How to Install Simulated Stone

simulated stone being installed on a porch

Over the past few years, we have been working on our porch. In this post, you will learn how to install simulated stone.

Consistently, we have used Hermitage simulated stone manufactured by Horizon Stone for many projects. This simulated stone looks like real stone because of its variation; there are so many different shapes. It is from Jenkins Brick in Pellham, Alabama.  The masonry cement we used was Argos Custom Blended Masonry Cement; the color is Savannah Ivory.

How we Installed this Simulated Stone

Sorting Stones

Our first step was to carefully select the simulated stones wanted to stick to the front wall of the patio porch.

simulated stone laid in a row on a concrete porch floor

Sticking Stones

First, we mixed up the mortar to stick the stones to the wall.

hoe in a bin mixing thin set

Next, we “buttered” each stone with a trowel and added these lines with the trowel for texture (to adhere better) . . .

a "buttered" simulated stone with thin set

and stuck each stone to the wall.

simulated stone being installed on a porch

Here is a picture after we stuck several stones.

The Corners

simulated stone being installed on a porch

We used corner pieces on each corner.

pieces of corner pieces of simualted stone laid out on concrete floor

Below are the corner pieces installed.

simulated stone being installed on a porch

Piping Mortar

Once this dried (the next weekend), we mixed up mortar and piped between each stone.

We used Argos U.S. Cement. The color we used was Savannah Ivory.

Next, we piped in the mortar between each stone.

grouting simulated stone

Here is a picture after the mortar has dried.

stone work on the front of a porch

After the mortar started drying (firmed up), we brushed each crack for a smooth finish. It actually worked best for us to do this with our fingers (silicone gloves helped, but sometimes we used our bare fingers).

Here is a picture after the stonework, but before we added the brick edging (roll lock).

picture of a house with a deck and porch.

Now it is time to add the brick roll lock on top of the stone wall. Below is a picture after we installed the brick roll lock.

porch with arrows pointing to newly installed simulated stone

Before we installed simulated stone on the front wall of our patio porch, we needed to shore up the concrete slab that serves as our porch floor. To see how we shored up our porch floor, click HERE.

We installed simulated stone on the exterior of our house. Click HERE to learn about this project.

To learn how we build our outdoor fireplace, which also has simulated stone, click HERE.

To see our total porch renovation from start to finish, click HERE.

For other blog posts related to our porch renovation, check out the links below:

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Let us know if you have questions or what you think about installing simulated stone by commenting below.


  1. Katherine on 07/20/2019 at 12:08 PM

    This is amazing!

  2. Pamala on 07/21/2019 at 8:16 AM

    How did you learn how to do this?

  3. Sabrina on 07/21/2019 at 10:40 AM

    I found you on Pinterest! Love this!

  4. Constance on 07/21/2019 at 4:26 PM

    Do you hold each stone when you are sticking it to the wall?

    • Suzanne on 07/21/2019 at 4:37 PM

      Hey Constance,

      Thanks for reading our blog and thanks for your question. The mortar on the back of the stones creates suction when the stone is placed on the wall. You might have to hold it for a few seconds but typically it sticks right away. The larger stones can sometimes slip down and thus we had to hold some of these for a minute or two until they stayed in place.

      I hope this helps! Thanks again for reading our blog.


  5. Bennett on 07/24/2019 at 9:27 AM

    Do you hire out?

    • Suzanne on 07/24/2019 at 9:57 AM

      Hey Bennett,
      We don’t hire out, but we are here if you have any questions about any of our projects. You got this!
      Thanks for reading our blog!

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  9. Kaylee on 01/14/2020 at 7:25 PM

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post.
    Thanks for providing these details.

    • Suzanne on 01/16/2020 at 10:06 AM

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of hard work but the end result was worth it!

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  11. Jennifer on 07/19/2020 at 2:58 PM

    This stone work is BEAUTIFUL! You guys do great work!

  12. Lazaro on 07/25/2020 at 6:34 PM

    nice article, thank you. keep it up

  13. Allison on 11/22/2020 at 9:58 AM

    Thank you for the detailed and informative post! We have been looking for this exact information! Nice work☺️

    • Suzanne on 11/22/2020 at 11:19 AM


      I am so glad this was helpful to you! We love doing DIY home improvement projects and just glad to pass on what we have learned to help others.


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