Stone is one of the world’s oldest building materials, right next to clay and timber. Stone was often used to build castles, temples, old mansions, and simple cottages. Now, many stonemasons, like us, use stones to build or reinforce residential homes, townhouses, and others.
Being a natural material found everywhere, stones are beautiful, non-toxic, low carbon, and extremely durable. These very qualities are imparted onto any structure stone is added to or built with, be it stone walls, patio stones, or fences made from stone and metal. And while it isn’t the most price-friendly material compared to wood or concrete, it is the most attractive one. But, if your budget isn’t an issue, you will never feel regret using stone to build or beautify your home. In fact, there are several amazing benefits to using stone.
Stones are very diverse, coming in different shapes, colors, and textures. They are easy to find, with their distinct appearance based on the region the stones are from.
Stones are very resilient to the elements. It cannot rot, be infested with insects, or be damaged by fire. And because it’s hard to damage means it’s easy to maintain.
As a building material, stone does not need to be processed or created and is very reusable. It can be found anywhere - it can practically be picked up off the ground.
There are many types of stones that can be used for building construction. There is granite, basalt, slate, marble, and limestone, just to name a few. Each type of stone has its own qualities that can add to the look and feel of your home. But Coastal Masonry won’t use just any stone we find - stones we use for construction must not have any cracks or faults, nor should they be badly weathered or covered in unwanted material. Any stone mason from our group will tell you that such poor-quality stones can negatively impact the strength and durability of your home. Stones we can use are:
With the right type, shape, and size of the stone, we can easily create a variety of things, features, or structures. And since stone can be used almost everywhere, your options are close to limitless. The most common use of stone is covering the walls of your home, both inside and outside. Doing so will not only give your home a more natural look, but it can give it additional protection and durability. Just to name a few, here are three things we can make using stones.
We can cover or remake your patio by using large pieces of stones. It will add to the natural look of your home’s exterior and make it look more appealing.
Already built an outdoor kitchen? Then it’s only proper to include a stone fire pit or fireplace that you, your family, or your guests can use at home.
Looking for something to pair with your stone flower beds? A dry-laid garden walk will be a perfect addition. With this, there’s no cementing involved.
We at Coastal Masonry can build all sorts of things using the right type of stone. Apart from your house, which we can line with different stone types, we can also build walls, fences, patio stones, and garden beds. We can also build outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and ovens using specific stones that fit the look or theme you desire.