Ford’s Colony Fireplace

This traditional house in a leafy Ford’s Colony neighborhood had a nice setting, but the back yard was looking a bit uninspired. Sure, there was a nice deck at the back of the house, but without a focal point in the yard, there wasn’t really anything to draw the family out into the yard. An outdoor fireplace was just the thing to entice the family and guests to leave the house and enjoy nature.

The clients had been thinking about an outdoor fireplace for while and had collected a few images of what they had in mind. It’s always very helpful when clients provide us with images of hardscape or plantings that they like. It saves a lot of time in developing concepts and it helps to insure that the clients are getting exactly what they want. The final plan we developed included a fireplace, a patio surrounded by a planting bed, and an inviting stepping stone path to draw people down from the deck.

As with many of our projects, we worked with Yorktown Materials to find the right materials to bring the project to life. Natural stone would have been a great choice for the fireplace, but it wasn’t within the client’s budget. To keep costs down, they opted for a man-made veneer applied to a concrete fireplace kit by Firerock.

The veneer the clients chose was Shadow Ledgestone, manufactured by Ply-gem, in the ‘Autumn’ color. This veneer went up easily, giving the look of stone at a much lower price.

For the paving, the clients selected Belgard Mega-Arbel in the ‘Belgian Stone’ color. This irregularly shaped paver gives the look of natural, irregular flagstone, and it looks great in combination with the fireplace veneer.

As part of this project we also built a low stacked stone wall using Pennsylvania field stone in the front yard to give some definition to the lawn.

After the project was finished, the clients had this to say:

“We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our beautiful yard overhaul and the gorgeous fireplace & patio. It’s exactly what we had in mind! Since you’ve helped make our space feel more like our dream home, we wanted to thank you with a few home-made goodies. We do love having our finished project to use, but we miss having y’all around! We’re thrilled to have such a fantastic working relationship with you guys”

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony