This homeowner in Lake Arrowhead was looking to renovate their mountain cabin and needed the deck reconstructed and a new patio cover built. The objective was to make it blend in with the natural surroundings of the mountains and creek bed it overlooks. Sun Boss worked closely with the homeowner to make the design work within the county setbacks for the property and the creek that flows in front of the deck. Sun Boss recommended a flagstone that picked up all the characteristics of the surrounding rocks and terrain.
Sun Boss works closely with several artisans that have the ability to make old world charm work in the most unsuspecting environments. One of these artists is Chris Good site of Good site Masonry. Chris was brought in to make sure the deck would be properly built to accept the load of the rock as well as handle the flow of water due to snow conditions. There are specific grouts that are used in snow areas as well as the procedures to laying the rock over the actual deck. Creating a patio out of an area of yard that wasn’t suitable for entertaining was an idea the homeowner was really looking for. Again, the issues of water flow and tying into the existing patio areas was critical to the success of the project.
We use the term artist due to the design and placement of each individual rock, also keeping the surface flush for walking or tables and chairs. Chris learned this from another amazing mason and the education came at the expense of 20 years of learning and understanding what and how to make a walkable functional surface out of imperfect stones. As you can see in the pictures, the rock is carefully laid out and put together like a large puzzle. Next, the deck has to be floated to build the proper flow for water and finally, the rock is set in place. Two days later, the rock is grouted and ultimately sealed (typically two months after grout is laid). These projects are stunning when done and appreciated by all that see this type of craftsmanship.