Meandering spaces can be subtly defined with beautiful stonework. Laid and stacked between inside and out, connecting front to back, separating upper and lower, stone patios, pathways, gardens and retaining walls add dimension of beauty to a free-flowing space. Integrated with the surroundings, the stonework appears entirely native to your property.
Though every client requirement is unique, each project follows an order based on Stages:
Demolition: The preparation before the hardscape can include clearing of weeds, shrubs, undergrowth and trees. It may also include retrofitting existing retaining walls, base preparation for a new retaining wall and/or stone patio, pathway or raised cobblestone beds, grading and creating proper slopes/swales for efficient drainage. Whichever it may be, careful attention is paid as all stone designs rely on a secure foundation.
Stone selection and delivery scheduled: During the demolition, the client tours and selects the stone (s) of choice. For patios, the selection could include Arizona flagstone. Flagstones come in various colors: peach, rose and blush. There are also more dense stones such as slate.
Slate has amazing texture, an abundance of colors as well as natural shapes and the stone can be sealed and polished like a finished wood. The most difficult stone to work with but also a favorite is Three Rivers slate. Three Rivers slate is very dense (2" to 3" in thickness), contains embedded fossils on the surface and range in mixed color from brown, yellow and red.
Cobblestone comes in various sizes and colors, too. Cobblestones are excellent for dressing up a pressure treated wood retaining wall and constructing raised beds or pathways. My favorite cobblestone is Lighting Creek Skippers.
Small polished stones are equally important to the hardscape. The stones are typically from the Luster family with a size range from half inch to three inches. The colors are black, brown to reddish brown, yellow and white. These small stones are always suggested within a stone bed, container based garden and as a border to distinguish spaces within the hardscape.
Stone material Installed: Upon delivery of material, the site foreman inspects stone pallets and supporting material to ensure proper placement and order of use. It is very common during the early portion of this stage that the hardscape lacks appeal. It's because the construction process has truly begun, but within days, the design unfolds. Each stone has an order and cut that configures to the design with careful attention being placed during the construction. During the construction stage, daily updates are made and photos/documentation of the process is sent via email.
Final touchups and cleaning: As a quality control measure, every stone is re-inspected for placement and stability. Irrigation is double checked to ensure water amounts per plant, nails/screws and construction debris removed from site. A final washing of paths and stone construction is made and a walkthrough is scheduled.
Client walkthrough: The final stage is a complete walk through of the site. We discuss details of the construction, provide hardcopy documents of materials and, if necessary, a list of to do's to complete.