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.

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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Great Wall of Metchosin update #3!

Here’s a few photos of the past week’s progress!

The following picture shows the detail of this bluestone patio set in mortar.

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The details of a finished wall with subtle lighting to add to the ambience of an evening stroll along the water:

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This lower set of steps has come together nicely. It’s hard to imagine that there was literally nothing here before. Now it is the gateway to a private beach from this beautiful ocean front home. IMG_2913  IMG_2928 IMG_2929

Yet to be grouted, this patio is already in use as the weather has been absolutely unreal here to finish off July.

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It was my honour to let my client lay the final piece of this grand patio. He even ascribed his insignia and the year onto the back of it:

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The final stretch has arrived as I start to cap the great wall, finish the details of the patio area, and complete a pathway to connect the new landscape to the rest of the property.

Kevin with ROCKS.

Great Wall of Metchosin update #2!

The beginning of the end of this upper terrace. It is coming together quite nicely!

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This little entryway is yet to be grouted, and was designed to ease the transition between sun-room and patio area. It is anchored by two reclaimed brick planters that I built to match the existing brick on the exterior sun-room foundation.

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Now comes the really fun part! Bluestone layout!!

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And the details of the bench seating are really starting to give a glimpse of the finished product as well:

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Even though there’s still a couple weeks left to go, the end is in sight, and believe me and my client Chris, the view is nice!

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Finished project coming soon!

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.

Fall patio fun!

This quick backyard patio space replaced a tired concrete mosaic patio and was built utilizing leftover bricks that the client had from a previous phase of their project.

It took a little longer than just three days to help transform this yard into the perfect backyard entertaining space for this young family.

Built just in time to capture the last few weeks of the patio season here in beautiful Victoria British Columbia Canada!

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS.

Complete Calgary Landscape!

This project brought me back to my hometown to work with one of my oldest friends to build a complete landscape for his young family’s brand new home in an award winning Calgary community called Mahogany.

Two and a half weeks of long days and intensive construction brought this yard from barren soil to finished product.

Like most brand new homes in the Calgary area, the developer left this yard with nothing more than a concrete slab and bare roughly graded soil. The garage was built by another friend of the home owner named Jamieson and his company Vivid Builders. If you are looking for top quality craftsmanship and a great customer experience in the Calgary area, give Vivid a call.

As you can see by the before picture of this project, it doesn’t take much time for a forest of weeds to grow!

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Destruction began on day 1, and as with all of my projects it started with setting up string lines and initial marking of areas to be excavated and grades to be established. As you can see in the following slideshow, once the prep work for bricks was complete it didn’t take long for the hard surface to begin to take shape.

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A panoramic shot of the completed brickwork ready for a high quality synthetic lawn and deck to be installed.

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With the instant injection of green into the space the race was on to complete the fence, deck, and planters.

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Once all of the finishing details were complete and plants were in the ground, it was finally time to take a step back and see the overall product of our long days of hard labour.

 

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This project was a great experience for me as I couldn’t have had more fun working side by side with my old friend Joel to make this yard perfect for him and his beautiful wife Michelle and their GIANT dog Harvey. Especially considering that they are expecting their first child in a couple weeks!

A special thanks to the company where I began my career Mirage Landscaping Calgary for supplying us with all of the hardscaping materials we needed to get this job done.

I’ve got one more special small project to complete here in Cowtown until I’m back in Victoria,

So until then,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry.

Reclaimed brick projects for Biophilia design collective.

I’ve been busy these past few weekends building these various masonry elements with reclaimed brick for the awesome Biophilia design collective here in Victoria.

It is a really cool product to work with, as each piece is a unique chunk of our city’s history. While I was building these I couldn’t help but think of the mason before me who originally laid these bricks.  It is quite satisfying to give them a new home.

With a ‘sponged’ grout finish every aspect of this project feels as though it has been in place for some time.

 

 

And this custom front entryway completed this past weekend!

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS.

 

Revisiting a custom fireplace and bluestone patio in Sidney!

It`s always nice to keep in touch with clients and an honour to do some additional work. I have built numerous aspects of this lovely ocean view property including two bluestone patios, a front entryway, and an indoor fireplace.

Here`s an updated pic of the fireplace that was given a ROCKS style face lift. Basalt surrounds these gorgeous doors that the client had custom made and the rest of the stone is Eagle ridge sandstone facing, with a big ol` single chunk of local stone for the hearth and a stunning `live edge`mantle piece (see ROCKS Fireplaces ) for more pics.

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It`s always nice to see how our projects age, and I couldn`t help but snap a picture of this large bluestone patio nestled in a mature garden. Time always seems to make things look more at home. Coupled with fantastic composite patio furniture this patio is ready for its first full summer of use!

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See more of our bluestone work here: ROCKS Stone Surfaces

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

rocksstonemason@gmail.com

Spring project inspiration!

Whether you need a new retaining wall or have an idea for your dream backyard space, we are happy to help bring some more ROCKS into your life! Here in beautiful Victoria BC Canada we utilize the rock that is blasted right from Vancouver island and re-purpose it into precisely built works of stone such as these:

We are currently booking into mid June of this season, so please leave us a message as soon as possible to get your project underway to enjoy this summer! Email us at rocksstonemason@gmail.com, or give Kevin a call at 1-250-538-8485 and we will be happy to discuss your project.