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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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

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