These clients and their design & build project were such a joy to work with - they had just purchased this home and were remodeling and building an addition. They wanted a master plan that incorporated the adjoining parcel of land - which is an old formal garden that became a part of this property. They also wanted a raised patio area with access to the formal garden area - and wanted to capitalize on that gorgeous view. Neighbors were situated closely behind their property and that made privacy and consideration a priority. A firepit to enjoy on cool and fall evenings would give them a Vermont feel - as they spent a lot of time between Vermont and Virginia they wanted to feel at home and get the best of both worlds. The house and formal garden enclosed by beautiful stone walls, so we chose a product that looks like stone to build the fire pit and raised patio. We used existing green stone that we found on the property to create stone pathways leading to the fire pit and formal garden. The owners travel schedule would make watering an issue so we had an irrigation system installed to ensure they had one less thing to be concerned with while away.
The original plan included an existing larger red maple the client wanted to relocate. Once the tree was removed from it's original location, we had Bartlett Tree Company come in and inspect it to ensure it would survive. Sadly, as happens with most transplants, the tree was determined to not be viable and had to be replaced. The silver lining was the beautiful and creative addition of the small maple in the center of the circle pathway.
This project was made even more fun by the fact that the clients were so easy to work with when we were suggesting alternatives when things could not go the way they planned.


  • Mary McCarthy
    “Dear Chris – I want to let you know how happy I am with my new backyard. It is better than I expected it would be and was by far the smoothest home improvement project I have ever completed. (The crew) was incredibly professional and paid attention to every detail of the project. I am very confident in their workmanship and was amazed by how hard they worked during what was extreme heat. Thank you again for a great job. We’ll enjoy our backyard for a long time.”
    Mary McCarthy
  • Mary Jane Dolan
    “Trevor – Thank you for your amazing work restoring my pavers. The driveway looks great – as good as new. After all of the rain we had the last few days – the bottom of the driveway held up – no water! Great job! – Mary Jane Dolan”
    Mary Jane Dolan
  • “We have used Chris and his team for several projects ranging from complete landscape – retaining walls, paver patios, sod, and plantings – to smaller projects in between, and have loved them all!”
    Dr. Gregory & Ms. Sharlene Toone
  • “Dear CLC, Inc. We are enjoying our new patio immensely! Glenn and the crew did a great job, giving attention to detail, and very willing to explain how the job would progress. I was pleased with your diligent efforts and professionalism for a job well done. Thanks again,”
    Debbie Hobbs