One of the most gratifying experiences in dry stone masonry is restoring a historic wall to its original glory. Home owners are generally shocked at how much stone is available, having settled into the ground underneath leaf litter over decades or centuries. This can be an inexpensive way to greatly enhance a landscape. Jamie has been hired by Towns to do restoration work on historically significant preserved properties.
Firespaces come in so many ways and can have widely unique characteristics depending on the individual situation, and they’re fun to create.
Double Sided Walls
Double sided walls are perhaps the best known examples of dry stone masonry and offer so many functions. Professionally built, they can last for well over a century.
Stonework provides what landscape designers refer to as "the bones” or the skeleton of a gardenscape. The benefits of formal or organic stonework is immeasurable and helps to reflect the personality of the unique place which is what makes gardening so fun.
A properly built dry stone foundation gives a barn or outbuilding immediate age and sense of place. It speaks of a different aesthetic than poured cement and is generally much cheaper.
Retaining walls comprise a great deal of dry stone masonry. Its important to know the physics and engineering of how to stabilize a grade change properly.
Japanese Garden Walls
Jamie was delighted to team up with Studio Roji to help create gardens that exhibit a reverence for nature and contemplation. (all photos by Kathryn Wyatt)
Artistic stone features add personality and uniqueness to a setting. In this project, an eleven foot stone tree was constructed to augment a trio of columnar arborvitaes.
Patios allow people to congregate or simply pass through. Some spaces invite dimensioned stone while others evoke the more organic look of natural stone sometimes locally sourced.