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We wanted a good place to share great projects and some of our expertise with our clients and the world at large, so when we put this new site together, it was important to us to include an awesome blog.

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out some of our posts. We can always be reached through the contact info at the bottom of the page, feel free to give us a call with any questions.

Vancouver Front Yard Transformation

Everyone loves a before & after shot. This complete overhaul of a SW Washington yard saw this:

Become THIS:

This clean, simple design looks so natural and well-suited to this home and neighborhood. It’s come a long way!

To achieve something that looks this good, it takes real expertise and a custom touch. Here’s a point-by-point assessment of the project, note how many of the key components required some tailoring unique to just this project:

 – Manorstone retaining wall with a cap detail in NW Blend
 – Dominion Slate pathways in harvest blend
 – Block & paver steps custom fit to unique shape of the driveway transition
 – Custom pattern designed to fit these steps
 – Custom pattern designed to fit this pathway
 – Custom curves to shape the path to the retaining wall
 – Complete lawn renovation with sod installation
 – Complete bed renovation with new plants and medium fir bark dust
 – Irrigation adjustments to fit the new shape of the yard

We have excellent suppliers and access to top notch commercial materials, but it takes more than just good blocks to make a project like this a reality.

Our consultants are meeting with homeowners and property managers every day to plan projects just like this one. Give us a call today.

Working with what you have


We created this sitting area by incorporating the space around it into our plan. This could have been installed this way, and if you didn’t know what it looked like beforehand, it would be impossible to notice.

The challenges here are in making sense of the space, and incorporating the elements that were already present to present a finished product that still looks cohesive.


Comparing the before and after shots makes the project look simple, but this is an aspect of our work that we’re always looking to share. We brought in flagstone that included some more of the same colors and even left two of the pillars from the water feature we removed to serve as outdoor seating. Now this is a much more accessible space, and it’s exactly what our client was looking to see.

We do a lot of exciting construction projects involving either completely tearing out existing landscaping or working on fresh dirt. Not every project starts like that, though– and we can get great results working with what’s already there.

Do you have an area of your yard that you love, but you wish you could see all around your property? Do you wish that patio feature, walkway, or garden area was just a little different? Give us a call, and one of our consultants can work with you to make it happen.

Basalt and Bluestone in Portland, Oregon

Here’s a before and after shot of a recent project we did in one of Portland’s lush old neighborhoods. We brought in hand-cut bluestone blocks to give the space a clean look and a pop of understated color– also they’ll serve to complement future gardening and planting projects.

We even prepared the soil in the surrounding planter space so the homeowner could start on his garden this summer.


We also installed a one-of-a-kind basalt column fire pit to add another unique touch and tie the space together with a functional focal point. As you can see in the detail shot below, each stone is unique– so each pit will have its own personality and distinctive look.
basaltfirepitshotThe natural finish on both the basalt and bluestone complement the classic look of the neighborhood but open up a real opportunity for the homeowner to inject some personality into their space.