Tips For Stonework

Tips For Stonework

 – Stone can be so versatile.  From working with it on the exterior of your home to add curb appeal to carrying it inside to dress up a fireplace, the possibilities of using stone as an accent are endless.  Here are a few tips for stonework.

Visit any store that carries stone and you will quickly find a wide array of available options. The stone look provides a timeless and natural element to any project around the home. The advantage is that it offers so many patterns and colors.  And, no two projects will look the same because of the many options available. There are countless before and after photos available to give you ideas. From a simple kitchen backsplash to transforming the exterior of the home. Whether you opt for the real stone with a higher price tag or faux stone that has become a cost effective alternative to real stone, you won’t be disappointed.

Tips For Stonework

Stonework Indoors

When you think of a stone element indoors, most often the mind immediately wanders to a fireplace. This is why stonework is most often considered as a top material to use in the design of a fireplace. But the use of stone doesn’t stop there. You will find some homes feature stone flooring as this is especially good in warmer climates as it can lower the temperature of the home. Another advantage of stone as a flooring option is that it does not trap allergens or dust like carpeting. Stone has also become a popular medium for kitchen countertops as well. Stone wall accents on islands and backsplashes are also popular in many kitchens today.

Stonework Outdoors

Just about any outdoor space can be transformed by infusing stone. Paths and walkways.  Fire pits. Patios. Retaining walls. Fountains and more. Hardscape projects that feature stone can really transform any outdoor space.

Types of Stone

Many people are under the assumption that the only way to get a stone look is to use real stone. Thanks to modern technology, we can all get stone that is lighter and costs less.  But still looks like the real thing. Enter cast-stone veneer. With options varying from river rock to stacked stone looks, it is easier on the pocket book and simpler to install.  There may be no need to hire a masonry expert.

The problem with stone in the past was its weight. Many projects that could have benefited from using stone could not be completed.  But now they can with the lighter types of stone products available. Stone was also not a reasonably priced option for the exterior of the home. Because of the many types of stone veneer, adding stone accents to the exterior of the home has become much easier.

Today, it is nearly impossible to tell if it’s actual stone or a stone veneer that is used. We have seen a variety of different applications for stonework varying from an interior accent wall to the exterior fireplace. When comparison shopping, real stone can cost anywhere between $10 to $30 per square foot installed while stone veneer will usually range between $9 to $17 per square foot. Stone can make a home look rustic, traditional or modern with a bit of imagination.

Naturally looking stone masonry provides a timeless elegance to any project around the home.  And, thanks to stone veneer it can now fit just about anyone’s budget. Stone can withstand the test of time and add value for years to come.

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Rick Toney Is A Seasoned Real Estate Professional With Over 25 Years Of Real Estate Experience, Writes A Weekly Real Estate Blog And Is A Principal of Blue Moon Realty Group And Mesa Realty Advisors. Blue Moon Realty Group Is A Residential Redevelopment Company Specializing In The Purchase And Renovation Of Older And Physically Distressed Homes (Flip This House Boston). Mesa Realty Advisors Is An Affordable Housing Developer Specializing In The Redevelopment Of Existing Low-Income Housing Properties. Rick Is A Certified Public Accountant (CPA - Retired) In The State Of California, A Certified Property Manager (CPM - Retired) And A Real Estate Broker In The States Of California (Retired) And Massachusetts.

1 Comment

  1. Donald LawsonNovember 2, 2015

    Totally agree about the stone veneer. I used a product on my fireplace that looks like real river rock when remodeling my living room. It’s actually made from concrete. It’s lighter than real rock and you can get it in just about any color combination you want. No one has been able to tell the difference yet, including a few contractors! I bought all the rock I needed plus some 18×18 slabs for the hearth from an outfit in Tulsa. Total price was less than $500 for the materials.
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