Add a Touch of Charm: Home Exterior Stone Design Ideas

Date Monday, 8 October 2018 12:00 AM

 Time to Read: 2 minutes, 13 seconds

If you’d like your facade to evoke a feeling of warmth, elegance, and contemporary charm, it’s worth taking a look at home exterior stone design ideas. Stone is an incredibly versatile and popular material, and can be incorporated seamlessly into many home designs.

How to add stone stylings

Choosing materials for your home exterior is one of the most important decisions you can make. But what if you love the rustic and romantic charm of old English stone cottages, but want a more contemporary feel? You can effortlessly combine stone’s traditional character with a modern and fresh look by incorporating stone accents, such as a feature wall or pillars. You can pair these stone elements with other building materials, such as brick, rendered walls, or timber. Using stone for a portion of your home’s exterior will lend your home a sophisticated and elegant touch without losing its contemporary feel.

Why use stone?

Stone is an old favourite for very good reason:

  • Not only does it look charming, but it integrates well with the natural environment. The addition of raw stone adds sophistication to any home design, blending beautifully with both coastal and lush, green surroundings.
  • Stone is a durable material that won’t fade over time or require expensive and regular maintenance. It weathers well and is resistant to sunshine, strong wind, and rain.
  • Its luxe look will add value an kerb appeal to your home.
  • Incorporating stone will add texture to your facade, bringing warmth and visual interest to your home’s exterior.

Man-made or the real deal?

When using stone for your home exterior, you can choose between natural or manufactured stone cladding. Natural stone tends to be more expensive as it’s quarried from the earth. On the plus side, it’s authentic and has timeless appeal. What’s more, any imperfections in the stone will simply enhance its uniqueness.

Man-made stone is cast from moulds, and is designed to resemble natural stone. It’s manufactured from concrete and a mix of other materials, making it a much lighter material that’s easy to install. It’s often indistinguishable from the real thing, especially at a distance.

Both materials can be made into a veneer, or cladding, whereby the stone is cut into very thin slices and then attached to brick, besser, or concrete walls. This makes stone an attractive and cost-effective choice.

A Final Word

Your facade will set the tone for the rest of your home, and stone is a versatile and elegant material to add to the mix. If you’d like to chat about your home exterior, or customise a design to your specifications, get in touch with your local G.J. Gardner Homes office.

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