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 yourcarneedsthat.com 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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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!

Kae

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