Inspired by History

The clients for this project were inspired by the front porch of a building in the Williamsburg historic area. Their existing porch (below right) was a bit on the skimpy side and they wanted something that would better suit their colonial style house. The first step was measuring and photographing the historic porch so we could create our construction drawings. The historic porch wasn’t an exact fit for this house though, so H&G had to modify the dimensions to better fit the clients’ home.

A Remodeled Porch


The new porch design closely matches the original historic model, though with some modifications. Instead of being all wood, the landing is constructed stone and brick and the handrails are metal. New, larger posts are more in scale with the house.


The original porch lacked traditional detailing, and the 4×4 posts were too skimpy looking.

The Site Plan

In addition to the new front porch, the clients decided to take another look at the entire front yard, which involved rethinking the front planting beds. The house had the typical evergreen foundation plantings, but they weren’t very exciting or colorful. We replaced these plantings with some beautiful new plants: crapemyrtles, Japanese snowbell, St. John’s wort, variegated abelia, deutzia and dwarf camellias. And to tie everything together, we added a new system of brick walkways to connect the porch, driveway, street and backyard.

A New Way Forward


H&G pushed the front walkway to side to make the approach to the front door more interesting. Warm, inviting bricks have replaced the exposed aggregate sidewalk and the enlarged landing at the street provides a welcoming gesture.


The existing exposed aggregate walkway was somewhat harsh looking, and the arrow-straight path was uninteresting.

Landscape Lighting

Night lighting provides the finishing touch to the project, accenting the porch, house and plantings.

Around The Yard

6 Easy Steps

H&G replaced four existing steps that were a bit too tall with two sets of three steps that were much more comfortable to walk on. This well- detailed sequence of landing, retaining wall with built-in lighting, and comfortable steps invites visitors into the yard

Attention to Detail

We carefully matched the trim on the historic porch to give the new porch an authentic feel.

Lighting the Way

Solid brass light fixtures will stand up to the elements will blend unobtrusively into the landscape.

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Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!


Five Stars All Around

We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

True professionals

Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Ken Blakely

Beyond Satisfied

We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

Tim & Cynthia Porter

Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile

Hertzler and George were contracted to perform some landscaping for a seller of mine to get the home ready to show. They had just finished an extensive re-landscaping of the next door neighbors entire yard. I was very impressed by their attention to detail and their desire to satisfy their client. Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile to achieve complete client satisfaction. They provide a complete mix of landscaping design services and maintenance of existing landscaping

Tim Parker
Liz Moore Real Estate