Category Archives: Flagstone

Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall

Oreland water feature
Oreland water feature

 

Oreland flagstone patio
Oreland flagstone patio

 

Jenkintown water feature
Jenkintown water feature

What to do with your yard?  Get inspired with our latest Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall and flagstone patio!

We worked with Fill A Bagel in Jenkintown to create  a small water feature outside their Jenkintown, PA store, but with the new Oreland store came a lot more opportunity.

Vicky and Charlie Ard are the owners of both locations and they own the physical building location in Oreland, located at 100 East Pennsylvania Ave,  AND there was plenty of green space there!

Vicki wanted a patio for her customers to sit and relax and enjoy their breakfast and lunch sandwiches and bagels.

When we talked about doing a water feature at the store, we decided we could do the patio for the Ards as well, creating a flawless space that is soothing and relaxing.  Customers can sit on the large sitting wall or on the patio chairs as they listen to the soothing sounds of water via  bubbling rocks and streams. The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfall adds visual and auditory delight

The patio is 16 x 14, made with Pennsylvania bluestone, irregular cut.  “We tried to match the aesthetic of the building,” says Matt Reale, co-owner of AquaReale.

The results…

Hundreds of people go through the stores  each weekend and Vicky and Charlie wanted them to have a pleasant place to sit and enjoy their food

“The patio turned out great, ” said Matt.  “It’s a cool and laid back place to hang out and eat your food.  Since the patio is enclosed on three sides, it’s easier for moms and dads to keep track of their little ones.  The Montgomery County Pondless Waterfalls  have no standing bodies of water, just recirculating bubbling rocks and streams.”

The reason for a dry laid stone wall instead of mortar?  “Concrete is needed for mortar on wet walls, and this can lead to more structural problems down the road,” explains Matt.  “Dry laid stone won’t weather like a man made product will.  Dry laid stone is more structural sound, as there is nothing to break apart or crumble.”

See what AquaReale can build in YOUR space!  Contact us for more information.

Formal Pond Flagstone Project: Before and After


Formal Pond and Flagstone Project: Before
Formal Pond and Flagstone Project: Before

Formal Pond Flagstone Project:  Before

AquaReale had the opportunity to take a large overgrown area, which had two walls and falling apart flagstone and make it a beautiful inviting sitting area.

The space had been beautiful quite  a few years back and then fell into a state of disrepair.  AauaReale was tasked with bringing this idea to life, creating what was being envisioned by the client and her gardener.

Formal Pond Flagstone Project:  During  

We took out the flagstone walls around the sides and opened the area up for one large inviting space.  We created and built a 10 x 6 formal pond and a pergola made out of cedar.

We also created the wood deck under the pergola, building around the hot tub to mask if from the overall view.   Beautiful PA flagstone was then laid to make a large, inviting patio.

Our clients spend hours out here each week,, relaxing to the look and sound of moving water as they are in the hot tub.

Formal Pond Flagstone Project:  After

Here’s how the project came out… The client was thrilled with the result!

Formal Pond and Flagstone Project: After
Formal Pond and Flagstone Project: After

What is hardscaping and do I need it?

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Hardscaping

What is hardscaping? The term hard landscaping (hardscaping) is used by practitioners of landscape architecture and garden design to describe the construction materials which are used to improve a landscape by design.

The corresponding term soft landscape (softscaping) materials is used to describe vegetative materials such as plants, grasses, shrubs, trees etc. to improve landscape or outdoor space.

Hardscaping 101

Hardscape refers to hard landscape materials in the built environment; structures that are incorporated into a landscape. This can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, or any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as stone, concrete, etc.

Hardscaping allows the erection of landscaping features that would otherwise be impossible due to soil erosion, or that compensate for large amounts of human traffic that would cause wear on bare earth or grass.

While there are many hardscaping products, AquaReale tends to work primarily with natural stone products. We work with wallstone and flagstone materials.

We tend to stick to natural flagstone pathways and patios because the materials blends well with everything from modern to older architecture. It withstands the test of time, and can hold up for decades if installed properly.

Natural stone allows for more raw creativity, because no system is being followed. This allows us to go with the flow of the design, creating everything from steps and benches to drainage culverts.

Hardscaping and Stormwater Solutions

AquaReale understands that without nearby bare soil, a hardscape with an impervious surface requires artificial methods of drainage or surface runoff to carry off the water that would normally be absorbed into the ground as groundwater.

Lack of capacity can cause problems after severe storms. We make certain that there is adequate drainage or runoff on every hardscaping project we complete.

Contact us to see what hardscaping solution is best for you.

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Football and flagstone…kitchens, that is

We recently created a Main Line, PA flagstone kitchen.  Here’s a video walk through of the project…