Corner Lot Transformation
LCM PLUS, a full service Design | Build firm, has the expertise to help you design and transform your outdoor area to a functional living space the whole family can enjoy! Working with a proven professional like us means we will be there to work directly with you throughout the entire design and construction process and make your exterior landscaping visions a reality.
There are many advantages to working with a Design | Build firm such as LCM PLUS. We are fully licensed in all aspects of the construction process including demolition of existing installations, excavation & grading, as well as building. LCM PLUS is qualified to coordinate with the municipality and acquire all necessary permitting. In addition, all of our work in completed in-house without the need to subcontract various components to other vendors. This results in a much smoother process and eliminates any miscommunication; by understanding the relationship between all moving parts of a project LCM PLUS can work efficiently & effectively. Our experienced professionals deliver trustworthy service held to the highest standard with impeccable attention to detail.
These homeowners purchased a lovely Melrose corner-lot home & sought to tackle many different projects at once. By working with LCM PLUS, a plan was created to include front steps & walkway, back steps & patio, drainage, fence replacement, landscape lighting, a natural stone wall, as well as irrigation & a new lawn. While this may seem overwhelming, our design build process streamlined the experience and had the work completed in a few short weeks.
First, LCM PLUS removed the existing fence from the perimeter of the property. Using large equipment we removed the lawn, prepared the grading, and excavated for two drywells. LCM PLUS connected the homes downspouts to drainage pipes installed into the drywells for better water management; this prevents water from degrading or penetrating the foundation & mitigates erosion in the outdoor living space from heavy rain-fall.
Next, LCM PLUS demolished the existing back steps which had protruded straight from the home with a landing too small to prove functional. The proposed steps had a modified layout with a large landing at the top as well as a smaller landing & turn. This design is safer and more aesthetically appealing for the proposed patio space, however by changing the layout LCM PLUS had to install new concrete footings. The new steps were completed with a splinter-free composite material, look at the difference!
With the back steps complete, LCM PLUS built a wall using natural flat fieldstone which defines the patio space. Nestled between the home & garage, LCM PLUS installed a Techo-Bloc Blu-60 patio with an attractive contrasting band of pavers along the outside edge. As part of the design, a planting bed & trellis soften the area against the stark exterior garage wall. Landscape lighting was to highlight the natural beauty of the wall and light the patio area over to the steps.
Out front, LCM PLUS demolished the existing front steps & removed the aged, cracked concrete walkway. Again, the replacement steps required the installation of a new concrete footing. The new steps were built using natural flat fieldstone to match the garden wall, and Bluestone treads were installed – harmonizing nicely with the natural tones and overall design language of the project. Blu-60 pavers with the contrasting band for the walkway complete the front entrance.
LCM PLUS installed a new cedar fence, modifying the original layout slightly to provide an attractive planting bed in the front area. With all construction complete, the hydroseed lawn & new irrigation system were ready to be installed! The finished product shows an incredible change from the previous condition of the landscape and masks the extensive underground drainage & electrical work also completed. This creative outdoor living space will serve well for many years to come!
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Melrose, MA 02176