The city of Vancouver paid $55 million to buy the nine-kilometre stretch of land along the abandoned rail line known as the Arbutus corridor. It was originally part of a CP Rail line known as the Marpole Spur, which ran from False Creek to Port Coquitlam. The space will become a public greenway for cyclists and foot traffic, comparable to New York's High Line. This route began construction in 1901, stopped serving passengers in the 1950s and was last used in 2001 for Molson's freight. This client's corner lot residence is located adjacent to the corridor, and since foot traffic has increased dramatically, we erected a heritage-style brick enclosure to protect their privacy. Because the property was sloped, the walls had to be terraced. The project consisted of heritage-style brick mixed with raked recessed joints, custom concrete caps and an exposed concrete footing. The wall included custom-built curved sections, brass plaques, inset lighting, an inset mailbox, and custom cedar gates. The ground cover for the entryways and interior were also done in paving stones. This was an ambitious project with a high degree of satisfaction both for our masons and the client.
The owners of this heritage residence in Shaughnessy needed to update their front entrance with newer gate technology, so they had to rebuild their four main pillars as well as regrout their property's retaining walls. A new driveway was put in at the same time. In order to retain the property's heritage feel, we used century-old protruding grout techniques with modern materials. Not all the original stone could be salvaged, so some new stone had to be sourced to match. The original quarries that the stone came from no longer exist, so we used stone from Pitt Lake. The new granite caps came all the way from China!
This week we finished work on a kiosk for an outdoor pool area in West Van. It features a kitchen area complete with pizza oven and TV, and a hot tub. The kiosk is fashioned out of custom-cut limestone to match the shingles of the main house. We can't wait to see the finished product! This client is going to enjoy an amazing summer with stunning ocean views.
Mark wanted matching fireplaces for his house, upstairs and downstairs. We fashioned them out of dry stack basalt ledgestone, with custom-cut Douglas fir mantels. We think they are a cute addition to his beautiful home!
During this winter's chilly weather, we stayed warm working on all the interior stone for Atmosphere's new store in the Park Royal South shopping complex in West Van. The project included a custom-cut stone background for one of the entrance signs...very tricky vectors!
Natalie and her husband bought a chalet in Whistler that had a fireplace that stood unfinished...for 30 years! They bought it from an older gentleman who built the whole house as a passion project, but ran out of time. So the first thing they did was contact Tetristone to design one. The final fireplace was made from basalt ledgestone veneer – 70% snapped edge, 30% live edge. The hearth was made from custom-cut polished basalt slabs, with a Douglas fir mantel sourced from a local sawmill. They also added nighttime lighting for a shadow effect. The previous owner was astonished as he said it was exactly what he had envisioned! The new owners love it too.