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Outdoor Wood Fire Pizza Oven

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This outdoor living project in Vinings was a two stage project. The first part was an installation of a rectangular fire pit. We built it out of mortared flagstone and raised it about 3 feet off of the ground. This makes it both functional for heat purposes and also aesthetically pleasing when they are outside or in the pool they can enjoy the sight lines of the fire.

Rectangular Fire Pit

We also installed an enclosure for a refrigerator with granite counter tops to make a great outdoor bar by the existing swimming pool.

Outdoor Bar with Refrigerator

Outdoor Bar with Granite Countertop

The second phase of the project was a custom pizza oven. The pizza oven was constructed out of stone with a flagstone roof to blend in with the flooring. We built storage for the wood and a custom chimney. This client now has a gorgeous place to sit around his pool and bake homemade pizza and enjoy their outdoor living space.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

New Patio

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A new patio was in order for a home in Buford, so we designed and installed the new outdoor living space with brick pavers. The preparation for a paver patio is the most crucial part of the job. The ground must be level so that the pavers are also level. Any mistakes in the preparation can ruin the outcome of the patio.

New Patio Construction

New Patio Foundation

We used plaza pavers Mocha color by Pavestone and we sealed them in place with polymeric sand which helps bind the pavers together. We built a small retaining wall out of Anchor Diamond block to ensure the levelness of patio.

New Brick Paver Patio

New Patio Installed

This customer now has an extension off of their screened in porch so they can enjoy the sunlight.

Roswell Backyard Renewal

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This enhancement in Roswell has really changed the entire look and functionality of the backyard. It went from your basic sod and shrub backyard to a show place.

Backyard Landscape

Backyard Landscape Construction

We added a custom waterfall that breaks up the large retaining wall in the back. This provides both visual and auditory enjoyment and it is centered off the back bay window so it can be enjoyed from inside the house as well. There is also a small river that runs through the yard.

Backyard Waterfall

In addition to that we built a patio with a sunken fire pit and a seat wall. The fire pit is below ground and we used fire glass inside of it so now when it is lit, the flames seem to appear out of nowhere.

Sunken Fire Pit

We accented it all with landscape lighting included in the water fall and the river to highlight the water at night.

Fire Pit Patio

We also added some path lights which adds to the overall ambiance and enjoyment of the landscape.

New Backyard Hardscapes in East Atlanta

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This residence in East Atlanta wanted to redo certain aspects of the backyard to enhance the usability of the outdoor space. We started by renovating an existing deck. (BEFORE)

All of the old wood was removed and replaced with new wood.

The railing was replaced all the way around the deck and the pickets were replaced with aluminum instead of cedar. This really adds a beautiful finishing touch and enhances the quality of the structure.

The old stairs were very steep and difficult to maneuver. We replaced them with new steps the lengthened the run which eliminated the steepness of the old steps.

In addition to the deck work, we added a flagstone patio, fire pit and a seat wall. The flagstone we used is a Tennessee variety that creates visual interest as no two stones are alike. We chose 3 inch stones which will ensure the durability and longevity of the patio.

The wall encloses one side of the fire pit which defines the space while providing instant seating and beautiful texture. Another added feature is cap lights inset under the capstone of the seat wall. The cap lights add beautiful accent lighting to the patio which compliments the light when there is a fire but also when there is no fire going it allows the customer to enjoy the patio on its own. Finally, we included a feature that is unique but becoming more popular, the sunken fire pit. Pictured here, the fire pit is sunken in the ground as opposed to above ground sitting on the patio.

This provides complete visibility and enjoyment of the fire while not obstructing the view of the fire with an enclosure.

Beautiful Challenge in Roswell

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Roswell/Brookfield West

This project was a challenging one. The house is on a golf course and the access was very difficult. The customer wanted to make an unusable backyard into an area they could enjoy as a family. The first part was gaining access from the house to the lower part of the yard. We achieved this by installing crab orchard steppers down the slope so there would be easier access.


Roswell/Brookfield West

We also added a flagstone patio with a sunken fire pit. We wanted to keep the natural look so we did not mortar the patio in place. Instead we set the stone in the ground and accented it dwarf mondo grass.


Roswell/Brookfield West

The sunken fire pit provides a unique look when in use, it looks like fire is rising from the ground. The customer really loves this feature. We finished off the project by adding dyed brown hardwood mulch and some shade loving plants to the surrounding area.


Roswell/Brookfield West

Beautiful Multifunctional Renovation

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This project in Avondale Estates was an all-encompassing renovation. Before we started, the backyard was unusable woods. The kids had no place to play and the outdoor entertainment space was non existent. After one of our designers went to survey the property, Personal Touch came up with a design to make the entire backyard more user friendly.

We tiered the backyard and added boulder walls to hold each tier in place. This creates dimension in the landscape but also reduces erosion.

We added large areas of zoysia (a tough grass that is both beautiful and extremely durable) for the kids to play.

We added two custom bridges to cross over a dry creek bed. The customer had a natural flow of water through their property and we beautified it by adding a dry creek bed. These bridges were designed by PTLC and handcrafted by a local vendor.

In addition to the sod, we added an Arizona flagstone patio with a seat wall and a fire pit. This unique color added an extra splash in the yard that can be enjoyed year round. The fire pit will provide a warmth, beauty and a beautiful space to entertain on a cool winter’s night.

Maximizing Outdoor Space

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This Lawrenceville homeowner wanted to maximize their outdoor space, especially for entertaining. They hired Personal Touch to design and install an outdoor living area.

We installed a blue stone patio and a fieldstone block wall with recessed mortar, both add a very elegant look to the wall. The contrast offers texture and color variance while the seat wall offers functionality.

For year round enjoyment, we added an outdoor fire pit that is fueled by gas so that the client can have instant fire without the hassle of building one from scratch.

Our in house stone masons are an integral part of how we provide our customers with unique and quality made features. The craftsmanship of the stone work is especially evident in the grill housing that includes built ins for tools and warming.

By offering space for seating and plenty of room where the customer has added dining furniture and a beautiful pergola that offers shade and architectural interest the overall usability of the backyard has increased immeasurably.

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Neighborhood Entrance Renovation

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Recently, we were asked to redesign and renovate an entrance for a well established neighborhood in the Sandy Springs area (north of Atlanta). Check out what our customer had to say:

What do you do when you have a gated community of million dollar homes, but the landscaping along your front entrance looks like it belongs to a rundown fast food joint? You call your contracted landscaping company and tell them they have the freedom to use their imaginations to remove, re-design, and renovate.

So what happens when THAT landscaping company spends the next two years spending tens of thousands of dollars and basically shows no passion, no imagination and no desire to update your neighborhood’s entrance?

Well you fire that company, and hire the great folks at Personal Touch Lawn Care.

I met PTLC President Ricky O’Connell more then 20-years ago. I was one of his first customers and since 1995, he and his fabulous staff have served my landscaping, hardscape, irrigation and outdoor lighting needs.

As President of the Sentinel Ferry on the River Homeowners Association, I hired Personal Touch Lawn Care to take over the project at our front entrance. The previous company had failed to bring a vision of design and beauty that we needed to highlight our great neighborhood and Ricky and his team didn’t fail to amaze. We worked within a budget, but knew we had to invest since it had been nearly 17-years since any money had been spent on the area. Ricky and his team also worked within our budget and came up with an amazing combinations of flowers, shrubbery and trees that would provide beauty and brilliant colors all year long.

The plan also included renovation of our existing irrigation and landscape lighting and to top it all off, we added a large water feature that really highlighted our entrance and provided a “WOW” look for anyone coming to our gates.

The impact from the renovations have been immediate. Every homeowner has provided compliments and amazement at the transformation and now take great pride whenever they drive in to the neighborhood. In addition, we have had three home sales in three months when there had been 2 in the past two years.

I feel that updating your landscaping is always a good investment and you couldn’t make a better choice then trusting Ricky O’Connell and the team of Personal Touch Lawn Care.

Mark E. Feinberg, President, Sentinel Ferry HOA

Here are a few of the before and after photos:

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Brookhaven Beauty

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This job recently completed for the Phillips/Prato family was an exciting one for Personal Touch. They have a lovely home in Brookhaven with a beautiful existing landscape that included a bluestone patio and an outdoor fireplace.

Personal Touch Lawn Care Backyard Beauty with a bluestone patio and outdoor fireplace

They wanted to take it to the next level. Entertaining is very important to them and they wanted to expand their entertainment area. Personal Touch was hired to first do a design that would best meet their goals. Steve Adams, our landscape designer, came up with a brilliant design that not only met all of their goals but also added beauty and functionality to the landscape.

Brookhaven Georgia Personal Touch Lawn Care Outdoor Entertaining Space

Brookhaven Georgia Beauty Personal Touch Lawn Care Finished Outdoor Entertaining Space

We expanded the existing bluestone patio to add useable entertaining space. We also added a brick seat wall to add additional seating and to set off the patio from the rest of the landscape.

Personal Touch Lawn Care Brookhaven Beauty Atlanta Georgia Building Brick Seating Wall

Brookhaven Georgia Outdoor Space Finished Brick Seat Wall with Bluestone Patio by Personal Touch Lawn Care

To expand the space even further and add another texture, we added an additional patio in the middle of the backyard set in the turf. This adds a nice accent and the turf in the joints adds a different look than the traditional mortared joints.

Patio pavers set in turf for added texture in backyard entertaining space in Brookhaven Georgia by Personal Touch Lawn Care

Brookhaven Georgia Outdoor Space finished patio pavers for added texture in lawn by Personal Touch Lawn Care

In the back of the property we added another brick retaining wall and made a raised planting area. This turned an unusable space into a useable space by leveling out a steep slope. Some plant material was added for color and texture and to fill in an open space in the back of the property.

Retaining wall and raised plant bed in Brookhaven Georgia by Personal Touch Lawn Care

Finished raised garden bed with brick retaining wall in Brookhaven Georgia by Personal Touch Lawn Care

Overall when the project was completed the Phillips/Prato job enhanced their backyard by adding additional entertaining space and plant material to improve the overall beauty of the property. Check out all the completed photos on in our projects.