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July Waller of the Month: SAM JOHNSON

SAM JOHNSON (Colorado) —I am the owner and operator of La Plata Stone Design, where we aim to create, inspire, and educate through the medium of stone. We specialize in dry laid stone features, from simple paths to prestigious projects. I grew up building with stone with my father in western Massachusetts. I have since relocated to Durango, Colorado, where I founded La Plata Stone Design in 2019. I have a Level 2 certification and intend to pursue Level 3 as soon as possible.   laplatastonedesign.com

FEATURED IMAGE: A 20-ft diameter dry-laid circular patio of New Mexico buff flagstone and bordered with Utah buff “jumpers.” The dry-laid fire pit is 7 ft in diameter and constructed from Arizona moss rock. The mortared cap is 4-in.-thick slabs of Colorado rose. Pit features recessed lights, outlets, and a natural gas burner element.

IMAGE BELOW: Terrace constructed with two custom staircases, rustic glacial till fire pit, and boulder corner accent with integrated seating. Patio in two tones: Colorado rose and New Mexico buff. Staircase slabs and perimeter wall composed of Colorado rose sandstone