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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-04-26

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even if they can't verbalize what that
dream is.
'We go to their home, show them
photos, look at photos they've
collected, decide whether the design
will be for a new home or recreating
an existing home," says Ketty. "Then
our architect visits, takes photos and
creates the whole design on paper,
so we can go over everything, step-
by-step, with the client. In the end, I
can't tell you how often they say, 'How
did you know what we were thinking?
You read my mind.' I love that."
Creative Brick is equipped with
a staff of more than 40 employees,
headed by the brothers. John, a
landscape designer, offers a talent
and passion for enhancing each
individual site's specific natural
surroundings as well as the
interaction between the individual
and their environment.
"His goal is to eliminate the
boundaries between interior and
exterior spaces," says Alex, whose
own expertise lies in landscape
construction. An affinity for detail
and using simple, natural materials
to create exquisite spaces extends to
a specialty in designing and building
Asian gardens, landscapes, ponds,
waterfalls and more.
In addition to John and Alex,
Creative Brick offers three on-staff
landscape architects, who can design
anything to do with the outdoors,
from fire pits and brick fireplaces
to trellises and pergolas, using a
combination of hand-rendered
and computer-generated (CAD)
drawings, drawn to scale and easily
deciphered by the client. Among the
company's services:
• Custom-built landscaping and
hardscaping, from driveways to
swimming pools and including
brick pavers, blue slate and
Bluestone pavers, masonry,
retaining walls, brick edging,
patios and more
• Outdoor living areas, including
driveways, patios, courtyards,

terraces, walls, walkways, outdoor
kitchens, pizza ovens, fire pits and
• Garden structures, such as
arbors, pergolas, benches and
• Ornamental plantings, including
custom garden design, perennial
borders, flowering shrubs, herb
gardens and large tree moving and
• Water features, like fountains,
ponds, streams, waterfalls and
brooks and bridges, made to look
formallly structured or organic as
suits a client's style
• Sprinkler systems, from system
design and installation and
automation systems to drip
irrigation and sprinkler heads
• Outdoor lighting, including
system design and installation,
path lighting and accent lighting,
all to highlight architecture, add
drama and increase safety.
From concept planning and
schematic design through the final
design and all the encompassing
site construction, Creative Brick
offers everything the client needs,
often even consulting for outside
engineers, architects and interior
Creative Brick builds everything

in-house, even housing their own
brickyard, plus a 6,000-square-foot
showroom that makes it easy for the
company to work within a client's
budget as well as put their artistry
to work in creating their own unique
combinations and designs. And
when the entire outdoor design is
completed, customers can visit the
company's newest addition, Coastal
Outdoor Living Space, to enhance
the design with patio furniture,
garden furniture, benches, bars,
statues and more.
Alex Ketty is thrilled to do what he
does, and feels lucky to be in demand
— completing 144 homes in 2011
"I love being outside, meeting
new people and creating new and
wonderful things for people to enjoy,"
he says. "The excitement of putting
a project together, creating a garden
that you walk into and takes your
breath away — there's nothing better.
I love waking up every morning and
going to work." 13

1751 S. Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
(248) 230-1600

May 2012 • Open Door Magazine I 13

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