Project Type: Residential

Project Description

The client’s primary goals were to secure the house, foundation, and the shoreline of his newly purchased vacation home on the Chesapeake Bay and to create an environmentally friendly section of shoreline to help spark the interest of his neighbors to continue this effort. The existing wooden retaining wall was failing, allowing sediment and contaminants to make their way into the Chesapeake Bay, which in turn caused pollution. While the total square footage of the walls came to 3,570 sq. ft., the project technically consisted of six individual walls. Walls on each side of a stairway had to be the exact same height. This became a challenge as we built them separately and at different times. This project won a gold award through NALP for erosion control/ ecological restoration. This project also won a distinction award through LCA for craftsmanship.

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A lovely home on the edge of Liberty Reservoir is currently being revamped by Live Green’s experienced residential team. The renovation involves demos, plantings, patios, walkways, and a fire pit with a seating wall.

After removing unwanted plant material, we had a fresh canvas to landscape. Our friends at Tree Link Tree Movers helped us move a gorgeous crape myrtle that had obstructed the garage space to the driveway entrance, reestablishing the tree as a focal point at the entrance of the property. We laid a 1700 sq. ft. grouted bluestone patio with a walkway to the porch. The front steps were constructed using CMU blocks with a brick veneer, and matching bluestone treads. We installed almost 100 low-voltage lighting fixtures to illuminate the yard, including a Wi-Fi Smart Socket to control them with ease.

To create the green space that the homeowner envisioned, we restored the lawn. This involved grading the soil and installing 10,000 sq. ft. of seed that we fertilized and covered with straw to establish grass. In front of the home, Live Green planted hundreds of low-maintenance bushes and perennials, including a gorgeous Hinoki Cypress taking the center stage, English Lavender as a timeless favorite with its fragrant flowers along the walkway, the dainty flowers of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ which will bloom for much of the year, creating attractive groundcover; and mounds of Evercolor Carex to add some graceful texture.

The bluestone walkway continues into the backyard, leading to the 300 sq. ft. circular fire pit patio. With a Nicolock Belvedere seat wall wrapped around it. The fire pit has a natural bluestone finish and is bordered by some privacy shrubs and perennials for a cozy and intimate ambiance that blends into the surrounding landscape perfectly.

It’s now time for this family to get cozy by the fire on their new patio and roast some marshmallows!

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The Residential Department had the opportunity to transform a local Clarksville property into a beautifully land- and hardscaped home over the course of 2020 while completing various renovations. Live Green constructed a deck, two 11’x16′ cedar pergolas, and three patios complete with pillars, lighting, retaining walls, walkways, and steps.

Off the driveway, a 545 sq. ft. “Observation” patio gives visitors a perfect view of the bounding backyard. On the middle patio, we installed a spacious outdoor kitchen area – a culinary amenity in increasing demand – which now allows the homeowner to expand their dining options while hosting friends and family. The kitchen includes a stainless-steel natural gas grill with BBQ rotisserie, a double burner, and a fridge.  Above, a white vinyl pavilion defines the space and protects it from the elements. Nearby, a new 13′ tall fireplace will also provide added entertainment while creating a stunning focal point on the 1,675 sq. ft. lower patio.

Drift roses, schip laurel, and cherry laurel now enhance the beauty of the backyard, with two impressive Bosque Lacebark Elms bookending the lower patio. The introduced greenery will not only bring about curb appeal, but will contribute to the peaceful, relaxing nature of the space. Landscaping plans for this property have been in the works since 2019, and it is incredibly satisfying to see the transformation brought about by Live Green’s dedicated Residential crews.

Project Description

Live Green’s project at a tucked away residence in Reisterstown involved expanding an existing porch with the addition of a 20’x20′ wet laid bluestone patio. An American Corinth Granite veneer fireplace with a bluestone mantel, flanked by matching wood storage boxes, stands as the patio’s focal point. Live Green also constructed a 17’x18′ traditional white pavilion with a vaulted, stained cedar soffit ceiling and cupola roof. We surface mounted four 4000-watt infrared heaters to header beams in the pavilion and installed a stylish ceiling fan to sculpt a comfortable outdoor living space in any season.

From one end of the property to the other, we planted a variety of colorful, eye-catching perennials and shrubs. Sunny Black-eyed Susans, violet Russian Sage, and Mexican feathergrass line the front and backyard walkways to produce a pleasant, harmonious environment. Ornamental boulders artistically placed among the foliage accent the landscape and yield a dramatic effect. Complementing the atmosphere further out in the yard, Live Green planted an evergreen screen to allow for needed seclusion and to restrict noise pollution.

Finally, a 65′ long bluestone walkway creates a grand entrance lit with LED path lights, flaring toward the driveway. With a fully decked-out, beautiful front and backyard, the homeowners of this residence are now ready to relax and entertain at their leisure.

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In 2019, a local business owner purchased this exclusive home from a well-known Baltimore athlete. The outdoor appearance of the home had been neglected, and the new owner had a vision to enhance the exterior of the home and showcase the property. They hired Live Green to design and construct a grand entrance from the street to the front doors of the house. To do this, we demolished existing trees, landscapes, and hardscapes, which created new space for a formal entry that matches the scale and elegance of the home.

The design incorporates a magnificent staircase built from red brick and natural bluestone, accented by a granite cobblestone border around the upper and lower terraces. Brick pillars with carriage lights accent the walls and steps, while showcasing the home’s entrance, both day and night. Hidden drainage systems under the bluestone capture and manage stormwater runoff without altering the appearance of the terraces. Landscape elements, including a variety of boxwoods, accent the brick walls and add to the classic elegance of this Greenspring Valley property. Live Green is currently working on Phase 2 of the project: a backyard oasis to include outdoor entertaining space for the homeowners and guests, year-round.

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These clients had a vision of turning their property into an Italian Villa Style Residence, but the current landscape wasn’t complementing the style of the beautiful home to achieve that.  Live Green worked closely with the clients to create a landscape design that included a grand front entrance, an expanded governor’s driveway for easy turn-around access, an improved parking area, a chimney fireplace covered by a natural log wood pergola, and an abundance of plant material to complement it all. The home itself was already meeting the qualifications for Italian Villa Style with its unique architecture, stucco coating, and natural stone work.  By utilizing the right stone materials, plant material, and design style, we were able to give them exactly what they were looking for.

To accommodate the design, Live Green removed the existing asphalt driveway, giving them space for a long, grand entrance driveway to replace it. Western Maryland Stone curbing runs along the entire driveway, setting the boundary and giving an aesthetic look.  Rows of Arborvitae Trees line the driveway as well, providing privacy screening and dimension.  The driveway leads into an 1,850 square foot parking court of Turkish Travertine pavers surrounded by red brick border. In the side yard, we have created a rose garden with a custom chimney-style fireplace with plenty of storage for firewood.  We constructed a pergola from harvested tree logs to provide a rustic feel.  Climbing Roses have been planting around the perimeter of the pergola, and are currently being trained to grow over the pergola.  A stacked natural stone wall is retaining the grade change where the rose garden sits.  To top it all off, we installed roughly one acre of sod to give the client a brand new, healthy lawn.

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Customer needed additional off-street parking on a very busy road.

Parking was increased by almost 400 sf with Keystone retaining wall and a reinforced concrete pad.

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From 90 year old brick that was failing to an elegant flagstone entrance walk.

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Never lose sight of where you are headed with a custom designed compass rose on your patio or driveway.

Project Description

The owners contacted Live Green for this project when they began remodeling and expanding off the rear of their home. Going into the project, the owners knew they wanted an outdoor space with an organic layout, minimizing straight lines and angles in the design of the space. Desires for the space included a wood burning fireplace, outdoor kitchen with bar height countertop and overhead structure. All of these elements were incorporated into the design, tied together by the dry laid bluestone patio and Western Maryland stone veneer on all vertical surfaces.

Having three young children, it was important that the patio flowed easily into the large, flat lawn which was heavily utilized for sports and activities. The door leading from the patio stairs comes from the kitchen, allowing the parents to watch their children whether on the patio or inside the house. The door exits onto a curved landing which leads down a series of steps to the main patio space. Providing enough open space for a large dining table, as well as seating around the fireplace and kitchen allows the clients to entertain large groups, without guests being feeling crowded.

The fireplace was designed as a lense shape allowing the curves, both front and rear, to seamlessly follow the outline of the patio and circular fireplace sitting area. Radial bench walls extend from either side of the fireplace, providing both additional seating above and firewood storage below. The curves of the bench wall flow into the step which transitions between the upper and lower patio. Low voltage lighting was installed in the step risers as well as below the caps of the bench walls.

With outdoor entertaining and cooking a high priority for this family, a horse shoe shape kitchen was designed to provide maximum counter space for both the cook and guests sitting or standing at the bar. The counter top was designed to incorporate  preparation height area on the inside for the chef and bar height around the exterior. Electrical outlets, as well as a natural gas grill, side burner and stainless steel under counter refrigerator give the clients the flexibility they need in the kitchen, whether they are cooking for their family of 5 or a party of 50. Directly adjacent to the kitchen area is a synthetic putting green, installed to allow the husband to work on his golf game while grilling. The green also provides entertainment for the children when the family is enjoying the space.

Planting beds filled with colorful perennials, flowering shrubs and shade trees provide year round interest, while helping to soften and separate the patio from the surrounding lawn. A Western Red Cedar pergola, complete with outdoor ceiling fan covers the kitchen area and provides respite from the sun in the afternoon. The rafters of the pergola were purposely oriented to provide maximum shade during summer afternoons  when the sun would otherwise scorch the space.


Working to construct a lense shaped fireplace was a challenge the contractor had never been faced with before. The firebox was constructed in a standard trapezoid layout, but both exterior walls, as well as the top of the structure followed a curve. In order to span the firebox opening with the stone veneer, a 6 foot long steel lintel was notched every few inches on the horizontal side. Notching the steel allowed the piece of otherwise straight angle iron to be bent into a curve to follow the shape of the lense. Bending the lintel into the proper shape required a template and a series of heating and cooling procedures. This allowed the steel to become malleable without compromising the structural integrity of the metal or its ability to support the stone which sat upon it.

The bluestone patio was dry laid on a compacted gravel base and stone dust setting bed, however all vertical structures required concrete frost footings to be poured. These footings were laid out, excavated and poured before the stone base could be installed for the patio. Block foundations were constructed at the same time the patio was being installed; with two crews working side by side, one completing vertical stone work while the other laying the bluestone patio. Natural gas lines were connected to the house gas supply and installed below the patio surface to eliminate the need for propane tank storage under the grill.

In order to disguise the septic tank lid in the backyard, planting beds were designed around the concrete cover and a variety of plants including Dianthus, Gaillardia, Coreposis, and Rosa were installed to give maximum color and interest during the warm months as well as reduce the visibility of the tank lid.

Working with a combination of concave and convex curves on the fireplace, bench walls, and stairs pushed the landscape contractor to develop and create materials to fit their needs on site. Straight lines had to be cut, bent, pushed and pulled in order to provide the client with the open yet intimate space they desired to host friends and family. The setting and its inviting shapes allows guests to enjoy every inch of the patio without ever feeling like they are being left in a corner.