At this charming home in Maynard, MA the front entry way and retaining walls were in disrepair and unsightly. With an appreciation for stonework, the homeowner desired to replace the wooden stairway with a natural stone stairway and to sure up the existing retaining walls.
After considering the site and deciding on materials, we draw a simple plan so that the homeowner can better visualize how the stairs will be situated. Granite steps will be used for the stairs, bluestone pavers for the landings, and Pennsylvania Fieldstone for the walls.
Next we break ground and excavate for the new stairways. Any good sized stones are saved to aid in the rebuilding of the walls.
Next the stairs and walls start going in. We set the step, and then build the walls up to meet the level, and so on. The stairway walls are mortared with cement but are meant to look like they aren’t. The side walls and retaining walls are dry laid without the use of mortar.
The walls grow higher. The #3 is salvaged from the original wall and set at eye level in the new stairway.
The stairs and walls reach finish height. The upper retaining wall is built higher than the original was to help flatten out the steep grade of the gardens. The side retaining walls are built with the existing stone and supplemented by the larger pieces of the PA wallstone that were purchased for the stairway. Cobble stones and clay brick make up the bottom landing while bluestone is used for the upper landings and to cap the stairway wall.
After the railings go in the project is complete and some nice fall decorations bring it all together. Take a look at the before and after.