Work/Life unbalance

I like working for myself.   It has many advantages: the best is being in charge of my own time. But sometimes work has a way of creeping up on you and essentially taking over your life.  Lately its done it big style.  Cancelling holidays because of work is not good.... Read More

Whatever the weather

One thing working outside gives you an appreciation of is the weather.  Most people will spend much of their working lives  looking out at the weather through a window – at home before they leave to go to work; in the car, on the bus or train on their way;... Read More

Stone work and mountains

Summit Cairns Many Scottish hills and mountains have stone cairns on their summits. Most are rough piles of boulders made by the walkers and climbers who visit the tops to mark the highest point. The Ordnance Survey constructed thousands of concrete pillars to be used as trig points to map... Read More

Pro-landscaper magazine

Pro-landscaper article A garden designed by Carolyn Grohman, and built by Watergems has made the front cover of this month’s Pro-Landscaper, a UK garden design and landscaping industry magazine. Why is this of news? Well, because Stone Inspired built the wee bit of dry stone wall behind the pergola shown... Read More

The winter break

In the old B.S. days (before self-employment), the Christmas and New Year break used to be something to look forward to. Two weeks paid leave away from work: from the phone and the in-tray; from clients with their problems; from the looming deadlines, the endless team meetings and from colleagues... Read More

A review of 2012 – Part 2

Following on from part 1 of the review of the jobs of 2012, here is part two. Highlights include our first arch and a long stretch of boundary wall. July 2012 Scottish Borders – stone circle I helped Edinburgh dry stone waller Richard Love build this circular raised bed for... Read More

A review of 2012 – part 1

2012 has been a busy year for Stone Inspired. We have been lucky to have worked with many wonderful clients who have involved us in their garden projects.  Of the 20 jobs we were involved in, 18 were for private clients, and the only exception being the small bit of... Read More

BALI Award winning garden 2012

At the the recent BALI Landscaping award ceremony held in London this garden won the award for Domestic Garden Construction – Construction cost btwn £30 – £60k. Working under the direction of designer Carolyn Grohman and landscapers Watergems, Stone Inspired built the small piece of dry stone retaining wall in this garden... Read More

Who do you work for?

I work in quite a solitary profession; I usually work alone with just the stone at hand; my hammer and chisels; the finished article in my head and maybe some sketches or rough drawings to hand; I am aware that there are others working on similar projects in other parts... Read More

Homes and interiors magazine article

A garden created in Fife by the Edinburgh Garden Designer Carolyn Grohman, – which included some stone work built by Stone Inspired – was featured in the July/August issue of Homes and Interiors Scotland magazine. The landscaping was done by Watergems, who were recently given a prestigious  BALI National Landscape award, for... Read More

More before and after shots!

In my last post I put up lots of progress pics from the recent job in Carlops.  This time, I’ve put together some more before and after images to show the amazing difference that a bit of stone work can make to landscape or garden. Alva Glen – Queen’s Diamond... Read More