The Stone Purchase

We are remodeling maniacs. As soon as one project is completed a new one is being contemplated. This is the story of the stone facade for the addition joining the house to the garage. The space was measured and the amount of stone needed was calculated, perhaps erring on the side of too much is better than too little. A trip to the stone quarry showed this lovely Tennessee mountain rock. It was ordered, paid for and delivered. Yea!

Hmmmm. This is not what the vision held as to the placement of the lovely material while waiting for the masons to begin their work. Someone will have to move the eight tons to a place out of the middle of the street. A car was parked behind the pile to prevent something bad from occurring. In truth a trip to the doctor resulted from the wheelbarrowing done.

Work has begun. It is looking so good. Love it, love it, love it.

The addition is covered and there is a lot of rock left over. How about a nice raised bed? What you don’t see in this photo is three more piles of stone much larger that this one. But there seems to be quite a bit of debris inside the bed area. Someone is going to have to remove that, add nice soil, tamp and rake. We are up to the task but will take it slowly. Do not put too much in a wheelbarrow at one time even if there is room for more. Injury can result.

This looks good. It was decided to turn the stone on its side to go around the garage door and the foundation of the house. But we are not using up very much from the large piles blocking one garage bay.

Who cares about the car that is blocked inside the garage? Look at this great space to plant!

At the back corner is a chamaecyparis ‘Boulevard’ with a mature size of eight feet tall by two feet wide. Four juniperis squamata ‘Blue Star’s outline the front edge. In the fall many bulbs, daffodils, tulips and asiatic lilies are added.

A japanese maple is planted. It did not survive to see its first birthday however. That nasty late April freeze required replacing it with a crepe myrtle. But the fall blooming crocus speciosus are charming. The remaining stone, it is reported happily, has been used in the back garden for walls, paths and pond recontruction. More about that later. Some stone was given to lucky recipients for their own wall, path and pond. There is a small surplus of stone surrounding Ferngully I, for emergency stone transfusions.

In love with stone,


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19 Responses to The Stone Purchase

  1. chuck b. says:

    Holy moly. 8 tons! We’ve done a few remodeling projects on our house, including a porcelain tile job in the upstairs bathroom which added a lot of weight to the house. I have a mild fear the whole place is going to fall down one day.

    I think your work looks great. I like that you turned the stone on its flat face for part of the job. That’s adds a nice contrast.

  2. Frances says:

    chuck b….thanks. The stone on its side would have projected too far onto the sidewalk and we liked the look of the flat. About your house falling down, you need to think postive thoughts towards the foundation to be strong.

  3. Anonymous says:

    For those of us who couldn’t picture 8 tons of stone in our heads…now we can.
    It all turned out well though, didn’t it? There’s a life lesson
    in there somewhere.

  4. Pam/Digging says:

    I love stone too. You guys did a really nice job on the facade and new beds. How did you attach the flat stones to the house?

  5. semi says:

    I love the stone on your house. hopefully i can live out the stone raised bed behind daylily farm out back. you are such an inspiration. lots of love and happy new year semi

  6. Frances says:

    Laurie…thanks. try the nickname button to comment next time.

    Pam..the stone was applied with a mix of sand and portland cement by professional stone masons, paid by the hour. We did apply stone to the base of our deck, mentioned in the walls and fences post I think.

    semi..that wall would look good behing the daylily farm, keep the dream.Love.

  7. brokenbeat says:

    long live stonework. there seems no end to what can be accomplished. currently here at casa brokenbeat we are mounting a thorough search for any hand-size or larger stones to form the boundary of a bed that, once this chill passes, will be full of color-variate primroses supplementing the blues, reds, and greens already flourishing. finding stones is like a treasure hunt of minimal proportions, but yields as much satisfaction as if we were digging for petrified dinosaurs in the rich-with-bones tundra. after being a humble recipient of your spare stones, the desire to use rock as a creative medium is strong. long live stonework.

  8. Frances says:

    brokenbeat…good luck with the stone search and the primrose path.

  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    OMGosh Frances. I have stone envy. I love stones, rocks…however you want to describe them. I love ’em. Your project looks great. The planting is going to be marvelous when it fills out. Gee… if you can’t think of anything to do with your surplus, I could think of a few things…tee hee…

  10. Frances says:

    lisa…for a while it looked like we would have left over stone but that issue has been resolved. Thanks for your kind offer;>

  11. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    What ever possessed you to order 8 tons??? I love stone also, but I try to keep my projects small enough to avoid trips to the chiropractor. :^D The end result looks fantastic.

  12. Frances says:

    MMD…Thanks. Someone other than me calculated the amount of stone needed with the help of a chart supplied by the quarry. As it turns out we were able to use all the stone, none was wasted, so all’s well.

  13. Phillip says:

    Another stone lover here. I’m always afraid I’m overdoing it but I keep buying more. It is so expensive these days but so beautiful. Your walls and planters look great.

  14. Frances says:

    phillip…Thanks. Buying stone isn’t cheap, hiring masons to apply it is even less cheap, but we are pleased with the results.

  15. WiseAcre says:

    I’m a bit late to the party but who cares. I had to leave the original post and come see the stone.

    Whoot! The corner raised bed is a thing of beauty. (at least in my stone loving eyes) The car be damned I too would rather walk a little farther in order to have such a space.

    I can hardly imagine a garden without using stone one way or another.

    See a sample of my stone at:
    Stoned Sunday

  16. Frances says:

    wiseacre…Thanks for visiting the archives. Your stone work is incredible.

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