My Seattle Patios – A Shepherd Stoneworks Retrospective

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I thought it might be fun to go back through my photos of past stone paving projects.  These are only a sampling;  to see my full paving gallery, take a look at http://www.shepherdstoneworks.com/gallery/?m=Patios+Paving.   I’m also realizing that I’ve got a lot of projects to photograph from the past year or so – it’s going to have to wait until late spring so I can catch the foliage at its best.

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This was one of my first projects after I opened my business.  I excavated about 20 cubic yards of soil to make this sunken patio as part of a Zen Tea Garden.  The sunset and the imbedded light fixtures make for a nice ambiance here.

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Not long after, I was hired to make a pair of patios, this being the smaller of the two.  Random Pennsylvania Lilac Flagstone surrounded by a ring of Tenino Sandstone Cobbles.

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We built a large stone vegetable garden terrace in Carnation, WA.  It involved the use of about 20 tons of Pennsylvania Flagstone as the walls were made of the same material.  These planter walls were supposed to be super sturdy and had to take up as little space (depth) as possible to preserve the area of these existing beds (they had been encased in cedar lumber).  So we hand-split about 1300 lineal feet of flagstone into 8″ wide strips and stacked them with mortar in between.  I can comfortably promise that these planters will be around for 1000 years.

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This was a labor of love, and one of our finest uses of Montana Slate (combined with a newer variety called Autumn Flame).  It is one of the harder stones to cut and it is more or less impossible to break successfully.  Nevertheless, we made the joints on this one EXTRA tight, and while it was a slog to achieve this, I have to say the results really pop.  My customer asked for a stone river design in the patterning which has sort of become my signature feature.  This time I used Mexican Beach Pebbles set in crushed rock.

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This would definitely rate as one of our most ambitious patios to date:  built in a steep ravine, enclosed by a giant waterfall/pond, with a circulating creek running through the middle of it and a stone bridge.  And this was only part of an even larger undertaking.  It was done in Three Rivers Flagstone, the creek consisting of Bandera Granite plus a “sub-strata” of Ocean Pearl mini-flags.

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Though this patio gave the last one a run for its money in terms of ambition.  Residing in a similarly difficult location, it involves two large planters, a firepit made from a split boulder, giant granite slab steps, and a waterfall into a pond.  Once again, I need to return for better photographs – now that my customers have done their gardening magic on the place, it looks ten times better than this!

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by Mark Shepherd   www.ShepherdStoneworks.com

(206) 618-0558

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