More Stone, Really?

When I look around at our shop and see the piles of stone that we already have, and then hear Neil tell  me we need more stone, I just let out a sigh. Mostly because all I can think is, "How are we going to get all of this to the show, installed, and then removed?" We must have some good karma though because once again, we are blessed with people who are willing to help us out. This year, Scott Grenon, of Grenco,…

Dewalt, Sponsor Us!

Ha!Ha!Ha! I could not resist adding in this photo of our Dewalt hammer drills. I'm thinking if word gets out, maybe they could sponsor our display! In all seriousness, we've been splitting granite for what feels like days on end. I can't complain though, the drills are doing the hardest part of the work, and quite well I might add.       On second thought, I probably am complaining to myslef in this…

Mohegan Sun Home Show

As part of our winter marketing, we attended our first home show for the Connecticut Builder's Association. This year it was  at the Mohegan Sun Casino. I have to say, we were quite impressed by the place. It's like walking into a stage set. But we were there strictly for business so there was no time to try our hand at Lady Luck.           Since Neil is a licensed landscape…

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…