It's time to plan your brick drive........
....or design your dream patio and garden.
IDEAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZES IN:
Customized and Specialty Services
General Landscaping Services
- Spring and Fall Clean-ups
- Tree and Shrub Care Pruning
- Spring and Fall Pruning
- Year-round Landscape Maintenance
- Specialty Lawn Care Services
- Fall Color
- Snow and Ice Control (seasonal and interim)
- Drainage Solutions Water Control Article
- Tree and Stump Removal Services
- Bluff Stabilization Bluff Article
- Year-round Holiday Decorating and Decor
Ideal also offers Gift Certificates which can be applied to any of
our services. Be sure to ask how to purchase yours for services
Your "Magical" Brick Road
By Rick Dassow, Owner
Ideal Property Management
Today, as I celebrate 25 years in the landscape business, I have many happy recollections about
brick roads, as well as brick patios, walkways, garden paths, driveways and entryways. Over the years
I've helped numerous clients enjoy the "magic" of brick and stone of all different colors, and
worked with them to build their fairytale landscapes. It has truly been a rewarding
experience -- both for them and for me.
Perhaps 2014 is the year you'd like to change your outdoor surroundings with the magic
touch of brick and stone. In addition to walks, driveways and social areas, one growing trend is
"bringing the indoors out" with brick fire pits, outdoor kitchens and grilling areas. All of these
features create an environment which invites enjoyment of the out-of-doors.
I thought it might be helpful to share the advantages of using natural stone instead of
manufactured stone for these projects. Natural stone:
I generally choose a stone which not only matches the project, but also the style and the color pallette of the home.
Even though there is a wide variety to choose from, the most popular are:
- is quarried directly from the earth
- has proven durability
- has inherent color variations which add "depth" to its appearance
- is more aesthetically pleasing
- maintains its color even in bright sunlight
- has a distinctive look and feel
- is weather-resistant to freeze and thaw
- needs little to no maintenance
- may be slightly more expensive, but well-worth the extra money
Bluestone -- Although "Bluestone" is a type of sandstone named for its deep-blue-color,
it also comes in various shades of greyish-blue. It is ideal for walkways,
patios and drives because of its non-skid texture when wet. The best
known American variety of bluestone is a feldspar-rich type produced in hundreds of small quarries
in Pennsylvania and New York.
Eden Stone Landscape Stone -- Typically in the beige tones, Eden Stone is often used to bring a bold, visible
statement to a secluded tranquil retreat or a welcoming walkway. Its sawed or irregular shapes create a natural feel in any size
environment. Eden Stone is great for lily pads, pavers, steppers and retaining walls. Among other places, this stone is quarried in the Town of Lisbon, near Sussex.
Flagstone -- This very attractive paving material is also very versatile. It is a popular choice for a
variety of landscaping projects, including outdoor living spaces, retaining walls and steps. Its
earth-tones -- pale red, sandstone and tan -- come from its composition of sandstone and quartz,
often infused with silica, iron oxide, or calcite. Its irregular shapes make each finished
project look unique.
Cobblestone -- While "Cobblestone" is often associated with streets and roadways, it is also used to accent the turf along
driveways, gardens and sitting areas. Cobblestone boulders and bricks come in a variety of textures and colors and are an excellent choice for walkways, retaining walls, pond liners and more. Wisconsin Granite cobblestone, with a pink and blue hue to the granite stone, is the most popular type for residential use.
In addition to these types of stone with their wide range of colors, outcrop stone is sometimes used for special landscape accents and other creative treatment. Check out our Brick and Stone Gallery at Brick and Stone Patios,Walkways and Drives.
Or you can get a glimpse of both brickwork and other projects in a short
slide show which showcases
our work, and in the "Photo Gallery" section of this website.
We invite you to take a look and to call us with your landscaping questions and needs.
Bring the "Wow Factor"
to Your 2014 Landscape
Ideal can help. We offer:
Free Introductory Landscape Consultation
Customized Landscape Design
Complete Landscape Construction
Lawn Renovation and Replacement
Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Programs
This year, Ideal is proud to reach its milestone 25th anniversary.
Thanks to a loyal following, we have proudly been serving clients
in Milwaukee's Northshore suburbs for a quarter-century.
W264 N6615 Hillview Drive
Sussex, WI 53089
"Landscape Professionals with a passion for detail."
Grooming Milwaukee's Northshore for 25 years.
WHO WE ARE
Ideal Property Mgmt.
is a Wisconsin corporation comprised of three distinct entities:
We have a top-flight team of polite, highly skilled landscape professionals ready to serve you, and equipment to tackle any size project. And, we are fully insured.
- Ideal Property Management
- Ideal Tree Farm
- Ideal Tree Lots
Commonly Asked Questions:
"How do I decide on the type of stone for my patio?"
"How much does a well-landscaped property typically add to the value of a home?"
"I have water problems around my home. How will landscaping affect my water flow issues?"
For answers to these or other questions, or to share ideas, give us a call.
Phone: (262) 246-8512