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Winner: Decorative Residential

The Retreat

Ready-mixed concrete is used in motor court, walkway, front entry, side entry and rear patio, walls, planter walls, edger curbs, steps, and detached garage aprons.

Replacing and improving a 1980s landscape consisting of concrete pavers and wood-timber retaining walls into a more sustainable, maintainable, up-to-date space required re-engineering to accommodate new materials, particularly related to improving site grading, drainage, and pedestrian movement.

The framework for aesthetics revolved around creating a design that honors the 1980s aesthetic while transforming it into an elegant, warmer, robust, and more intimate visual context.

The fundamental challenges were:

1) staging and construction sequencing that required access to the home throughout a construction process that surrounded and isolated the house

2) site excavation, preparation, and construction access in a very tight wooded condition with large boulders that could only be reduced in size, not removed.

99% of the project consisted of ready-mix concrete and provided the variety, flexibility, beauty, and sustainability that physically and visually improved a vehicular and pedestrian residential environment.

Project Team Members

Owners: Alex & Diane Swiderski

Concrete Supplier: County Ready Mix Corporation

Landscape Architect: Alchemy Concrete