A Chance Meeting and A Question\r\nWe\u2019re known for our own construction process called \u201cThe Legacy Method\u201d, but we\u2019ve never shared how and why we build the way we do. Our clients benefit from \u201cThe Legacy Method\u201d because they have the peace of mind of a project crafted correctly the first time. We\u2019d like to tell the story of how we created a hardscape construction process that results in a craftsmanship and longevity that is unmatched. Literally.<!--more-->\r\n\r\nSeveral years ago, as a young college student, I met a couple gentleman at a national educational event in Louisville, KY. It was the ANLA management clinic and I attended to learn from some of the most \u201ccutting-edge\u201d educators of the time.\r\n\r\nDuring dinner, I was seated at a table with a group of strangers, who I noticed, had accents. Unbeknownst to me, I was eating dinner with the European Landscape Contractor Association\u2019s President and Vice-President. Their names were Antionne Berger and Nicco Wissing.\r\n\r\nWe visited about the differences between how landscape and hardscape elements are created in America versus how they\u2019re created in Europe.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhy Do European Paver Roads, Patios, and Courtyards Last for decades, but they fall apart after a few short years in America?\u201d, I asked.\r\n\r\nAlthough I didn\u2019t know it yet, their answer was a turning point in my future career.\r\n\r\nThey explained that things are done differently in Europe because they are EXPECTED to last. It is simply unacceptable to build things by cutting corners. They don\u2019t believe gardens and patios/paths/drives are disposable.\r\n\r\nI grappled with this information and the unsaid opposite, which was: \u201cMuch of what is built in America isn\u2019t created with the same standards\u201d. It\u2019s rare to find decades old patios or brick projects here. In Kansas City, I often find patios less than FIVE YEARS OLD that are already settling or separating.\r\n\r\nThis sent me on a mission to discover the differences of how patios are built to last in Europe and how I could improve that process to accommodate our clay soils of Kansas City.\r\nThe Legacy Method is Born\r\nOver the next few years, I relied on their information, the experience of a local contractor, and extensive research to understand how things are constructed differently in Europe. Once I was clear on that, we took things a step further and consulted with soil scientists to understand how we could strengthen those processes to handle our clay soils. (Clay soils shrink and swell significantly, and can make any pavement, concrete, or asphalt crack, settling, or separate.)\r\n\r\nWe took the lasting construction methods from the European style and combined it with the stabilizing methods needed from the soil science side and created our own construction process: The Legacy Method. \r\nNobody Builds Like We Do\r\nThe result of \u201cThe Legacy Method\u201d is a patio or driveway that withstands the test of time better than concrete, asphalt, or conventionally built paver patios/drives. \u201cThe Legacy Method\u201d provides people the peace of mind that comes from doing things right the first time and protecting their investment with longevity and style. Since we created the process, nobody else provides the same quality.\r\nNot the Cheapest, But the Best\r\nDollar for dollar, \u201cThe Legacy Method\u201d will be a larger initial investment due to the deeper base, double re-enforced edge, and additional materials. However, the investment provides more value over time because it lasts for decades. This process is recommended for people who intend to use and enjoy their spaces for years and don\u2019t want to have to redo the space every five or so years. If you\u2019re not intending to use the space that long, or won\u2019t be in the home that long, this process may not be for you. It\u2019s intended for people who value craftsmanship, spending wisely by doing things right the first time, and those who don\u2019t skimp on quality. There is no other process on this continent created to provide more longevity and value. \r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re someone who values craftsmanship and spending wisely over the long-term give us a call today to help with your patio, courtyard, driveway, or path.