Bruss Landscaping Wins 2014 Hardscape North America Best-Project Award

Wheaton-based landscape firm recognized nationally for home renovation project that epitomizes a popular trend in outdoor living.

Wheaton, IL РBruss Landscaping, a suburban Chicago landscape contractor, is the winner of a 2014 HNA Hardscape Project Award for a recently completed project that highlights a popular trend in home design and outdoor living Рthe front patio. The annual HNA Hardscape Project awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects across North America by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways and commercial plazas, parking lots, streets and more. The concept of a front patio continues to be the trend in residential neighborhoods where owners of modern-era homes, missing the big front porches of yesteryear, want to reconnect with their community in a casual, spontaneous way. The front patio functions as a fresh-air foyer or sitting area where homeowners can greet neighbors or passers-by, or simply enjoy the beauty of their own front yards. The award-winning project designed and built by Bruss Landscaping topped the field of competitors as best-in-category for Residential Clay Brick for its superb craftsmanship and detail with materials.

Located in suburban Chicago, the project is a craftsman-style home on a semi-wooded lot with good frontage views. The design and installation team at Bruss worked with the homeowners on the redesign of their home’s front entry, driveway and green spaces to transform an obscured entryway into a more sociable front patio. Bruss removed the standard asphalt driveway and replaced it with a horseshoe-shape drive constructed of quality “Old Chicago” clay brick pavers, complete with a radiant heat system under the brick for melting snow. The former plain 3-foot wide concrete walk was replaced with an elegant brick walk and spacious bluestone sitting area. Four stone columns around the sitting area support a custom wood pergola where flowering vines climb overhead. A custom stone fountain harmonizes with the craftsman architecture and provides the pleasing sound of water.

HNA Hardscape Project Award winners in all 15 categories were announced at the combined GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America tradeshow in Louisville, KY October 22-24, 2014. Now in its seventh year, the Hardscape Project Awards recognizes contractors who construct best-of-the-best brick and concrete pavement and wall projects of all sizes. A slideshow that takes you through the project from beginning to end can be viewed on the Bruss Landscaping YouTube channel at: