Kingsmill Fire Pit

The owners of this charming Dutch Colonial house in Kingsmill had two goals in mind when they gave Hertzler & George a call. First, they wanted a new outdoor seating area where they could enjoy the lush garden that they had lovingly created over the years. And secondly, the clients wanted to fix a long-standing drainage problem that caused wet spots in the lawn.

The new patio is centered on the existing bay window. The existing patio was too small to get too much use.

A new exposed aggregate walkway lead to the new patio


The existing ground gutter wasn’t adequately draining roof runoff.

Patio Concepts

Hertzler & George designed several preliminary concepts for the new patio, all with the slightly formal look that the clients preferred. The owners originally asked for the patio to be located next to the existing porch steps, but during the design process, we suggested an alternate location, one that was tucked more into the garden and placed farther away from the noise and activity of the driveway. This required installing a new door and steps on the porch, but the extra expense was offset by better views of the patio from inside the house, and by the coziness of the new location.


The Final Plan

In the final design, the patio, centered on the bay window at the back of the house, feels almost like an addition to the house, but it also creates a new center for the garden. The fire pit, framed by a long, low seat wall, provides the perfect spot for enjoying cool spring and fall evenings in the garden. Over time, when the lines of the patio become softened by maturing plantings, it will become that perfect in-between spot: part house and part garden.

Around the Yard

Rain, Rain, Go Away

The new patio also created a drainage challenge by creating several hundred square feet of new impervious surface. To address that, Hertzler & George replaced the existing ground gutter around the screen porch and installed a new wider one that also acts as a walkway.

Setting the Stage

The new patio provides a great spot for outdoor decorating.

Rain Garden

Because the existing yard was so flat, the lawn wouldn’t completely drain after rainstorms. To address this, Hertzler & George regraded the yard, filled in low spots, and installed a rain garden to draw the water away from the lawn. The new rain garden provides an area for excess water to collect and is planted with plants that can handle the constant moisture, like sweetspire, inkberry, calla lily, and sweet flag.

A Great Wall

For the patio materials, the clients selected Belgard Celtik Wall in ‘Oxford Charcoal’ and Belgard Urbana Pavers in ‘Smoky Mountain’.

Step Right Up

For the new porch entrance, we installed a new screen door and built this set of steps and railing.

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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