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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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