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large granite steps & landing
Granite steps look wonderful on any house and last forever. The top landing is 9' long by 4' 6" wide. This construction replaced crumbling brick steps and a bluestone landing.

large granite steps & landing
The large granite steps & landing will eventually support a portico.

Bluestone walkway with granite edging
Bluestone walkway with granite edging

Pennsylvania fieldstone risers with bluestone treads
Pennsylvania fieldstone risers with bluestone treads sit atop an existing stamped concrete patio.

Wall Stone Risers
Wall stone risers support
a beautiful granite
tread-top landing.

Thirteen granite steps with incorporated landing replace a steep driveway
Thirteen granite steps with incorporated landing replace a steep driveway.

Gently curving granite steps with granite lamp post at top
Gently curving granite steps with granite lamp post at top.

Full-color bluestone walkway
Below granite steps, full color bluestone landing transforms slope.

Large, evenly spaced granite steps with brick paving lead up the slope. Large granite block walls complement the steps
Large, evenly spaced granite steps with brick paving lead up the slope. Large granite block walls complement the steps.

Full-color bluestone walkway with wide & deep granite steps
Full-color bluestone walkway with wide & deep granite steps will eventually support a portico.

Concrete porch was covered with granite with another granite step leading to the door.
This concrete porch was covered with granite with another granite step leading to the door.

Wide Granite Steps
11-foot-wide granite steps replaced wooden steps to create a classic look.

Wide Granite Steps
Rounded granite steps allow travel in two directions.

Wide Granite Steps
Large Caledonia granite steps & paving make an impressive entrance to this home.

Wide Granite Steps
This bottom step has a 14' diameter with a full color bluestone landing area.


"My original stairs were a lawsuit waiting to happen. The bricks had been shoddily repaired and they were falling apart. The height (rise) of each step varied. The railings and sidewalls of the staircase were collapsing outward. My mailman refused to deliver mail during the winter because the stairs were so dangerous. Tom designed a new granite entrance for my house. He demo'd the existing brick staircase and concrete walkway, removed all debris, supported the portico, refinished the columns, then set my granite stairs and landing. He replaced the concrete walkway with granite pavers.

My house looks phenomenal thanks to Tom's work. My neighbors are still talking! Tom's precision, cleanliness, punctuality and work ethic made a lasting impression on all who watched him work. I would not entertain work from another contractor. Tom will be back to work in the spring to give me a patio. He is very professional, insightful and dedicated to creating a thing of beauty. He loves his work and it shows."

- Elisabeth Wallace -

 
     

Front step replacement
Granite Stairs and Landing - after
 
Granite Stairs and Landing - before
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Look around at the older homes in your neighborhood, and they will likely serve as a testament to the beauty and durability of entrances and steps constructed of natural granite.

Granite is the premier material for steps and landings, for several reasons:

  • as a natural stone, it doesn’t hold water (unlike concrete)
  • properly installed granite is set dry, without any mortar, so there is nothing to come apart through the winter freeze/thaw cycle
  • it’s so heavy, it will remain in place forever if properly installed
  • seven-inch thick granite is non-skid, wear-resistant, and immune to damage from de-icer
  • indigenous to New England, granite is inherently beautiful
  • qualifies for LEED credits since it is a local material quarried in Barre, VT
Granite Planters
Granite Landing
Curved Granite Steps

Slopes and elevation changes at the entrance to your home are often viewed as problems to be overcome. Likewise, cracked concrete or crumbling brick steps can prompt a call to the landscaper. In both cases, the project can be viewed as an opportunity to create a beautiful set of granite steps.
 
Construction expertise:
Properly installed steps and landings should be attractive, comfortable to traverse, and should last a lifetime -- so even in the design phase of the project, we address all critical details. If the previous structure failed, for example, we would investigate why. We then measure the slope, exactly, with a transit in order to determine the step tread width to best match the slope. If the steps curve, we also produce a spreadsheet with all the measurements needed for construction.
Bluestone Walkway
The careful execution of a granite step installation does not lend itself to a large crew. Instead, one or two of us will handle the job in order to maintain a high level of quality control. We install the steps one at a time, beginning at the bottom, making sure each step has a properly compacted foundation. We use a Bobcat to transport each step to its approximate location, then use rollers and levers to position it precisely by hand.

Since the steps weigh between 400 and 1600 pounds, the installation is both rewarding and impressive. There is always great feedback from the homeowner!


"I couldn't be more pleased with the work that Natural Path Landscaping did with the installation of my new front steps. Tom has an analytical attention to detail and an aesthetic sense that combined to produce a wonderful new front entrance to my house, enhancing its appearance greatly. It was obvious from my first interaction with Tom that he takes exceptional pride in his work. And not only was the job done completely to my satisfaction, but Tom and his crew were very courteous and a pleasure to work with. A+ all the way Natural Path!"

- Chris Swartz -


Please scroll down for examples of our work.
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A circular granite design with terraced garden and semi-circle
landing makes the entrance to this house very special.
Circular granite landing
     
     

     
Large Federal style house integrated new granite with
reuse of existing old granite to provide two elegant entrances.
Large Federal style house integrated new granite with reuse of existing old granite to provide two elegant entrances.
 
Large Federal style house integrated new granite with reuse of existing old granite to provide two elegant entrances.
     
     

Granite steps descend to a spacious full color bluestone
landing that transitions nicely to the driveway.
Granite Steps - after
 
Granite Steps - before
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Fifteen gently curving granite steps lead from
the house to the lower yard through the woods.
Sweeping Granite Staircase
     

Large granite steps now sweep to the outside of the lamp post.
Large granite steps now sweep to the outside of the lamp post - after
 
Large granite steps now sweep to the outside of the lamp post - before
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Full color, natural cleft bluestone with a granite
landing provide both an entrance and a sitting area.
Full color, natural cleft bluestone with a granite  landing - after
 
Full color, natural cleft bluestone with a granite  landing - before
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1000 pound descending granite steps curve gracefully,
transforming a difficult slope into a work of art.
1000 pound descending granite steps curve gracefully -after
 
1000 pound descending granite steps curve gracefully -before
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Granite steps, paver walkway, granite wall and
garden all combine to create a grand entrance to this home.
Granite steps, paver walkway, granite wall and  garden all combine to create a grand entrance to this home
 
Granite steps, paver walkway, granite wall and  garden all combine to create a grand entrance to this home
     
     

Granite steps & landing, curving paver walkway,
and a new curved retaining wall - make all the difference.
Granite steps & landing, curving paver walkway - after
 
Granite steps & landing, curving paver walkway - before
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Large granite steps and new portico bring out
the classic dignity of this great house.
Granite steps & new portico - after
 
Granite steps & new portico - before
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Granite steps far surpass the earlier straight, steep, extra-wide concrete
steps at this home built in 1886. The design also replaced a steeply sloping
concrete sidewalk (out of view) with a landing area and bluestone walkway.
Granite steps & new portico - after
 
Granite steps & new portico - before
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People sometime question whether granite steps fit with a wooden porch.
As these pictures show, granite steps can really make the wooden porch
pop especially when you add integrated handrails.
Wooden Handrail
 
Wooden Handrail
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Granite Steps w/ Wooden Handrail
     

Large pieces of Goshen stone can produce a unique and attractive entrance.
The Goshen Stone was set with a 3" gap to grow herbs between the pieces;
the herbs are just getting started in these pictures. Note the granite landing
and step that fit the period of this home build in the 1700's. The Goshen
stone was set with a Bobcat.
Goshen Stone Walkway
 
Goshen Stone Walkway
 
     

This original entrance was built with plenty of reinforced concrete but was unsightly and had only 3' wide steps leading to the driveway. The entrance steps are now 6' wide Caledonia granite with the lower steps curving toward the driveway. Full color bluestone is used for paving. Low voltage lights are placed under the wall cap and 'grandmother's tree' in the garden has up-lighting for a night time focal point.
Caledonia Granite Steps
 
Granite steps before
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These very short walkways are quite attractive. The curved granite
steps were quarried in Barre, Vermont while the darker granite
steps were quarried in Deer Isle, Maine.
Goshen Stone Walkway
 
Goshen Stone Walkway
 
     

The wider granite steps & new decking
create a more welcoming entrance.
Caledonia Granite Steps
 
Granite steps before
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