I'm thinking about trying my hand at building a small project out of stone for the first time, and I'm hoping some of you guys here have some experience with stone and could give a few starting pointers.
What I have is a typical outhouse at a recreational campsite (future cabin site) and I would like to build stone steps, or a stone pad, in front of the doorway as well as a short stone wall around the base to seal off gaps between the outhouse floor and the ground and hopefully ward off erosion.
I remember my grandfather using sakrete or quickrete to pour a shed floor and it was basically lay out a form with 2x4's, mix the bag contents with water in a 5 gal pail using a boat paddle, and mix in some gravel then pour and level with a trowel. I'm not sure if that's the correct procedure or product for what I want to do.
For the front step/pad, I'm thinking that I can select softball and smaller sized stones and rocks and arrange them into a square, outlined by a 2x4 or 2x6 form (say 2' sq) and then pour in the sakcrete/quickrete and work it into all of the gaps and spaces by hand. For the short wall around the outhouse, I figure I can I dig about a 3" deep by 6" wide trench around the outhouse, close the walls/4x4 beam foundation, and fill it with the sakrete mix, then push stones and gravel into it. Once the trench is filled with rock and mix, I can use the mix like a mortar to add more stones on top to a height of about 8" above ground.
Will this work? Am I on the right path here or barking up the wrong tree? Is there a better or "proper" way to do this? I want to do it right because, eventually, I would like to build a stone wall and maybe even a traditional stone foundation for a cabin when the time comes.