Stone walls are such a ubiquitous part of New England, we often don’t consider their history. But they’re an important part of the landscape, and in fact, even have their own scholarly center at UConn, called the Stone Wall Initiative. Restoring and incorporating these important and beautiful pieces of the past into your landscape plan can provide a nice balance between your plants and the stone, as well as a point of year-round visual interest on your property.
Most walls in Connecticut don’t actually date back to the Colonial era, but rather to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when the clear-cutting of New England’s forests meant that the seasonal temperature differences in the earth, called frost-heaving, brought many of the stones to surface. The stones themselves are a multitude of different types, mixing schist, granite and gneiss and limestone, depending on location. At Gerbert, we appreciate the unique style and character of existing property walls, and work hard to preserve that character while restoring them. We also use our extensive experience with existing walls to make any new structures a seamlessly beautiful addition to the landscape.
A stone wall can serve many functions: as a retaining wall, as a trellis for plants, or to provide a unique visual to complete your particular view. There are also elegant walls, rustic walls, and clearly historical structures, depending on what the desired aesthetic is. Gerbert has experience in the various types of wall-building, from laid walls to tossed walls, and we work with our clients to find the right look and function for your needs.