Archive for 'Past Projects'

Highlights – a look back at some of our best hardscapes

Highlights – a look back at some of our best hardscapes

To mark our 15th year in business, I thought I would put together a sampling of some of my favorite structures built over the years.  Enjoy. And Happy New Year! by Mark Shepherd (206) 618-0558 Bringing the finest in Stone Masonry to the Greater Seattle Area. Natural stone walls, patios, steps and rockery of [...]


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 [...]

Zolner wall curve

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 [...]

Mortared Stone Walkways in Slate

Mortared Stone Walkways in Slate

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 [...]

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 [...]

Parry Before

Stone Patio and Wall – Before and After

I don’t usually post “before” pictures, my feeling being that ugly images tend to muck up the overall idea people come away with when viewing your work.  But I think it is important to demonstrate the difference from time to time, and to point out that this is messy work when it is in progress.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lilac Flagstone Patio – Shepherd Stoneworks

Flagstone Hand – A Patio With a Design Twist

I have posted shots of this before, but I wanted to revisit since it has been a few years and it’s that time of year – time to put in some hardscaping in advance of the summer months. We used two different types of flagstone: Pennsylvania Lilac and Three Rivers.  There needed to be a [...]

Split Granite Stone Bench Stone Couch – Shepherd Stoneworks

Split Granite Dry Stack Wall

This is a project we just completed. We took local granite boulders and split them into face stone for stacking. The owners wanted us to put in lots of quirky accents and include a bench section with large seat backrest stones. Pennsylvania flagstone paving. The project was quite a haul in terms of labor, but [...]

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