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Stone Walls For Your Landscape

A natural stone retaining wall can be a true work of art and can add value to your home. It’s a satisfying addition to a well-designed landscape but it also functions well over time, resisting the damage caused by groundwater in lesser walls. Our dry-stacked stone walls are built with the proper construction technique often [...]

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Stone Steps – Slab Stone vs. Tread & Riser

Stone stairs can basically be built one of two ways: either by using solid stone slabs stacked one after the next or by assembling some combination of treads & risers. There are a number of variations within these categories, of course. The tread & riser style, for instance, can be done completely without mortar, but [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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