These Harford County homeowners were wise from start to finish. New home construction can present many difficulties when installing landscaping soon after the home has been built. Usually, the ground can settle along the foundation or in other areas of deep excavation. Typically, water cannot drain away easily and with new homes and infrastructure still being built nearby in a new neighborhood, the situations with these issues can change quickly. Horizon knows well how to deal effectively with all of these conditions. We defined the planting beds and laid down mulch. The clients waited six to seven months for the spring season to us to break ground for a full foundation planting across the front.
In that time, they learned that having a planting bed in the center of the driveway was not a good layout for their family, so we filled the center using interlocking concrete pavers to accent the area. At the back of the home, we installed a multipurpose, formal brick and mortar patio that was elevated at the entryways. This allowed one to step down onto an interlocking concrete paver patio. Horizon installed sitting walls throughout the entire patio, so the owners can hold large parties and provide ample seating for guests. A gas burning fire pit was set off to one corner as its own nook, but it can be turned up high enough to be a focal point. We incorporated an in-law suite as its own nook area as an ell to provide a nice morning coffee area.
We added landscape lighting to accentuate the nightlife and keep the patio area even more inviting during evening hours. Careful consideration was given to choosing the plant material that fit with the rural setting on ten acres that back up to the tree line. Deer were going to be an issue, so, for added protection, we used deer repellants and netting for the first few weeks after we installed the landscaping.