dry stacked stone on front of house and retaining wall?

soonerhouse2007August 24, 2007

Has anyone here used dry stacked stone on a portion of the front of their house? I love the look and I am trying to decide on a rock that I like. Also, we have a retaining wall that runs the length of our house in the front. I think the rock on the house and the retaining wall should be the same rock...I think it would just look nicer. The retaining wall will actually face our house, not out to the road. DH says that in order to get a sturdy wall we should have a concrete wall poured and then face it with the rocks. And he continues to say that using the dry stack method would be very costly. Any ideas, pictures or opinions on dry stacked stone and retaining walls would be very appreciated. Thanks to you all!

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I thought about the dry stack for our rock work, but I was told by multiple sources that it can cost almost twice as much because of the amount of materials and labor.
I love how it looks, though. If I were you, I would get an estimate both ways for the whole project and go with the dry stack if you feel it's affordable. I don't know about your retaining wall. It sounds to me like it would be better to have the rock work all the same, but it might depend on how it's positioned, how far it is from the house, etc.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 9:56PM
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My problem with dry stacked for a veneer on a house is rodents and snakes and bugs living in the wall and without mortar water can enter compromising the structural integrity. Especially if you live in a freeze thaw area.
either way its a good idea to use thermadrain behind the wall on a house. It allows for drainage and makes a necessary air space to prevent the wall behind it from rotting.
Ive seen plenty of dry walls successfully built for gardens. they are lovely.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 10:38PM
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My husband and I currently in process of building a home. We have chosen massion rouge brick and want to use dry stack stone on sections of home. Only problem we are facing is choosing a color of dry stack. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 1:52PM
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