Stone Steps (Dry-Set) With Bluestone Treads – RB Project #6.12

Hardscape · Written by Roger


As a follow-up to my last post I wanted to show you the completed steps with the bluestone treads installed.  The edges of each tread are “rock-faced” with a stone chisel to soften the look of the saw cut edges.

Viewing the two stairways straight-on, as in the previous post, you now see the bluestone treads in place and the irregular pattern flagstone landing connecting them.  Notice how the landing combines the 2 stairways into one form.

The next phase involves placing large boulders off the sides of the stairways to retain the earth at each level.  The design originally had stack stone walls off the stairways, but the boulder solution carried the boulder theme from the adjacent pool setting and helped reduce the cost at the same time.  I’ll soon show you the boulders in place and the softscape (plantings) added to complete the look.

Here’s the next post on this project.

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    2 Responses to “Stone Steps (Dry-Set) With Bluestone Treads – RB Project #6.12”

    1. Glenda Says:

      We need these blue stone treads for a very similar purpose. Where can you get them? We need 7 treads .please let me know where I can buy them.


    2. Roger Says:

      The bluestone treads are from stone quarries here in the northeast (i.e. northeast PA and NY state). And as a result, bluestone is used quite a bit in this area of the country. Almost any stone supply yard in our area carries it.

      You would have to contact stone suppliers in your area and see if they have bluestone or can get it for you.

      If a particular stone is not readily available a supplier can sometimes order it. But beware — it’s the trucking/freight costs that can raise the price too high.

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