Sidney Sea Wall!

An engineered wall on Robert’s Bay in Sidney.
This project has been a lot of hard work, but is finally getting close to completion!

Here’s a look at the details:

Step 1- Excavation and site prep:

After an initial tear down of existing chunks of concrete we began preparing to dig. Working with an Archeologist to sift through every shovel full that we hand excavated, we had to make sure that the site was not an ancient burial ground. Upon close inspection there were no bones found, only a “braider stone” and honed point made from an animal bone.

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Then the real fun began!

Step 2: Base and stone wall construction.

Built to engineered specs, we included extra large weepers for the wall drainage and set our lines at the appropriate heights and angles to achieve the 8 to 1 slope ratio on the front face of the wall that is required.

Step 3: Capping and staircase construction

Once the stonework was close to our finished height we began our rollover stone capping to finish the top of the wall cleanly and to highlight the strong feeling of this immense stone structure. The stone staircase is well underway too as Ben works meticulously to set each piece.

Stay tuned for finished product photos!

Cadboro Bay rocks.

A collaborative project with Biophilia Design and Tidman homes, this project is great in so many ways. A perfect setting right on the beach in Cadboro bay, with a scope of work including bluestone patios, blasted rock walls, basalt stair treads and intricately designed stonework.

Here’s some pics of our progress so far:

There are some nice finishing details in this project including lighting and stone “cheeks” on the sides of each staircase.

Can’t wait to share with you the finished product!

Until then,

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

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.