Stonework & Masonry
Creating a Backyard Oasis with Masonry and Stonework
Many times, homeowners will purchase a property just because the yard is big or looks promising. Outdoorsy people love to create unique spaces at home to be able to spend time outside with family and friends. There are many ways to take a plain yard and create a fantastic space that you can enjoy in the spring and summer or year round. One of the more popular ways today to create outdoor spaces is with masonry or stonework. Even a novice builder can create something unique to enjoy in the outdoors. Check out the different stonework ideas below.
Fire Pit with Wall Seating
One of the most popular ways to use stone and masonry skills is to create a fire pit with wall seating. This can be in a variety of ways, even creating your own design. The basic way is to create an area for the fire pit. This can be done with stone, pavers or even sand. Take stones and stack in a circular pattern to create the fire pit. This can be done with different stone types and mortar can be used or you can purchase edgers that can be stacked without mortar. Once you have the fire pit created, you will be ready to add seating.
Some homeowners will create small bench seating while others have created a large stone wall for seating. The large stone wall is the most time consuming but definitely looks the best. Create a half circle pattern to face the fire pit and use stone and mortar to create a long bench. Repeat the process layer after layer to create a lovely flat bench area where you can sit by the fire and enjoy conversation or the night sky.
A patio is always a lovely addition to any home and can easily be created with stone. All you need is a flat surface that has been prepared. You will need to mark off your space that you will be creating the patio and then use sand for a bottom layer. You then will lay your stone down for the path. This can be done with small pavers or large stone squares. Help is always needed when doing such a project so contact family and friends for assistance. Be sure to use a leveler so that each stone is level to the next. Use additional sand to fill in any gaps between stones.
Pathways to Garden Area
A secret garden is always appealing and if your acreage is large enough, you can create one of your own. Make a stone pathway that starts at the back of your home and ventures off into the woods or another area of your yard. You can use river rock, large stones, and pebbles, even a mix of stone and floral elements to create a unique pathway to your own secret garden. Look for ideas online how you can create a lovely path that will be fun to walk on as well as create visual interest for the outdoor area of your home.