Erin & Creighton Barrett

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Written by Micaela Arnett | Photography by Kenny Reed

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Sand and Stone This family was finally able to utilize their backyard when it was brought back to life with a functional hardscape and thoughtful design.

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he couple of this Summerville home initially needed help minimizing water retention in their backyard. They enlisted the services of SC native, Michael Levingston, of Spartina Landscape Contractors to resolve this problem and design a more enjoyable and functional outdoor living space. Part of their reason for working with him was because of his belief in the craft of landscape design as an art form. Michael is known for his creative and consultative approach to the entire process. He emphasizes how “consistent and open dialogue with the homeowner’s ensures the best possible end result.”

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The homeowners had a vision for a hardscape fit for entertainment and lounging while still leaving some yard space. “We first discussed pavers to minimize runoff,” Michael says, but ultimately decided for a mixed medium using tabby concrete mixed with natural stone to help with drainage issues.” Part of outdoor comfort is to ensure proper water drainage which Michael implements into all of his designs from the very beginning. “The natural flagstone walkway is great for the Lowcountry soil, because these stones can be maintained for the lifetime of the property," Michael says.

Michael Levingston of Spartina Landscape Constructors, LLC