So, you are looking to spiff up your home with the rustic feel of stone steps leading to your front door. Well, this is a popular option for many homeowners that want the front of their home looking modern with a feel of antiquity. There is really something about stone steps that provide both aesthetics with a sort of natural and vintage feel. The best part about building stone steps for your front door is that it is not too difficult to accomplish even for you novices out there. With this in mind, here are a few steps on how to build the steps.
- Select the stone. The first step in the whole building process is to select the type of stone that suits your theme or mood. Of course, you will want to select a stone depending on the actual enhancement you want to add to your house. Obviously, you will want to opt for a flat stone however, there are literally many choices out there. For instance, manufactured and processed stones are normally finely cut and sanded hence, making it smooth and easy to lie down. However, these slabs may not be in line with what you want especially if you want something more rustic. If this is the case, then you may want naturally flat stones that have been broken down in pieces through weathering or quarrying. Combine these stones with cement or stabilizing these into the soil and grass may be right up your alley. In any case, determine the stone you want and purchase it. You can find many companies offering these or you can simply visit the local quarry and find yourself natural stones for your steps.
- Prepare the path. After measuring the stones that you chose, start shoveling the soil and creating the steps. This part may be a bit tiresome since it will involve a few hours of manual labor. If you are planning to use concrete to hold the stones in place for your steps, then a lot more preparations may be required.
- Start laying the stones. Once the steps have been dug and molded, start laying the stone on the top step. Now, there are a few ways to do this and will be dependent on the type of stone you have. If you have stone slabs that fit exactly one each step, then this will be easy since all you have to do is lay it on each step. You will probably have no gaps to fill. On the other hand, if you opted for smaller and disfigured flat stones, then you will have to a little more creative here. Fit the stones on each step like a jigsaw puzzle. Fill up gaps and holes on each step with smaller stones or even rocks.
- Stabilize the stones. If you went with broken stone slabs and smaller pieces, then you will want to stabilize this with either cement or top soil. If you are going with cement, then mix it and pour it all around the cracks and gaps of each step. Wait for it to dry and you are done. If you are only using soil, then fill the gaps tightly with damp soil.
If done correctly, you will now have fine looking stone steps leading up to your front door. Try to spice things up by adding plants and flowers to the sides of each step as well.