Stone and Paver Walkway, Answers to Questions

posted, 12/04/06
This continues the story from Sundays post on The Appreciation of Stone. I’ve been asked a few questions and will attempt to answer them here:

  • The stone and brick are not the same depth. The stone was placed 1st and the pavers were poured around the stone.
  • The stone is a waste product from Briar Hill Quarries near Glenmount, Ohio. They use to refer to this product as: 3″ offset. Briar Hill has changed the way they cut blocks of stone and they don’t have much of this product on hand now.
  • The wall stone is also a Briar Hill product. They sell several different sizes of this wall stone. It can be used as a freestanding wall, or a retention wall. Seen here it makes beautiful risers for outdoor steps.
  • This was in South Carolina about 30 miles above Columbia. Yes, that means we shipped a semi-load of stone down to install the walkway.
  • This photo, and Sundays were taken about 2 yrs after the job was installed.
  • The slab-bench photo was taken right at the end of initial installation.
  • Yep, the pavers are brand new, and very architectural in style (clean edges and lines). Complete opposite of the rough and tumble sandstone. I was looking to mix opposites together to create strong visual interest.
  • The entire length was over 120 feet and did vary width wise 5 to 8 feet with that landing.
  • The landing was built to display art and as a visual resting spot, It was not built to hold furniture, or to become a patio. After two years it was still that way.
  • The original request was to create a visual entertaining walkway from the parking court at the front of the house to the pool house on the other side of the service drive. You can see the opening to the pool area at the end of the walkway in that small patch of light in the dark area (top center).
  • I’m still looking for the drawings for this project. I have the original concept drawings, and they are buried away somewhere.

I think that’s everything that was asked of me. I enjoyed the project very much the client was actually very easy to work for, and they enjoyed the final product. Most of the plantings were installed at the initial phase, we went for perennials and a few shrubs that would adapt to beds without irrigation.

The only questions I don’t want to get in here are the cost of the install. I hope the questioner will understand. Yes I do charge an hourly rate but when working away from the home base area I have daily and weekly rates along with expenses.

Thanks for all the interest, and questions. I’ll keep looking for the drawings . .

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. 2 comments:

    The County Clerk said…

    Good information. Thank you.
    12:56 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    Hey Hank, you’re welcome.

    To the other e-mail question, those are brick pavers, not concrete. Thanks again for all the interest in the project.

  2. Dear Sir,
    I m a student of architecture in my final year of graduation. I have deep interest in landscape and want to persue my career in this field. I have seen many web sites of yours and feel that you have great knowledge of the field. I want to study further and do my masters in landscape architecture. I would appreciate if you guide me about the institutes which offer this course and are really good at it. I belong to India and have done my graduation here but i want to study outside because i feel it has more to offer in terms of knowledge.
    kindly guide me

    I’ll send you an e-mail with a few schools I think you should look into.

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