Stone walls provide an aesthetic external look to a dwelling or a public garden area. Stone walls have many advantages over timber fencing when used as a boundary between properties, as it is more durable, virtually weather resistant and maintenance free. There are a number of steps involved in building a stone wall, which we have outlined below.
Do I need planning permission to build a stone wall?
In Ireland you do not need planning permission to erect a wall as long as it is a capped wall, made of brick, building stone or block, and they do not exceed 1.2 metres in height or two metres at the side or rear of your house. If you wish to build a wall higher than 1.2 metres you will need planning permission.
In the UK however, you will need planning permission to build a wall if it is over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles or over 2 metres high elsewhere. You will also need planning permission to build a wall if the house is a listed building.
How to build a stone wall
- The first step is to mark out the area in which the wall will be built.
- The length and height of the wall must then be considered with the planning permission regulations in mind. If you are planning to build a wall within the planning regulations where you will not need planning permission and you can proceed with the build immediately.
- You must also consider whether or not you are going to build the wall yourself or to get an experienced and qualified stone mason to build the stone wall for you. If you need help with sourcing a qualified stone mason, you can contact Cassidy Bros for advice on recommended stone masons in your area.
- To start your build, a concrete foundation should be installed in order to support the wall. Ready mix concrete can be used to create a foundation. Once the concrete is dry you can then proceed to start building the wall.
- How the wall will be built is another factor that must be considered. Walls can be built entirely from building stone or the most common method, with concrete blocks and a stone cladding added to give a unique look. Concrete blocks and building stone can be ordered from your local supplier.
What type of building stone should I use?
There are many different types of building stone available. Some examples include:
Blue Quartz Stone
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Red Quartz Stone
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Grey Quartz Stone
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See more Sandstone
Benefits of stone walls
There are many benefits associated with a stone wall including:
- Stone walls are a permanent fixture
- Virtually maintenance free and do not need painting
- Weather resistant
- Provide a unique aesthetic look to a residential landscape or garden
Where can I see more examples of building stone?
Cassidy Bros have a free brochure which you can download or contact Cassidy Bros paving centre on 353(0)749157100 to arrange a viewing of the paving stone display. If you would like to receive a quotation for any of our building stone call us today or fill in our contact form.