Naperville Patio Kitchen

Naperville Home Front and Back Hardscaping

For this project, Doug’s Construction Company was brought in to install the entire hardscaping, front and back, at this beautiful Naperville, Illinois home.

It is extra special when we are asked to build new landscape features throughout a property. It gives Doug and the crew the satisfaction of helping transform the homeowner’s entire outdoor space.

Beginning at the front, a antiqued paving brick entrance walkway leads to the house. A well-paced step and landing was built on a poured concrete base. This makes the construction more solid and durable and is something that some other landscaping companies might not do.

The long front stoop area was covered with the same paving brick that is used on the sidewalks. Natural stone treads were used on the steps. This all brings a beautiful looking finish to the home’s front facade and adds curb appeal.

Paved brick sidewalks lead visitors from the front yard along the side of the house and to the back. A stacked limestone low garden wall contains the planting beds and adds a natural finish to the paving surfaces.

The backyard construction included a generous family entertaining patio area. The tumbled paving brick pattern is used throughout.

The centerpiece of the design features a outdoor cooking and eating area. The structure is built with mortared natural stone with a granite countertop. Built-in appliances include a grilling and cooking unit and refrigerator. All installation was handled by Doug’s Construction.

Finally, there is a large area of the brick patio that accommodates outdoor furniture for relaxing in the sunshine or by the built-in fire pit. Natural stone outcropping can be seen used as accents throughout the landscape.

Family Backyard Putting Green

Family Backyard, Naperville, IL

This is a Naperville backyard installation by Doug’s Construction. The project included a mix of hardscaping structures and materials including a patio under a wooden pergola, mortared stone sitting wall, walkways and a putting green area.

The seating wall was built with natural stone and cap. Main patio and sidewalk surfaces are laid with Unilock Thornbury which is a manufactured building material made to look and feel like natural cut bluestone or limestone.

Putting green and sidewalks are bordered with a complimenting paving brick which provides architectural detail and brings a cohesive look to the entire outdoor area.

The way this space is designed and laid out provides a variety of seating and table areas. There is plenty of space under the pergola for the main dining table, a lounge area as well as a serving and storage cupboard. Plus, ample paving area was built adjacent to the putting green allowing for another table and more seating.

It’s a lovely multi-function patio for eating, relaxing and family fun and games!

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River Forest Driveway & Entrance

This was a large landscaping project installed in River Forest, Illinois. The homeowners were not happy with the curb appeal of their new house.

The existing concrete driveway was removed and replaced with a driveway constructed using reclaimed Chicago city street pavers. A special permeable base was laid below the new driveway structure. The old reclaimed bricks allowed ample space between them to create a modern permeable brick driveway structure.

The existing front concrete walkway as also removed. It was replaced with a much wider clay paver sidewalk with a dynamic sweeping curved design. This made the entrance approach for visitors much more welcoming and interesting. A front yard seating area surface was also built to allow space for a outdoor bench and chair where the family could enjoy the improved planting beds and the grandmother could sit and watch the kids play in the front yard when she was visiting.

The existing small concrete stoop and step at the front door was removed and extended to make the entrance more attractive. The added area along with the area outside the doorway was covered with mortared flagstone edges with brick.

The front of the home was transformed with the hardscaping installation.

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Stone and Brick Home Entrance

Replacing the front sidewalk and entrance area with brick and stone can completely transform the look of a house.

This project included installation of a pattern cut stone sidewalk that is edged in brick. The sweeping curved design and wider sized walkway makes for a more inviting entrance to the house for visitors.

A large half-circle stone and brick covered stoop provides a generous area for when greeting and saying goodbye to guests. A structure like this also eliminates the need for a step outside the door and makes for a safer and more comfortable entry.

A reinforced poured concrete slab foundation for the circular stoop was installed by Doug’s team. This is a strong and solid structure and the best way to build a stone and brick clad feature like this. Poured concrete is offten needed in landscape construction and an important capability that Doug’s offers.

Plenty of bedding area, especially between the walkway and house, not only provides ample space for planting, but it also pulls the sidewalk away from the house making for a more dramatic walk that connects to the driveway.

Decorative landscape block stone piers with natural limestone caps feature integrated outdoor lighting fixtures. This finishes the design beautiful both day and night while also adding nighttime safety and security.

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Outdoor Family Room

Creating a back yard living room is a great way to extend your home and activities outside. This multi-functional space in Hinsdale, Illinois included a dining area under a pergola just off a small deck area where the barbecue is located.

Mortared natural stone piers with 42″ concrete footings were built to support the posts to the wooden structure. Rich red clay pavers with an antiqued finish were used. Finishing accents of natural stone and a small raised planter provided space for flowers and structural support for the grading.

A separate distinct lounge area with a mortared stone fireplace, integrated seating wall and limestone cap completed this special project. The flooring surface is constructed with flagstone cut, pieces and dry-laid in a random pattern. The red pavers are used for border accents. Poured concrete footer foundations below the frost line along the entire wall and supporting the fireplace feature were part of the construction job.

A path made of crushed granite gravel edged with brick along the entire north side of the house was also part of this very attractive installation.