Bluestone patios, walkways and steps

We have been working on a large ocean-side project with Pacific Ridge landscapes these past two weeks. Merle and his team with Pacific Ridge designed, sighted, and poured the concrete pads upon which we are now mortaring bluestone.

Here’s one of three ocean view patios that have been constructed so far:

And a nicely curved set of double wide garden steps towards a lower patio:

This is a beautiful property that has been transformed from a scraggly brush mess to a very usable and tidy outdoor space. We can’t wait to share with you the spectacular patio views of Mt. Baker, our resident Orca pod which frequently visits, and a glorious sunrise to wake up to.

Finished product to come shortly!

Kevin with ROCKS + STONES

Sidney Sea Wall!

An engineered wall on Robert’s Bay in Sidney.
This project has been a lot of hard work, but is finally getting close to completion!

Here’s a look at the details:

Step 1- Excavation and site prep:

After an initial tear down of existing chunks of concrete we began preparing to dig. Working with an Archeologist to sift through every shovel full that we hand excavated, we had to make sure that the site was not an ancient burial ground. Upon close inspection there were no bones found, only a “braider stone” and honed point made from an animal bone.

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Then the real fun began!

Step 2: Base and stone wall construction.

Built to engineered specs, we included extra large weepers for the wall drainage and set our lines at the appropriate heights and angles to achieve the 8 to 1 slope ratio on the front face of the wall that is required.

Step 3: Capping and staircase construction

Once the stonework was close to our finished height we began our rollover stone capping to finish the top of the wall cleanly and to highlight the strong feeling of this immense stone structure. The stone staircase is well underway too as Ben works meticulously to set each piece.

Stay tuned for finished product photos!

Cadboro Bay rocks.

A collaborative project with Biophilia Design and Tidman homes, this project is great in so many ways. A perfect setting right on the beach in Cadboro bay, with a scope of work including bluestone patios, blasted rock walls, basalt stair treads and intricately designed stonework.

Here’s some pics of our progress so far:

There are some nice finishing details in this project including lighting and stone “cheeks” on the sides of each staircase.

Can’t wait to share with you the finished product!

Until then,

Kevin

 

Fairfield front entryway

I recently had the pleasure of working on a beautiful house with a mature garden, in need of an updated front entryway. There are many very similar concrete staircases around Victoria. With a range of colour options for the stone facing, projects like this can have a big impact when it comes to giving your home an updated yet timeless look.

The existing concrete staircase had been painted numerous times over the years, and had become slippery and starting to peel.

So we stripped off the existing paint with a specialty grinder attachment, and adjusted the steps for a consistent rise and run in preparation for our stonework.

Also there was an additional bottom landing prepared, so that the new added height matched up seamlessly to the existing concrete pathways.

Now on to the fun part!

 

And the finished product:

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about our process, please drop me a line at rocksstonemason@gmail.com

Until next time,

Kevin

Bluestone pathway project.

This project is a backyard pathway upgrade from existing gravel and rustic stair treads, to a finished bluestone surface.

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 Set in sand atop a compacted roadbase, these 1-1/2″ to 2″ bluestone pavers are a great way to turn any outdoor surface into a smooth, clean, usable space.
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As an add-on to this original patio area that I built, the new pathway is the final connection from the front of this immaculate property to the back.

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Can’t wait to show you the next one!
Kevin with ROCKS and STONES

Great Wall of Metchosin update #3!

Here’s a few photos of the past week’s progress!

The following picture shows the detail of this bluestone patio set in mortar.

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The details of a finished wall with subtle lighting to add to the ambience of an evening stroll along the water:

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This lower set of steps has come together nicely. It’s hard to imagine that there was literally nothing here before. Now it is the gateway to a private beach from this beautiful ocean front home. IMG_2913  IMG_2928 IMG_2929

Yet to be grouted, this patio is already in use as the weather has been absolutely unreal here to finish off July.

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It was my honour to let my client lay the final piece of this grand patio. He even ascribed his insignia and the year onto the back of it:

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The final stretch has arrived as I start to cap the great wall, finish the details of the patio area, and complete a pathway to connect the new landscape to the rest of the property.

Kevin with ROCKS.

Great Wall of Metchosin update #2!

The beginning of the end of this upper terrace. It is coming together quite nicely!

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This little entryway is yet to be grouted, and was designed to ease the transition between sun-room and patio area. It is anchored by two reclaimed brick planters that I built to match the existing brick on the exterior sun-room foundation.

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Now comes the really fun part! Bluestone layout!!

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And the details of the bench seating are really starting to give a glimpse of the finished product as well:

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Even though there’s still a couple weeks left to go, the end is in sight, and believe me and my client Chris, the view is nice!

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Finished project coming soon!

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.