best way to enjoy a well-landscaped yard is to get outside and savor
it. Homeowners can make it an even more unique experience by custom
designing a pathway with stepping stones.
According to Josh Kaysar, outside sales representative for
landscaping at Halquist Stone in Sussex, most people take their cues
from any existing pathways as well as the architecture of their homes.
"People who have existing paths, such as those built around
older homes, tend to go with more irregular-shaped, natural
stone," he says. "But for a more formal look or with certain
new construction projects, we often provide stones in consistent sizes
Natural flagstones and steppers come in a limited but useful
palette of colors.
"Our signature stones are Lannon stone, which are quarried
right here in the area and are a nice complement to a Lannon stone
home," says Kaysar. "It is a form of limestone, which is
quite durable and doesnít break down."
Different quarries, even within the state, provide different types
and colors of stones. For example, Halquist Stone also maintains
quarries in Fond du Lac, central Wisconsin and Escanaba, Mich.
"Each one is a source of different colors and types of
stone," he notes.
Another option for creating a custom pathway is to introduce a bit
of your own personality through more artistic choices.
Grafton-based Northshore Academy of the Arts instructor Kari Slater
makes custom-designed stained glass and concrete stepping stones for
her clients. Handcrafted stones are just as durable and functional as
naturally quarried stones, and with their flat surfaces, are easy to
walk on and maintain.
"People are always looking for a color pop in their yards, and
stepping stones are a great way to do it," she says. "Iíve
done martini glasses, coffee themes, monograms and even stones with
team mascots in them."
Slater holds licenses from select collegiate sports teams in the
state, though she admits her top request is one that hits closer to
"My most requested? Thatís an easy one," says the Cedarburg
resident. "Everybody wants a Cedarburg High School Bulldogs stepping
stone for their yard."