I simply love how stone steps feel underfoot, don’t you? There’s nothing like it. We’ve rarely seen stone staircases being built inside the house although there are a few very interesting examples. Most often than not, stone steps are a part of backyard landscapes and we can’t wait to show you the amazing ideas we gathered over the past few days. We strongly believe that these ideas can inspire you to give you your own backyard or garden a makeover in the future and to include stone steps into the design so let’s check them out.
One of the things we love most about stone stairs is their timeless look. They look as if they’re a part of the landscape, as if they’ve been there since the beginning of time, shaped by the wind and water. In this particular case the backyard rocks strategically placed at the base and alongside the stairs emphasize this beauty even more. This was all done by Capitol Hardscapes.
The key to making stone steps look natural is to take advantage of their imperfections and making the most of this material and its unique characteristics. This can be done without compromising the integrity and safety of each step, as exemplified here by CLC Landscape Design.
Stone can be used for much more than just stairs. You can build walls, benches and an entire patio out of stone slabs. The stairs can be seamlessly built into design and there are many ways in which this can be done. One example is this landscape designed by Green Solutions, Inc..
Check out how beautiful this design created by Studio 342 Landscape Architecture is. The stone steps seamlessly transition into a walkway. The stone’s irregular edges and uneven coloring transition into perfectly flat, rectangular concrete slabs aligned along the edge of the raised flower beds.
Stone stairs and rustic houses go hand in hand, especially when there’s also a beautiful garden to complete the picture. An inspiring example is this patio makeover project completed by I-Design Landscape.
The stone stairs look exceptionally natural and timeless in this particular landscape envisioned by Larkspur Design for a residence in Manchester. Stone was used not just for the stairs but to shape the landscape and to define pathways.
Stone stairs like the ones created here by AspenFalls Custom Design and Landscape play an important role in defining the aesthetic of the entire setup. Their texture, irregular shapes and surfaces and unique coloring are in harmony with the surroundings and that’s extremely important.
Stone stairs make a lot of sense when the house they complement also has exterior walls made of stone. It’s always very satisfying to use stone to build not just a few steps in the garden but also raised flower beds, fences and other features.
We love the look of stone stairs made of irregular, uneven slabs. They look more natural and more authentic this way. The fact that no two slabs are alike doesn’t make the stairs imperfect but gives each one character and uniqueness. This example by Zone4 Landscapes is a reflection of all those details.
The fact that stone steps are usually this irregular and asymmetrical in a way makes landscaping easier and offers more freedom. The pathways don’t have to be perfectly straight and that makes it easier to design a landscape which suits the land.
Check out this awesome water feature and those beautiful stone stairs that look like they’ve been on this site since forever. It’s cool that they’re darker than the stone around them and that they’re smooth, like they’ve been shaped by water. This was a project done by Stout Design-Build.
As you can see, stone stairs have a lot of character and have the advantage of being able to blend into the landscape in a unique and seamless manner. This is true regardless of the season and the colors surrounding the stairs. Stone, as it turns out, is extremely versatile.