Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your home and give it a fresh look. Plants, gardens, and greenery are effective in making an otherwise suburban backyard into a jungle, tropical, or flower garden landscape. The results can be serene. However, another technique homeowners are increasingly turning to that can dramatically shape their home environment is with stonework. There are few materials more earthy, solid, or enduring than stonework. Stonework can add an elegant look to any backyard and can be utilized in gardens, sidewalks, paths, patios, waterfalls, outdoor living areas, recreational areas, trails, outdoor cooking areas, ponds, and more.
Some of the most beautiful structures in the world utilize stone, and stonework can take your backyard to another world. From old-world stone walls to cobblestone paths, stone has an impact like little else.
Some considerations to consider for stone include thickness, size, cost, and look. Stone comes in many different looks, textures, and varieties including white limestone; Flagstone, which comes in several colors and varieties; Split Face Quarry Stone; Marble; Natural Mountain Boulders; Arizona Creek Rock; Pennsylvania Blue Stone; Tumbled Blue Stone; and various specimen of large slab, among many others. Simply viewing the different types of stone can be the inspiration behind creating a landscape because of vivid colors, shapes, and appearance.
Next, after plans and stone are agreed upon, the actual walkway, patio, or other structure is defined in the yard, then steel-reinforced concrete is poured to create the mold. A masonry sand and Portland cement mixture is smoothed into the area, then the stone is shaped and set in place with mallets to insure a level and stable walking surface with proper slope for water drainage. The last step in the creation of the landscape is the stones which have been chosen are mortared into place.