So often it can be daunting to design with natural stone, but rest assured this material is accessible to all clients of all budget ranges. The key is how you incorporate the stone veneer, not how much.
Often times, tasteful accent walls that are well-placed on an exterior facade, or interior feature wall, can have maximum impact on a project. As you’re designing through your project, think about the interaction points between the inhabitants of this project and the structure itself, and focus your attention and budget for natural stone there. As a bonus, combine these features with well placed lighting to take your project to the next level during dusk and evening hours.
Lastly, make sure that you’re choosing complimentary colors when selecting natural stone for your exterior project. Consider adjacent finishes such as stucco, wood materials used under your eaves, and paving – All of these materials have a part to play in creating the overall impression of a project. Design Tools like mood boards are a fantastic way to hone in your project’s color pallete during the design phase. Contact our team of Surface Shop Pros to help with your project today.
The durability of natural stone veneer for exterior cladding is without question the number one reason architects have used natural stone as an exterior building product for millennia.
Over time, however, even as building materials advanced, natural stone has continued to be the preferred choice for exterior cladding because of the way it grounds a project, ensuring that the project or structure “feels” organic and natural to those that interact with it. For example, this is emphasized most when walking across a path of natural stone pavers – the weight and solidness of the stone can be felt underfoot.
As the most common building materials have become manufactured, and are no longer natural, they often lose this natural effect. That is why purists, like architects and designers, whether working on a residential or commercial project, have come to insist on using combinations of natural materials in their designs.
Steer clear of corrosive cleaning agents, salt, or other chemicals on your exterior stone installation as they may potentially harm the finish and color of the natural stone material. Sealing your installation with a water based, penetrating sealer post installation is good practice as it will guard the stone finish from contaminants over time.
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