Triad Associates shapes homeowners’ hardscape dreams with step-by-step perfection.
With a new home, the hardscape may not be the first feature noticed. But when beautifully rendered, a hardscape—essentially, the outdoor work that is not landscaping—can take a structure to an entirely new level of looks and comfort.
The philosophy of Triad Associates, Inc., of Haverhill and Hyannis, gives hardscapes the same degree of importance as the architecture or landscaping of a home. Whether it is a stone wall winding through a property, a paver walkway leading to the front portico, or an aggregate patio near a pool, a hardscape feature—done correctly and with attention to the homeowner’s needs—can define the exterior of a home. The company, headed by John Merck, has been serving New England homeowners for more than 25 years.
Working throughout the region, Triad is deeply connected to New England tradition and the particular features of Cape Cod homes. Maintaining the look of tradition often leads to walkways and driveways of aggregate, brick, or pavers. To help homeowners with the decision-making process, Triad utilizes a computer program that allows them to design a two-dimensional plan with three-dimensional renderings, resulting in a very reliable reflection of the final design.
Triad has a philosophy of working closely with those who are associated with a given project—including the homeowner, landscape architects, and contractors—to fulfill the homeowners’s wishes. With more than 100 employees, Triad has the ability to meet every hardscape challenge. The company also has a division for the renovation of swimming pool interiors.
In addition to the main facility located north of Boston, Triad has a full-time facility to meet the needs of the Cape and Islands. On the Cape, renovating pool decks and creating patios near the home—perhaps connecting the patio to the pool deck with steps—are the most requested jobs. Walkways to the front door, with their emphasis on practicality and beauty, are also popular.
Triad’s specialty, says Robert Connery, a project manager at Triad, is exposed aggregate, a process of hand-seeding aggregates into the surface of concrete, using such materials as beach glass or shells for a truly unique look. Triad also works with natural stone for walls and pavers and engineered concrete pavers and wall block. There are a couple of advantages to the engineered products: the ability to stand up to salt exposure and the ability to stay cool, even with full sun exposure.
In a highly seasonal area, Connery says, timing is a big factor. “People say, ‘I want to be swimming by Memorial Day,’ or ‘I want to be out (on the patio) by the Fourth of July,’” he says. “While everybody wants us to get in there sooner, when we get there, we get the job done amazingly quickly.” In the big picture, he says, “We stand behind our workmanship.”
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