Space for Two

A lack of parking space is a common problem for homeowners, especially for the smaller lots of older developments. That was the case with this French-style house in the heart of Williamsburg. So the owners engaged Hertzler & George to create additional off-street parking that would also function as an inviting new entrance for the entire property. Not only did it have to squeeze in space for one more car, it it had to look great doing so.

The existing driveway was loose gravel with a 3’ wide bluestone walkway on one side. It was functional, but the gravel was a little untidy and needed occasional refreshing with new stone.

After meeting with the clients, H&G provided several options for the surface of the new driveway, including concrete, natural stone pavers, and exposed aggregate. The clients decided on a blend of materials; buff-colored exposed aggregate for the main portion of the driveway and bluestone banding to match the existing walkway along their brick pool fence.


To find space for the additional parking, existing plantings on the side of the yard had to go. But this opened up a wide view to the house next door. To provide definition and separation, the clients asked for a new fence. After looking at options including wood, brick and metal, the clients decided on a design featuring painted brick piers with wrought iron rails and pickets.

While the columns of the new fence mimicked the material and spacing of the existing brick pool fence that enclosed the front yard, there were a few subtle differences: the first pier was built tall to provide a sense of arrival while the remaining piers were built at a lower height to minimize their bulk. We also added a brick rowlock at the top of the columns for a bit of visual interest.

While H&G’s in-house crew constructed the brick piers, we worked with Custom Welding of Williamsburg on the custom iron railing. It was a bit of a tricky situation because the ground sloped a fair amount towards the backyard, and this required staggering the heights of the fence panels as they went downhill. Another problem was accommodating an existing tree that was growing along the property line. But with a bit of creative adjustments to the fence we were able to save the tree.

Because the new aggregate driveway was wider than the old gravel one, the driveway apron needed to be wider as well. This brought up some important issues. As most homeowners know, your property doesn’t run right up to the edge of the road. It stops at the property line, which is usually set back several feet from the street. So this project required special approval from the Department of Public Works. One of the requirements of the permit was the construction of a slight lip at the front of the driveway apron, right along the concrete street gutter. An important feature, this lip keeps stormwater runoff flowing down the street at a constant speed. Without the lip, water would slow down at the apron, depositing silt. That would cause a constant mess!

Another right-of-way issue was due to the fact that the pool fence was placed very close to the road, making walking along the street difficult. To provide a convenient path for visitors parked on the street, Hertzler & George constructed a dry-laid bluestone path. Since the path is in the city right-of-way, there will always be a chance that the city might need to dig it up someday for utility work. Dry-laid pavers ensure they can be easily removed and relaid if necessary.

With the driveway finished, the owners now enjoy a gracious new addition to their yard. And with space for two cars in driveway, there’s more room for visitor parking. By the way, if you need spare parts for a car, we recommend that you read the reviews before buying. Where to do it? Our partners from the team are real professionals in their field! With a bit a planning and organization, you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish in a small space. Hertzler & George’s attention to detail has provided a functional space that beautifully complements the architectural style of the house. If you’re having trouble visualizing what to do in your yard, call Hertzler & George. We love to solve your problems.

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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