When I received a distress call from a long-time client and friend, explaining that a masonry contractor on their project had failed to follow the plans, and was doing work that was questionable at best, I knew I had a responsibility to have a look.
A site visit revealed a series of bad choices. The flagstone had been poorly selected. The radii of the steps were "eyeballed" rather than meticulously scribed and constructed. The owner had not wanted the semi-circular steps. The homeowner's irrigation system had been destroyed by failure to protect it from the heavy equipment. The new bricks did not match those on the house (admittedly, matching brick can be an art form). The patio had a slope that made it feel like a carnival fun-house. Those were only a few of the problems.
Donning my work boots and jeans, I met the landscape installer on site, and together we hand-selected, and muscled into place, a few options for creating a ground-level transition where the hardscape erodes to the yard.
The results are in and the homeowner is ecstatic!
The rest is up to Nature - and proper watering of the new sod.
From the homeowner: "Beautiful! You have the magic touch."