Attractive Placements for Stone Stairs in a Garden
Stone stairs can add a rustic, timeless and almost magical element to a garden of any size. Even if your property was just newly landscaped, stone stairs help to create an ancient look, as if your garden has existed since time immemorial and once, long ago, someone created this staircase out of the only materials available. Clearly, however, the placement of your stone stairs can make all the difference in adequately creating that atmosphere. And then, of course, you also have to take into account the functionality of the steps; no matter how beautiful they look, you want to place them in an area where they will be useful and safe. If you’re trying to decide on the most attractive placements for stone stairs in your garden, check out some of the tips below.
Tip 1 - Stone Stairs on a Steep Slope
If you have hilly land, a great way to activate any steep slopes that are tricky to navigate is by installing stone stairs. Aesthetically speaking, this is a natural location for stone steps: they can look almost like natural outcroppings of the slope, or like ancient terraces. They also help you to activate otherwise tricky terrain, and so will be as functional as they are lovely. If you’re building stone steers down a slope, here are a few things to keep in mind: start from the top and work your way down; be careful to adequately calculate the size of the stone outcropping so that the steps will be easy to walk on; and try to use rough, textured stones that won’t be too slippery.
Tip 2 - Leading from Your Porch
Another great idea for stone stairs is to use them to transition from your back porch down to your garden, especially if your porch has a high elevation. If you are going to have a set of steps leading down to your garden anyway, go ahead and use stone. This placement will create a visual transition from your domestic space to the wild natural character of your garden, thus perfectly melding the 2 zones. You can also surround the stone steps with potted flowers and plants to further emphasize that tradition and beautify your stone steps even further.
Tip 3 - Next to Water
Finally, one of the most attractive placements for a set of stone stairs is next to a body of water. If you have a meandering stream or a small artificial waterfall on your property, stone steps can be the perfect visual complement to them, visually combining the pure fluidity of water with the eternal solidity of stone, two of the most symbolically laden elements found in nature. In terms of creating a path through your landscape, ascending a series of stone steps next to a pond or waterfall will also let you and your guests appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you in an even more intense way.
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