Meet Danny, Assistant Director

Danny has worked with the Landfare Ltd. team for six months, and is our Assistant Director, working closely with our GM and owner. Before joining Landfare Ltd., Danny worked with Local 18 Union.

He says that without a doubt, the best part of his job is the people he works with everyday.

Why should someone come to work with you and the team?

“It’s everyone’s dream to work in a family type business. The whole company, from, the owner and GM down to the newest person on the team feels like family. There is no other environment like this. There is always something new to learn and the company does amazing, beautiful work that you are proud to put your name on.”

Check out the career opportunities available at Landfare Ltd. We’re growing, and we want people who want to grow, too.

Meet Zach Miller, General Manager

photo of Zach Miller, GM

Zach joined Landfare Ltd. 20 years ago, working in the field and learning this business from the ground up – literally! Today he is our company’s General Manager, working with all our landscape, construction and pool building teams, overseeing all projects. We asked Zach to talk about his role with Landfare Ltd.

What’s the best part of your job?

“Hands down, reaching people. Relationships are the most challenging part of life, but they are also the most rewarding.

Why should someone come to work with you and the team?

“We focus on the person not just the employee. We believe money should be, and is, a by-product of doing things right. We want your personal goals to align with our company goals so we can all be successful, together as a team.”

Check out the career opportunities available at Landfare Ltd. We’re growing, and we want people who want to grow, too.

Blooming Bulbs Bring Beauty

Advance Planning Pays Off

To get lovely bountiful beds of spring flowers you need to plan and plant today. In this zone, you can plant until a hard freeze, so you still have time.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Decide on an existing planting bed you want to use or design a new bed.
  • Select bulbs based on shape, color and blooming times. Bulbs sold online and in nurseries show when you can expect blooms.
  • Prepare the soil as directed for your bulbs.
  • Plant according to directions.
  • Plan to plant more bulbs than you think you need…squirrels and chipmunks will dig up their share!

Pro Tip from the Professionals at Landfare Ltd.

Because we know an abundant display of spring flowers make the best impact, we take every effort to deter furry critters from digging up bulbs. After you prepare the planting bed and put the bulbs in place, cover the area with chicken wire. Tuck it in around the planting bed, then cover with soil. While not 100% effective, you will see really good results and more blooms in the spring.

See more beautiful spring blooms from Landfare Ltd. here.

Enticing Outdoor Living Spaces

After moving into their home a Westerville, OH couple realized that their backyard did not function for them. They love to throw large parties but the spaces weren’t setup properly. Plus the area that was established was in direct sunlight and was dominated by a stamped concrete side patio and uninspired deck.

After reviewing the work of several landscape design firms they knew that Landfare Ltd. could create the multi-level, entertaining oasis they wanted.  The design integrates seamlessly with the home, creating the perfect blend for entertaining.

See the results in this Housetrends Magazine article featuring this home.

 

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Quiet Pride™

Landfare Ltd. has a definite vision for the outdoor living spaces we design for our clients. Part of that vision is that all of our work must enhance the esthetic of each client’s home. Our designs and all the elements we incorporate – water features, pools, spas, landscape – all work together to project the pride our clients have for their homes. We never create trendy or ostentatious designs that conflict with the home’s architecture and property.

While discussing this vision as a team, we agreed that we really project Quiet Pride™ in both our clients’ homes and our own work.

Outdoor Living Spaces Re-imagined

When a client asks us to re-imagine their outdoor entertaining spaces, we dig deep and create something out of nothing. For this space, we dug six feet below the existing ground level, created a terrace, installed a swimming pool, replaced the existing window with French doors, matched the home’s limestone brickwork, built a surrounding limestone walls for privacy and built a stairway from the new upper terrace to the lower terrace. Landscaping is in progress and custom designed and fabricated wrought iron railings are in production.  That is definitely a space re-imagined!

The Seven Levels of Illumination

Each landscape project Landfare Ltd. designs and installs follows a philosophy that acts as a guide through the entire project. The goal is to create outdoor living and entertaining spaces that match perfectly with the esthetics of the exterior of each client’s home and the interior design choices the client has made. Going from the indoors to the outdoors should be a seamless transition, and Landfare Ltd. designs achieve that goal.

To make sure that transition works day and night, John Spayde, Landfare Ltd.’s designer, created the Seven Levels of Illumination,™ the company’s approach to lighting. This design concept considers each outdoor space, including the living areas, the property, all gardens and landscape, and the house itself.

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Building With Integrity

While there are many ways to construct a pool or spa, Landfare Ltd. custom builds to the highest standards to ensure their projects look beautiful, function perfectly and are safe for you and your family.

Extensive Training Ensures Quality For Clients

Landfare Ltd. staff have completed numerous training courses through The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, receiving a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License for building swimming pools. This is not a requirement in Ohio but does reflect Landfare Ltd.’s professional approach to all their projects. To build the best you must have a team of highly trained professionals, and Landfare Ltd. invests in the training and education of our staff to offer only the best to our clients.

A pool may look very nice when completed but the quality and integrity are built underneath the pool. After digging the hole for the pool, we install a steel rebar floor before pouring concrete. These extra steps create a pool structure that will not shift due to hydrostatic pressure. Not all pool companies do that, but we know that our clients expect us to provide the best product, and we do.

Poured concrete walls are 12” thick and finished with Diamond Brite® plaster. Available in many aggregate finishes, this plaster lets us determine the color, brilliance and reflective properties of the pool water. Again, we select every finish to meet the design standards needed to enhance the entire landscape and outdoor living spaces for each home.

See more Landfare Ltd. Pools & Spas here.

The Evolution of Timeless Design

The Landfare Ltd. approach to design is very specific: we design and create outdoor living spaces that look and function beautifully, and transcend time or trend. Our motto, Capturing Nature Through Timeless Design™, tells the story of what we do.

When we begin creating a landscape design we consider the home’s architecture because we believe outdoor living spaces must enhance, not fight, with that architecture. We look at the home’s interior design and the choices the homeowners have made because we believe moving from indoors to outdoors should be a seamless transition.

The selection of hardscape materials like pavers and bricks should look as if they have been part of the home’s design from the beginning, not an afterthought. Pools, spas and water features should help create the ambiance not distract from it. Planting materials must work together to bring color and life to each season.

As homeowners update or renovate their homes, our landscape design evolves, too. New exterior structures, like garages or home additions, demand a thoughtful approach to enhancing the original landscape design. Through our long-term relationships with clients we are able to collaborate with them to create new outdoor living spaces and landscaping that evolve with the owner’s vision for their home.

Same Entrance with Redesigned Walkway and Landscaping

This home’s original landscape design, as seen on the left, was installed about 10 years ago, and continued to look very appealing. But the homeowners embarked on an extensive renovation that included an addition to the home. The new design, on the right, adds balance to the home’s architecture. The original gate and columns remain with a new bluestone paver walkway that leads directly to the front porch. The differences are substantial yet subtle, giving the home timeless curb appeal.

Just as interior design choices evolve, so do landscape designs. We think of it as a lovely symphony of design selections and professional installation that work together to create timeless outdoor environments for our clients. Each piece is carefully selected to ensure a beautiful finale!

Building The Foundation For An In-ground Pool

The Landfare Ltd. team builds in-ground swimming pools and spas throughout the year. In fact, building during the winter months ensures you will be enjoying your pool when the weather warms up.

Here you see the team, under a protective tent covering, install steel rebar used as reinforcement before concrete is poured. Because steel rebar can be bent we can design curves, angles and even steps to enhance your swimming pool.

The grid pattern is carefully calculated and installed, and tied or held in place to make sure there is no vibration or movement when the gunite (concrete) is poured. Gunite is projected at a pretty high velocity, and any movement in the grid pattern could effect the stability of the pool bottom.

The design and construction of your pool is part science, part engineering and a lot of hard work by our team of professionals.