Antique Granite Wall Work

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Granite King, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Granite King

    Granite King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hello Hardscapers,

    Olde New England Granite/The Reed Corp are off to a big start with a giant old granite wall we just completed. Our old granite wall replaced a falling down cement block wall. The home is a period 1880's property. So in keeping with it's age the home owner wanted an old looking wall with stairs up the middle as a grand entrance to the back yard and a patio area on top (to be completed in April). Most of the granite was recoved from a 100 year old bridge. The bridge block varies from 2' to 7' in length and approx. 2' deep. Along with this antique granite wall we incorporated 2 1880's ornate topped posts that we unearthed along with several 100 others we keep at our granite farm. The posts make a great statement to the wall and property. At the base of the steps (which are old split faced curb we rescued from the Boston area), we used a mill stone that was already there on the property but not in use. This was the icing on the cake for the finished look as a landing. All of our material is very old granite and is "GREEN". Recycling is big and people these days like the fact that material is being reused and not crushed or in a landfill. Also hardscapers keep in mind old granite is LEED certified. Tax credits can be accumulated to the homeowner for certain products old reclaimed granite being one of them. But your company has to be certified along with the product to be valid. Enjoy the photos and good luck this year. Feel free to email back comments.

    Granite King is back.:swedishflag:





  2. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,930

    Wow, that looks real good. Really compliments the house. I might just be ignorant, but it might looks better if either the house or wall was a darker contrast? That's by no means a criticism on your work, as I am in no place to make suggestions, just an innocent observation. :usflag:

    I'd like to be in that position someday doing work like that. Looks good.
  3. Granite King

    Granite King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hi Tim,

    Thank you for your reply. Good observation. In time it will age and darken to the elements where it lays now. Good luck to you.

    Granite King

  4. Qualey

    Qualey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    You need to quit putting those ugly-ass filler pieces in the face. Cut and trim the pieces so they fit flush without cheating. Nice material; lazy application.
  5. AMlandscapes

    AMlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    You must not be very familiar with dry laid natural stone walls
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 41,930

    Oh, okay that's cool. It compliments the house very well, but I wasn't sure if that kind of job would look better if it contrasted the house instead. Thank you.
  7. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    Nice work. Those are some BIG stones.
  8. Granite King

    Granite King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hi Qualey,

    I respect your opionion on the wedge stones. Tightening the stones would have been very costly to the home owner because the time involved in cutting the stones especially the big ones. We actually like the look of the wedges in the cracks and so does the customer. So as long as the customer is happy and wall is secure that what matters.

    Granite King
  9. Granite King

    Granite King LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Hi Bru75,

    Thanks for the reply. Those big granite blocks came right off a bridge locally that dates back to 1890 and quarried locally too with all the quarrys that were around here back in the day.

    Granite King
  10. 4Russl5

    4Russl5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Don't you guys have chisels to work the stone so you don't have to front pin? A front pin and leveling plate are two different things. The plate is structural, and the front pin is driven in on the face reseting how you originally set the stone. Face pinning is a sin in dry stone masonry. But this is not dry stone masonry. These are big blocks laid on big blocks.

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