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How To Add Finishing Touches to a Courtyard

Learn how to finish a courtyard by installing fence sections along the front wall, then adding stones atop the cap blocks to complete the wall.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Prepare the Area

Install the fence sections across the front wall, attaching sections end-to-end. The final fence section should be installed between the gate and the post on the porch of the house (in this example). Measure and check to make sure entire fence is sitting evenly on the wall; adjust as necessary. After that, use a masonry bit to drill holes in the cap blocks where mounting tabs are located at the base of each post. Nail anchors are use to secure the sections.

preparing the area

Step 2: Finish the Fence

Anchor the first fence section to the house using an L-bracket. Attach the last section to the post on the porch as well.

finishing the fence

Step 3: Add the Capstones to the Wall

Choose stones to use atop the cap blocks. Chip away the edges of the stone using a masonry hammer as needed. Apply mortar to top of cap block, then set stone into place. Work around the fence posts, getting as close as possible, then fill in around post with mortar. Fill joints between stones, and trowel mortar directly into corners before setting stones into place. Press each stone to better spread mortar. Finally, add stone between gate posts to fill space.

begin laying stones on top of wall cap blocks