The focus with most modern home developments is to build houses that are energy efficient, cheap, and easy to construct. This means that many modern developments are rather bland, which is unfortunate when you consider all of the architectural possibilities that are available today. It's easy to import building supplies, and if you're willing to experiment with different types of wood, stone, and other natural materials you can achieve a luxurious look for any type or size of property.
Spruce Up Your Home With Gorgeous Stone
Natural stone can be used for almost any kind of decorating. You can get stone roof slates, tiles, veneer, paving stones, and landscape decorations, as well as statues, balustrades, and other architectural features.
If you are building your own home, adding stone features can be a great way to make your property look and feel more luxurious. Stone veneers are fairly inexpensive, and can turn a fairly cheap build into something that looks like a palace, and natural stone roof slates make the perfect accent.
If you want to update your existing home with a luxurious and classical look, then using stone in your garden is a good way to do it. Statues, fountains, landscape items and paving stones made of different kinds of natural stone can add a touch of colour and class to your property.
Sourcing Natural Building Supplies
If you want to make sure that your newly renovated home looks as good as possible, it's a good idea to source your stone carefully. You'll want different kinds, and qualities, of stone for different purposes.
For example, you might want some untreated moss boulders to place next to the pond in your garden, and you probably wouldn't care about a few imperfections in the granite slabs you use as stepping stones or paving stones in your drive way. However, if you want granite countertops for your kitchen, they'll have to be clean, polished, and imperfection free. When you buy roof slates, you'll ideally want them to all come from the same source so that they're all matching shades; at least as much as is possible with natural materials.
Stone on a Budget
If you're on a very tight budget, you could always use faux stone veneers, or stone effect lino and wallpaper to achieve something similar to a natural stone look. This can work quite well for small rooms, but you won't get the tactile benefits, or the cooling effect, of real stone. If you can stretch to real stone cladding, you'll find that you get much better results.
Some companies now sell "cultured" fake stone, which looks close to the real thing but has a more uniform look, and is far more affordable.
When you're shopping for stone, think carefully about the type of stone that you plan to buy, and what you're going to use it for. Remember that softer types of stone will weather quite quickly, so may not be suitable for use outdoors - unless you're going for the aged/weathered look. Harder granite, quartz, and other similar materials will last for decades.
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