Darryl DuLong 770-475-5537
Landscape construction certainly defines outdoor space in the same way that planting beautifies outdoor space. Successful construction design and implementation has the ability to delineate space in a way that brings continuity and flow between the house and garden. It fortifies the functionality of the garden, pulling the user out as a participant rather than a mere observer. Its results are usually very immediate and in most cases permanent. It allows landscape to become architecture.
Outdoor rooms are created by intermingling and manipulating floors, ceilings, walls, and doors. Different media for each of those elements are chosen and integrated to bring about contrasting garden experiences. Garden walls might be fencing, wooden screening, solid panels of brick and stone, short retaining walls, or taller, free-standing enclosure walls. Floors can be segments of suspended decking, all types of paving, or visually can even be horizontal planes of water. Ceilings are normally partial ceiling such as awning, arbors, or trellises, but will sometimes become a fully functional ceiling as with the summerhouse, pavilion, or pool house.
With Great American Green, we use many specialty components of construction to bring life and diversity to the garden. There are many expressions of water features, water lighting, circulation provisions, and exterior enclosures that constitute well-planned and fully integrated construction themes.
Landscape Paver Design and Installation
We can create a variety of hardscapes using landscape interlocking pavers. Landscape paver technology has greatly advanced in recent years. Landscape pavers are now available in a variety of patterns and colors that can resemble natural stones and random cobblestones.
An interlocking paver system is comprised of several components. First, is the compact sub-grade, which is simply the existing compacted soil excavated to the appropriate elevation and followed by a layer of geotextile fabric. Second, is the compacted base material, which consists of compacted gravel ranging in a depth of 4 to 12 inches depending on the application. Third, is a layer of bedding sand, which holds the pavers from below. Fourth, are the actual pavers. The entire perimeter is then surrounded by an edge restraint and joint sand is swept into the cracks. The entire area is compacted again to produce a hardscape that is far more durable than any asphalt, concrete or mortared stone hardscape.
Landscape pavers are a great choice for a hardscape material for a number of reasons. Landscape pavers are designed to be a fluid hardscape system. Landscape pavers are extremely durable and able to disperse weight better than concrete or mortared stone.
So, under extreme weight, a landscape paver will distribute the weight to its gravel base rather than crack. If a paver does crack or is damaged, only the single paver must be replaced as opposed to the entire hardscape. In situations where tree roots and soil shifting would crack conventional concrete or mortared stone work, landscape pavers will simply move with the soil. It is also easier to repair this damage than with concrete or mortared stone. Instead of replacing the entire cracked area, landscape pavers are removed, the damaged base is adjusted and the pavers are then placed back onto the repaired base. There is no need to purchase new pavers.
Completion of 1900 hours training in specialty design classes 1974-1976
Certification of achievement in the field of design 1976
Outstanding student awards for design 1975-76
Second place winner in skilled Olympics GA 1976
Certificate of Merit, 1974 arts fair of GA
Value Star certified - GOLD
Who's Who 2000-2001
Metro Atlanta Landscape & Turf Association
American Express "Big Vine.com"
Chamber of Commerce
Great American Green, Inc. Landscaping Design
2981 Lower Union Hill Road
We are a full service landscape design and construction firm since 1976.
We collaborate closely with our clients from project inception through implementation, to ensure that appropriate landscape management guidelines are in place.