Type: Single Family Housing
PROJECT OF THE YEAR: LANDSCAPING
Architect: GCS Construction
General Contractor: GCS Construction
Structural Engineer: Paul Reilly
Masonry Supplier: Knife River
This project is a 44-acre private estate. GCS did a complete design/build on the extensive landscaping. All work from initial grading to final planting was performed by GCS' crews. They started with a flat blank canvas, not a tree, hill or bush on the project. While you can comfortably entertain over 500 on the estate in a social, charity or business function, the design also includes areas for very intimate gatherings.
The area at the rear of the house is for very formal and smaller gatherings. The lower level that includes the 1,500 sq ft pool, waterfall, spa, grotto, and BBQ, fireplace, and fire pit is the main entertaining area for the family. The lowest level that is next to the 3.5-acre man made trophy bass lake is where the large gatherings are held. There is a large stairway, retaining walls, sand beach and fire pit on this level. The garden area of the estate includes a fountain, cutting gardens, rose gardens, small arbors, raised planters and masonry walls.
The masonry portion of this projet included over 10,000 sq f of real rock paving over concrete, large BBQ and arbor, outdoor fireplace, pig spit, multiple fire pits, columns, walls, multiple stairways and a 1,200 gallon per minute waterfall constructed of 250 tons of natural rock. These are the aesthetic parts of the project. What you do not see is the extensive use of concrete block as the structural support of a majority of the above listed items. The pool equipment room is constructed of concrete block.
The extensive masonry work on the front of the house was also done by GCS. The medallions in the rear of the estate, which are a signature piece they are known for, are constructed of real rock cut to the required shape. GCS never does the same design twice.
There are over 3,000 pieces of European type cast stone used in the landscape. This includes split stone, wall caps, columns, column caps and miscellaneous decorative items. A majority of this cast stone was cast on site using GCS' own molds.