Many people would love to use natural stone on  patios, walkways or landscape retaining walls. I don’ blame them…what could be nicer than incorporating materials with such beauty? However, just using stone does not always make for a great project. There are other things to consider, such as the following:

Choosing The Best Stones For The Project

The stone should blend or contrast well with the surroundings. For example, if your house is brick, you need to select a stone that will compliment your home. Bluestone typically goes well with brick. The two colors are good together and the contrast in the stone textures works well too. Using brick with a brick house creates too much competition and it’s usually hard to find a patio brick that will match a house brick.

Make Careful Selections When Using More Than One Stone

An example of this would be if you have a patio with a landscape retaining wall nearby. The patio stone and the wall stones should coordinate with each other. One combination I like is bluestone (yes, again!) with a stone wall. The stone might be fieldstone which can be dry laid. There are many types of stones that you can choose, but the color should go well with the bluestone. You would think any stone would look good, yet if you look closely, some stone color blends look better with bluestone that others.

To go one step further, it would also depend on what type of bluestone you are using. Is your patio or walkway to be bluestone that is all blue? This is where all stones are the same bluish-gray color. Perhaps you have chosen full range, where there is a mix of blues, gray, and tans. With full range, it is even more important to match the wall  stone correctly. A stone with a blend of similar colors or even just one nice color might be the way to go.

Choose Stone That Compliment Your Landscape

I love travertine pavers. However, I would not use them with a log cabin. They have an elegance to them that belongs in the right type of setting. Another example would be Idaho quartz. This is a beautiful stone which has many great features and is lovely. However, it does have a “glitz” to the stone, and therefore does not belong in a very rustic landscape. For that type of project, perhaps an irregular bluestone would look better.

When you are considering a stone material, your project will be more successful if you consider these suggestions. And, of course, great workmanship is a must!

Susan Schlenger is a professional Landscape Designer with a degree in Landscape Architecture. To read more about recommended paving materials, visit Patio Designs.

Eupen BE – Eifel 01
The Eifel is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium. It occupies parts of southwestern North Rhine-Westphalia, northwestern Rhineland-Palatinate and the south of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

The Eifel is part of the Rhenish Massif; within its northern portions lies the Eifel National Park.

The Eifel and its western continuation into Belgium, the Ardennes, are a part of the Variscan mountain belt and belong to the Rhenish Massif (Rheinisches Schiefergebirge).

The Eifel consists mainly of Devonian slates, sandstones and limestones, laid down in an ocean south of the Old Red Continent and folded and overthrust in the Variscan orogeny. The Eifel geological structures like main folds and overthrusts can be traced in a SW-NE direction far beyond the Rhine valley.

In the Tertiary and Quaternary geological eras, the Eifel was a site of extensive volcanic activity. Some of the hills are volcanic vents. The peculiar circle-shaped lakes (maar) of the volcanic regions formed in volcanic craters. The last volcanic eruptions in the Laacher See volcanic site took place around 10,000 years ago and generated a huge volume of volcanic ash, now found in thin ash layers in contemporaneous sediments throughout Europe. The volcanism of the Eifel is thought to be partly caused by the Eifel hotspot, a place where hot material from deep in the mantle rises to the surface, and partly by melt-ascent at deep fractures in the Earth’s crust.[3] Research has shown that the volcanism is still active; the Eifel region is rising by 1–2 mm per year. Historically, the Eifel volcanoes had inactive phases of 10,000 to 20,000 years between active phases, suggesting there is a possibility of future eruptions.
By Daniel Mennerich on 2014-10-19 17:30:10
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UE4 Landscape Material Tutorial Pt1

There will be a summarization video coming out in a day or two which will more quickly explain how to create this material system. If you don’t want to watch me develop it (and sometimes screw things up) just skip straight to that video when it’s out.