Bluestone patios, walkways and steps

We have been working on a large ocean-side project with Pacific Ridge landscapes these past two weeks. Merle and his team with Pacific Ridge designed, sighted, and poured the concrete pads upon which we are now mortaring bluestone.

Here’s one of three ocean view patios that have been constructed so far:

And a nicely curved set of double wide garden steps towards a lower patio:

This is a beautiful property that has been transformed from a scraggly brush mess to a very usable and tidy outdoor space. We can’t wait to share with you the spectacular patio views of Mt. Baker, our resident Orca pod which frequently visits, and a glorious sunrise to wake up to.

Finished product to come shortly!

Kevin with ROCKS + STONES

Fairfield front entryway

I recently had the pleasure of working on a beautiful house with a mature garden, in need of an updated front entryway. There are many very similar concrete staircases around Victoria. With a range of colour options for the stone facing, projects like this can have a big impact when it comes to giving your home an updated yet timeless look.

The existing concrete staircase had been painted numerous times over the years, and had become slippery and starting to peel.

So we stripped off the existing paint with a specialty grinder attachment, and adjusted the steps for a consistent rise and run in preparation for our stonework.

Also there was an additional bottom landing prepared, so that the new added height matched up seamlessly to the existing concrete pathways.

Now on to the fun part!

 

And the finished product:

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about our process, please drop me a line at rocksstonemason@gmail.com

Until next time,

Kevin

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!

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 + STONES

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

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.