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Beautiful, Safe Stone Steps for Your Landscape

Beautiful, Safe Stone Steps for Your Landscape

in Recent Projects, Stonework/Construction | 2 comments

Stone steps in your landscape need to be beautiful—and safe. Read on to learn how we used our masonry skills and lots of concrete to secure a collapsing stone stairway.

For this job, we rebuilt sinking stone steps. The steps were sinking because the stones were set into dirt and gravel, not concrete. Over time, water washed away some of the dirt and gravel and the stones sank, making the walkway unstable and possibly dangerous. In the photo below, you can see how the large stones have sunk lower than their wooden frames.

 

Sinking stone steps

Sinking stone steps

Step one of our project was to remove all the existing stones and wood framing.

Step two: Install new framing using rebar. The steel rebar rods ensure the wood stays in place and level.

 

Rebar for a lot of steps

Rebar for a lot of steps

Step three: Pour the concrete. These steps were the only access to the house, and the hillside was too steep for a wheelbarrow, so we used a pump truck to get the concrete to the top.

 

Pouring concrete

Pouring concrete

Step four: Smooth the concrete. Depending on the weather, the concrete needs to cure at least overnight.

Natural stone rubble strips for risers

Natural stone rubble strips for risers

Step five: Remove the wood forms and rebar. Lay the flagstones.

Step six: Mortar the flagstones in place, put mortar in the joints, and scrape off any excess before it dries. Note the re-use of kitty litter buckets!

 

Jorge always makes sure it is level.

Jorge always makes sure it is level.

Step six: Enjoy this gorgeous—and safe—stone path!

 

Long Stone Stairs

Wow! The plants fared well too.

If you’d like to add or rebuild a stone pathway in Georgia, please contact us at Art of Stone. We’re happy to answer all your questions!

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  1. We love them still. Thank you for your hard work and expertise. Pam

    • Thank you Pam!

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Art of Stone Gardening is a full-service design, masonry, hardscape and landscape company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia.
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