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Personalise Your Garden with Natural Stone Features

Personalise Your Garden with Natural Stone Features

If you’d like to truly personalise your outdoor space, garden features made out of stone are an inspired choice. Natural stone is unique, beautiful and only becomes more enchanting as it weathers, adding elegance and magic to your garden. With careful thought and design know-how, any of the following features will add value to your home and transform your garden into an outdoor room, creating the perfect place for you to celebrate with friends or just relax in blissful solitude. Natural Stone Paving Outdoor paving has a practical function, forming an even pathway or floor. But use natural stone and your paved terrace or patio immediately becomes a decorative feature. Indian sandstone is a good option for garden paving, since it is affordable and comes in a range of colours and finishes. Vary the size of paving stones from large to small and create anything from a modern vibe to a rustic impression. Garden Planters Used with discernment, stone planters, pots and urns are an effective way of setting your garden’s overall tone. Classical urns impart a flavour of the Grand Tour, whereas planters in a contemporary design give a more avant-garde feel. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a home with a hint of Zen: if so, choose geometric planters and troughs made from slate. Monoliths and Feature Stones Perfect for drawing the eye to a particular location, monoliths and feature stones can transform the way your garden is viewed. A resilient stone such as slate can even be combined with a water feature, the moisture revealing hidden colours and textures in the stone. If your monolith is made from...
The Versatility of Indian Sandstone: an Affordable Alternative to York Stone

The Versatility of Indian Sandstone: an Affordable Alternative to York Stone

The popularity of Indian sandstone has grown in reason years. Due to its relatively cheap cost, it has become a popular and affordable alternative to York stone. Available in a range of colours and finishes, Indian sandstone has proved to be incredibly versatile. Today it’s used in everything from the construction of homes to stone paving. More Affordable Than York Stone Compared to York stone, Indian sandstone is considerably cheaper. And as lower costs don’t necessarily mean reduced quality, there are real savings to be made, especially if you are planning to pave a large garden area. Great Aesthetics and Variety Indian sandstone comes in a number of varieties and colours. Fossil mint for example, is mostly beige with blends of pastel and is occasionally marbled with darker veins. In contrast, Raj Green is light green, with a beautiful tumbled variety. There is also Autumn Brown, for a more rustic feel or the ever-popular Beige Sewn or Grey Sewn sandstones. Durability and Versatility Built to last, Indian sandstone is incredibly durable and strong. Naturally hardwearing and waterproof it can take a lot of stress and still look fabulous. The quality of Indian sandstone can vary however as the strength and durability of the rock depends on the cementing material. It is therefore essential to buy the best quality sandstone. This being said, Indian sandstone has proved to be very versatile. It has been used widely in the construction of buildings and homes, and can also be used in flooring. In the UK, it’s most commonly used for stone and patio paving but can also be used in stone walls,...
Why Britain’s Cultural Foundations Are Based on Portland Stone

Why Britain’s Cultural Foundations Are Based on Portland Stone

Britain’s building stones support the foundations of our civilisation. Recent extreme weather events underline this, highlighting the importance of Portland stone for Devon railways. In February 2014, repairs on a section of railway track at Dawlish were called off for safety reasons after the supporting track ballast was washed away. Track ballast, made from crushed Portland stone, supports the railway sleepers and, under usual conditions, maintains drainage of the track. Alarming pictures were published of the bare railway track minus its ballast. Unique Origins Portland stone is a unique limestone found only on the Jurassic coast of East Devon and Dorset. It was formed over 140 million years ago in the warm, subtropical seas which then surrounded Britain. Calcium carbonate in the sea snowballed around small fragments of coral and shell in the mud of the sea floor, forming spheres called ooliths. Over time, quantities of ooliths compacted together, eventually becoming Portland stone. Its geological origins mean that Portland stone is hard enough to stand up to weathering, but can easily be cut and carved by masons. Building Civilisation Stone was first quarried from the Isle of Portland in Roman times and used for buildings in nearby Dorchester. After the Great Fire in 1666, nearly all significant buildings in London were rebuilt using Portland stone, the most famous of these being St Paul’s Cathedral. And it was the material of choice for many homes constructed during the housing boom of the Georgian era. Until the arrival of the railways in the early 20th century, the use of Portland stone was restricted to areas within easy reach by water. Properties...
How Installing Natural Stone Steps Increases the Value of Your Property

How Installing Natural Stone Steps Increases the Value of Your Property

The entrance to your home or business property should be welcoming, eye-catching and safe. So it stands to reason that any entranceway will benefit from the addition of natural stone steps. But it isn’t just your kerb appeal that will go through the roof. Installing natural stone steps will drastically increase the value of your property too. Here’s why. Appearance Natural stone is amongst the finest building materials used in the world. Created by nature, each piece of stone is unique and different types of stone have their own distinct characteristics. Whether you prefer the warm, buff colours of York stone, the creamy-white of Portland stone, or the steely-grey of granite, natural stone steps will give you an entranceway to be proud of. Durability Natural stone has excellent technical qualities and most natural stones are renowned for their ability to withstand the rigours of the UK climate. Once you’ve made your initial investment, your steps will last for years – a massive selling point should you decide to move. Low Maintenance Most natural stones require very little maintenance to keep them looking at their best, and in fact some stones, such as York stone, are widely acknowledged to improve with age. Simply clean your steps with water and some mild soap if necessary and they’ll stay as good as new. Non-Slip Natural stone has excellent non-slip qualities making it the perfect material to use for your front door steps, especially if you have a young family or elderly relatives. Versatility Stone steps are an excellent addition to the front of your property, giving you a grand, welcoming entrance, but...
Hard and Soft Landscaping

Hard and Soft Landscaping

Hard and soft landscaping can both play a pivotal role in improving an outdoor living space. Hard landscaping – or hardscaping – refers to management of hard materials such as stones and rocks, whilst softscaping is used when the management of gardens, grass, flowerbeds and trees is being implemented. When great hard and soft landscaping are fused together, the results can be extraordinary. Beauty and Practicality Hard landscaping is focused on the practical as well as the visual, whilst softscaping is generally used to provide the decorative final touches. We can offer both hard and soft landscaping, working with your outdoor space to create something of real value and beauty. Sometimes, softscaping can’t be implemented until all hardscape features are put in place. We can work closely alongside you to create magical outdoor space that you enjoy for years to come – whilst adding a meaningful sum of value to your home. A Passion for Outdoor Space Allow the London Stone Step Company to be your one-stop shop for soft and hardscaping. We can provide excellent access to your gardens, flowers, trees and plants via paving stones, driveways and steps. Some of the materials that we can offer include Yorkstone, Portman Stone and granite. Whether you have a firm idea of what you’re looking for or need a little help in coming up with ideas, why not let us help? We have provided hard and soft landscaping for an array of residential and commercial clients in the south east of England, enthralling all our clients with our skill, dedication and passion for stunning outdoor spaces. Vast Skills and Techniques...
Masonry Stone Steps

Masonry Stone Steps

Stone steps are synonymous with prestige and elegance, and once they’re laid down they can take pride of place outside your property for decades. The stone we used can be cut into any shape that you require, with natural stone steps being an exquisite alternative to concrete steps, which can look cold and mechanical. Natural stone can stand up to the toughest of UK climates. Stone steps are incredibly resistant to the weather, which means that you won’t have to worry about chips and other damage. Slate Stone Steps Slate will provide you with extreme longevity, which means that you shouldn’t be finding yourself replacing it after just a few years. It holds no harm for the environment and can always be recycled when no longer needed. Its density makes it a reliable and robust choice, and it is also fireproof. Use slate inside your home and you may see your energy bills reduced due to its strong insulation capabilities. What’s even better about slate is that it cannot be affected by the climate, so should keep on looking and performing fantastically for years to come. Indian Sandstone Indian Sandstone is extremely versatile and comes in an array of colours and finishes. It is often seen as a more affordable alternative to Yorkstone and is mainly used for paving and internal flooring. Indian Sandstone is available in a number of finishes and can provide a touch of both the contemporary and the timeless. More and more people are using Indian Sandstone for steps as well as driveways and...