Archive for 'Fireplace and Firepit'

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Fireplace Surrounds in the Seattle Area

Over the past fifteen years I have put in around the same number of fireplace surrounds. Sometimes I am covering an old brick wood fireplace, other times I am framing up a structure and cladding it in cement board and stone veneer pieces or tile.  It normally involves finding a slab of solid wood for a [...]

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Landscape Renovation – Eclectic Charm with a Modern Design

A New Design/Build Project We just wrapped up a relatively large job in the Fauntleroy neighborhood of West Seattle in which we completely remade the back yard from top to bottom.  By large I mean that although the yard is somewhat small, there were a number of features built that kept us onsite for a [...]

Montana Ledgestone w Redwood Mantel – Shepherd Stoneworks

Montana Ledgstone Fireplace with Redwood Mantel

A fireplace we built using full-thickness stone (ie. not a pre-sawn thin veneer but pieces that are around 4″ in thickness).  The benefit, in this case, was that the corners were able to be done in some fairly big chunks by comparison.  There are limitations in using a full-thickness stone façade in a remodel; the [...]

Fireplace Surround Building Techniques

Fireplace Surround Building Techniques

If you are thinking of remodeling your fireplace surround with a stone façade, it helps to know all of the work that goes into building one that is really worth the investment.  The process tends to be a bit more involved than people expect, if only because of all the structural work that takes place [...]

Some Stonework Projects from the Past Year

Some Stonework Projects from the Past Year

It’s that time of year when I need to get out my camera and capture some of the features we have built over the past year.  The weather and the new plant growth are perfect right now.  However, I’m also busier at the end of Spring than I am any other time.  Therefore, I thought [...]

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Modern Patio Design – Stucco, Bluestone and Cedar

This patio was installed at a new 4-unit condominium which had this walled-in and fenced-in area at the back of the property.  The owners wanted to expand their living space with an outdoor room, so the upper level was made large enough to accommodate a dinner table, while the lower level included two L-shaped benches [...]

Arizona Sandstone Ashlar – Shepherd Stoneworks

Arizona Sandstone – A Mid-Century Modern Patio and Columns

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 [...]

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Outdoor Kitchen in Stone – Pacific Ashlar Ocean Pearl

Here is what has taken up a great deal of the summer for us.  It is an outdoor kitchen with a built-in FireMagic grill, a sink and a set of stairs.  The structure is made of CMU blocks veneered with K2 Stone‘s Pacific Ashlar material, no grout.  The treads, wall caps and countertop are Pennsylvania [...]

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Stone Fireplace Remodel – A Before and After

This gives you an idea of how different a fireplace can look after a surround make-over.  The original was a cheap slate tile/ wood trim arrangement, and the new surround is done in natural thin stone veneer with wrap-around corners and solid oak shelving.  The material is called Ocean Mist by K2 Stone in Nanaimo, [...]

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Modern Fireplace Design – An Asymmetrical Surround

I just finished this fireplace surround tonight in Woodinville, WA.  It was a challenging one, with a 9′ wide solid oak mantel plus two more semi-floating shelves.  The owner had the idea for the offset ledges, wanting it to have an asymmetrical shape and a modern feel.  Big sigh of relief finishing this one! by [...]

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