There is a good chance you pass by a stone wall every day. They are so common you may not even notice them. That's the first step of having a stone problem, noticing it. The next step is acting on it. Now that you see stone walls all over the place, you're going to want to build your very own stone wall.
If done properly a natural stone wall can be a beautiful addition to your property and last for decades. It can stand up to weather conditions, is durable, and safe. Look at some of the stone walls throughout the hills of New England, Europe, and Asia... those have lasted thousands of years! Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again.
3 Tips for Building a Stone Wall
- Choose The Right Material: This will probably be the toughest decision you have to make. What stone do you want to use? With so many choices you're going to want a stone that's versatile in color and durable so it stands the test of time. If you plan on changing the color or exterior of your home you will want to plan accordingly.
- Pick Your Pattern: There many factors to consider when it comes to selecting the right pattern. Do you want a contemporary or traditional look? How much stone will you need when working with one pattern vs. another? The material cost for square shaped stone may be higher but there will likely be less waste and labor involved. It's your wall so you have to decide what pattern fits your vision.
- How to Cap It: Do you want to sit on the wall or not? It's a little more complex than that but when you explore options for the wall cap it's a good place to start. Wall caps can be more expensive than the wall itself if you pick something that requires special dimensions or fancy fabrication. Pick something you like (or love) and make sure it's cost effective.
It's no surprise we have a product called "Old New England Wall". It's a fieldstone native to CT and other New England states that was, you guessed it, used as wall stone.
Now you're ready to start the task of building your own stone wall and I hope these tips ensure you only need to do it once.