Archive for 'Stone Paving'


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 [...]

Wilkeson Flagstone Entryway – Shepherd Stoneworks

Wilkeson Flagstone Walkway – Paving with Local Stone

This is an entryway that we overhauled on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  We used Wilkeson Flagstone, which is now only sold straight from the quarry in Wilkeson, WA, and the pieces were custom-sawed for this project.  Many old building facades and cobblestone streets in Seattle were made of this material, as was the rotunda at [...]


My Seattle Patios – A Shepherd Stoneworks Retrospective

I thought it might be fun to go back through my photos of past stone paving projects.  These are only a sampling;  to see my full paving gallery, take a look at   I’m also realizing that I’ve got a lot of projects to photograph from the past year or so – it’s going to [...]

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Finding the Right Stone Masonry Contractor in Seattle

Finding a good stone mason can be a challenge wherever you live.  There is always someone in the phone book or listed in Craigslist, but how in the world do you know if you’re talking to the just right person for your project? Of course if you ask me which stone mason you should hire, [...]

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Zen Tea Garden in Seattle

- In 2005, I was hired to make a patio in the Madrona neigborhood. The owner is a Zen Buddhist who was interested in making a traditional Tea Ceremony room in her basement with an accompanying outdoor seating area.  There are several Zen design concepts that were to be implemented in the final product:  large [...]

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