asheville landscaping

Dry Laid Flagstone Patio

Flagstone patio

We just finished a dry laid flagstone patio in Asheville, nc.

Dry laid stone work is done without the use of concrete or mortar.

The strength of the patio relies on a well drained base of gravel and tightly cut large pieces of stone.

Custom cut patio stone

Each piece of stone is hand cut to fit tightly and to create a structural and attractive pattern.

We also installed a bench wall at the edge of the patio. This wall supports the lower edge of the patio and adds a place to relax and enjoy the backyard.

Asheville Patio

Dry laid stone work will last for decades if installed correctly.

Give us a call for more info.


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Outdoor Living Space

We have just finished a fun summer project in Asheville, Nc.

Asheville Patio

This project included 2 dry laid Stone bench walls with a recessed flagstone patio.

We added a natural gas stone fire pit for our clients to enjoy on a cool evening.

Our clients initially wanted this patio at ground level, but during the design process we thought it would be more cozy and inviting to sink the patio down and add a couple stone steps as an entrance.

Here’s a before and after pic.


Give us a call for help designing and installing your next outdoor living area.


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Front Yard Landscaping

Here’s a video of a front yard landscape renovation we did in Asheville, Nc.

This landscape features a dry laid flagstone patio with a Pondless waterfall and custom stone staircases.

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Asheville Flagstone Patio

Custom Flagstone Patio Asheville

We spent the last couple weeks in Asheville building a Flagstone Patio.

This patio was unique because each needed to be set with a machine due to their size and weight. Some of the slabs were 5 inches thick and 800-1000 pounds.


We prepped the base of the patio with 8 inches of compacted drain rock. We then hand selected and cut each slab to fit tightly with the other slabs. Having a tight and consistent joint is crucial for the long term stability of any dry laid flagstone patio.

We used a durable webbing, instead of a traditional strap, to set the slabs. This allowed us to easily remove the webbing after the stone was set without disturbing the base layer. This can be difficult and time consuming for the builder.

Large Flagstone Slab Patio Asheville

Our clients were very pleased with the finished product and invited us back for more landscaping and stone work projects in the Spring.

Feel free to give us a call for your next patio, retaining wall or water feature project.





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Building a Fairy Home

When designing a landscape it’s always good to stop and think about some options to make your garden unique.


We built a series of dry stacked stone retaining walls for our client in Asheville recently. In the landscape design process we decided to add a really cool feature into the walls. A little fairy grotto was the idea. Our clients came up with the idea originally. I have seen similar ideas in other walls, but have yet had the opportunity to install one. We thought it was a great idea, for a small statue or maybe a spot for a candle to brighten the feature at night.


So we made a space for the little fairy nooks (3 of them in the finished wall) and began building.  We installed some small stone arches that were dry laid into the wall, using only friction to hold them together and some wood support that we removed after we were done.

The stone arch is an ancient technique that I have yet to master.

The history of the arch dates back to ancient Italy where the Etruscan people built unimaginable stone arches as gates to the city. The Romans learned from them and perfected the craft.


To bring a little bit of this ancient art into our modern landscape design brings me great joy.

I love dreaming of new and old techniques to install into the features we create for our clients.


We will move forward, building and learning. Mastering techniques as the Romans did from the Etruscans.

Maybe one day in the future our children will pass on some pass on some skill to another generation to come, that will create a legacy of artistic craftsmanship for future builders.