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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 [...]

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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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Montana Ledgstone Fireplace with Redwood Mantel

A fireplace we built using full-thickness stone (ie. not a pre-sawn thin veneer but pieces that are around 4″ in thickness).  The benefit, in this case, was that the corners were able to be done in some fairly big chunks by comparison.  There are limitations in using a full-thickness stone façade in a remodel; the [...]

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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.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rockhouse Spa – Shepherd Stoneworks

Rockhouse Negril – A Gorgeous Stone Hotel in Jamaica

My wife and I had some free miles to use up, so we were able to book a slightly more upscale vacation in Jamaica at the legendary Rockhouse Hotel.  It sits on a striking line of limestone cliffs and caves on the western tip of the island.  The staff that runs the place is very [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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