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 »



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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 »



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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 »



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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 »



Eric Ellington, Glen Allen Grounds Management, LLC


Sometimes the best way to complete a patio project is to help a long-time customer realize the value of an outdoor living space. October’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Eric Ellington of Glen Allen Grounds Management, LLC, did just that. Eric, who is the vice president of the company, has been in the hardscaping industry for a… Read more »



Jesse Dunlap, DSD Landscaping


It’s not every day that you’re asked to complete an 8,000-square-foot job for a Major League Baseball player. September’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner Jesse Dunlap of DSD Landscaping, Inc. was asked to do exactly that, and he knocked it out of the park. “I love building relationships with clients,” says Dunlap. This project was no different…. Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Josh Franklin, Deckscapes of Virginia, LLC.


Congrats to August’s HARDSCAPE HERO winner, Josh Franklin of Deckscapes of Virginia LLC, located in Catharpin, Virginia. Josh has been in the hardscaping industry for 6 years and is originally from Tappahannock, Virginia. When he’s not designing beautiful outdoor living spaces, he spends his time hunting and fishing. “My whole family gets together after I… Read more »



Jay Ball and Stevi Brockwell-Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping & Design, LLC.


Congratulations to July’s HARDSCAPE HERO winners Jay Ball and Stevi Brockwell of Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping & Design, LLC. Jay and Stevi are a team based out of Amelia, Virginia. Jay is the team’s designer, while Stevi acts as the project manager. We recently spoke with Stevi about their winning job and Garden Sanctuaries Landscaping &… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Austin Cutter, Cross Creek Nursery


Congratulations to June’s HARDSCAPE HERO, Austin Cutter of Cross Creek Nursery. Cutter is based out of Richmond, and he has 15 years of experience in the hardscape industry. Cross Creek Nursery is a full-service landscaping firm offering services in everything except tree removal and irrigation. The coolest part? Cross Creek Nursery runs a 28-acre nursery… Read more »



HARDSCAPE HERO: Jeff Gray, Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray, LLC.


Congratulations to May’s HARDSCAPE HERO, Jeff Gray of Outdoor Visions by Jeff Gray, LLC. Based out of Newport News, he has 15 years in the hardscape industry. His company is best known for large, multi-feature patio designs. Gray runs a tight ship, with most of his crew having been with him for 10 or more… Read more »