We are currently working the Cherokee Road section of Asheville on a small patio area. We are building two walls to contain the patio. A tall drystone wall (left in image above) retains the bank above it. For the height on the wall (42″) is doesn’t really have to hold up much. We got into live rock quickly as we dug out for the wall. (Live rock is a term for stone that’s still part of the mountain, akin to bed rock.) There’s a boulder at the corner, hidden by Jonathan, who has been enjoying the change of pace working with Daggett Mountain stone. This local rock has an unruly, but attractive grain and comes in all manner of odd shapes. It lends itself to a more rustic, informal, dynamic wall-building, than our more traditional coursed treatments. We are mostly hand picking the pieces to work with from piles at the stone yard. Buying pallets of this stuff ensures tons of junk stone at the end of the project.
The wall to the right in the picture above is mortared. It separates the driveway from the patio. It will be the same height and ties into the same boulder as the drystone retainer. It is a free-standing, two-sided structure that you will see as you approach down the driveway.