Pick Out and Cut Stones
A trip to the quarry may be necessary to pick out the perfect stones for your project. First, calculate how much stone you'll need. Remember that you can always bring your measurements to the quarry, and they'll tell you how much you'll need. If you have a truck, you can load the stones into your own truck at the quarry. Otherwise, you'll need to have them delivered to your home.
You can use a few different types of stone for their new step system. In this project, real stone veneer covers the brick risers. Stone veneer is a thin stone used to cover surfaces. Oakmont Brownstone is used for the treads. Finally, some additional pieces of brownstone are used for the platform at the top of the steps. These brownstone multiples come in different sizes, so you can create your own pattern to cover the platform.
If you purchase a tread that is too long for the steps, it will need to be cut. To cut a tread, you first mark off where you want to cut it. Allow for a one-inch overhang on either side when cutting his tread. Then use a 4-1/2 inch masonry grinder to score a break line that's about 1-inch deep.
Use a stone hammer to pop the end off. Be certain to wear eye protection any time you are chipping or cutting stone. Use a chisel and stone hammer to create a rock faced edge where you made your cut, so that the edge of the stone will look natural.