When folks imagine masonry work, they tend to picture projects where professionals build walls or foundations. Such a long-standing construction technique is capable of much more. Here are four other types of masonry projects you may want to consider starting.
A small bridge on a property can provide access to previously inaccessible areas. If you have a stream crossing your property, for example, a bridge can help you traverse it. Likewise, the masonry work gives the bridge an unmatched rustic appeal.
Masonry is the go-to solution for a slew of different hardscaping features. These are elements added to a yard the same way landscaping would, but the process uses stone or blocks to create visual interest. For example, a retaining wall can be placed along a path that goes along a hill to provide appeal and even hold back the soil from the hill. Masonry is also great for use as a paving material, especially for sidewalks and patios.
It also works well to create small zones in yards. If you want to set up an outdoor dining area in the middle of a yard and away from your house, for example, a bit of masonry can be used. It might provide the floor and even a low wall just to mark where the area is.
Adding a well to a property can be either an aesthetic or a practical choice. If you want a functioning well, you can sleeve the entire thing with modern materials, such as pipe casings. You would then place the well at the top for visual effect. If you want to be hardcore about it, it is possible to even do a traditional well with masonry if the water is relatively accessible.
Why bother with building an entire wall with masonry when you can construct it with lighter and cheaper materials first and then face it with a veneer? Masonry veneers are thinner than walls, but they provide much the same resistance to wind and weather. They're not as sturdy as walls that are stone through and through, but veneers can work well in situations where appearance is more important than load-bearing capacity.
Notably, veneers can go indoors or outside. It's perfectly possible to add a veneer to the inside of a wall to give a room as distinct of a look as you'd get putting it outdoors.
Talk to a masonry contractor to learn more about your options.