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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 They have been replaced by wire saws; a more efficient and faster way of cutting the stone out of the rock face.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...
York Stone

York Stone

York stone – or Yorkstone – is one of the most popular building materials in the UK. Hewn from the quarries of Yorkshire, as its name suggests, this sandstone has excellent technical qualities and the ability to stand the rigors of time, the UK climate, and heavy foot traffic. Many believe that York stone improves with age, so there is high demand for reclaimed or ‘Old’ York stone. Properties of York Stone Characterised by fine, tightly packed grains of quartz – a material stronger than glass – York stone has a proven track record of durability and longevity. It’s renowned for its strength and its slip resistance. York Stone Steps York stone has been used for hundreds of years in various building projects across the UK and worldwide. It’s used as flags for pavements, cobbles for streets, stone curbs, interior flooring and driveways, and can be seen on everything from car parks to stately homes. Designers and architects still turn to York stone today because of its durability and character, and one of its most popular uses is for York stone steps. Its popularity is due to its non- slip properties, durability and longevity. The choice of colours available gives you the opportunity to compliment or transform the appearance of your house frontage, and it’s approved by local authorities, in most cases, for renovating listed properties. Only Improving With Age York stone is popular with residential and commercial clients alike and has been used all over the world. Favoured in heavy-duty environments where heavy machinery is used, it offers an investment that will last a lifetime. Beautiful, reclaimed York...
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...
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...