Thanks to Derek & Richie of DVI Home Services, LLC for bringing this project in & helping to make it a reality.
Site: existing house on Tampa Bay Challenge: unify the exterior grounds while providing walking paths for the new owners where they do not have to walk on the existing crushed shell which covered a large portion of the site.
Obstacles: The walkway along the seawall was envisioned in Reclaimed Chicago brick. This is the same brick that was used extensively in the existing design for walkways, foundation screenwall, & concrete paving dividers/borders. The seawall was in very poor shape and was leaking sand into the bay, so it had to be repaired before the walkway could be constructed.
Above: Cast Concrete stepping stones through front landscaping.
Right: Stepping stone walkway as it emerges at the west edge near the seawall.
Right: Stepping stones in casting location right after stain & clear coat/sealer application.
Right: View at sunset where you can see the similarity between the water & the texture/finish on the stepping stones.
Right: Location at the end of the seawall walk where the stepping stones connect. The two larger stones are actually cast concrete strips that are about 30" wide, 9' long, & 12" thick with steel reinforcing to allow vehicles as large as a loaded concrete truck to drive through without breaking the stones. This allows maintenance to be done in the future along the south end of the seawall & property without moving or destroying the stepping stone system.
Below: Composite site plan showing the modified site with driveway, brick walkways, & stepping stones.
Above: Site plan with new construction highlighted.
Right: view showing the main section of the 400ft long driveway.
Right: Seawall excavation & repair. The existing seawall geo-textile was not detailed properly at its top termination below the concrete bulkhead and was leaking earth/sand into the bay every time it rained. This had to be remedied before a brick paver walkway could be constructed against it.
Right: The reclaimed Chicago brick going in with a herring-bone pattern.
Right: Backfilling the seawall prior to compacting & flooding