As many of you know, KW Landscaping loves to work with Travertine and also loves to help their customer’s achieve their dream outdoor living spaces. This is why we want to show you the big picture. From a dream to reality, here is a real Maryland Home Landscaping travertine project that walks us through the process, day by day. Email KW Landscaping with questions regarding your dream outdoor landscape.
Here you will see the landscaping plan that the client approved prior to any work being done on their property.
Once the client has approved the design then we can get to work.
Day One: Draw out the design for the Travertine Patio with sitting wall and fire pit.
Day 2: Pour the concrete footing for the sitting wall and fire pit.
Day Three: Laying the foundation for the Travertine is all about layers to ensure quality. Block work to support the sitting wall and firepit. Filter cloth, stabilizing grid (this is a plastic honeycomb grid for extra stability), recycled concrete to fill the grid and create a firm surface. Then, a thin layer of sand to set the travertine in.
Day Four: The true beauty starts to show. The travertine is laid down and the natural stone veneer will be placed on the fire pit and sitting wall. The inside of the fire pit will be finished with a special fired brick and heat proof mortar to withstand the heat from the fire.
Day Five: Natural stone veneer is being installed over the cinder block then a bullnose travertine cap to finish the fire pit and sitting wall. Compost and Espoma bio tone will be tilled into the beds today giving the plants a cozy place to root. Plants were also delivered this day.
Day six: The Compost is in the beds and the planting starts today. This project is almost complete.
Day Seven: Everything is almost done. Now we plant, mulch, sod and clean up.
Here is a video that takes you through the complete final project:
Travertine is one of the best materials to use when creating a pool deck, patio, driveway or walkway. Travertine has huge advantages over other materials often used in these areas including but not limited to increasing home value. Travertine naturally withstands the elements, including freezing, thawing and heavy rain. Their tumbled, porous surface instantly absorbs water, leaving the surface of the deck practically non-slip. Travertine Pavers also stay cool to the touch. The same can’t be said about other paving materials such as concrete pavers, or other natural paving stones. Travertine comes in many sizes allowing varying designs. A standard “packaged” pattern is a French Pattern which gives a great classic look but with other standard sizes like 6×12, numerous patterns can be configured. Travertine pavers also come in two finishes: Tumbled, most often used on pools and decks, and Brushed & Chisled for driveways, decks and other areas. Thicker slabs can be cut and finished with a bullnose edge for stair treads, pool coping and sitting wall caps. The possibilities with travertine are endless.
Travertine is a wonderful stone to consider using for your outdoor stone projects. Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.KW Landscaping recommends using Travertine for the following outdoor projects:
For more Travertine information please check out: http://www.what-is-travertine.com or email KW Landscaping to learn how you may use Travertine in your next Maryland Landscaping project.