10 Different Ways You Can Incorporate Stone Steps In Your Garden
If manoeuvring your garden’s slopes is proving challenging, building a set of stone steps not only improves your home’s curb appeal but also makes walking through your garden much more enjoyable.
While stone pavers are not always cheap, they are easy to work with, so after the initial investment, laying them is a simple process that can be achieved in a few hours using basic tools and materials.
Choosing Your Stone
As with any home project, setting a budget prior to starting is very important. Once decided, you want to consider things like the size, colour, texture and cost of the stone steps. Make sure to choose each step carefully and then position it and shape it by hand (if necessary). As a general guide, stone steps should offer a riser between 150-180mm and most treads are around 1200x350x30mm. Once you have decided your budget and researched which stones are most suitable, it’s time for inspiration!
Great Ideas for Stone Steps
Creating a theme around your steps adds a special touch to your home and garden. You can do this very easily by using lush green plants like succulents and even create a tropical garden around your stone steps. Succulents such as agave and pig face, or bold and dark tall trees such as magnolia and banana leaf, will create a lovely contrast between your stone steps and your bright greens. This will help the area around the trees look bigger and more inviting.
Mixing it up
Installing stones of different shapes and sizes will make your garden stand out from others! While most gardens have the regular straight, rectangular steps, mixing up smaller stones against bigger ones, creates a unique look that will add character to your house. It will also highlight each stone’s individual beauty because remember, opposites attract!
If you love the idea of making your garden a focal point that draws attention and interest from passers by, you can use stairs to create areas of secrecy. You see, stairs that lead to different areas makes walking in the garden a source of discovery and wonder. You can use the stepping stones to lead to a hidden garden or seated area. Lining these steps with colourful plants also adds to the excitement, beauty and mystery for your visitors as they explore your garden.
Installing thick natural stones as steps for your garden gives a more architectural aesthetic and the allusion that the area has been designed by a professional. Though the initial investment is more pricey than using other natural stones, sandstone (or other thicker natural stones) have their pay off with their aesthetic function. You can also create a more harmonious look by matching your sandstone stepping stones with a retaining wall or wall cladding.
Stone steps are also a wonderful way to create an outdoor-indoor feel to your home by having them lead to an above ground pool or hot tub. You could also install stone steps as a way to get in and out of your pool, or create a trail for your visitors to follow to a particular part of the pool. Simultaneously, using stone around a pool creates an island and resort-like ambience and it is likely that your family and guests will want to spend more time outside than in!
You can also use stone steps to lead people to a raised patio or seating area, where they can sit and gaze over the rest of your beautiful garden. Or you can use them to help your family or guests discover forgotten parts of your garden, surround a retaining wall or an optional walkway along your driveway. Using stones that match your surroundings will give your garden a lovely flow.
Dress your small pond or stream with stone steps either leading to it or over it and instantly transform your garden into a tranquil space. Stone steps will also help your water feature stand out more and be a prominent accessory for your home and garden.
If you prefer a more sophisticated and polished look for your garden, you can line the stone steps with hedges and fill the gaps between the pavers with green plants. Hedges can also be used as a maze that leads to a feature such as a bird bath, a sitting area or a vegetable patch. The possibilities are truly endless and are only limited by your imagination!
If you prefer to blend your stone steps with your surrounding environment, simply add moss around the steps. This will make your backyard feel like a rainforest.
Installing lights along the border of your stone steps is both a functional and decorative feature. The luminous effect of the lights adds a contemporary twist to your garden and lets your steps appear as if they are floating. At night your garden will transform into a paradise because the lights not only light up the path but also any surrounding plants, flowers or features in your garden, highlighting the beauty of everything along the path.
As you can see, stone is an extremely versatile material that is only limited by your imagination.
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