Archive for 'Stone Paving'

Columbia Slate Patio – Shepherd Stoneworks

Your Paver Patio Contractor in Seattle

Over the years we have installed many a concrete paver patio. Besides being very cost-effective when compared to natural stone, they go in pretty quickly and the end result can be strikingly neat and intricate. They are also crack-resistant (when installed correctly, especially the smaller varieties) and are very easily replaced in the instance of [...]

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Circular Patio with a Drystone Wall

Completed last month. “Cowboy Coffee” Quartzite, set in crushed rock, Black Granite cobbles. 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.

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   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 [...]

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Wilkeson Sandstone Hardscape In Magnolia

Well, it has been a while since the last posting here. Our current project has kept us busy since early spring, and due to the nature of it, it really hasn’t been all that presentable until now. It’s a relief sometimes to have such a large contract as this since I can avoid the hassle [...]

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 [...]

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