How To Build A Miniature Stone House

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Updated for 2014.

I am again offering two-day workshops for building your own miniature stone house in Nebo, NC.

The workshops will be held, rain or shine, in a sheltered outdoor setting Monday thru Friday beginning July 14 and continuing until August 29. Class size will be small, 2-3 people, with two fun days of individual instruction and building. Cost is $150 with materials and lunch provided. Lodging and camping is nearby. I am now accepting reservations.

Another option is for me to travel to your group or club. Contact me to discuss.

One more option is to view my instructional video which will be available soon on this page. The instructional video is a step by step account of the construction of the house below.

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I am often asked, “Where can I get the stone you use?” Below is a piece built nearly 20 years ago with stone literally at my feet, from my gravel driveway. At the time I was more concerned with developing a method of building a lasting structure and not so much the stone’s appearance although over time it has been a fine example of a proven method.

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Below is another example of available stone, native to my property in western NC, in this case from the ground under my feet.

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The stone below is most difficult to come by because it is from splitting large rock or sometimes remnants of a drystone wall or patio project.

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And below, most people’s favorite, is river stone. More stone suppliers now carry this and other decorative stone in many sizes.

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Another frequently asked question: How many stones does it take to build one house?

You will need a supply far greater than the end result because of the infinite possibility of shape requirements.

Michael Stephens

828-442-2166

stoneworkbystephens@gmail.com

6 Responses to “How To Build A Miniature Stone House”

  1. How awesome! Wish I lived near. Hopeful for the video!

  2. would also love to purchase a video since I do not live near.

  3. Video will soon be available – hopefully by springtime. Thanks for asking.

  4. Great. Please send email or FB message when available. I will definitely purchase it. Thank you. Your work is inspiring.

  5. Ironically I am a native Carolinian from Ridgecrest/Black Mountain. While traveling back to NC from here in Colorado I experienced an extremely traumatic event. I lost a child, gained a grandchild and her daddy, and have been planted here to grow with them. During my recovery I have realized the best way for me to feel better spiritually, physically, and mentally is to connect with the earth…constantly. I have collected rocks since I was a small child and have always felt a connection with them. I finally am able to walk short distances and have collected rocks on my journies in order to create a serenity village and garden. By researching information on how to build a minature stone cottage I finally found you. What you are building is what I want to build with the exception of using the natural stones I collect here. My hopes are you will give me guidance on how to connect the stones. I have thought about using a mortar mixture like would be used on a true cottage? Another issue I need addressed is how to create window and door features? Would you be so kind to help me?

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