Talkin`ROCKS- Blog

North Saanich columns

Our latest property entry project with large stone columns and a fresh paving stone driveway.

Built upon large concrete footings, these cinder block cores house the many electrical wires in conduit for sensors, motors, and lights. We always fill them to create a solid concrete structure reinforced with rebar tied deep into the concrete footing.

Large dark granite caps will help create a strong sturdy look while matching the custom stone inserts that our client has had made custom for this project.

The exciting part is yet to come, with the gate and motor being mounted by the end of the week and our beautiful sandstone facing to be installed shortly after.

Until then,

Kevin.

Patio and rock garden

Enjoy the following images of our latest complete landscape including a bluestone patio, rock garden, drainage, irrigation, and pavingstone walkway.

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It was a lot of fun building this backyard space using the ideas and thoughts of our clients to make it just the way that they had envisioned.

Until next time!

Granite fireplace construction

This wood burning fireplace is the focal point of a stable turned into a caretakers suite for a very unique property in Saanich.

Featuring granite found on site for the hearth infill,  a hardy island granite facing, and a beautiful live edge mantle, this fireplace was built to match the feel of existing stonework on the property.

Ben did a fantastic job finishing this fireplace to warm this freshly completed suite before the winter!

 

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!