A New Design/Build Project We just wrapped up a relatively large job in the Fauntleroy neighborhood of West Seattle in which we completely remade the back yard from top to bottom. By large I mean that although the yard is somewhat small, there were a number of features built that kept us onsite for a [...]
We are currently working on a relatively large-scale project in West Seattle that, among several other features and a full landscape design/install, includes this Dry Stack Stone Wall made of a mix of Pennsylvania Split-Face Ledgestone and some Chilton Limestone pieces. This gives you an idea of the behind-the-scenes structural work that goes on with [...]
We spent over 2 months covering some concrete walkways with Argillite, a slate flagstone from Montana, which was supplied by Terrazzo & Stone Supply Company in Bellevue. It was part of a new home design that was built into a hill on Vashon Island, so there is a partially covered walkway upstairs at the entry [...]
We are currently getting started on a large paving project on Vashon Island, WA. It involves over 1000 sq. ft. of Argillite Flagstone mortared onto the large walkways surrounding a new home. I’m sure I will be posting photos of our progress, but I thought I would do some research on the material and get [...]
A fireplace we built using full-thickness stone (ie. not a pre-sawn thin veneer but pieces that are around 4″ in thickness). The benefit, in this case, was that the corners were able to be done in some fairly big chunks by comparison. There are limitations in using a full-thickness stone façade in a remodel; the [...]
I don’t usually post “before” pictures, my feeling being that ugly images tend to muck up the overall idea people come away with when viewing your work. But I think it is important to demonstrate the difference from time to time, and to point out that this is messy work when it is in progress. [...]
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