Category Archives: Featured Install

featuring articles photos on a specific dhs installation. will include all scopes of the job (plantings, design, hardscaping, etc.)

Swiss Family Robinson

-GET OUT! Outdoor Rooms

We all wish this was us… Living out our own real-life version of Swiss Family Robinson. Our “work-first” programming as a responsible adult tells us our inherent desire to live outdoors is childish.  Childish [adj.}=Suitable for a child.  This definition however gives no restrictions or state that it can not also be "Suitable for an ADULT".  Creating living spaces outside or outdoor living rooms (HOUZZ LINK) are a growing trend. "Staycations" are great for families and growing in popularity across the world.  Building outdoor living rooms can include a variety of elements and be as simple or complex as you like but once you get much further past a grill and lawn chairs consulting a professional will reward your efforts.  Even for DIYers a design and construction details can help sustain your investment.  Remember the greatest efforts are in the preparation...  Walking surfaces require proper base to provide pleasing aesthetics and safety for all walks of life (infant-elder).  Any natural elements such as firepits or water features need to be installed properly with grading and drainage in mind.  Remember you don't want exploding stone in your firepit or water from your bubbling rock running into your basement or crawlspace.

Take the time to do it right the first time. Wheither your "Father", Elizabeth, or Franz we all have dreams to be The Swiss Family (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE).

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-Dry Creek Beds 4 Drainage Solutions

That are lots of variables that determine the quality of drainage around your home.  Often IMPROPER SLOPE (i.e. rise/run) is a commonly overlooked issue when installing a new landscape.  Proper drainage systems are a difficult for the home owner and contractor to come to terms on.  It’s a expense that can be quite costly and is usually all buried underground and gives no asetic benifit to the home.  Designscape’s favorite solution is to use the skill of grading to revert water to more ideal locations.  A great way is through a dry creek bed.  Installation methods vary but the best method is the look at one built by mother nature and try to recreate it.

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-Installing Sandstone Steps

The right equipment and meticulous base preparation make this job not only aestically pleasing but sustainable.  Lesson 1 on hardscaping… NEVER CUT CORNERS IN YOUR BASE PREP! This gallery give descriptions of the installation and shows a start to finish installation of Shoals Co. Sandstone Steps.