Tag Archives: Retaining walls and terraces

Edinburgh – fancy bench and curved wall

We built this dry stone bench and paved seating area in August and September 2018. It was both a fairly simple project in terms of the design; and a complex one in terms of the build. The idea was to provide an enclosed space for the family to sit outside. The wall would be highest […]

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Glasgow tiny garden – the Swinging cat

This was probably the most awkward space I’ve had to work in. A small front garden of a Glasgow stone-built tenement measuring 7m by 5m. In that space I had to build a seating area; paving and two terraces. The design was fairly fluid too and it took a lot of discussions between me and […]

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Redhall Edinburgh – seating area and pizza oven

I completed this project in October 2017. It is a sunken seating area with steps down to a paved area. A pizza oven and two recesses are built into one wall. The walls are made with Swinton Rubble from Hutton Stone in Berwick; the paving is black limestone from Border Aggregates in Kelso and the […]

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Eskbank low retaining walls and bench

I built this small dry stone bench and retaining walls for the neighbours of the previous Eskbank clients. The stone is Alston stone supplied by Border Aggregates in Kelso, and the paving was done by SR Landscaping a few weeks after I have completed the stonework.

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Lanark low retaining walls and high retaining walls

When I first met the client to discuss the stone work in her garden, she was not sure if there was enough for me to do. 30+ tonnes of stone and weeks later, I think we agreed that there was enough. The job entailed building a low wall to provide a clearer definition between the […]

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Edinburgh low retaining walls and steps

The client removed the old brick retaining wall running up the side of his drive, and he then asked me to rebuild it and extend the driveway with a low dry stone retaining wall. I also rebuilt his steps and made a small planter. An Edinburgh-based landscaping company re-laid the monoblock drive after I had […]

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The abridged wall

I was blown away by the view when I came to see this job. Situated as close as you can get to underneath the Forth Road bridge, I had a grandstand view of the construction of the new road bridge. In between watching the new bridge go up and keeping an eye on the river […]

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Dry stone seating area

Seats with a sea view

This was a fun job – undertaken part way through a much bigger job. It was good was to step away from a big free-standing wall with some challenging stone and work on some totally different for a couple of weeks. The job also coincided with a great spell of hot and sunny Spring weather, […]

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A wee wall and lots of bacon rolls!

I like it when clients feed me. Given that landscaping and walling jobs usually take a while to do, clients will see a lot of me. Whilst its not in the contract that I get treats, it makes for a more relaxed work environment when I do ๐Ÿ™‚ This was a great little job in […]

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Sticky walls

I am a dry stone waller and don’t really “do” mortared walls. In fact I frequently use the term “Devil’s Cream” when talking about cement. I like just using stone to build with: using mortar requires sand, cement, water, a mixer, dry weather. Faff basically. Sometimes though, you just got to go with the flow. […]

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