Good, Old Granite

We were lucky enough to find some salvaged granite to incorporate into our structure. Although it will be a good amount of work to prep the pieces, using large pieces of granite will provide a great impact to the structure we are building.       We've drilled holes in the granite that we are moving, and using a hook that is normally used for moving trees and a forklift, we are able to set the large…

Framing 101

I'm convinced that Neil is enjoyong this project so far because it's been an excuse for us to buy some power tools! With our new nail gun, we managed to build our frame components in one day. And although I too enjoy a good power tool, after I shot a nail in the vicinity of Neil's foot, we both agreed that perhaps that was NOT the power tool for me. So, back to the saw I went!       Our next step

And So It Begins....

What's a better way to start off the new year than to sort through stone piles in 15 degree weather? Ok, maybe sitting on a beach in the Caribbean with a margarita in hand would be better, but alas, that's just not in the cards at the moment. Instead, we have begun the process of building our display for this year's Rhode Island Flower Show. This year's theme is Timeless Gardens.  I won't give away our…

Happy Winter!

  Winter is definitely here!Progress on our latest project has been slow to non-existent at this point. We're hopeful that we will get a few warmer days here and there to be able to keep working. In the meantime, we are gearing up for what will be a busy winter. We are prepping for home shows (three this year, we must be crazy) and the Rhode Island Flower Show. I thought winter was supposed to be relaxing in this…

Cozy Up!

The first major phase of landscape construction is complete! The next phases will include the building of a deck and railings. We'll be back in the Spring to build a small set of steps elswhere in the yard,  a front yard walkway, and the landscaping. It will be fantastic to see all these elements come together. Enjoy these photos and as always, if you like what you see, pass it along! We're off to start our last…

Are Those Car Jacks, Again?

We are 98% complete on this phase of the project. Neil is finishing up the stonework on the back side of the fireplace and then we can attach the blustone caps. The caps were fabricated by Astone, Inc. in Johnston, RI and came out perfectly. They are hefty pieces so it will take four people to help manuever them into place. Since the patio has been completed at this point, we don't have the luxury of using a machine,

Ah, The Romance of It All!

So it's a beautiful Saturday in November. The weather is warm (it was about 6o degrees today) and we are enjoying a lovely sunset. Well, sort of! It's yet another Saturday that we are working up until the last moments of daylight to complete this project. There's nothing like cutting bluestone with a demo saw during twilight! So where's the romance you ask? Well, if you look closely at the fireplace, you'll see that…

The Fireplace Continues

As you can see, we have finished the "skeleton" of the fireplace and have already placed the granite hearth and the granite sides. The next big challenge is to move this large piece of granite into place to be used as the lintel. Luckily, we planned the project so that we would have just enough room to move into the space with a small excavator. We'll use this to set the piece. Once this is complete, we can begin…

The Fireplace Begins

The focal point of the upper terrace and really the entire stonework project is the fireplace that is being built. In this image, you'll see the very first steps. We needed to continue the concrete wall with concrete blocks to make up the shape of the back of the fireplace. We are using a product called Isokern as the "skeleton" of the fireplace and will then veneer around it. We'll use granite as the hearth, lintel,…

A Much Needed Break

  We decided to take a couple of days off to re-energize for the rest of the season. After we got the guys set up on some tasks, we took off to go camping. We ended up at Myles Standish State Park in Carver, MA. What a great place! We wish we could wake up to this scene everyday. In typical fashion, we arrived at our camp site at 9 pm (I just couldn't seem to leave the office on time). Nonethless, we had time…