Courtyard Stone Patio and Deck Stairs

Small Basalt Fountain – Shepherd Stoneworks

A narrow back yard with a problematic old deck and junky patio was the problem – our services were requested to re-work the whole area and to create a more level space.

This was the result.

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The site, as it previously existed, was a mishmash of odds and ends – a combination of an old, poorly-assembled deck and stairs and a broken-sidewalk patio that was not only unsafe to walk on but was also needlessly 8″ lower than the general grade.  There had originally, many years ago, been a garage in this spot for which the slab and foundation still remained. So underneath the broken concrete paving was around 12″ of fill on top of the old driveway.

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A great deal of the scope of this project was to do some engineering in order to put things right. All of the old decking was demolished, not an easy task because of the way it had been built. Then some 4″ angle iron was attached to the top of the hidden concrete wall that supports the yard.  The iron was set on a row of mortared bricks and then anchored to the wall using galvanized drop anchors.

This allowed us to support the new paving at the desired height while also keeping it from touching the fence, which is attached to the existing concrete wall.

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In the far corner we built a small fountain using a drilled rock surrounded by beach pebbles, a nice finishing touch in making this a calm oasis in an urban neighborhood.

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by Mark Shepherd   www.ShepherdStoneworks.com

(206) 618-0558

Bringing the finest in Stone Masonry to the Greater Seattle Area.

Natural stone walls, patios, steps and rockery of all sizes.

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