We just completed this patio project in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle, working for some very kind customers. It consists of a regrade (we removed about 10 yards of soil to make more level space), a relatively tight-fit rubble wall with plenty of seating area, a bluestone patio, steps and gas firepit console.
I am happy with the way that this turned out – the bluish color of the Lynch Creek Basalt worked nicely with the Pennsylvania Bluestone, and the contrast between natural-cleft and sawn bluestone is striking as well.
The steps were some of the best I have made in dimensional bluestone. The original steps were done in poorly-laid slate tile on a somewhat flimsy wooden porch that had once been the floor of a mudroom. We rebuilt the framing, poured slab steps, and made a reinforced concrete base for the top landing.
And the crowning achievement: a gas fire pit made of stacked Pennsylvania Bluestone, which provides a nice seating spot and/or a surface for setting out appetizers and such. The Regency PT030 gas unit went in quite smoothly and adds a touch of modern style to the whole arrangement. It turns on with the flip of a switch, and it puts out a lot of heat!
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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