Hammerhead’s specialty is drystone construction, but there are times when mortared work is the better choice. We favor mortared construction for formal entry steps. Mortared construction allows for crisp lines, pleasing overhangs, and the ability to make smaller stones forever stable.
On many of the older homes around Asheville, the original stairs that lead into the house have shifted in some way. Sometimes they have settled, making the top step into the house very tall. Other times, the ground at the bottom of the staircase has subsided, and the final step down is very tall. In addition to being awkward and looking odd, this can be dangerous. Because the standards for building steps and staircases have been around for so long, we are very accustomed to walking in a certain pattern on steps. Weird, uneven heights cause people to stumble and fall. At Hammerhead, we are meticulous in laying out our steps to have a consistent rise over run. Our steps walk comfortably and are safe and stable.
Contact us to discuss redesigning your old steps or build you a brand new entryway into your home.