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Inspiration for a traditional side yard landscaping in Seattle.
Studio AB
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Enduring Northwest LandscapesTraditional Landscape, Seattle

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Inspiration for a traditional side yard landscaping in Seattle. —  Houzz

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katrinadanley wrote:Jun 16, 2013
how hard is this project and how durable in the winter?

  • Andrea Becker
    This type of path is very durable here in the Pacific Northwest. Rarely do we get a hard freeze however. It was time consuming in this case because we cut some of the pieces as to fit tighter to the curve and to each other. It's a form of Montana slate, common from the quarries just east of us, but the availability changes over time. It was all dry-set on compacted 1/4"- gravel and edged (black plastic snap edging).
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    Studio AB

    I would recommend hiring a contractor equipped with knowledge and tools for handling and cutting stone. As far as I know this stone and the type of application is very durable. Though we don't have very deep freezes and much snow accumulation here in winter (Seattle area).

mheerwald wrote:Jun 25, 2013
    Sara wrote:Jun 27, 2013
    What kind of bushes are those on the left with the pink flowers?

    • h2lawn
      From the picture they look like a 2 gallon tinkerbell lilac bush.
    • PRO
      Studio AB
      sorry so late in answer this! they are escallonia.
    mrlockwood wrote:Aug 9, 2014
    o and did you use grout or sand or ??

    - just one more ?

    • PRO
      Studio AB
      for best results I would recommend 1/4"- (minus) crushed granite because it has more angular particles for better compaction. Round rock will not work. If the granite is not available down there you can also try a 5/8"- to 1/4"- crushed gravel, compact it, then set the stone with about an 1"- 1/2" layer of clean sand. After setting the path/patio sweep in another 1" or so of either the 1/4"- granite or sand. Note that this particular path was cut to fit tight (most pieces were cut on one side, especially the edges). Also it is secured on all sides with the black plastic 'snap' edging that is commonly used for dry-set paving. I hope this was helpful. good luck with your project!
    Kira Schofield wrote:May 1, 2015
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      Studio AB

      We just used snap edging; its the L-shaped black plastic type with stakes; commonly used for concrete pavers as well. I believe there is an aluminum version available too that will work. Note that stone was cut (especially on the edges) to be dry-set as tight as possible.

    • mmartine10

      Hi Andrea, we are looking to pave our backyard with flagstone. Not sure, if dry set or not. I really like the look you achieved in the pic above, the color of the stone, and the size of the pieces. In addition we'd like a grill station. Is this something we could contact you about?

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