Seattle Stone Patio – Before and After Installation

Seattle Stone Patio – Before and After Installation

After Construction (before landscaping)

This project was relatively small, but since it was so easy to capture on film I thought I would give a demonstration of a before and after.  This is it in finished form (it will look even better with new plantings around it).  The patio is constructed of Pennsylvania Flagstone which was cut to fit with the joint width at below 1/2″.  It sits nestled inside of a U-shaped wall which just happens to be the right height to be a bench.  The wall is roughly 12″ thick, which is a bit thicker than is necessary but which gives it a much stronger appearance.  The capstones are pieces of flagstone that I hand-split with my trusty Trow & Holden chisel and hammer.

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Before Construction

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This shows what there was to begin with: an unusable, sloped yard with a lawn that refused to grow.  This is a common scenario in many townhouses in Seattle.  A stone patio is the perfect solution for a yard that needs help like this one.  After removing one badly-placed tree and a few cubic yards of heavy clay, we got down to business building a new outdoor space.

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Design Sketch

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I took the above photo and made a composite design sketch for my customer to make sure we were on the same page visually.  My landscape design software has come in handy so many times for things like this.  I have used it to design everything from front entryway steps to fully integrated landscapes.  It’s not AutoCad, but after having mastered this program I may be ready to move to the next level!

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Mark Shepherd ShepherdStoneworks.com

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