In the summer of 2015, we were honored when Strata Developments asked us to participate in the restoration of this landmark on Saskatchewan Crescent West, a home built in 1910 for Mayor William Hopkins. Since our company specializes in Heritage Restoration and natural stone fabrication, we were definitely in our element and ready to dive right in. So when we learned that this project would be featured this winter in Saskatoon's HOME magazine, we were absolutely delighted. Thanks go out to the lovely Publisher, Amanda Soulodre for recognizing such a historical landmark in Saskatoon, and for telling its story so well.
ROCCO MASONS scope of work included replacing the homes disintegrating concrete stair treads with limestone, each tread weighing in at 650 pounds. We tore down the two brick posts at either side of the staircase, cleaned each brick piece by piece (as pictured above) before re-using them to return the posts to their original state. Once the posts were rebuilt, we capped off each post with 1900 pound limestone caps. We were very pleased when the home owner decided to use our recommendation of limestone for the bases of the homes ionic columns to replace the homes original wooden ones. Next, we laid limestone flooring throughout the patio which starts at the front entrance and wraps around to the back of the home.
For the HOME magazines full story CLICK HERE and stay tuned for more exciting projects to come.
We're happy to donate this hand carved limestone address marker to the silent auction at this years Boys Lunch Out - better known as the B.L.O., hosted annually by Saskatoon's Progress Club. All proceeds from this very successful event go towards the many charities the club supports such as these: CLICK HERE
What was once a rectangular chunk of limestone took Ryan Watson, Stone Carver & Progress Club member, over 10 hours of carving to transform it into what you see now. This one-of-a-kind piece stands 15 inches tall and is twenty one inches across. The highest bidder at the B.L.O. auction will receive this address marker installed at their location of choice, but not before their address numbers are carved in. For more about our Stone Carver see here: RYAN WATSON BIO
We're pleased to announce Rocco Mason's participation in the silent auction this year for the Boys Lunch Out, better known as the B.L.O. This fundraiser is an extremely successful event that is hosted annually by Saskatoon's Progress Club.
Ryan Watson, Stone Carver and Progress Club member is seen here putting his final touches on the hand carved piece which will be auctioned off at the event. The highest bidder will receive this hand carved address marker installed on their residence or business after Watson carves the winner's address in.
Watson's gift in the art of hand carved stone has been proven time and time again. His carvings adorn buildings from west coast Canada to Chicago Illinois. Some carving projects to date include Saskatoon's King George Restoration project, specifically the hand carved entryways for which he was presented a heritage award from the City of Saskatoon, Chicago's Board of Trade building, several carvings for Quarra Stone Company out of Madison Wisconsin, the masonry and it's design on the Timber Pointe building on 3rd street behind Earls including it's hand carved signage at the entrance, the recently renovated McDougall Gauley building that now houses Una Pizza + wine, and several hand carved fireplaces for many residential customers as well as headstones, address markers and memorial pieces.
With over 16 years of experience in the trade, Watson continues his dedication to the art by providing his commercial and residential clients inspiration and an end-product unlike any other. He's keeping history alive in Saskatoon by playing a key creative role in designing timeless stone facades on homes and buildings both inside and out. His extensive knowledge and artistic talent in old world craftsmanship offers his clients a unique Masonry Design each and every time.
Watson and his business partner and wife Nicolene Watson take pride in offering their clients a superior customer experience, a fair price for quality workmanship while meeting deadlines. It is their mandate to work for their clients how they would want a company to work for them.
For more details on the Boys Lunch Out fundraiser and the club itself click on the link provided above and share with your friends.
Now that temperatures are well above zero again, we're able to get a head start on the Masonry at our Spadina East project for Colliers McCLocklin. This year we removed their front planter and are now constructing a new stone retaining wall which spans across the entire building. In the Spring we'll be back to complete their new grand entryway by adding granite stair treads and perhaps a hand carved stone piece or two?
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Nicolene Watson, Co-Owner of Rocco Masons since 2013. "Nicolene is the brains behind the scenes at Rocco Masons. She naturally knows how to run a business. When she wants something there's no stopping her", says Ryan Watson, Nicolene's husband and the companies Founder & President. Since 2013 Nicolene manages the office and directs all aspects of the business including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Human Resources, Web Design, Marketing, Advertising and Social Media. "I finally found my dream career at fourty that fits me like a glove"!