How can you have real natural stone walls (not the fake concrete stuff, and not veneers) that are Cheaper, faster, better (and greener!)? The trifecta usually requires a concession on one side to gain on another. You want it fast — well, it will lose quality….or you want it cheap – well, it might take a while….. whatever the item, it’s rare to be able to capitalize on all three. And adding a green consideration into the equation is, at this point, generally a wild card. But, a local Boston-based company has found a way to make stone walls – the foundation of any beautiful landscape – much better and much more attainable.
Natural Stone Wall Solutions has developed a patented process to build and install real stone walls that are as much as 50% cheaper than competitors, are better built, and are faster and more environmentally friendly.
How to Build a Better Stone Wall – The cheaper, faster, better built, more environmentally friendly kind
Natural Stone Wall Solutions has developed a system by which stone walls are constructed in a factory of sorts. (Their building yard is located in Concord, MA). The wall is then delivered to the site and often installed in a single day.
(consider that a traditionally build wall will tear up your landscape for weeks or months while construction happens on site).
Because the walls are built off-site, homeowners experience much less disruption to their landscape and their existing gardens, the crews do not need to travel to or have unassembled materials delivered on-site (which requires disturbing other areas of the property), and the whole process saves on fuel.
Traffic compaction of soils is minimized, excessive disruption and trampling of adjacent planting, and all the side effects of having crews and construction work happening in your backyard are largely removed.
The new walls can be built to a variety of local styles and with a variety of New England stone. They are of very high quality and come with complete engineering services, built-in weep holes, filter fabric, and footings. You can check out the entire specs on their website.
How Off-site Natural Stone Walls are Built
Rather than build walls vertically, they start out horizontally. Each wall is built face down in a bed of sand that can be adjusted to create whatever finished wall curvature is required. Once the walls are built in a face-down position, they are flipped up to reveal the face.
The mortar joints can vary from very thin to much thicker, as can the stone’s size, style, color, and shape.
The total wall is built in sections that are pieced together onsite.
When the product goes to the site, the wall pieces are locked into place with an injected concrete system. Seams are invisible because each section is left with a few anchors at the edge that blend adjoining pieces.
This means that the only actual masonry work done on site is one or two blending stones placed per wall section as the large pre-built wall pieces are put into place.
The efficiency savings are huge not just on an environmental level but also on a cost level.
An average natural stone wall built on-site in this area (Boston and New England) costs roughly $65/sq ft of face. These are generally around $40/sq ft of face. Costs depend on the type of stone and the site’s location, access, and difficulty.
Learn more at the Natural Stone Wall Solutions website.
Images from Natural Stone Wall Solutions.