Archive for Residential

Big Job on “Beautiful Island”…

Posted by on June 1, 2011 with 0 Comments

This summer we have began a very large project on an un-named “Beautiful Island” off of the coast of Maine. We are building 10 fireplaces in 4 chimneys and all the fireboxes have herringbone firebrick. We used high duty soaps (split firebrick). Many of the second floor fireplaces are off set so we pour bridge […]


Posted by on April 16, 2011 with 0 Comments

We started a new project at Lon’s house. Our tasks: to design and construct a stone mural for Lon’s entry to his house on the lake. For this, we required the craftsmanship of Jane Burke, a local artist. This was a long, laborious process requiring many steps, but the end result shows just how intricate […]

Lon’s Lakeside House

Posted by on April 13, 2011 with 0 Comments

We are winding up at Lons. The landscaping is almost finished. We cut perfect circles out of square bluestone to make a stepping stone path.  We cut the first stone into the patio to make a transition to the walkway. The stepping stones lead to the round patio, which is squared and rectangular bluestone. The […]

Stonework Patio

Posted by on June 14, 2010 with 0 Comments

We built a new patio for Emily with tightly fit stone, trying to match the old.   The old has a patina of moss between the rocks that takes years to grow.   We use a mash of moss, manure tea, buttermilk and coffee grounds to give it a head start.

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Labyrinth in another

Posted by on August 29, 2009 with 0 Comments

We completed Barbara Moss labyrinth and liked building it so much that we build our own.  We used the same format, finding the center, layout a grid with landscape nails, stiff hoses and digging rough trenches.  We prepare a base of compacted sand for a mix of left over pavers, which blended well together. The […]

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