Client Need

With a serene Lake Michigan backdrop, the owners and their family love spending time as much outdoors as in. They wanted a multi-use patio for entertaining that was long-lasting and low-maintenance … and felt like an extension of the lake!

Inspiration

The inspiration for the project was most certainly the lake.  The house has several full view windows, and we really wanted to tie in a “land-meets-water” feel. We knew a cohesive natural color scheme and the use of varied textures would be key.

Favorite Element

The client’s were very involved in the design and final location of the pergola and its piers.  The soaring white beams create an instant “room” just outside the house and built-in down-lighting gives the space an inviting glow at night. The view of the faux bluestone patio extending out makes it feel like you’re sitting right along the lake!

The gas fire pit allows for effortless use. It turns on and off with ease, emits less smoke and involves no carrying of heavy logs.

Biggest Challenge

Cutting the stone for the circular section of the patio by the fire pit. This was tedious detail-orientated work, but Jeff Valenta and crew did a beautiful job fitting each piece.

Fond Memory

Crew leader Jeff Valenta is a dog lover, and the client’s golden doodle Toby became a great job site friend.

Valuable Participants

Jeff Valenta, Corey Reger, BJ Beckmann and Brandon Hafemeister

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Park-like Property
This lush estate with its waterfall and pond is meticulously cared for creating a well-orchestrated “natural” appearance.
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Campus with a View
Our summer annual installation is a show stopper! Vibrant color splashes across this campus with a backdrop of Lake Michigan.