Updating Front Entrance With Flagstone

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My neighbor, who is a true artisan stonemason from Portugal, offered to update my front entrance with flagstone. Since he and his wife moved next door to me, he has transformed his home into a one of a kind beauty that includes a stone patio, fountain, walkway, and beautiful landscaping with a stacked stone wall. So naturally I jumped at the offer since I had been concerned about a crack around my steps getting bigger (the builder said they wouldn't fix small cracks such as this) as the house continues to settle.
The crack was the first thing I look at when walking to the front door and considered it an eyesore.
Since our siding was gray and the stone front had lots of gray in it, I decided to go with gray flagstone. The workmen took precautions and covered the driveway in plastic and laid out the flagstone.
After much measuring, they covered the sides of the area with concrete and flagstones, first. Next, the top pattern was laid out.
Making sure every flagstone is level, well-fitted and the joints are even and consisted.
After all of the stones were in place, the area was cleaned and the flagstones washed allowing for set-up time before grouting.
Grouting the flagstone
Making sure the flagstone is clean and free of excess mortar:
The finished look creates a warm welcoming feeling. I am so thankful and grateful to my neighbor! It's great to have wonderful neighbors, don't you think!
Now to add more flowers and mulch!
Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Jewell Underwood Jewell Underwood on Aug 06, 2018

    How would you do this on wood railing

  • Tracy C Tracy C on Feb 23, 2019

    Hi Gail, love your steps. I have the same issue. I live in Arbutus, MD and was wondering if you could tell me what company did this work for you? You told someone else it was just the cost of the flagstone, is that because you bought it from the contractor?

  • B Juliana Leo B Juliana Leo on Apr 20, 2019

    I have a concrete walkway, and wondering if these could be used to upgrade the overall look...and raise the level a bit more? I was thinking of also pouring more cement over the old cement... a little at a time. It's just an old house, and I have limited skills and 'help'. Thanks !

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