When it comes to aesthetic, every setting has its own characteristic. Whether it is urban or rural, there are structures that complement well with a certain surrounding. A club or a social facility in a city will definitely be fenced using bricks, glass, or steel. Let us take an example of a proposed football stadium that is supposed to be constructed in one of the cities in Scotland. Perhaps, it must be fenced using permanent materials such that any future changes will only be made within the facility.
Alright, let us look at another example of may be a proposed caber toss game center in Scotland. This is one of the highland games whereby a facility may be better located in the outskirts of the urban areas, or simply in the countryside. A rural setting is featured by vegetation and other natural phenomena, which are not found in urban areas. Therefore, it will be more sensible to match the natural beauty of the rural area with a simple fence that does not degrade its existing aesthetic value.
Now, which is that simple and less expensive fencing option? Okay, it is a dry stone wall that is constructed by stacking stones without the use of concrete to hold them together. Even though they are not held in place by mortar, a dry stone wall is generally strong and can last for many years. Unlike brick walls, it is relatively cheaper in terms of money to stack the stones even a mile after another. In case changes are required in future, taking the stones down and transferring them to a new place is also cheaper and less time-consuming.
If there is a plan to construct a small recreational center somewhere in the urban periphery, consider fencing it with a dry stone wall unless you want to build a permanent border. If you like the idea, probably you will want to know how it is done. Dry stone walling is something you can do on your own as long as you have the resources (stones). You don’t need to be highly skilled to stack the stones but it is also advisable to have a basic knowledge, anyway.
How to Build a Dry Stone Wall
The first step is to prepare the ground by clearing any bushes and thickets so that you can make a foundation. Before starting to lay the foundation, the stones should be sorted based on sizes, from small, medium, to large stones. Mark the area where the wall should be built using taut lines of strings, chalk drawing lines, or wooden stakes.
Estimate the wideness of the wall, but it should be reasonable so that you don’t use too many stones. Once you have identified the width and marked the area properly, you can start piling the stones in layers. Ensure every layer is tightly packed with stones, but there should be a few larger stones packed with their longest edges spanning the wall’s width. Other many smaller stones should be also included in between the larger ones.
Ensure very few gaps are left so that the layers can appear tightly packed like jigsaw joined pieces. Remember, a dry stone wall can take a relatively long time to complete. Therefore, spare your time to do a perfect job. Once a layer is finished, you start the next one. However, you can alternate a layer of large stones so that it compensates the gap in a previous layer.
Dry Stone Walling Apparel
This is something you should not overlook while you prepare to build your dry stone wall. Your safety is very important when handling stones, which may fall on your feet or cause abrasive injuries on your hands. So, you need proper builders gloves that can resist abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture. There are many gloves including those palm coated options, though they come in a variety of prices. You can as well find high-quality cheaper gloves in the market.
Last but not least, you need working boots used in construction sites. There are many types of work boots, but you need to check the features based on the job. For dry stone walling jobs, you need boots with high-quality toe protection, impact resistant material, comfortable cushioning, and sweat absorption features.