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