Honestly, forget laying it out somewhere. I had the same idea on the very first job I did.....complete waste of time. You leave to big of a gap somewhere and the entire layout is screwed. The best bet is to take an entire box or two of material and lay them out on a drop cloth or tables where you're working, separate sizes and put it together like a big jigsaw puzzle. That's just my experience though.Thanks for clarifying the terminology. Yes, we've decided on veneer. The process does seem "easy", although I'm sure it will have challenges.
I like the idea of laying it out beforehand. We have an adjoining sunroom that would have enough floor space if we temporarily moved some furniture to lay out the full thing. I could do this well in advance over the next few weeks, to save us time on putting it together.
I don't have a notched trowel. I'll add that to my list of needed tools!
Are you going for a dry-stack look with ledge stone like in your photos or are you going to have a laid stone wall look with mortar joints? If you're doing dry-stack you will not be putting any mortar between the stones and you want them to fit as tightly as possible to each other. Just trowel some on the back and stick it and hold it in place for a few seconds.
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