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.
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!
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.
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.
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!