Outdoor Stonework Review
Outdoor Stonework is one of the more fun backyard home-improvement books I've taken a look at. It's put together by the same people that did
and includes 16 "easy-to-build" projects for do-it-yourselfers looking to add some snazzy stone features to their backyard.
Outdoor Stonework is about 125 pages with a cover price of $17.95, a tad steep for a paperback, but it does have a number of handsome photographs, diagrams, cross sections, and illustrations. The book is divided into two parts: techniques (which includes information on tools, mixing mortar and concrete, cutting stone, etc.) and projects. The stoneworking projects range from useful to decorative. Projects included are:
Cobble Spiral (a stone design that can be integrated into a concrete or similar patio)
Natural Outcrop Rock Garden
Raised Bed (a raised bed on your patio or similar used for holding flowers or small shrubs)
Alpine Hypertufa Trough (a small stone planter)
Multicolored Crazy Paving Path
Tranquil Japanese Garden
Dry-Stone Retaining Wall
Flagstone Potting Table
Although Outdoor Stonework has an introductory section that easy to understand, you may find some of the projects a bit daunting if you have not worked with stone before.
the projects are not overly difficult, but working with stone and mortar
is always time-consuming. However, even the small projects make sharp
additions to a yard, so if it's something of interest to you, this is a good starter book. If you're on the fence, or maybe just looking for ideas on how to spruce up your backyard, I suggest checking
Outdoor Stonework out from the library.
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