When we initially talked with Matt Wieneke about the driveway project, including the rock wall and steps, he suggested we use a large stone at the front door. It would be set at the same level as the driveway pavers and would nicely set off the entrance. We thought it was a great idea and the stone got placed last week when Matt had his friends helping him with our project.
I suggested we trim the stone into a rectangle since it was going into a corner and would have plenty of asymmetrical rock work near it. I didn't want too much happening visually in the space by the door that would detract from the dramatic rock wall. So Matt trimmed the edges!
The gravel was compacted and leveled in preparation for the stone.
The the stone was strapped up and lifted by the heavy equipment with two people on the ground as it were, maneuvering it into place.
The stone resting in its new home.
In the almost 20 years we've been working on our garden, Mark has designed and built fences and gates, a stucco tea house, set dozens of stepping stones and built assorted rock walls. As a result, I know how much time is spent measuring, measuring gain, getting things level and at the proper depth. Even setting one stone like this is a complicated and time consuming job.
This is a not only a spectacular piece of Wisconsin geology but it's also a piece of our history. In Wisconsin, we can point to the spot the glacier bypassed, known as the Driftless Area. We can also point to where the glacier stopped. Before it did, it scrapped across the landscape and smoothed out the surface of this stone which came from a quarry near West Bend. Even though it's muddy in the photo, you can see the glacial scrape marks on it!
If you look at the height of this glacial stone you can tell how much gravel and sand still need to be put down and compacted before the pavers can be laid. But they've been delivered so we are approaching that stage of the project.
To see all the stages of this big project, click on Driveway Project in the categories list.