This summer we completed this patio, which was meant to utilize the area under a new, watertight deck. The house is a split-level rambler from the early 60′s that has a very nice façade of Arizona Sandstone Ashlar which you can see in the foreground in this photo.
We encased the deck posts in new sandstone pillars which are very stout and also anchored to the posts. At later date we will be returning to clad the treated beams in cedar fascia.
Also included with the patio were a fire pit and bench, also made of Arizona Sandstone Ashlar. (The word ‘ashlar’ refers to sawn pieces of bedrock that have complimentary height dimensions making them able to be arranged into interlocking patterns. The faces of the rocks are split by a guillotine splitter.) The caps on the fireplace were made of the flagstone which I split by hand into the natural-edge strips you see here. The cap for the bench was made from the hearth stone salvaged from the owner’s old fireplace.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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