Metchosin front entryway update!

As I get closer to completion, the project really starts to come together in a special way. The finishing details are the most fun to work on and it’s always a pleasure to see my clients excitement build too.

Here’s the detail of the pathway that is all laid out and ready to be bonded and grouted to the concrete pad:

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The staircase is really the crown jewel of this project, and with the ‘cheeks’ completed and the slate laid out for the treads it’s becoming clear what the final product will look like.

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Next week I will unveil the finished product! Plus now that the stonework is complete there will be a handrail installed.

Until then,

Kevin with ROCKS.

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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 Stonemasonry

Fall project inspiration!

As the nights get longer and the weather turns cooler here in beautiful Victoria B.C. Canada, there’s no better place to enjoy the fall then in front of a cozy fireplace.

This is also the time of year when outdoor lighting can make all the difference in securing the exterior of your home while welcoming guests towards the entrance.

Here’s a few examples of our fall inspired projects, fireplaces and outdoor lighting:

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS Stonemasonry

Fireplace Update!

This fireplace is coming along nicely out here in Saanich, greater Victoria BC.

I had these custom brackets for the mantle piece made by a local Sidney fabricator, Philbrook’s Metal fabrication shop:

They were made to mimic my clients dream fireplace off of a picture. Aluminum coated with a heat resistant paint, drilled and lag bolted in place.

And the stonework is now above the archway and getting closer to the top!

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Another few days should do it, here’s one more detail shot:

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See you again soon with the finished product.

Kevin with ROCKS.

Brand new fireplace under construction!

It’s getting close to fireplace season! There’s nothing better then sitting in front of a warm fire on a rainy autumn day. This new fireplace under construction right now in Saanich is being built with Rocky Mountain granite stone facing and a chiseled Basalt hearth.

The fireplace itself is a good wood burning style made to provide a lot of heat throughout the colder fall and winter days. The mantle may be a matching chunk of chiseled basalt or a roughly sawn piece of lumber, yet to be determined!

Here’s one closeup of the detail so far:

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More to come very shortly!

Kevin.

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.

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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Custom stone staircases!

A collection of all of our recent staircase projects.

There are a wide range of suitable staircase products that provide everything from a rustic to a refined look. A well designed and thought out set of steps will add functionality and beauty to those otherwise awkward areas of your landscape.

Feel free to give Kevin a call at 1-250-538-8485 if you have any questions about a potential project of your own!

 

 

Reclaimed brick projects for Biophilia design collective.

I’ve been busy these past few weekends building these various masonry elements with reclaimed brick for the awesome Biophilia design collective here in Victoria.

It is a really cool product to work with, as each piece is a unique chunk of our city’s history. While I was building these I couldn’t help but think of the mason before me who originally laid these bricks.  It is quite satisfying to give them a new home.

With a ‘sponged’ grout finish every aspect of this project feels as though it has been in place for some time.

 

 

And this custom front entryway completed this past weekend!

Until next time,

Kevin with ROCKS.