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!

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 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

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!