Archive for 'Past Projects'

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 [...]

Shepherd Stoneworks – Mixed Stone Dry Stack

Drystack Stone Wall in Seattle

Done about seven years ago, this remains one of my favorite walls that we have done. It is made of a mixture of stones, mostly a variety called Bug Creek Drystack.  My only regret is that the owners planted those (otherwise lovely) lavender plants in front, which have doubled in size since then.  Someday, someone [...]

Shepherd Stoneworks – Modern Ocean Pearl Fireplace

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 [...]

Stone River – Black Pebble in Bronze Flagstone – Shepherd Stoneworks

Montana Bronze Patio – Paving Under a Deck

In the heat of summer, a shady place like this can be a great source of relief. This site had previously been a forgotten corner of the yard under a large deck. The patio stone is Montana Bronze Slate set in compacted crushed rock. We built a circular landing and steps at the base of [...]

Fireplace Surround – Montana Rustic Stone Veneer with an Oak Mantel

Fireplace Surround – Montana Rustic Stone Veneer with an Oak Mantel

This is a newly-minted stone surround I did in Bellevue, WA last month.  They were tired of the bland, painted bricks and white-with-trim mantel, and wanted to re-use and accentuate their vintage L-shaped brass and glass enclosure. The owners took a look at the veneer material at Marenakos and chose Autumn Gold Ledgestone (also known [...]

Ocean Pearl Fireplace Remodel

Ocean Pearl Fireplace Remodel

I finally went back out to Vashon Island to get an updated photo of this fireplace, now that the owners have finished remodeling.  I also wanted a shot during daylight hours for better lighting. It was a brick fireplace which they had me cover with a thin veneer of Ocean Pearl Ledgestone from K2 Quarries [...]

Montlake Bluestone Gas Firepit

Outdoor Room in Seattle – Bluestone and Lynch Creek Basalt

We just completed this patio project in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle, working for some very kind customers.  It consists of a regrade (we removed about 10 yards of soil to make more level space), a relatively tight-fit rubble wall with plenty of seating area, a bluestone patio, steps and gas firepit console. I am [...]

Chief Cliff Stone Fireplace Surround – Shepherd Stoneworks

Stone Fireplace Surround – Chief Cliff Montana Slate

This was actually a full-thickness veneer (3-5″thick) built over sturdy wood framing and a zero-clearance firebox.  The mantle is solid redwood, and the hearth extension is Pennsylvania Bluestone. 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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Happy Summer from Shepherd Stoneworks!

I hope everyone is having a great summer, not that it has officially arrived.

Maris Fireplace Afters rotate

Fireplace Designs Installed in Seattle

Now that Summer has begun, it’s a good time to start planning for a remodel of your fireplace surround.  This time of year, for me, is filled with laying patios and building other landscape-related stonework that comes along like a tidal wave each Spring.  But when the Fall begins to filter in after September, the [...]

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