Scott Van Asten of Vosters Landscaping, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, took the grand prize in the 2007 Versa-Lok Design Contest with his use of Versa-Lok Standard to transform an empty, yet challenging backyard into a soothing entertaining area.
Van Asten overcame opposite-facing slopes, an egress window that needed to remain accessible and incorporating a handicapped-accessible entrance to create a beautiful backyard patio. Included in his design were a series of curved tiered retaining walls, a set of scalloped stairs to transition between a single-tier and double-tier wall and freestanding columns to accent stairs and provide space for plants. The patio also features a built-in grill flanked by granite countertops and a fireplace.
Van Asten used Versa-Lok Weathered Standard in a chestnut color with column and seat wall caps in a cedar creek brown. Products were manufactured by Bend Industries, West Bend, Wisconsin.
The first runner-up prize went to Andy White, hardscape team manager, Southern Landscape Group, Evington, Virginia. White designed a multilevel patio/wall/stairs complex to wrap around a home overlooking Smith Mountain Lake.
White used Versa-Lok Mosaic for the walls and Standard for the steps. Products were manufactured by Marshall Concrete Products, Christiansburg, Virginia.
Second runner-up in the contest was Garry Ferrell, general manager, Wilson Landscape Associates, Columbus, Ohio. Ferrell’s design featured a tropical theme using a series of circular patterns for the patio. He also formed a smaller, elevated semi-circular patio to fill an alcove and create an intimate sitting area.
The patio features a built-in grill and raised waterfall. Ferrell used Versa-Lok Weathered Mosaic to construct his design. The product was manufactured by Oberfield’s Inc., Columbus, Ohio.
The grand prize-winner received $5,000, and each of the runner-ups was awarded $500.