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.

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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,

Kevin.

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!

 

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