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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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Modern Patio Design – Stucco, Bluestone and Cedar

This patio was installed at a new 4-unit condominium which had this walled-in and fenced-in area at the back of the property.  The owners wanted to expand their living space with an outdoor room, so the upper level was made large enough to accommodate a dinner table, while the lower level included two L-shaped benches [...]

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 [...]

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Bluestone Patio – Random Flag or Dimensional

Pennsylvania Bluestone is one of the most popular kinds of stone paving material in America.  It has been quarried longer than we have been a nation, being both sturdy and relatively easy to shape, and also due to it’s layered quality which makes it somewhat easy to quarry. Homeowners often go back and forth about [...]

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 [...]

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Flagstone Patio Protocol – What Makes One Better Than Another?

Not all flagstone patios are created equal. Unlike roof installation, flooring, or even poured cement (all easily quantifiable and pretty much uniform and predictably priced), a stone patio will vary greatly from one builder to the next.  One installer may be in the business of cranking them out at high volume, piecing it together in [...]

Flagstone Hand – Three Rivers

Flagstone Patio Design – Hand Mosaic

My client wanted me to come up with some kind of embedded design in this rather large patio.  After drafting up several ideas, which included a sun, a saturn-like planet and a horse, I hit home with the idea of making a large hand out of flagstone.  We used a combination of Pennsylvania Lilac and [...]

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