September-October 2017 | PRIVATE PARADISE




Thanks to the vision of Hardscapes, Inc. founder Wes Novelli, clients Mike & Jennifer Ciorrocco have a backyard hideaway to enjoy with family and friends for many years to come

Written By: Jonathan Westman | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY

Wes Novelli is constantly challenging himself creatively. The owner of Hardscapes, Inc. never rests until a project is completed to the ultimate satisfaction of the homeowners — and his own incredibly high standards. His passion for evolving his craft through his innovative designs and use of modern materials and state-of-the-art technologies have earned Hardscapes, Inc. Best Hardscaping Company in Worcester County honors in Coastal Style Magazine for three consecutive years.

It’s not surprising, then, that a recent West Ocean City project included a custom combination of fire and water features with designated seating all-in-one — something Novelli had never attempted before. 

“The ‘Wow factor’ is different for the customer than it is for me,” said Novelli, whose business operates in the counties of Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex. “It’s important to me to incorporate elements, like this propane firepit-waterfall-ottoman combo, for example, that impresses the homeowners and their guests, but also pushes the levels of our originality and creativity as a company.”

Homeowners Mike and Jennifer Ciorrocco chose Wes to transform their backyard, based upon his excellent reputation with friends and colleagues who hired him previously. Their decision was reinforced after seeing examples of his work in person and on social media. 

“Our primary goal was to create an outdoor space that was functional for both children and adults,” Jennifer said, “in an area we could use to entertain, but also for relaxing evenings at home. We had confidence in Wes from the start.”

Novelli and his team completely renovated the space, which offered challenges due to its overall footprint and the property’s proximity to the protected wetland areas, into a beautiful backyard oasis with visual and functional features in every direction. Wes’ custom creation tops the list. 

Strategically positioned at one end of the design, the propane firepit frames the new concrete swimming pool perfectly and provides Mike and Jennifer the ideal place to unwind on a cool evening, a gathering area while entertaining and a S’mores zone for their children, Nicholas and Sophia. The waterfall adds complementary aesthetic value, too. The mechanics of the design were a bit tricky, Wes noted, but came seamlessly together during construction.

Novelli maximized every foot of available space to allow the Ciorroccos ample entertaining space, whether by the pool or in a recessed nook that’s now decorated with cozy furniture and outfitted with a large-screen TV.

The use of smart-technology LED lighting allows the backyard to change personalities after the sun sets and is completely controlled by Mike and Jennifer’s cell phones via WiFi.

Wes complemented the network of reliable and professional contractors who worked together with Hardscapes, Inc. to finish the project in just six short weeks, including Trond’s Pool Care, Salisbury Brick, Ruppert Fence, Carpentry by Masix, Inc., Pemberton Appliance and Electronic Interiors.

“We couldn't be any happier with the outcome of our outdoor living space,” said Mike, who’s well-known for his work as the Mid-Atlantic Division Manager Universal Mortgage & Finance, Inc. “Wes listened to our suggestions and created a vision that exceeded our expectations.” 



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