Designed stonework can range from flagstone paving (a smooth but textured excellent patio stone) to fieldstone walls (soft appearance and easily “stackable”), pea-gravel pathways (preventing runoff) to rock gardens, stairs through terraced grounds, and even fire pits. Brick can also be used and all of our designs are based on the style of the surroundings and intent of our clients. We can either work with existing contours or negotiate grading.
Birdsong Garden Design’s stonework is set apart due to its natural appearance, stability, and longevity. Call us today for a consultation!
Pete installed a dry stack fieldstone retaining wall enclosing a patio terrace made out of cut flagstone for this client - perfect as a space to entertain and have tea! Between the wall and the patio, we can see a ground cover and a gravel transition area.
Installed here is a semi-circular seating terrace with fieldstone paving.
Tumbled brick, used purposefully to create a weathered look, is placed in a herringbone pattern here. Bordered with ornamental grasses and ground covers, this asymmetrical patio invites visitors to walk barefoot out to enjoy the sun!
Herringbone pattern is also used here with cut flagstone under a vine-covered arbor. (Interesting fact: this pattern has been popular since the Roman empire, when it was used to create their road system in 500 B.C. But examples of the pattern can be seen even earlier and it is thought to be named due to its resemblance of the skeleton of a fish.) Pictured here - tucked just out of sight - is the end of the timeless pathway, leading to a Japanese garden perched on the edge of a stream.
Looking to be tucked away into nature? We understand.
Notable here is the organic shape of the flagstone patio with fieldstone edging -- a secondary addition to the original deck. Venture out and be grounded in your woodland shade garden.
This is an example of how unique styles can come together in effortless beauty. Pictured here is the junction of cut and irregular flagstone as well as brick and gravel. At the edge of the gravel-grass border is a French drain, catching patio run-off to filter it through in order to alleviate puddles in the neighboring grass. The combination of components resulting is a clean design that allows Birdsong Garden Design and the homeowner to get creative: using materials of the house, matching the style of what's in the surrounding gardens, and keeping color patterns consistent.
Contrast shows its face here with burgundy flagstone sprawling over the elevated patio and bluestone surrounding the pool.
Wildflowers border the pool as well.
Here we can see a stone tread that creates the base of these natural steps in additional to a cedar railing. The distribution of gravel between the treads allows for percolation of rainwater due to the break-up of impervious surfaces. Looking to keep your house in the family? These natural steps will literally last for decades.