Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
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claral22 wrote:
where the photo was taken?
   Comment   March 31, 2014
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
Solana Beach, California.
April 1, 2014 at 9:19am   
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Christopher Colli wrote:
White pebbles? - What type of decorative pebbles did you use?
   Comment   December 3, 2013
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
this is a really basic and very in expensive product that is mainly used for asphalt paving or gravel roof tops. Its called white 'chip seal'.
January 13, 2014 at 10:02am   
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Great outdoor design and nice black transparent covers on the BKF chairs!
March 24, 2014 at 12:00pm   
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pkitty wrote:
What color is the white cement retaining wall - Is it an integral color?
   Comment   September 7, 2013
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
That's a reinforced CMU block wall with a alabaster white smooth stucco coat finish.
September 7, 2013 at 12:12pm     
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Jackie Daniel wrote:
Where did you get the steel landscape edging?
     Comment   October 10, 2012
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
it's a custom edging made from corten steel. It's the same material I used for the fire element to the left and for the raised planter boxes in the far back of the photo.
October 10, 2012 at 9:02am   
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I really loved the butterfly chairs. I just bought some from and they look really nice at my apt! I love this website
November 27, 2013 at 4:06pm   
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farryld wrote:
What material was used for the counter tops?
   Comment   July 19, 2012
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It's hard to tell from a distance shot, but with an edge that thick it's probably concrete.
July 19, 2012 at 9:25pm   
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custom formed & poured concrete with a hard trowel finish.
July 20, 2012 at 9:12pm   
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farryld wrote:
how wide are the stripes of pebbles separating the squares - also what type of stones/ pebbles were used for the Black color?
   Comment   July 19, 2012
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5" wide. Its the smallest beach rock called "black button".
July 20, 2012 at 9:14pm   
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elshootoe wrote:
How much space is between the pavers? Whats a reccommended amount of spacing to have?
   Comment   February 27, 2012
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If you use 2x4 (actual size is 1.5"x3.5") framing for each side and include the steel forming stakes (about .5" thick) to hold the 2x4 forms and some space (about 2") to nail (and remove) the stakes to the form boards that's how the paving gap gets to be that width. From trial and error, you can't use one form board to form both pavers simulataneously, it usually causes damage to one of the pavers when trying to remove the board. Yes it's expensive especially if you are considering the ashlar pattern.
February 29, 2012 at 8:36am   
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I figured my idea would expensive, and the payoff may not be worth the extra expense. Is there anyway to go thinner than the 2x4s? Would plywood work? Or is that impractical and may not hold a straight edge. Are there form setting systems out there that do this? I could have sworn I have seen smaller gaps before. BTW thanks for your time to answer these questions. This is the kind of stuff they didn't cover in two semesters of construction tech or Studios.
February 29, 2012 at 7:10pm     
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denni2579 wrote:
Hello again How big are those paving stones with the black pebbles in the middle? thanks!!
   Comment   February 13, 2012
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
Those were custom poured concrete pavers at 28" square. The hand seeded finish is the white chip rock.
February 13, 2012 at 10:03am   
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Beautiful. Guess I'll have to custom make them as well since I doubt we will have that size. Thanks for the prompt reply, Richard.
February 13, 2012 at 5:33pm   
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denni2579 wrote:
what are those black stones called? Where does one get them? :)
   Comment   February 12, 2012
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Grounded - Richard Risner RLA, ASLA
In the raised fire feature we used black lava rock (sometimes called cinder rock) the other black paving rock is called small black beach pebble. Try KRC rock or RCP block & brick.
February 12, 2012 at 12:15pm   
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Many thanks, Richard and Motherbear.
Very helpful information.
February 12, 2012 at 6:04pm   
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