Great wall of Metchosin update!

This masonry project is getting closer to completion by the day here in Metchosin. As I work to finish the lower set of steps, it is really starting to take shape.

Here’s a few shots of recent progress:

And a couple close-up shots of some finishing details:

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I’ll be finishing more of this stonework over the next couple of weeks, so check in again for some new pics and the unveiling of the finished project when it’s complete!

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.

Metchosin Ocean view Project!

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This has been a special few months for me, as I have been working on a very large project on a spectacular ocean front property in Metchosin. It doesn’t get any better than working on a site such as this, and for a truly great client.

The scope of this project is to completely overhaul the ocean side of this home. As you will see in a before picture in the slideshow below, we are in the process of turning a grassy slope and lawn area into a completely deer free usable outdoor living space. It will include a massive retaining wall in our signature ‘tight fit’ style, as well as a patio area with bench seating upon which the final views will be incredible.

A glimpse of some of the detail of the wall surface:

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A slideshow of progress so far:

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A latest progress shot of the “great wall of Metchosin”, this wall will be both a barrier to create a deer free zone above, as well as retention for additional usable real estate above including a well manicured bocce playing area.

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Once this great wall is complete, the patio area will begin. It will be built to highlight this perfect spot to enjoy the hummingbirds, bald eagles, seals, otters, and breathtaking views.

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I’ll update you all again soon!

Kevin with ROCKS.

Metchosin front entryway completion!

It has been challenging to deal with the weather, but luckily I was able to catch the right amount of sunshine to complete this front entryway today!

From grass to finished stonework, this staircase and pathway was designed to create a proper front entrance to this beautiful ocean front home.

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Phase one of this grand project, it has been my honour to build this for a great man.

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Until next time!

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

Metchosin front entryway update!

As I get closer to completion, the project really starts to come together in a special way. The finishing details are the most fun to work on and it’s always a pleasure to see my clients excitement build too.

Here’s the detail of the pathway that is all laid out and ready to be bonded and grouted to the concrete pad:

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The staircase is really the crown jewel of this project, and with the ‘cheeks’ completed and the slate laid out for the treads it’s becoming clear what the final product will look like.

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Next week I will unveil the finished product! Plus now that the stonework is complete there will be a handrail installed.

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.

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Metchosin front entryway construction!

The start of a brand new front entryway!

Converting grass and garden bed into a solid stone surface to guide visitors and family to the actual front door of this oceanfront home in Metchosin, Vancouver Island BC.

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As I begin to finish the staircase and layout the bluestone along the path this project will really start taking shape.

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Yet to have it’s stone “cheeks” built, this stairway will include a lamp post to light the entrance and guide people safely down the pathway.

More to come very soon!

Kevin with ROCKS.

Staircase testimonial!

This grand stone staircase built in the Highlands of greater Victoria, Vancouver Island was the highlight of this past season for me.  As the main entryway of the property it had to be both beautiful and highly functional. Here’s the before and after pictures:

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It was my honour to receive this testimonial from my clients:

“We were both very pleased with the high level of expertise and work ethic that Kevin brought to the project. He did a terrific job laying out what the project entailed and what any anticipated concerns might be. He always kept us up to date and completed each phase as he described.

We live on an acreage outside the city so creating a lighting plan that was both visually pleasing and functional was a key component for us. Kevin was very accommodating and most helpful as we tried various lighting solutions to complete the project.

We love the finished look of our rock stairs and the aesthetic choices that he brought to the job.

Highly recommended!

Darren and Rosemary McGrath

As well as these two new photos showing off the lighting that we designed together:

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It is always the most rewarding part of a job to get positive feedback from happy customers, and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch to see this project as it ages through the seasons.

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

Custom stone staircases!

A collection of all of our recent staircase projects.

There are a wide range of suitable staircase products that provide everything from a rustic to a refined look. A well designed and thought out set of steps will add functionality and beauty to those otherwise awkward areas of your landscape.

Feel free to give Kevin a call at 1-250-538-8485 if you have any questions about a potential project of your own!

 

 

Entryway Completed!

This stone staircase/front entryway is officially complete today! The greatest project I have ever completed solo, this set of steps are the highlight of my season so far.

As you can see from the first picture the previous steps were far from inviting, and being situated in a secluded spot deep in the Highlands they were dark and dangerous at night.

Here’s a few of the highlights of the build:

A lot of hard work and all done by hand, this was certainly a challenge to complete in the heat of a very warm spring/early summer. I had a bit of fun with the lighting, and the fixtures pictured above were custom made to fit into their rock bases. I chose some local sandstone that once was part of their old steps and cored through it so that all of the wiring remains hidden, and this way the rock can be moved around if necessary.

Some projects such as this seem to work out exceptionally well. The existing large boulders provided a great frame for the new steps and the heights could not have worked out better to provide two identical sets of consistently 7inch riser steps.

On to the next but first I’m going to relax over the weekend and remember how much fun this build was!

Until the next time,

Kevin with ROCKS.

Front entryway getting closer to completion!

The weather has been hot and sunny here in Victoria, and this project is moving along nicely. This is the point when things really start to come together, as the Pennsylvania Bluestone slate was laid out for the stair treads and landing. I just had to see what these L.E.D. strip lights look like in place, so here’s how I left it today!

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Looking forward to sharing the rest of the finishing touches with you shortly.

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.