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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!

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