Last week we finished this project on Sunset Mountain in Asheville. We built two small patios of Tennessee Crab Orchard stone, a gray sandstone from Tennessee. There’s a long low fire pit. And plenty of wall.￼
The walls are made of a local stone that comes from Daggett Mountain. It’s a fun material, lending itself to interesting fits and the opportunity￼ to work a bit more freely, less reliant on the level. It can be challenging for the same reasons. It’s a hard stone to get in good supply. Everyone has it, but the supply is very junky, at least for the types of walls we like to build. Buying it in bulk or even on pallets, half of the stone we would get- if not more- would be wasted. So we go and pick every piece individually from stone yard piles around town.
There is a freestanding wall that separates the driveway from the patio. That wall is mortared. There is also a retaining wall that leans against the bank, where the fire pit is nestled. That wall is laid dry.
The two walls intersect at a boulder, that was already on site, but needed to be relocated. ￼￼
In this picture you might notice that the patio is two toned. In the foreground is an existing mortared walkway but the owner didn’t care to replace. We took out a couple of stones so that our new patio could be connected to that walkway. As the stone weathers it will blend together better.