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When it’s 16 tons, what do you get…?

For Jay T. – Fall City, WA PROJECT: This opportunity included turning an existing concrete carport into a mortared, flagstone patio and carport. In addition, we extended this feature to the front door to allow the aesthetic to move uninterrupted around the house. We also constructed a dry stack retaining wall connected to the patio which wrapped around a spiral staircase. Lastly, we did a significant concrete pour for the client to build a brand-new shop on the back of the property....(more to read below the gallery about 16 tons of stone and an epic snowstorm)

OBSTACLES: This job took place in 2019 and started with the delivery of 16 tons of flagstone. For those of you scoring at home, that is 32,000 pounds…and it was all delivered a day before one of the more memorable snowstorms in recent history. After a little over a week, we took our team out into the snow along with some epic, forced-air diesel heaters. This allowed us to move ahead with this project in some pretty unforgiving weather, keep the materials in better shape throughout said weather…and ensure that we didn’t loose any fingers to frostbite in the process.

Not to be outdone by the snow, the ground itself where the concrete for the new shop needed to be poured was doing its best Louisiana swamp impersonation. Typically, there is a need for around 4 to 6 inches of crushed gravel under where the slab is poured to solidify the ground prior to pouring. This ground was so mushy (that’s a technical term) that we ended up laying 2 feet of material prior to the actual pour. And, just to make certain that everything was solid, we had to start with 1-man sized boulders at the bottom and slowly work our way up to the smaller gravel. It was a beast of a project, but the result was as solid as they come.

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