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.

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.

Revisiting a classic granite column in Oak Bay.

It is always a pleasure to keep in touch with our past clients, and to recall the experience of building such special projects for great people.

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A truly one-of-a-kind piece, this granite column and lamp post was designed by our client and built to match the existing style of a column on the property. The design allowed for some freedom of expression with the inclusion of beautiful black and golden/orange stone as inset pieces.

A panoramic view of the entire piece:

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A great way to improve the safety of any property, lamp posts such as this shed light over a large area and help deter unwanted visitors while welcoming your guests.

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

Fall project inspiration!

As the nights get longer and the weather turns cooler here in beautiful Victoria B.C. Canada, there’s no better place to enjoy the fall then in front of a cozy fireplace.

This is also the time of year when outdoor lighting can make all the difference in securing the exterior of your home while welcoming guests towards the entrance.

Here’s a few examples of our fall inspired projects, fireplaces and outdoor lighting:

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

Fireplace Update!

This fireplace is coming along nicely out here in Saanich, greater Victoria BC.

I had these custom brackets for the mantle piece made by a local Sidney fabricator, Philbrook’s Metal fabrication shop:

They were made to mimic my clients dream fireplace off of a picture. Aluminum coated with a heat resistant paint, drilled and lag bolted in place.

And the stonework is now above the archway and getting closer to the top!

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Another few days should do it, here’s one more detail shot:

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See you again soon with the finished product.

Kevin with ROCKS.