How Are Natural Stone Steps Installed?

Natural stone steps make a beautiful addition to your Asheville home. Whether in your yard or garden, they instantly transform your landscape. Laying down natural rocks, flowers, and lights around your steps can help them stand out even more.

Adding natural stone steps to your North Carolina property helps connect your landscape. The steps pull together the style and look of your home and the atmosphere you want to create. If they are in front of your home, the steps work as an introduction. If they are in your backyard, the steps add to the relaxation of your outdoor living space. 

When you are ready to add to the natural beauty and functionality of your property by building stone steps, contact Ambrose Landscapes. We can guide you through the process and help create design ideas you will enjoy. 

What Are the Best Materials for Stone Steps?

Your first task involves deciding which stone you want to use for your steps. Depending on your other hardscaping, you may want a rough, natural look with uneven stones that let the grass grow between them. If so, a split finish or rock face finish may be best. Or, you might want finer, flatter stones that blend better with your aesthetics. In this case, a more exquisite, refined stone may fit your needs. 

If your Asheville home is built on a steep slope, flat rock boulders are a top choice for your natural stone steps. They likely will last a lifetime. Or, you may want to go with stepping stones. They can be dug into the slope, stacked, and mortared together to create risers. 

Natural stones come in various sizes, finishes, and colors to choose from. You can have small stone pieces put together to form a step or use the small stones to fill in the gaps between bigger, irregularly shaped stones. Be sure to talk with us for guidance if you need help to determine which stone would look best with your home’s style.  

What is the Process for Natural Stone Step Installation?

The depth of each step needs to be evaluated first. This measurement depends on the length of the run. Having the proper thickness helps create the expected rise when walking on the steps. 

You may want the bottom step to be the widest and the steps to slightly narrow toward the top. This creates a welcome, friendly feeling for users. 

How Are the Rise and Run of Stone Steps Calculated?

The distance for the run of the steps is taken horizontally from the future face of the top step and the future face of the bottom step. The measurement is taken both up in the air and to a perpendicular point above the bottom step. Then, the rise is measured vertically from the future bottom step’s base to the future top step’s base. 

The rise measurement is divided by the ideal rise of each step to determine the number of steps needed. The rise also is divided into the desired slab thickness to determine how many slabs need to be purchased. This helps determine the estimated price of the slabs.  

The run is divided by the number of stone steps to calculate the desired run. This determines whether the step depth will be acceptable. If the bottom step will be level with the ground, the total number of steps is reduced by one. Also, depending on the calculation, the tread of each step may need to be shortened or lengthened to match the rise. 

What Are the Preparations for the First Stone Step?

The area for the first stone step needs to be a bit higher than the surrounding ground. This allows proper space for both drainage and settlement. 

The surface area where the step will be placed is dug out, flattened, filled with A-gravel, flattened, covered with bedding sand, and flattened again. The flat surface allows for water percolation and drainage that is resistant to bacteria growth. 

How Are Natural Stone Steps Laid?

The steps are laid from the bottom to the top. The second step’s face is a bit lower than the back of the same step to ensure water can run down and drain out. Each natural stone step tilts forward slightly, so the water runs down to the base ground to drain naturally. 

The process for laying the first step is repeated until all of the steps are installed. The front of each higher step overlaps the one below it by at least one inch. 

Contact Ambrose Landscapes to Install Your Natural Stone Steps 

Ambrose Landscapes has more than two decades of experience designing and installing natural stone steps and other hardscapes. We have the expertise to make beautiful, functional, and eco-friendly yards that you will use and love for many years to come. Get in to begin the process today. 

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