Talkin`ROCKS- Blog

Helmcken Fireplace!

A project led by Ben, the mission for this fireplace was to take an old out dated fireplace and bring it back to life with some fresh stone and fine finishing details.

After taking apart and removing the old stonework, we found odd but structurally sound brick construction behind it upon which we would start our new build.

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Keeping the wood burning insert in place, we were able to install our new stonework and this beautiful maple mantle that our clients had custom made.

A pleasure to work with, this local San Juan stone facing from one of our suppliers, Island Stone, utilizes stone from Vancouver island itself.


Jointed rock retention in Gordon Head.

A collaboration with Blackwolf construction, these walls and columns are being built to match some existing stonework on this beautiful ocean front property.

Along with a column to denote the entrance to split driveways, we have built a planter and the sides of a stone and concrete staircase yet to be completed.

North Saanich columns

Our latest property entry project with large stone columns and a fresh paving stone driveway.

Built upon large concrete footings, these cinder block cores house the many electrical wires in conduit for sensors, motors, and lights. We always fill them to create a solid concrete structure reinforced with rebar tied deep into the concrete footing.

Large dark granite caps will help create a strong sturdy look while matching the custom stone inserts that our client has had made custom for this project.

The exciting part is yet to come, with the gate and motor being mounted by the end of the week and our beautiful sandstone facing to be installed shortly after.

Until then,


Patio and rock garden

Enjoy the following images of our latest complete landscape including a bluestone patio, rock garden, drainage, irrigation, and pavingstone walkway.

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It was a lot of fun building this backyard space using the ideas and thoughts of our clients to make it just the way that they had envisioned.

Until next time!

Granite fireplace construction

This wood burning fireplace is the focal point of a stable turned into a caretakers suite for a very unique property in Saanich.

Featuring granite found on site for the hearth infill,  a hardy island granite facing, and a beautiful live edge mantle, this fireplace was built to match the feel of existing stonework on the property.

Ben did a fantastic job finishing this fireplace to warm this freshly completed suite before the winter!


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