Phase II – Fieldstone Walls + Bluestone Walkways
Dry stack stone walls:
The front yard of this home originally had a hefty slope to it making it unusable, and there was also no clear entry path to the house. The plan here is to flatten the grade and build dry stack stone walls around the perimeter to retain. We will also install a set of steps that will connect to the walkway and new parking area later on.
This home is an Acorn Deck House – a modern style home with mostly clean, straight lines. The walls are designed to continue that theme and line up with the edge of the house and deck on either side. After re-grading and removing a lot of material, we are able to flatten the slope which leaves room for a 1.5-2′ drystack wall to retain the upper grade.
We build the walls with a local fieldstone from a nearby supply yard to match the previously built wall beneath the deck.
The walls are entirely dry laid (without mortar) except for the steps. For the steps we build up the risers with fieldstone, and then cap with bluestone treads.
Originally this home had no clear walkway/entrance to the home, and with the addition of the deck there was need for an additional landing. Here we use bluestone pavers set in a stepping stone fashion. The stepping stone design takes less material and achieves a very sharp modern look to keep with the design of the home.
The landings and walkways immediately off of the house are edged with steel and filled with gravel. The walkway leading out into the yard will have grass surrounding the stones and filling the gaps. A few choice boulders that were dug up during excavation are also featured.
In the fall we will return to add topsoil and hydroseed the lawn.