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From The Quarry To Your Home – How Quarried Stone Is Moved.

From The Quarry To Your Home – How Quarried Stone Is Moved.

Two of the most popular stones in London are Portland and York stone. Portland, a Jurassic limestone, quarried on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, has been used extensively for building construction in London. This elegant, creamy, white stone is a popular choice for steps and entrance ways, adding a touch of luxury and prestige to your home. York stone is a durable, hard-wearing sandstone that is quarried exclusively in Yorkshire. It has been used for construction since the Roman times. The majority of street paving and cobbles in London are made from York stone. It is a popular choice for exterior paving and entrance ways. The naturally warm colour adds a rustic, homely feel to any property. But have you ever considered how a stone supplier transports such heavy stone from the quarry? In ancient Egypt, during the construction of the pyramids, giant slabs of rock were hauled with pulley systems, using ropes and moveable wooden tracks and sleds. Thousands of slaves and oxen would drag the rocks to the riverside where they were loaded onto specially constructed barges. Portland Today, mechanical systems are used, however, even with modern technology, removal of quarried stone is a time-consuming and laborious task. On the Isle of Portland, traditional excavation methods are still used to a certain extent. Specialised digging and drilling equipment is used to clear the overlying rock layers and bring the Portland stone to the surface. Explosives are rarely used in modern quarrying. They have been replaced by wire saws; a more efficient and faster way of cutting the stone out of the rock face. Cut blocks are displaced using water-filled hydraulic bags which uses force to remove the stone, causing minimum damage. Large wheel loaders are...
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,...