Choosing Stone for Exterior Applications
We’ve taken some of our favourite exterior projects and shown how we used clever techniques using limestone and marble to tackle three very different design briefs.
Lascar limestone is a distinctive stone embedded with small shells and fossils, Lascar works well when used for patios and garden paths due to its hardwearing and low absorption properties. Lascar is perfectly capable of standing up to the elements and cuts a clean finish for a contemporary home – especially when laid as large, space enhancing flagstones in exact lengths complete with hand sawn finish (as shown). Here, the Lascar limestone was applied to a countryside roof terrace with a bush-hammered finish for a non slip finish. The stone was laid on a raised legs system with no grouting to permit drainage underneath.
Bluestone is a type of marble that is best known for its bluish-grey colour. Bluestone is a high performance exterior paving stone due to its sawn and tumbled finish which offers slip resistance and durability. For the project below we supplied Bluestone cobbles for a large driveway area in Cornwall – the stone provided an interesting contrast with the clean white walls of the property. It also worked sympathetically with the coastal setting of the house and provided the robust finish needed for such a well used space.
Pietra Serena is a popular stone that is widely used for exterior applications. Used extensively as paving in Central Italy, we have been using it in English gardens with great effect for the past twenty years. The pale grey tones of the stone form the perfect background to traditional English planting and it is an ideal choice for landscaping, exterior flooring as well as a reliable material for pools. Pietra Serena was chosen for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show for the award-winning Sentebale garden design by Jinny Blom. The stone was laser and water-jet cut to form beautifully curved steps and a decorative in-laid disk that lay in the centre of the garden.