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 and a fully covered, raised walkway downstairs. The total area covered was 1200 sq ft (much bigger than our average-sized project) and included 22 stair treads, a few dozen feet of wall capping and some sand-set areas along the driveway.
The stone is wet, of course, which really brings out the color. And the above photo was taken before the grouting was done. The next photo shows the upstairs walkway post-grouting. (It’s also mostly wet here) There will be a steel grate bridging to the front entryway on the right and the rest of the “moat” or trench will have tall grasses in planters inhabiting the space.
I haven’t gotten a shot of everything dry and uncluttered (there is still construction going on all around it now), but the next photo shows the first shot dry and un-grouted so you get an idea of the color contrast from wet to dry.
Right now the home is till under construction, so it still looks a bit chaotic. Once it is all more complete I will be sure to make a Part 2 post about it to show the final outcome. We have been very pleased to be involved in such a great home design, created by builder Chris Bolweg.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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