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

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.

Bluestone pavers near Sidney!

This project near Sidney using little more than these basic tools is an add-on to patios I completed late last season. These various sizes of 1-1/2″- 2″ thick bluestone pavers are set in sand to allow water to drain through the surface.

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Below is a custom made pad and step for an outdoor change-room structure.  These pavers are set in mortar, atop a poured concrete pad to allow for the structure to be soundly anchored to the stonework. The structure is being built right now so i’m looking forward to sharing the finished product with you!

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A very versatile and beautiful product, bluestone is one of the only products that has a soft feel in hardscape applications. The feeling is quite pleasant compared to the rougher texture of concrete products.

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

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From unusable side yard to side entryway!

Providing access for a future tenancy suit, this new set of steps and walkway help turn this side yard storage area into a second entryway to this stunning waterfront property in View Royal, Victoria BC Canada.

Connecting an existing paving-stone driveway to a backyard patio that ROCKS built in a previous phase, these steps were built to last. They were set atop a large concrete footing and built with hefty chunks of blasted rock tying it back to the existing large boulder stacked retention.

There’s more to come on this project soon so stay tuned as I construct some pathway columns with built in lighting!

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

 

 

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