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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!

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Some more progress of the front yard stonework here in beautiful Cadboro bay Victoria BC!

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The front wall is almost complete, and backfill is happening today so we should see a taste of the finished product very soon, once the landscapers do their thing.

Until then,

Kevin

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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┬áSet 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

Front Entryway Completion!

The first steps to having a complete front landscape, this stonework lays the foundation for garden beds and a nice side entryway leading to a deck.

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I’m looking forward to phase 2 in the spring, which will include another set of steps and a bluestone walkway!

Kevin with ROCKS.

Front entryway progress in Sooke!

Starting with a blank slate, this Sooke area entryway already has a great timber frame style which the new natural stone steps will compliment very well.

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Compacting 3/4″ road-base and pouring a nice concrete pad upon which the stonework will sit to make this set of steps last.

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Bluestone layout on top of local blasted rock risers.

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I took a few minutes to mock up the L.E.D. accent lighting for my clients to view over the weekend as well, before I bond the bluestone down and set the brackets for the lights into mortar.

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Details of the finished product, with lights installed and ready to use!

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Some of the garden wall is starting to take shape as well:
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Here’s the start of a secondary set of steps to create access from a deck through the new garden beds to the front of the property.

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And more light layout!

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Bonded down, these freshly grouted bluestone treads will have to set over the weekend before they can be used.

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Looking forward to sharing the completed project with you this upcoming week!

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.

Backyard bluestone patio progression!

A small but intricate project, this backyard patio space was created to transform a gravel sitting area into a smooth stone surface. Easy to maintain and built to last for a very long time, this stone patio features a sandstone called Pennsylvania Bluestone, a new drain, and consistent jointing for a naturally refined look.

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