Cristie Schoen Memorial The murder of Cristie Schoen, her husband JT Codd and unborn daughter in March 2015 rocked Asheville and much of the country. The couple, though relatively new to the area, were much loved and admired. Cristie and JT both worked in the movie industry and were in the process of restoring a … Read More
Land Assessment/Verti-Block Wall Project The Tyson residence is perched along the side of a low South-facing ridge above Asheville, N.C. The home was built in the early 1980’s before stringent steep slope ordinances. During the extremely rainy 2013 we received numerous calls regarding erosion and site failure. The Tyson’s was one of the worst. The … Read More
Sevier County Pond Building Project Introduction: Pond Building Project in TN Over the years we have successfully completed a number of land improvements on a 46-acre property in Sevier County TN. In 2007 we timbered the property for pulp wood in preparation for later pasture phases. A year later we installed a one mile loop … Read More
Boulder Retaining Walls Project Overview – Sapphire Valley NC In late winter 2014 we received a website inquiry from RM outlining concerns about existing structural boulder walls, as well as the desire for a patio and fire circle. We visited the site in spring and found the spacious home, a recent foreclosure purchase, had … Read More
V & V constructed massive Tennessee field stone retaining walls in Sharps Chapel, Tn. in 2015
Successful driveway construction is not an accident. It requires planning, creativity and operational expertise. This project posed a few serious challenges worthy of review. It was also a great example of Integrated Land Management at work.
One question we are asked with regularity is "Do you work on properties as small as mine?" The answer is always YES.
This website allows us the chance to explain the extent of our capabilities, and maybe even to show off a little, but we also take great pride in the planning and execution of projects on a smaller scale.
It was in the early Spring of 2009 when we first visited John and Judi Hromco, recently retired environmental science teachers who had bought their dream property in Morristown, East Tennessee. They had a strong vision for what they wanted to achieve with their 25 acres. They wanted to create a park-like property, encompassing orchards, fertile gardens, stands of hardwoods with walking trails, and pasture for grazing the five horses they inherited!
When Alex Tiberi and his wife Claire bought 28 acres along the French Broad River in Alexander in North Carolina in 2004 they knew it would require significant work. Half of the property had been abandoned in the early 1980’s and was covered in Virginia Pines and virtually inaccessible. The initial goal was to remove the pine for pulp, mulch the stumps and crowns for erosion control and pasture, and install a finish-quality road at a comfortable grade along the steep NW facing portion of the property.
I remember the first time I saw what is now our home. A 2 1/2 mile hike through an area of the Cherokee National Forest which had not seen a hiker or other legal recreational user in many a year. To a property overgrown with pine trees, so thick you had to force your way between them, snapping off branches as you made your way along. And where there were breaks between the pines it was shoulder high in bramble, multi-flora, honeysuckle, and the like.