Custom Stone BenchTropical Landscape, Santa Barbara

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Chen Well wrote:Apr 2, 2012
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  • november21
    We bought an old farm and there is actually a pile of old bricks out there, AND a piece of marble big enough for a table !
Michael Corcoran wrote:Jun 12, 2013
  • 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
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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!
cfvillard wrote:May 13, 2013
  • nubeer
    I really like the trees in the back. Wondering if it grows in East Coast???
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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.
mml_54 wrote:Sep 28, 2015
  • Penelope Smith

    Wow, that is such a cool looking bench. I love that is made out of stone. Do you know what stones it is made out of? It would be super fun if a park decided to make all of the there benches made out of stone.

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    Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates

    If memory serves, it was about $12,000USD about 10 years ago to do this 18' long bench out of our local sandstone cobbles over c.m.u. with reinforced poured concrete footing. It's much more than you see --- the back is 5' high, as the bench also serves as a retaining wall, creating additional flat space in this hillside garden.

Bo Dellbrook wrote:Feb 9, 2014
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    Wjpools Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping is a company that provides every solution for your property like landscaping, masonry, swimming pools, water features, planting, maintenance, outdoor kitchens, water slides, cabanas and much more.
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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.
Michelle Baker wrote:Jun 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!
  • Michelle Baker
    Thank you Margie, There is no stone bench in my yard. The front steps seem to be slate.
utician wrote:May 19, 2012
  • Alisa Cyrus
    Can you tell me how you did this? Is it difficult?
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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.
Jillian Johnson wrote:May 16, 2016
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    Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates

    We made the seat deep enough to take a nap on --- it's 22" deep. Seat cushions are 6" high. Pillows on back vary from 18" to 22".

mishmat_2812 wrote:Apr 9, 2015
colcom wrote:Dec 10, 2014
Emily wrote:Oct 28, 2014
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    Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
    Thanks! It's a wonderful solution for this yard --- it acts as a retaining wall too, creating flat space where once there was a slope. Best, Margie
ecaterina2004 wrote:Aug 17, 2014
Fatima Ali wrote:May 2, 2014
batrarani wrote:Feb 17, 2014
belindaot wrote:Feb 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
somejava wrote:May 25, 2013
dholland87 wrote:May 3, 2013
nburton1 wrote:Jan 27, 2013
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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.
Dena Leon wrote:Apr 28, 2012
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    Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
    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.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Studio Burke added this to The Size Has It: Play With Proportions to Bring Energy to RoomsJul 31, 2013

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.

Laura Gaskill added this to Spring Patio Fix-Ups: 9 Wonderful Ways With Built-in BenchesMay 9, 2013

7. 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.

Vanessa Brunner added this to Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Outdoor Spaces of 2012Jan 4, 2013

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.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Lisa La Rosa added this to Future back yard ideasAug 4, 2019


pesklak added this to 91 FennerJul 30, 2019

Could be a wonderful addition on the kitchen side of the house.

filming47 added this to Final CutJul 28, 2019

Gorgeous stone seating and plantings. Fire pit instead of table. I LOVE THIS STONE!

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