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2015 Stone Work

Repurposed stones from the cellar walls of a house demolished on the same site, (and some from two other old demolished houses in the same town), dry laid with timbers salvaged from the same house mounted on top of the stone wall and capped by a tilted 2x6  in local hemlock from a local mill.  The wall continues to the right of this photo and measures 40 feet to this corner.

A bluestone dining patio with stone wall, at a house inChatham, NY.  Bluestone pavers were double square sized, and laid in aherringbone pattern. 

The stone wall was rebuilt with stones from a former stone wall in the same location. 

The step at right is a stoop for a new door into the house, not visible.

The bluestone walk in the foreground was existing, but we moved it and reconfigured it to lead to it's new destination on the foreshortened side porch.  All existing stones were reused in the process.

Fence panels underway at Austin TX new house site. The half shell tiles are called "sitarillas" in Mexico, where they were bought.  To come is a beam across the top and colored stucco on the columns.  We placed a strip of stucco for the cut sitarillas to contact the column.  This fence encircled the entire property before we started on the house, which you see here through the fence.  The owner, an architect, designed every inch of the property as space.


It Takes Thyme

This job, pictured at the top of our porches page, featured concrete retaining walls capped by brick pavers, and a bluestone flagstone walk.  The wandering thyme takes little time to fill the gaps, and seems to be just fine getting stepped on.

Garden Retaining Wall Albany, NY retaining wall of salvaged bricks and caps, with concrete structural retaining wall behind. 

This set of stone steps was built of drylaid stones gathered on the same property and carried downhill.  The posts and rail are of peeled black locust, the local rot-resistant wood that has historically been used for fence posts.

Sidewalk Retaining Wall This structural concrete retaining wall was needed for the city of Albany to build a new sidewalk. It was capped with salvaged brick and a planter was added of reinforced salvaged brick.


Brick PIanter of oId bricks found on the site.  Reinforcement and masonry fasteners were used to strengthen and fasten the singIe-wythe bricks to the retaining waII.

Stone Walk

Out with the old (a concrete walk going straight to the front porch) and in with the new, a flagstone path with a branch leading through the garden to the side of the Seattle house.

This owner's penchance for gardening over lawn required a more meandering and natural walk.


This taII chimney had been repointed up near the top, but beIow that was deepIy crumbIing.  In pIaces, the Ioose mortar came out cIear through to the back of the brick.  Yet, fortunately, there was just enough solid mortar remaining to hold all the bricks in place for a deep and thorough repointing.  The owner chose not to use a colored mortar for this job.