We just finished a challenging but unique paver project with water feature. The project took place of Bear Mountain, Victoria, B.C.

1. The Challenge

The project is located in a confined back yard, accessible only by a 30 flight staircase. All materials and any waste had to come up and down the stairs. The crew worked for it!


2. The beginning.

We arrived to find a retaining wall with nothing behind it but waste soil. It looked like the original builder had intended to install a water feature but did not get it done. In addition to the water feature, the client requested a paver patio to surround the water feature, a sitting place to enjoy the surroundings.

Second view of project, day one. You can see the chute in the back

Construction, day 1. Encountering the large boulder in the middle of our project.


3. The water feature.

What a nightmare to get this into the back yard! It weighed 800 pounds and nothing, short of a crane, was going to get it into the back yard! But wait, Garden City Tree and Landscape did it and we did not need a crane. We put sleepers on the stairs, rigged up a pulley device and we lowered the feature down the stairs.

The water feature is the focus of the property.

The water feature is the focus of the property.

4. The surprises.

Once the soil was excavated out we discovered that mother earth, i.e. a huge boulder, was preventing us from achieving proper grade. The solution? We rented a jackhammer and we broke up the rock

purchased a large sewer pipe and we used that as a chute for some of the product. It certainly made it easier on the crew. Not much easier but as much as was available.

4. The end product.

The water feature at night!

The water feature at night!


As they say, a picture says a thousand words, simply awesome work crew!