In order for a homeowner or designer to select architectural limestone elements for their design plans, they may commonly have a hand drawing of their idea or a page from a magazine on hand. Stone elements are often a big part of the overall design. Stone detailing is commonly found throughout the home in places such as fireplace surrounds, kitchen hoods, columns and staircases. In a successful design, specific stones must be selected according to its appropriate use in the location of the home. Design limitations of the material itself must also be considered. This is why customizing architectural limestone elements in an architectural plan is necessary.
A majority of stone fireplaces are custom-made due to the fact that the dimensions of the selected area are often different with each project. If a specific style such as Regency or Art Deco is requested, specific stone elements are necessary to define the style according to its time period. Increasingly popular are clean and bright stones such as White and Cream. Limestone fireplace elements showing less joints as well as larger one-piece mantels, moldings and jambs are currently a trend.
Selecting the appropriate finish is important for the architectural limestone element according to its specific design style. For example, if one were choosing limestone elements to complement a Tudor-style design, specific stones would be chosen to remind the homeowner of the English countryside. An appropriate stone choice for this design would be Pewter with a textured finish. Its weathered appearance works well for an aged look.
Each designer has a vision of their chosen project and choosing architectural limestone elements should be a part of that. Through this process of customization, a designer may effectively achieve their design vision. Having a working knowledge of the stones and their design limitations is a good start in selecting the perfect architectural limestone elements for your design. Our sister company, Materials Marketing has ten showrooms in the United States. They will be happy to help you with Texas limestone from the A.J. Brauer quarry. As always, thanks very much for reading.