Archive for 'Landscape Stone'

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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 [...]

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Argillite – Golden Bronze Slate from Montana

We are currently getting started on a large paving project on Vashon Island, WA.  It involves over 1000 sq. ft. of Argillite Flagstone mortared onto the large walkways surrounding a new home.  I’m sure I will be posting photos of our progress, but I thought I would do some research on the material and get [...]

Split-Face Cascade Granite Wall – Stone Bench In A Wall

Split-Face Cascade Granite Wall – Stone Bench In A Wall

We split up raw boulders of local Cascades Granite into wall pieces. Then we construced a dry-stack gravity wall that incorporated a stone couch bench idea.  Finished the area with a patio of Pennsylvania Bluestone in an irregular pattern.   This reminds me – I never got shots of it over the summer to see it [...]

Raised Stone Planting Beds

Raised Stone Planting Beds

Raised stone beds, made of Pennsylvania Variegated Flagstone which we broke into strips onsite.  These six beds with paths in between used up around 20 tons of stone.  The splitting we did using a large roto-hammer with an angle iron underneath as an elongated pressure point, plus hand chisels. Though it may look easy-breezy and [...]

Hardscape Ideas – What Is The Best Time Of Year To Install A Patio?

Hardscape Ideas – What Is The Best Time Of Year To Install A Patio?

I find that most prospective clients I talk to don’t start planning for new landscape/hardscape work until near the end of Spring – the weather starts to heat up, the flowers start to bloom and suddenly the yard becomes a priority. If part of your plan involves installing stone paving or walls, water features or [...]

New Landscape Design-Build by Shepherd Stoneworks

New Landscape Design-Build by Shepherd Stoneworks

We recently completed this landscape/hardscape in Kirkland, WA.  The owners were very sweet and easy to work with – always a pleasure when it works out that way.  This is one of those rare projects where we got to do everything from building the walkways and walls to selecting and installing the plants.  Irrigation and [...]

Columbia Basalt Columns – Nature’s Sculpture in the Garden

Columbia Basalt Columns – Nature’s Sculpture in the Garden

Standing like soldiers at attention, the palisades of the Columbia Basin can be seen stretching for miles and miles through Oregon and Washington.  They were formed in an unimaginably huge volcanic flow that lasted from 17 million years ago to around 6 million years ago, and took their shape as water cooled the lava and [...]


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