HARDSCAPE HERO: Christopher Rowsey, Rowsey Brothers, LLC


At Eagle Bay Hardscapes, we pride ourselves on being easy to do business with. April’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Christopher Rowsey of Rowsey Brothers, LLC, has the same mission. Rowsey’s winning project took a backyard overrun by pine trees and dense thicket and turned it into a beautiful outdoor living space. “We specialize in turn-key installations,”… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Matt Scott, Ultimate Hardscapes


The ability to adapt to challenges is one of the traits that make HARDSCAPE HEROES the best in their field. When Matt Scott of Ultimate Hardscapes took on his winning project, it was his decade-plus of experience that gave him the skills and foresight he needed to create a stunning project. “I love a challenge,… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Franklin, Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC


Two-time HARDSCAPE HERO winner Josh Franklin of Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC, knows what it takes to create outdoor living spaces that include unique and interesting features while keeping functionality at the forefront of the design. His latest winning project is no exception. This complete backyard renovation included a deck, a pool, a cabana, and a… Read more »



Lonny Arter of Denison Landscaping


January’s winning HARDSCAPE HERO project is a testament to collaboration and the value of planning and creativity. What started as a simple backyard patio grew into a wraparound walkway and custom driveway, thanks in part to 3D renderings created with the Eagle Bay Design Studio. The story begins with two brothers building houses next to… Read more »



Chris Rupp, Dominion Pavers


Managing the logistics of a well-planned outdoor living space can be an incredible feat. Most spaces require meticulous planning to accommodate various features and associated infrastructure. December’s HARDSCAPE HERO, Chris Rupp of Dominion Pavers, is a master planner, and his winning project shows how thoroughness can result in an incredible finished project. “I spend a… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR: Wayne Long, Albemarle Walls and Pavers


On a beautiful fall night in Richmond, Virginia, Eagle Bay HARDSCAPE HEROES from across the region gathered to celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family. This year’s ceremony featured a night at the historic Carpenter Theatre, where we celebrated 2018’s HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR, Wayne Long of Albemarle Walls & Pavers. The day began… Read more »



Trey Watford, River Pools & Spas


Becoming a HARDSCAPE HERO is all about conscientious design, talent, and a willingness to try something new. Trey Watford, November’s HARDSCAPE HERO, took such a chance by incorporating pavers and wall materials he’d never used before into his stunning project. “There were a lot of firsts for me on this project. We used Chatham Natural… Read more »



October HARDSCAPE HERO: Donald Sherbeyn, Sherbeyn’s Landscape


A great patio design can help you escape the stress of life. 2016 HARDSCAPE HERO of the YEAR Donald Sherbeyn’s most recent winning project is no different. Through thoughtful design, Sherbeyn incorporated all his client’s requests while helping them escape an overgrown backyard with a battered deck. “The homeowners knew exactly what they wanted. The… Read more »



Wayne Long, Albemarle Walls & Pavers


Creativity is key when it comes to creating the perfect patio. Wayne Long, president of Albemarle Walls & Pavers, demonstrated how pushing the boundaries of color, style, design, and function can lead to award-winning results. From installing a false wall to support a custom-built chimney to using three different colors of the same Eagle Bay… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Ken Osterhus, Osterhus Outdoors


As president of Osterhus Outdoors, Ken Osterhus constantly asks his employees, “How is this project going to look 50 years from now?” Their answer: “As good as the day it was installed.” The latest winning project from these two-time HARDSCAPE HERO winners is a perfect example of the kind of thoroughness Osterhus Outdoors puts into… Read more »



Photo: Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray


The crew at Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray knew that it was going to be a good year after founder Jeff Gray was named 2017 Eagle Bay HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year. In fact, this July they clinched their second HARDSCAPE HERO title. “It was a great honor to be recognized as HARDSCAPE HERO of… Read more »



Photo: Andrew Cutright

Andrew Cutright, Greensward LLC


Professional design can make all the difference when planning an outdoor living space. When Andrew Cutright and his team at Greensward LLC were challenged on their newest project due to the tight space available for installation and material delivery, they knew exactly how to proceed. “We specialize in complete outdoor living spaces. We can plan… Read more »



Photo: Jerry Heath

Jerry Heath, Heath Landscaping


On huge jobs, it’s easy to lose track of the details. But, with longtime clients, the little things matter most. Jerry Heath of Heath Landscaping is a pro at making sure everything is just right. Heath has been in the landscaping industry for 20 years and has been working with hardscapes for the past 15…. Read more »



David Durning, Landscape Solutions of Virginia


Every job is different, but for April’s winner, David Durning of Landscape Solutions of VA,  perseverance was the necessary secret ingredient to become our new HARDSCAPE HERO. Durning is a three-time HARDSCAPE HERO, and his latest winning project took ingenuity, attention to detail, and more than a little gumption to complete. The winning project started… Read more »



Chris Johannsen, Commonwealth Curb Appeal


Becoming a HARDSCAPE HERO is an impressive feat. With hundreds of contractors from around the region submitting, being selected is an honor. Winning projects are selected because of their attention to detail, creativity, and ingenuity. This month, we are pleased to award Commonwealth Curb Appeal their fourth HARDSCAPE HERO award. Chris Johannsen wears many hats… Read more »



Clinton Ferris, Ferris Landscaping


February’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Clinton Ferris of Ferris Landscaping, had his work cut out for him when an existing client asked him to do a complete renovation of their patio. Designing from a blank slate is one thing, but it can be tough to design around existing installations such as pools and old patios. “The… Read more »



Taylor Adams, Dominion Pavers


The secret to creating the perfect patio is the willingness to collaborate. That was precisely the case with December’s HARDSCAPE Hero winner, Taylor Adams of Dominion Pavers. Their winning project was an ensemble of influence from his designer, Chris Rupp; the homeowner; an electrician; and his crew. The finished patio includes a refurbished pool deck,… Read more »



Patrick McGrath, Virginia Beach Patios


Planning any patio project requires strong attention to detail and the ability to turn a customer’s vision into a reality. Planning a patio with integrated water features, gas lines, and changes in grade takes precision and patience. November’s HARDSCAPE HERO Patrick McGrath of Virginia Beach Patios was excited when faced with such a tough project… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray


On a beautiful Fall day in Richmond, dozens of HARDSCAPE HEROES gathered from across the region to spend the day together celebrating and discovering who would be named HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year. In the afternoon, the Heroes competed in the Techniseal Clay Classic, which was followed by the annual HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year… Read more »



A Day with Champions; The HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year 2017 Recap


What started as a modest program to reward our hard-working, talented partners has quickly grown into a revered, industry-leading initiative. Last year, the first annual awards dinner featured a night at Quirk Hotel and a fantastic dinner at the Boathouse, where we celebrated the first-ever HARDSCAPE HERO of the Year, Donald Sherbeyn. This year’s HARDSCAPE… Read more »