East Asheville Patio Project

A drystone patio surface of Tennessee sandstone installed by Hammerhead Stoneworks.

We recently built this patio at a home in East Asheville, off Riceville Road. There was a step down from the deck onto bare earth area. We built a small retaining wall to hold up the patio, so that it could be flush with the deck.

A drystone patio surface of Tennessee sandstone installed by Hammerhead Stoneworks.


We used Tennessee sandstone for the patio surface. Every batch is different from the last, but this color palette is particularly pleasing to me. I just like the variation and the muted tones.

Two little pond liners and a stone ‘bridge’ make a bigger pond

A drystone patio surface of Tennessee sandstone and a small pond installed by Hammerhead Stoneworks.


The homeowners had a small pond in the backyard. They maintain the pond mostly for wildlife: amphibians that live and breed there as well as creatures that bathe or water there. We worked with the homeowners to expand the pond and integrate it into the overall design. The homeowner bought a second liner and dug it in next to the first. They are positioned and covered with the bridge stone to give the impression that it’s a single body of water, but really there are two little ponds there- just the usual pond liners you can buy at a Lowe’s. Decorative gravel covers the rest of the area, with river rocks around the ponds to keep the gravel from tumbling in. It was a fairly cheap and effective way to get the desired results.