How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone
Overhaul your boring concrete porch with bluestone and natural-stone veneers
Though you may wish you could take a sledgehammer to those drab concrete steps tarnishing your home's curb appeal, we have a better plan. Veneer them in handsome stone to turn your embarrassing entry into a welcoming focal point. This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers will tell you it takes at least one strong buddy to place the bluestone tread caps and that you should check your local codes about riser heights. He'll also show you, on the pages that follow, the simplest way to tackle this value-boosting project.
Granite veneer: New England Thinstones' Chesterfield Square & Rectangle, about $12.50 per square foot, and corner stones, about $15 per linear foot; New England Thinstones. Treads: 1½-inch thermally treated bluestone, about $13 per linear foot; Fairfield Stone and Landscape Supply. Landing pavers: 1-inch thermally treated bluestone, about $7.25 per square foot; Fairfield Stone and Landscape Supply. Mortar: Quikrete Veneer Stone Mortar, about $5 for an 80-pound bag; QUIKRETE
Overview Cross Section of Concrete Clad Steps
FRIDAY Prep the wall and steps (Steps 2-5).
SATURDAY Install and grout the veneer stones (Steps 6-13).
SUNDAY Set the bluestone treads (Step 14-16).
HOOKY DAY* Install and grout the landing pavers (Step 17-19).
* Extra day needed to allow the mortar drying time between steps