Archive for 'Stone Paving'

Hardscaping – How to Expand Your Living Space

Hardscaping – How to Expand Your Living Space

Landscaping isn’t just about planting things.  It is the art of transforming the outdoors to suit your needs. And sometimes what you need is to create new spaces that provide comfort, usefulness, mobility and a mystique that draws people out of doors and into the outdoors. The use of construction methods to create structure in [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.  [...]

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 [...]

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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