropriate installations!