Stone is a joy for designers and home owners alike. There’s nothing like great stonework, and the very best can be truly beautiful. There is literally nothing you can’t do with stonework, inside and out, and you can landscape to your heart’s content. If you enjoy design, natural stone will do anything you want, and do it well, all the time.

The stone dream design

If you’ve ever seen the beautifully designed modern homes using stone inside and out, you’ll appreciate the possibilities of stone. Modern designers are coming back to stone as a design material which is not only better, but more flexible, that most modern materials. You’ll rarely find a modern design that doesn’t incorporate some stone, in some form, in top level professional architecture and construction.

Stone is now a preferred design material on a purely practical basis. If you’re looking for the absolute best in building materials for interiors and exteriors, you should start with natural stone as the benchmark for quality. In terms of value, stone eclipses all other building materials, even the very best ceramics. Stone really does last forever, and is utterly reliable as both a building and design medium. Other design materials can’t even match the colour range of stone. Compare stone with any standard design material, and you’ll make the same decision as the professional designers. It’s no contest.

Working with stone design

Stone design allows a huge range of design options. Stone flooring is the top of the range, globally. Stone cladding has become a must-have in the top design ranges, mainly because of the vast possibilities of the different types of stone. From warm pink sandstone to cobalt blue bluestone, the range of textures can match any design motif perfectly.

Quartzite is a virtual rainbow of colour options. Limestone can achieve astonishing colour and texture effects.

The economics of stone design must be mentioned at this point. Interestingly, the cost of stone actually decreases over time, relative to other materials. Most synthetics need to be replaced regularly. Over the life of a house, synthetic flooring will need to be removed several times. Synthetics also need to be maintained on a regular basis, and that can be expensive, particularly with flooring. Even old stone, on the other hand, simply requires basic restoration at most after a decade or so, and can be restored as easily as a carpet. All stone really needs is a good sealer.

Stone landscaping- An art form

Landscapers love stone, both for its design potentials and its reliability in gardens and feature designs. Stone is perfect for the outdoor design palette. It can be used for retaining walls, raised garden beds, water features, and in construction with no reservations. Stone doesn’t fall to pieces like other materials, and is thermally trustworthy in areas where heat and cold are issues.

Stone paving creates good access in landscaping and is extremely low maintenance, only requiring minor work very occasionally. Stone cladding can create the perfect environment for many plants, as well as its great abilities as a design feature in any setting.

If you want the best for your home, stick with stone.