DetailsThere's nothing quite as functional – or as beautiful – as nature's own building blocks. Often shaped and weathered by natural forces, each stone has its own unique look and feel.
Used as elements in a carefully planned landscape design, stonework can add an artful organization to your outdoor spaces. Creating sturdy walls, private patios, graceful gardens, and offering unlimited opportunities for your imagination to soar – with features like ponds, streams and waterfalls that can transform your property into a sylvan sanctuary.
From cover to cover, this delightful book offers hundreds of practical design ideas illustrated with colorful photographs and drawings, all divided into six sections.
Paths and steps – Find out how to build a rustic cobblestone walkway from rabble rock excavated during construction or a formal entry out of volcanic rock cut into bricklike pavers with a brilliant purple color.
Terraces, patios and garden spaces – Learn how to extend your living space by creating a flagstone patio for outdoor dining, a scenic retreat punctuated with irregular stones and natural plantings, or a poolside enclave with a fieldstone surface and matching retaining walls.
Walls – Discover creative ways to design natural boundaries that blend with your landscape, from simple dry stone walls to a more delicate presence with native fieldstone held together with mortar.
Pools, ponds and fountains – See how stone can give water its shape and form with the stone-like appearance of stamped concrete surrounding your pool or natural-looking ponds, streams and waterfalls you can design and build yourself.
Finishing touches – Find out how to surround your home with artful flourishes like the eye-catching textures of a garden border featuring a geometric collage of salvaged brick and variously flat stones in a variety of shapes and colors.
When you flip through this popular idea book, you'll be amazed at all the ways you can enhance your property with stonescaping designs. Whatever your budget or locale, it will inspire you to get creative with nature's most versatile building material.
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SKU FGN74070824 Table Of Contents Chapter 1: Paths and Steps
Chapter 2: Terraces, Patios and Garden Spaces
Garden Paths and Floors
Chapter 3: Walls
Dry Stone Walls
Chapter 4: Benches, Landscaping Features & Sculpture
Chapter 5: Pools, Ponds and Fountains
Streams and Waterfalls
Water Basins and Fountains
Chapter 6: Finishing Touches
Driveways and Transitions
Intro Back in the 1970's, it was fashionable to spend some time 'finding oneself' after graduating from college. So, not long after pocketing my newly minted bachelor's degree in English, I joined a landscaping crew instead of pursuing a more traditional career. While most of our duties seemed to revolve around pushing lawnmowers, we occasionally worked on more interesting projects, including a few that involved the use of stone. At the time, the material seemed to require a lot more labor than my 21-year-old mind thought it was worth, particularly on those very hot days when a truckload or more would show up on our job site, or when the client seemed overly particular about just how the stone should be placed.
Over the years, I've developed a keener appreciation for stone and the various roles that it can play in the landscape. Though carpentry has become my trade, and journalism my profession, stone has come to play a central role in my life. In Vermont, where I live, old stone walls abound, and quarries continue to produce slate, granite, and marble, just as they have for over two hundred years. The lakes my family swims in are notable for their rocky outcroppings and shale and cobble shorelines; a sandy beach is a rarity here. We fish from beautiful, boulder-strewn streams, hike on paths and ski on slopes that often seem to be carved from stone. Even our house pays homage to stone: its foundation is built directly onto bedrock. Walk down into our basement and you'll step onto the smooth ledge outcropping that passes directly beneath our home.
Besides underpinning our dwelling, granite ledges surround it. With them, we've created informal, low stone walls and borders for our gardens. From time to time, I walk out into the woods that surround our home with my pry bar and unearth new candidates, ensuring that our borders continue to slowly grow. We are, quite literally, surrounded by stone.
But we're ready to go a step further too. We have some informal flagstone paths that need attention, a gravel driveway that we'd like to redo, and a spot on our property that needs a proper retaining wall. And wed like to add on a new outdoor room, a place where we can gather and comfortably enjoy those balmy Vermont summer evenings.
Maybe you're like me, looking for practical solutions to particular landscaping problems. Or maybe you've seen a stunning wall or walkway somewhere that you think would look great at your home. Maybe you're putting in a swimming pool, and would like to make it look like a more natural part of your landscape. Or maybe your budget is more limited, but you still love the look and sound of water moving over rocks. The right kind of stone will help you achieve your goals; all you need are some ideas to help you figure out how you'll use it.
That's where this book comes in. Here you'll be presented with a range of practical and inspiring ideas for using stone in your landscape. Along with tried and true designs for inviting walkways and beautiful walls, youll see new ways of using stone in gardens and patio spaces. You'll discover ideas for creating graceful streams, waterfalls, or even simple fountains that will help transform your backyard into a private retreat. And you'll find a wide range of outdoor living spaces that family and friends can enjoy for years to come. As the examples in the book will demonstrate, there is a world of stone to explore; use this book to help get you started on the right path.
ISBN 978-1-56158-763-6 Video No Author Andrew Wormer Publication Year 2005 Dimensions 9 3/16 x 10 7/8 Pages 144 Photo color photos and Drawings drawings Other Formats No Cover Paperback Format Paperback
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