Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
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Custom Stone Bench contemporary-landscape
 

Custom Stone Bench

*Builder of the Year: Best Landscape and Hardscape for Santa Barbara Contractors Association
*Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Merit Award
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Fatima Ali wrote:
wheather??? - What do they do when it rains or snows??? And doesn't the colour fade due to sun???
   Comment   May 2, 2014
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
No snow where we are. Cushions get stored in an outdoor storage box behind the bench.
May 2, 2014 at 6:24pm   
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batrarani wrote:
Elephantine yucca - How long does it take for the Elephantine Yucca to get to this height
     Comment   February 17, 2014
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
@batarani: I'd say at least 20 years...
February 17, 2014 at 8:42am     
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belindaot wrote:
Help with horizontal line painting - Hello, we are planning to paint wide horizontal lines (green&beidge) on one feature wall in the children's new shared bedroom. What would you recommend as the best way to ensure that the lines are completely level and straight and equally spaced on the wall?
   Comment   February 13, 2014
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
@belindaot: Hi - we're not the best guy to answer that question - we're design-build landscape contractors... interior painting is outside of our repertoire... Best, Margie
February 13, 2014 at 9:26am   
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Bo Dellbrook wrote:
How much does it cost to build one of these?
   Comment   February 9, 2014
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March 18, 2014 at 9:52pm   
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
@ Bo Dellbrook: This is about 18' long and built of our local sandstone; it also acts as a retaining wall and so is much taller than it looks (about 5' high) on the back side. It was around $12k to build.
March 18, 2014 at 9:54pm     
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Michael Corcoran wrote:
Bench construction - How is the stone bench built? Do you have plans?id it solid? Hollow? Frame in concrete blocks? How is the seating surface created? Thanks!
     Comment   June 12, 2013
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Karen Oren
Hi Margie, I want to thank you for all your photos and ideas. After waiting 45 years we finally got the lot behind us and I'm so excited to turn it into a paradise! My husband is going to build the curving bench out of concrete and will face with stone that we used on our BBQ area. My question is the height and depth of the seat ? Thank you again for all your ideas. Karen Oren La Conchita CA
January 19, 2014 at 11:15am     
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Congratulations! Seat: 13" high (19" total w/ 6" cushion); depth 24" (the 3" pillows bring it down to 21". Seat back approx. 33-36" high. All measurements from finished grade. Good luck --- post photos when you're done!
January 19, 2014 at 12:38pm     
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Michelle Baker wrote:
What type of rock makes up the stone bench.
     Comment   June 11, 2013
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Local Santa Barbara sandstone. I'd recommend using your local stone if it's suitable to get the "sense of place" that local materials bring to a project. Best of luck --- post photos if you wind up building a bench of your own!
June 11, 2013 at 8:35pm        Thanked by Michelle Baker
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Michelle Baker
Thank you Margie, There is no stone bench in my yard. The front steps seem to be slate.
March 20, 2014 at 6:01pm   
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Kevin Skinner wrote:
Why the horn on the table and then blue shell? - I guess the two objects could be from the 'owner', the horn is winter (For me), the shell is just abused with blue paint, tacky. Setting and design nice, although confusing from these two elements.
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Cyndi
I did even see what is on the table, the bench is fab.. Love love it.
June 12, 2013 at 7:53pm     
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Thanks Cyndi!
July 11, 2013 at 8:54pm     
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somejava wrote:
Are those cushions custom made?
   Comment   May 25, 2013
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
yes
May 26, 2013 at 11:00am     
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cfvillard wrote:
Need the size - Looks very nice indeed. The question is how high is the back and how wide the seating area. Will do it with red stones from the area and shorter maybe. Thanks
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nubeer
I really like the trees in the back. Wondering if it grows in East Coast???
May 24, 2013 at 12:30pm   
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
It's called Yucca elephantipes. You'll want to do your own research on its suitability for your climate, site, soil, exposure, etc.
May 24, 2013 at 2:26pm   
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dholland87 wrote:
What kind of stone is on the ground? Nice variety of color.
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
3/8" Coral Sea gravel. It came from Santa Barbara Stone.
May 3, 2013 at 10:47pm   
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nburton1 wrote:
how much would this Cost
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
$10-12,000 depending on the stone you use --- it's about 18' long and is about 6' high on the back side as it is also acting as a retaining wall.
January 28, 2013 at 7:44am     
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Philip Stott-Wasson wrote:
what are the palms called?
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The "palms" are Elephantine Yucca (Yucca elephantipes). They have great big broad trunk bases you can't see because the soil behind this bench is approx. 5' lower than the bench.
September 14, 2012 at 1:38pm     
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These are Elephantine Yucca
April 13, 2013 at 1:49am     
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utician wrote:
Do you have a plan we can follow? I just love this
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Alisa Porter
Can you tell me how you did this? Is it difficult?
May 20, 2012 at 6:41pm     
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Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
Not a beginner project... It's mortared, reinforced, fitted sandstone over a reinforced concrete footing. You could also build it out of block and face it with stone.
June 26, 2012 at 8:29pm     
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Dena Leon wrote:
Are there any plans we can follow? Items suggested or required? - I just want to build one and I'd like to know if there is a step by step plan that I can follow before heading to Home Depot! Thank you, Dena Stanley Leon San Diego, CA 92117
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It's reinforced, mortared, fitted sandstone over a poured reinforced concrete footing. We laid it out in the field, so there's no plan per se. Good luck! Send a photo of the finished fence.
June 26, 2012 at 8:19pm     
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welldesign wrote:
how to keep clean - can the cusion keep cleanning?
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Base of table is a stack of bricks with English Ivy growing on them.
October 11, 2013 at 8:17am   
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thankyou
October 15, 2013 at 9:02pm   
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2. Shaded seating in California. Sometimes a spot in the shade is all you need to enjoy the outdoors. This curved stone bench looks incredibly comfortable but still blends in with its surroundings.
8. Weather the elements with stone seating. A stacked stone bench and table have a rustic elegance that would be at home anywhere from New England to California and beyond. In the summer it can play host to gatherings, plumped up with colorful cushions. In the winter it adds organic beauty to the landscape.
Play with your pillows. There's no need to stick to a standard pillow size. I like how this outdoor bench has varying colors, patterns and sizes with eight different square pillows. The variation allows each pillow to pop individually, but they also work together and create good visual interest.

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