I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “With landscape design you must consider the dynamics and influences of the site on your design.”
I know I sometimes bore homeowners when talking about the engineering of their property, but if that aspect is neglected, it’s likely you’ll never have the landscape you’ve dreamed of.
On this project we planned new patio areas, which would increase the impervious coverage on the property.
Town code required that we provide seepage pit capacity for the “runoff” from these new impervious surfaces.
Also, after site analysis and gathering topographic data, it became apparent that water runoff could impact some of our new work.
The biggest contributor to this runoff threat was the home’s roof water that just emptied out from leader pipes onto the ground.
After explaining the condition to the homeowner and how cost effective and practical it would be to tackle the issue now, we got the go-ahead.
It was determined that one additional seepage tank would accommodate the roof water.
With the excavator on-site, adding the additional tank was pretty straight forward.
Roof water was piped directly into the new seepage pit, and a piece of PVC pipe was stubbed up above grade to accommodate our future connection for the new patio surface water.
Managing water and runoff in a landscape is paramount. I’ve renovated many projects where this fundamental principle was never considered and had to be addressed.
Here’s the previous post on this project. And here’s the next.
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Landscapes are complex, and shortcomings anywhere in the process can affect the project… and your peace of mind.
My approach is process-oriented. I break things down from planning to implementation — and make sure everyone is kept informed.
My goal is to alleviate concerns such as design decisions, costs, workmanship and material quality. I want folks to stress less and actually enjoy the process.
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