Britain is full of beautiful period homes, from humble cottages and converted barns to the grand houses that once dominated the entire village. Most older buildings include period stone work, such as a stone floor, fireplace, staircase or wall panelling. This stone is often critical to maintaining the character of the house, so what should you do if the stone has been damaged, perhaps by a previous owner? The good news is that what’s best for the house is often what’s best for your pocket: restore, repair, replace, retire […]
Carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore are the heads of 4 presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. When you see the National Memorial in pictures you do not really get an understanding of the true enormity of the construction. Covering 5.17km₂, the granite sculpture, built to represent the first 130 years of the history of the United States was created by Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers over a 14 year period. The original design of the monument was intended to show the presidents from […]
Almost every culture from ancient to modern has used stone to build some of their best known and most lasting monuments. While we’re not suggesting you start building a pyramid in your kitchen, many of the world’s wonders, ancient and modern, provide design ideas that translate far beyond their original scope. Wondering what Mount Rushmore or a Japanese Zen garden can do for your new marble kitchen? Then read on.