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Stonemasonry is an age-old craft that has been used for centuries to build some of the finest and most magnificent structures known to mankind. Many ancient monuments are still standing today due to the longevity of stone and due to the highly skilled masons that were responsible for building them. While new homes today use wood for their main frame, more and more homeowners are using various types of stone to accent and enhance their home’s appearance. Stone accent walls, whether indoors or outdoors, can increase the value of a building due to its custom look and feel. There are numerous types of stone to choose from depending on your style.

Types of Stone Wall Construction



Different looks can be created based on the stone used as well as how walls are set or laid. Dry-laid stone is a more natural style compared to mortared as there is no mortar visible in between the joints/stones. There is also more flexibility with dry-laid stone walls regarding long term maintenance as stones can be replaced without major disruption or cutting of the wall or mortar. Less material is also required when building a dry-laid stone wall vs. a mortared wall = no mortar or concrete footer. There are a few other things to consider when selecting a wall type such as the height and shape of the wall. Typically, dry-laid walls should be a maximum of four feet tall. The stones selected also need to be flat rather than round.

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Wet-Laid or Mortared Walls


For those looking for a more traditional style, mortared walls can fit the bill nicely here. Whereas dry-laid walls don’t use mortar to hold the individual stones together, mortared walls can be easier to construct due to the stability and adhesiveness mortar affords. You can use all shapes and sizes of stones with mortared walls and you avoid the minimum wall height restrictions associated with dry-laid. Wet-laid walls can be less likely to shift over time as they have the extra stability from the mortar adhesive. Depending on the size, footers can be required for mortared walls which will add extra stability to the wall.

Popular Types of Stone

  • Pennsylvania Fieldstone

  • Colonial Fieldstone

  • Veneer or Cultured Stone

  • Split Face Fieldstone

  • Granite

  • Concrete or Modular Block

  • Carbon Stone Slabs

  • Limestone

  • Tiles

  • Polished Slate

  • Bluff Stone

When considering adding a stone masonry feature to your home or business, there are many different choices and directions you can take. We work with decorative stone walls, hearth and fireplaces inside homes as well as stone additions for patios and landscapes. From natural fieldstone to cultured stone, our masonry service can enhance any space you need. Adding a decorative stone feature can dramatically increase the value and curb appeal of any building. This one addition has the potential to be an eye-catching focal point that completely transforms your home. Let us know how we can bring your vision to life today!

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