Over the past fifteen years I have put in around the same number of fireplace surrounds. Sometimes I am covering an old brick wood fireplace, other times I am framing up a structure and cladding it in cement board and stone veneer pieces or tile. It normally involves finding a slab of solid wood for a [...]
Here is a sampling of a few dry-stack stone retaining walls we’ve completed over the past few years. Well-built mortarless walls are actually superior to concrete because they drain well and can survive the inevitable shifting of the ground over time. Pennsylvania Bluestone – this little patio and wall are making good use of a [...]
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 [...]
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