Stonework in the Outdoors

Stonework isn’t just relegated to a kitchen countertop or bathroom features. It isn’t even limited to the inside of the building. Whether your property has a desert motif or a lush green lawn and canopy, stonework is always a distinctive addition to any landscape. As stonework can convey a sense of beauty and tranquility or quiet playfulness, it has stood the test of time as a landscaping material. 

Here in the Valley, we are fortunate that we never have a time when our landscaping is covered with snow. This makes stonework an even more attractive option. Since huge tracts of land aren’t the norm for most homeowners, the smaller size confines the need for a whopping budget, too.

Stone materials have many uses in the landscape environment. A stone flowerbed can effectively tie a house to the rest of the property. A stone pathway beckons the viewer to come for a walk. A granite patio can make a contemporary statement of elegance. Tessellated paving provides a focal point. Stone features are a permanent asset with minimal upkeep and maximum value.The thing to remember is that these features won’t become overgrown, need water, pruning, or mowing, and will make your home genuinely more attractive.

 Red flagstone

Red flagstone

Outdoor projects can offer features on a much larger scale than those indoors. For this reason, they require meticulous planning. A good designer can help guide you through the process and suggest options or help you plan a design that will make your dreams feasible. The use of colored stone is also different in the outside environment.

 Midnight blue limestone

Midnight blue limestone

Once a plan is in place, and materials delivered, the reality of the project begins to take shape as the hard work begins. In a larger project, a small mistake can create a much more intensive labor schedule.  An installer must be adept at shape matching and adapting to limitations  such as tree roots and other factors so the project will go as planned. These types of situations delineate the need for an installer who has experience as well as strength.

After the stonework is complete, the finishing touches need to be done. The rest of the landscape is returned to it’s normal state (in the case where digging or moving plants was required) and any new accoutrements such as benches, plants or flowers, should be added.  

Then you can sit back and enjoy your outdoor stonework for years to come.