You might like to think that building a stone wall, stone bridge or stone building would be a very difficult and expensive undertaking.
In fact, it’s relatively straightforward, cost effective and lasts forever, if it’s done right.
Let’s say you would like to have a stone wall. Rather than hire a stonemason to construct it with mortar, why not do it yourself?
Now, it’s best to take a lesson or two, but the basics are just: have a foundation and pile the rocks on top of one another. You pick what fits, and make sure there’s enough room for the water and air to move between the rocks. That’s the potential problem with mortar and concrete. It doesn’t breathe.
You want to end up with a structure that will withstand frosts, and move up and down with the land, react nicely to rising and falling temperatures and moisture etc.
Building walls with stone was something that the ancient peoples of Babylon used to build Palaces, and other significant structures (ie. Tower of Babel). They last forever, about 4,000 years or so.
Here’s a link to a website that you should look at if you are interested:
Good luck with your weekend project. It’s heavier than drywall, but less awkward. It’s good weekend exercise. And, sold by the ton, it’s not that expensive.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker