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

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 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!