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Full Color Bluestone Detail

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Patios.

Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.

Full Color Bluestone Patio with Thermal Border

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Patios.

Chilton Sitting wall with Bluestone Cap

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Walls.

Granite Retaining Wall and Steps

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Steps, Walls.

River Jack Sitting Wall

Posted on January 19th, by jtimm in Patios.
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Nicollet Island Wall

Posted on February 26th, by jtimm in Walls.

Mendota Heights Patio

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Patios.

Long Lake Bluestone Patio

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Patios.

Townhome Patio

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Patios, Steps.

Granite Wall

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Construction, Steps, Walls.

Ridge Street Address Stone and Light

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.

Bayard Ave Grill

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.

Stillwater Terrace and Pizza Oven

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Patios, Walls.

Hartford Ave Patio

Posted on February 25th, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Patios.

Garden Patio

Garden Patio

This Saint Paul backyard brings vegetable gardens right up to the patio. It’s a nice look and makes great use of limited space.  The paver brick is a good fit to an older home as it ages very well. Moss … Read the rest

Posted on April 2nd, by jtimm in Patios.

Stone Patio and Step

Stone Patio and Step

Although one would think bluestone would be primarily blue in color it actually has a very broad range of color including greens, blues, grays, and browns.  We always select the stone pallets at out suppliers stone yard for each specific … Read the rest

Posted on March 7th, by jtimm in Patios, Steps.

Full Color Bluestone Patio

Full Color Bluestone Patio

Bluestone can have a wide range of color from batch to batch and supplier to supplier. Unless you specifically order blue, sometimes called “blue blue”, you are more likely to get what the industry calls “full color”. The stone on … Read the rest

Posted on January 24th, by jtimm in Patios.

Chilton Weather Edge Retaining Wall

Chilton Weather Edge Retaining Wall

This is a two tiered stone wall assembled in an ashlar style.  The stone is Chilton Weather Edge with 50% Oakfield blended in to soften up the color.  The slotted stones on the left side of the picture conceal drain … Read the rest

Posted on January 24th, by jtimm in Walls.

Edgecumbe Brick Walk and Columns

Edgecumbe Brick Walk and Columns

These two small stone entrance columns provide a nice entry into this patio space. They have a full 42″ deep frost footing underneath. It’s a lot of work and expense for something you don’t see but this footing will prevent … Read the rest

Posted on January 24th, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Sidewalks.

Niles Avenue Patio

Niles Ave Patio

This 400sq ft patio is a typical patio size for us, as we do a lot of work on city lots; there is enough room for a dining table, and conversation area.  The patio replaces a low deck. Even though … Read the rest

Bluestone Install

Bluestone Install

In most situations we set bluestone  over a free draining gravel bed. In essence it becomes a big permeable patio letting excess water back into the soil, it keeps the stone dry, and gives a nice stable base.  When setting … Read the rest

Posted on January 18th, by jtimm in Construction.

Eleanor Flagstone Patio

Eleanor Flagstone Patio

Bluestone Flagging works well in a garden setting.  This patio features a natural edge, with  jagged lines coming in and out of the planting.   The patio really becomes integrated with the garden.  We try and work with the largest pieces … Read the rest

Posted on January 15th, by jtimm in Patios.

Mac Groveland Patio

Mac Groveland Patio

This patio features a Full Color New York  Bluestone set in a diamond pattern. We beveled the edges of all the stone with an angle grinder to make sure they all matched.  The beveled edges allow for easier shoveling of … Read the rest

Posted on January 14th, by jtimm in Patios.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Design the furniture on your patio just like you would inside your home.  A bench and two chairs make a nice conversation area.  We always draw furniture in on the landscape plan to guide the size of a patio.  Another … Read the rest

Posted on January 14th, by jtimm in Patios.

Corner Detail

IMG_1440The clients on this project designed the pattern on this driveway and it worked out great.  The corner details came out especially well.… Read the rest

Clay Paver Drive

Paver Drive

Clay pavers make a beautiful driveway.  Their best qualities are their color and color retention. We’ve added on to projects previously installed years back with out any noticeable difference between old and new.  Basically what you see is what you … Read the rest

Minneapolis Lilac Patio

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Bluestone has an number of color variations. In our area we typically have Lilac, Full Color, or Blue Blue to choose from. This patio is lilac and you can see the purple shade with hints of rust. Overall the color … Read the rest

Minneapolis Stone Sitting Wall

Minneapolis Stone Sitting Wall

Setting a patio on a slope usually requires some type of wall to hold it in place.  In this case, bringing the wall 12″ to 18″ above the grade of the patio provides a nice spot for sitting.  This stone … Read the rest

Posted on January 13th, by jtimm in Walls.

Crocus Hill Patio Before

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When I work with other contractors I often don’t get to see the completed project. This picture is what the project looked like right before Scott Solomonson and his landscape crew started work. Note the site supervisor in the upper … Read the rest

Crocus Hill Patio

Crocus Hill Patio

I work with some talented people. The New York Blue flagstone patio I did was a small part of this project. Scott Solomonson of Living Landscapes ( www.landscapesbyscott.com ) did all the planting, edging, and sod, which really brought this … Read the rest

Posted on January 13th, by jtimm in Patios.

Stone Patio Before

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This is the before picture for a stone patio we built.  We replace a lot of ground level decks and most people are happy to see them go.  Rodents get under them, they catch debris, and require consistent maintenance. ClickRead the rest

Stone Patio

Stone Patio

This patio replaces a large deck. Bluestone is a great low maintenance solution. The stone doesn’t fade over time and there is no staining or sealing required. The only maintenance needed is an occasional hose-down to keep the patio clean.  … Read the rest

Posted on January 12th, by jtimm in Patios.

Box of Chalk

Box of Chalk

3 sisters, 1 brother, 5 neighbors, 2 cousins, and a box of chalk kept them all busy one long summer day. It was fun to see my front walk  customized so well… Just another reason to go with a brick … Read the rest

Posted on January 8th, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

Edina Flagstone Patio

Edina Flagstone Patio

Just big enough to hold a table, this patio has an 11′ diameter. A smaller patio will have a ‘cozy’ feel, especially when set it in a garden surrounded by plantings. The flagstone is ‘Chilton’ and this is a good … Read the rest

Posted on January 8th, by jtimm in Patios.

Stone Wall

Stone Wall

Built to last we incorporated large chunks of granite with tight fitting field stone and limestone to fill the gaps. This home has a buff colored cobblestone veneer, so we blended some of that same stone into the walls while … Read the rest

Posted on January 8th, by jtimm in Walls.

Can I Shovel Clay Pavers?

Can I Shovel Clay Pavers?

I’m often asked how pavers hold up in a harsh winter climate like we have in Minnesota.  The answer is they work great.  First, most pavers have a beveled edge so they won’t catch a shovel edge.  Second, … Read the rest

Posted on January 8th, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

Bluestone Front Walk

Bluestone Front Walk

Selecting a Stone Color can be Overwhelming.  Keep in mind you don’t have to match the type of stone on the home with the type in the landscape. Instead just try to pick up an accent color. Bluestone has just … Read the rest

Posted on January 3rd, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

Winding Path

Winding Path

Sometimes things just work out…..  After starting this project garden designer Stephen Kung thought there might be a better location for the walk.  Rather than laying the walk out as the shortest distance between two points, we shifted it to … Read the rest

Posted on January 3rd, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

S.E. Mpls Bluestone Wall

S.E. Mpls Bluestone Wall

Natural stone never goes out of style. It works well in most landscape settings as there is so much depth of color. Bluestone tends to lean to the green-blue side with hints of brown, however it can vary considerably by … Read the rest

Posted on January 3rd, by jtimm in Walls.

Stone Oven

stone oven

Cook a pizza, grill a steak, or slow cook a roast.  These wood fired ovens are a nice addition to a landscape. They are designed to handle high heat for cooking a pizza and because of their mass can hold … Read the rest

Stone Terrace

Terrace overview

This patio was designed to be viewed from above, so we decides to have some fun with the stone pattern. A long flight of garden stairs comes down into the space. The home’s living room and three season porch provide … Read the rest

Address Columns

Address Columns

Creating a Threshold is a way of letting people experience a change of space. It is a cue that they are entering a new place. Here two steps and a pair of columns provide an entrance to the yard of … Read the rest

Posted on January 1st, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Steps.

Design Challenge

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This Before Picture is for a project on Palace Avenue in St Paul. It is obvious the walls and driveway needed replacing. The challenge was to give the home more curb appeal in the process. It is always difficult to … Read the rest

Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

A Simple Design can go a Long Way.  A basic rectangle is a patio layout you can live with for years, in addition it makes great use of space. Interest can be incorporated with a with a focal point … Read the rest

Posted on January 1st, by jtimm in Patios.

Large Limestone Wall

Large Limestone Wall

Blending stone of varied heights and sizes can help reduce the scale of bigger walls. On this project we ordered large pieces (jumpers) of Eden stone to use as anchors and fit smaller pieces around them.  Some were over 500lbs … Read the rest

Posted on December 31st, by jtimm in Walls.

Custom Stone Patio

Custom Stone Patio

Every piece of this patio was custom cut and fit from large pieces of Oakfield flagstone.  The edges are blocked at right angles to the walls with random corners blended in. We got the idea from an old design guideline … Read the rest

Posted on December 31st, by jtimm in Patios.

New York Blue Flagstone Patio

New York Blue Flagstone Patio

Flagstone is a term used to describe the shape and size of stone.  Typically larger pieces (24″ plus) and irregular in shape, usually with broken edges. The type of stone used can vary by region, in our area we often … Read the rest

Posted on December 31st, by jtimm in Patios.

Midway Rubble Style Wall

Midway Rubble Style Wall

There is a bit of history in this project.  We blended sandstone recovered from salvaged curbing in St Paul, granite cobblestone from the University Ave reconstruction as well as a some field stone and Pennsylvania sandstone.  The wall provides a … Read the rest

Posted on December 28th, by jtimm in Walls.

Tapered Soldier Row

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It’s time consuming but tapering the soldier row on curves results in a nice tight fit.   On a gentle radius every other paver can be tapered.… Read the rest

Colorful Patio

Colorful Patio  Rinsing the stone slurry off the patio reveals the stones color. This patio is still damp so the color is richer than when dry.… Read the rest

Bluestone Border

Bluestone Border

A Little Math was needed to add the border. Dividing the patio circumference by the number of pieces gave us the size of each stone.  The taper was easily marked with a string line from the center point pulled out … Read the rest

Tiered Bluestone Wall

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Tiering  or dividing a wall into two or more walls reduces the scale and makes a nice location for planting.  The  Blue gray color of the bluestone goes well with many homes color schemes.… Read the rest

Grant Township Patio

Grant Township Patio

Curves add interest.  We edged this patio off with a double soldier row (border brick). The double row works well in larger areas to reduce the scale of a patio.  The outside pavers get tapered with the saw to fit … Read the rest

Flagstone Cut In

Flagstone Cut In

 

Cutting stone is messy work but the results are worth it. Each piece gets laid over another then used as a guide to cut.  Throwing plenty of water on the blade speeds the cut and keeps dust down.  On … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Construction, Patios.

Stone Terrace

Stone Terrace

 

Creating a sitting wall is a good way to set a patio on a slope.  The lower part of the wall supports the grade and the upper provides informal seating space, while providing a safe edge to the patio.  … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Patios, Walls.

Good Use of Space

Good Use of Space

 

Every inch counts in small city lots.  This project is in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. It’s common for us to place a patio between the house and detached garage, this way the space doubles as sidewalk.  … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Patios.

Cut Boulder Steps

Cut Boulder Steps

 

Like slicing bread, a giant diamond wire saw slowly divides large boulders for steps.  For an entrance they work out well as every riser is exactly the same height.  They have a textured finish so they are not slippery … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Steps.

Firepit Patio

Firepit Patio

 

What a great setting. We placed this flagstone patio down on the beach, it’s a nice spot for a fire.  The movable fire pit used here offers a great deal of flexibility, if you need extra space you can … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Patios.

Aunt Mary’s New Walk

Aunt Mary’s New Walk

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This is Ben. He worked with me the past few summers, he’s off to his real career now studying at St Thomas.  He’ll be missed. He works hard and doesn’t complain, what more could you ask for.  This is his … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

Minneapolis Courtyard

Minneapolis Courtyard

 

Who is GiGi Gaston?  This was the first art exhibit at the newly renovated ‘Supply Studio’ on Hennipen Ave.  A talented team of contractors totally transformed this building in a period of a few months.  I was lucky enough … Read the rest

Posted on December 19th, by jtimm in Patios.

Lion Fountain

Lion Fountain

 

We built this stone wall as a screen to catch a view from the clients formal dining room.  The fountain is merely a store bought piece that recirculates water within (no special plumbing required). It was a good way … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.

Goodrich Wall

Goodrich Wall

 

An Ashlar wall uses stone of differing heights set randomly.  It’s a pleasing look and results in a strong wall. The rules are don’t stack vertical joints, always offset a joint by at least 2″, and don’t stack joints.  … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Construction, Walls.

Pinehurst Brick Patio

Pinehurst Brick Patio

 

These clients have a passion for their yard. This project has been featured in local magazines and on Garden tours.  They really did a nice job with it.  I did a framework sketch for the brickwork and laid the … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Chilton Flagstone Patio

Chilton Flagstone Patio

 

Bluestone accents are set within this Chilton Patio as a detail to pick up on some existing stonework.  When we cut this patio in we tried to block the horizontals back parallel to the house.  It worked out pretty … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Do Details Matter?

Do Details Matter?

 

These were some tough cuts.  When laying pavers up to a boulder wall you have two choices. Hold the brick back and create a planting space, or suck it up an start scribing brick, anything in between never quite … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Storybook Home

Storybook Home

 

The brick walk on this home was the finishing touch.  This is actually a new brick,  the way it is molded makes it look old.  This paver is a ‘Beldon 760′,  it has been a standby for many … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Sidewalks, Steps.

View from my Office

View from my Office

 

Every once in a while I have to step back and think how lucky I am.  I get to work on some really stunning properties.  This project took about a week and I was working with this view every … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Landform, Plants, & Structure

Landform, Plants, & Structure

 

Design Studio 101.  This is the palette of a landscape architect to create a space.  I like this picture because all three are used to create an entrance to the back of this garden.  The garages frame two … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Other Stuff, Patios.

Laying Clay Pavers

Laying Clay Pavers

 

Laying clay pavers is a lot like their concrete counterpoints but there is a few key differences.  Clay pavers can vary in size by as much 1/4″ from brick to brick.  We snap more layout lines to keep the … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Construction, Driveways.

Chilton Fireplace

Chilton Fireplace

 

No smokey smelling clothes, is what clients like most about an outdoor fireplace.  It’s great ambiance on a cool evening.  You can’t circle around it like a fire pit but you also don’t get the smoke blowing in your … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.

Stone Rug

Stone Rug

 

Playing with Pattern you can come up with some really nice effects.  This stone and pattern lends itself to a somewhat more modern look but surprisingly this patio is in the yard of a tradition home.  The landscape softens … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Stone Garden Walls

Stone Garden Walls

 

I like working for master gardeners.  Wow do they make my work look good.  I did a basic space layout on this project and built the walls and walkways, then Patty brought it to life.  The use of different … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios, Walls.

One Piece at a Time

One Piece at a Time

 

Stay focused.  This is the only way to build a large stone wall.  Get the layout done, set the batter, from there it’s one piece at a time.  This project used four semi loads of Wisconsin Limestone.  We blended … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Construction, Steps, Walls.

Freethrow Line

Freethrow Line

 

You can just about imagine  Mel’s wife’s reaction when he asked for a free throw line into their new paver driveway.  To keep everyone happy we kept it subtle.  Using the same color paver as the field we cut … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Driveways.

Flagstone Puzzle

Flagstone Puzzle

 

Were you good at puzzles when you were a kid? is a question I’m often asked.  Setting a flagstone patio is a bit like a giant puzzle but the installer is control of the composition.  The rules are space … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Patios.

Welcome

Welcome

 

Creating a sense of entry.  A winding brick walk leads your eye to the entrance of this rambler.  Prior to adding this walk the entrance was off the driveway and a hedge hid the front door.  The new … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

Bluestone Wall

Bluestone Wall

 

Rust colored accents set within this bluestone wall really set it off.  The earthtone pieces pick up on the wood of the entry door and add some nice detail to an otherwise gray wall. Stone can vary considerably from … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Walls.

Bluestone Path

Bluestone Path

 

An economical choice for a narrow walk.  Bluestone is a premium product but it priced reasonably.  Setting this stone in a narrow path like this goes fast, so compared to other materials it’s a great value.  This bluestone is … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Sidewalks.

A New Wall that Looks Old

A New Wall that Looks Old

 

You just can’t use a manufactured stone on a project like this.   This project is on Nicolette Island, where some of the first homes built in Minneapolis are located.  When the house was renovated we added a new wall … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Walls.

Paver Driveway

Paver Driveway

 

Tumbled Pavers are a great choice for a driveway that will see some abuse from a snow plow.  The pavers are placed in what is basically a giant rock tumbler and churned around to give them a weathered appearance.  … Read the rest

Posted on December 18th, by jtimm in Driveways.

Container Garden

Container Garden

 

Running Bond is a laying pattern where each consecutive row is staggered by half, like bricks on a building.  It’s a classic pattern that can make a space look longer than it is.  This is a clay paver called … Read the rest

Posted on December 17th, by jtimm in Patios.

Stone Columns

Stone Columns

 

These stone columns will eventually support a pergola the homeowner will build this winter.  The stone is called ‘Petrified Seashore’, we were matching some existing dry stacked stone walls.  Since the columns needed to be mortored for stability there … Read the rest

Posted on December 13th, by jtimm in Other Stuff.