Types of Projects

Fireplaces & Stove Backings
Fireplaces and stoves can represent both a picture of strength and warmth in your home. A fireplace is a great gathering spot for friends and family and can provide the perfect reading or relaxing spot on a cold winter night. Fireplaces can also stand out as the unique centerpiece to a room, and Miller Stoneworks thrives on building the most beautiful and breathtaking fireplaces you can dream.

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Retaining Walls & House Sidings
Using stone on outdoor construction can make any structure feel natural and beautiful. Miller Stoneworks has used stone to face walls and homes for 30 years, and knows the impact it can have on making any house or business feel well planned and grounded.

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Entryway Pillars
What better way to mark the entry to your home than with stone pillars. Pillars are used to identify many different landmarks, and can add presence and attraction to your home or business. When designing your driveway, think about what part stone could play to mark your entryway.

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Walkways and Patios
Any path or patio can be enhanced by the use of stone. These projects can be completed with the use of mortar or by simply setting the stones in the ground. Cement patios or walkways can be faced with stone and mortar for a classic look, while dirt or sand pathways and patios can be lined with stone by digging out the shapes of the rocks and lying in stones so that they lay flat against the ground.

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Landscaping with Stone
Using stone in commonly visited areas outside your home can add beauty to any landscape. Stone can be used to sculpt any formed landscape to feel natural. Stone can also be used to accent any gathering area, and looks especially good around patios and walkways.

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Other Creations
Almost any setting or structure can be improved with the correct use of stone. Over the years Miller Stoneworks has used stone to face barbeques, planters, stairways, pools, and many other projects with beautiful results. Whatever your architectural plans, consider stone for beautiful results.

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Stone Laying Techniques

Classic
Classic stonework has visible mortar joints between the rocks. This technique is achieved by parging mortar to the back of the rock and the wall it will be attached to, along with a thin layer between each rock. After setting and drying, the joints between the rocks are struck to an even amount of visible mortar. The joints are then brushed and washed with a sponge for the smoothest finish. Joints can be struck at different distances for different effect, but the main purpose of stonework is to see the stones themselves. For this reason, the joints should be kept thin and not distract from the rocks themselves. As with any good rockwork, the mortar joints are a great way to observe the quality of the stonework at hand.

Classic

Dry Stack
The dry stack technique is both impressive in its visual appeal and composure. The central idea of the technique is setting rocks with no visible mortar joints. This is accomplished through meticulous picking and choosing of rocks that fit together perfectly. Mortar is still used behind the rocks, and the structure is just as secure as the classic look, but the overall visual effect is quite different. The dry stack look requires much more time and effort than the classic look because of the extra number of rocks that must be collected in order to find shapes that fit together tightly. The actual laying of the rocks also requires more time for precise fitting. The end result is quite stunning because it has the look of rocks that simply sit on top of one another without the support of mortar.

Dry Stack

Mosaic
The basic technique involves using rocks of different shape and color to build a mosaic picture or symbol into the structure being created. It could range anywhere from a mountain range, to different types of trees, to a meaningful symbol built into the structure of your project. Mosaic stonework could be built in a classic or dry stack look. Depending on the type of project, the physical structure could also be build to reflect the picture being set into the creation. Mosaic pictures can add meaning and uniqueness of even the most basic structure.

Mosaic

 

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