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How to Choose Materials for a Stone Wall

Discovering the wide world of stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discovers the wide world of stones.


  1. Build low walls with cast-concrete blocks. Adhere the blocks together with masonry adhesive.
  2. For taller walls, use cast-concrete retaining wall blocks, which have tongue-and-groove joints or plastic pins that lock the blocks together.
  3. Round fieldstone must be carefully fitted together and is typically mortared in place. Rake out the mortar between the stones to create deep shadow lines.
  4. When using stone veneer, you must first build the wall from concrete block or poured concrete. Then adhere the stone veneer to the wall with mortar.
  5. Natural and man-made stone veneer are about 1 to 2 inches thick and available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
  6. Man-made stone veneer panels go up very quickly and dramatically reduce the number of mortar joints.