This beautiful home sits across from Bowen Island in West Vancouver, in an exclusive neighbourhood next to Whytecliff Park. Client wanted a beautifully designed retaining wall and stairs to fit into the landscape. Stairs were built for water access. The boat house at the top will be equipped with all manner of amenities for après water sports, including a working shower.

Materials were a mix of original stone from the property plus Hardy Island and Pitt River granite. Stone terracing was required for waterfront patio and retaining wall features (flat natural stone pavers to be added later). Excess stone pinning was needed due to the sheer angle of the cliff, and an anti-hydro chemical was added to the concrete so water wouldn't penetrate it from the huge waves caused by BC ferries passing by. This project was made to stand the test of time and nature!

Ocean front retaining wall and stairs
Ocean front retaining wall granite detail
Ocean front retaining wall and stairs


This home was built in the ocean front community of Belcarra. Belcarra is a village on the shore of Indian Arm (a side inlet of Burrard Inlet) which lies immediately east of Deep Cove in North Van. Isolated by geography on a narrow peninsula, Belcarra is accessible by a single winding paved road or by water. The client asked us to do a feature wall to match the a modern, Scandinavian design of their house which has an open floor plan, many skylights, contemporary furniture, and a view of the ocean. The feature wall was made out of slate ledge stone veneer, and includes hidden A/C ducts for venting and a built-in flat-screen TV. We think it adds even more sophistication to this beautifully contemporary home.

Belcarra feature wall
Belcarra feature wall
Belcarra feature wall


“The history of the picturesque little village of Caulfeild is chiefly bound up with the latterday life of the highly respected and lovable English gentleman,  FRANCIS WILLIAM CAULFEILD. It was his sterling qualities of perseverance and rectitude and his great love of nature that enabled him to accomplish his ideals. He took great joy in his work, overcoming obstacles that would have deterred many a younger man, and left a creation that will forever remain beautiful, a village and estate of which resi­dents of Vancouver, and the North Shore of Burrard Inlet, will always speak of with pride, as well as with gratitude and admiration for the man and mind responsible for its creation.”
- H.A. Stone, A Short History of Caulfeild Village

Mr. Caulfeild was responsible for the West Vancouver hamlet that bears his name, which contains many luxury heritage homes nestled in Arbutus trees with views of the ocean. He was an Englishman who travelled all the way to Vancouver in 1898 and fell in love with the North shore mountains. To appreciate some of Mr. Caulfeild's difficulties, no road of any practical use existed to connect the property with other settlements on the North shore at the time, so a road to civilization was his first problem. The municipality of West Vancouver was not formed until 1912. 

Our client resides in Caulfeild’s first house, built in 1904, and wanted a fireplace that would match the heritage pedigree of the home – complete with historical plaque! They wanted to retain the heritage look of the old fireplace but update it with an efficient insert and more modern flair. Tetristone was involved in every stage of the process, which was a complete remodel. The stone was locally sourced slate from Vancouver Island. The owners were thrilled with the finished product, and it will no doubt add to the timelessness of the property for years to come.

Caulfeild house plaque
Caulfeild Heritage Fireplace 1
Caulfeild Heritage Fireplace 2


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.

Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - entry
Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - courtyard
Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - main entry
Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - side entrance
Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - detail
Arbutus Greenway heritage brick enclosure - side detail


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!

Rebuilt pillar without the grout added

Rebuilt pillar without the grout added

The original pillar had to be dismantled in order to accommodate the new gate technology, including new gate mounts and sensors inside the column. The design had to hide all conduits and wires.

The original pillar had to be dismantled in order to accommodate the new gate technology, including new gate mounts and sensors inside the column. The design had to hide all conduits and wires.



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.



August 2016

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.