Archive for 'Stone Walls'

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 (206) 618-0558 Bringing the finest in Stone Masonry to the Greater Seattle Area. Natural stone walls, patios, steps and rockery of [...]


Stone Walls Around Seattle

Here is a sampling of a few dry-stack stone retaining walls we’ve completed over the past few years. Well-built mortarless walls are actually superior to concrete because they drain well and can survive the inevitable shifting of the ground over time. Pennsylvania Bluestone – this little patio and wall are making good use of a [...]

Zolner wall curve

Landscape Renovation – Eclectic Charm with a Modern Design

A New Design/Build Project We just wrapped up a relatively large job in the Fauntleroy neighborhood of West Seattle in which we completely remade the back yard from top to bottom.  By large I mean that although the yard is somewhat small, there were a number of features built that kept us onsite for a [...]

Penn Wall step down – Shepherd Stoneworks

Pennsylvania Drystack Stone Wall In Progress

We are currently working on a relatively large-scale project in West Seattle that, among several other features and a full landscape design/install, includes this Dry Stack Stone Wall made of a mix of Pennsylvania Split-Face Ledgestone and some Chilton Limestone pieces.  This gives you an idea of the behind-the-scenes structural work that goes on with [...]

Parry Before

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 [...]

Glacier Green Wall Close-up – Shepherd Stoneworks

Dry Stack Stone Wall – Glacier Green Ledgestone

We built this wall last January in the Montlake Neighborhood of Seattle.  At 75 sq ft of wall face, it used up around 7 tons of rock. Here is a close-up of the wall face.  The stone variety is a kind of slate which is sourced from the area of Glacier National Park in Montana.  [...]

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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