Dress Up a Block Wall with a Rock Wall
Rather than hiding a poured-concrete or block foundation with landscape plantings, show it off with stone veneer.
Synopsis: Making a rock wall is easy, right? Lay down some mortar, put a rock on it, and then keep doing the same thing all day and you’re done. But that’s not the whole story. In this article, North Carolina stonemason Cody Macfie guides us through the tough parts — manipulating a stone to fit a particular spot, making space to work, and making the right mortar recipes. A design gallery and materials list including cost information will help you plan your project.
In the old days, foundations of rock or brick were the norm. They looked good and were fairly easy to build. Nowadays, concrete block or poured concrete is the foundation method of choice because they’re much faster to build. This newfound speed, however, comes at an aesthetic cost: Concrete is ugly. But you can make a plain-looking block wall into a great-looking rock wall by veneering…