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 + STONES

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 + STONES

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 + STONES masonry

Custom columns with built-in L.E.D. lighting.

A group of three classic jointed columns were built to light the way down a staircase to the water from this gorgeous View Royal, Victoria BC home. These blasted rock columns incorporate very sleek L.E.D. lights and a hidden timer and outlet into their construction. Heat shrunk connections and accessible junctions make this system expandable, completely water tight, and built to last for many years to come.

A custom cap detail was furnished out of chunks of granite from our local supplier. Being a ‘cost plus’ job, these caps were created for very little cost to our client in place of a conventional granite cap which has the same effect for 5 times the price.

A fun build with a great view, this is one project that I can’t wait to revisit as the years go by.

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS + STONES masonry.

Rustic Blue Granite Steps

Matching an existing set of granite steps, these blue granite chunks of stone were hand picked from a quarry near Shawnigan lake.

Step one (so to speak) was to excavate by hand in this beautiful, fully matured poolside garden. Setting up stringlines, checking and rechecking levels, and careful planning was key to make them consistent in height and depth. Next roadbase was brought in and well compacted under each step in preparation for pouring a mixture of concrete sand, type 10 cement, and roadbase to embed each of these large stones.

Once each step was set the area was cleaned and prepared for grout. Using a jointer a sand and type ten mixture was pressed and worked into each joint allowing the edges of the stone to sit only slightly prone. A sponge finish added a slightly weathered look and helped make them feel as though they have always been in their new home.

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Rustic Blue granite

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Feel free to share and if you would like to discuss a potential project, give Kevin a call at 1-250-538-8485 (be sure to dial the 1 first) or drop us a line at rocksstonemason@gmail.com.

Until next time!