When building a new property, extension, outbuilding or even a smaller scale project like a fireplace, one of the first tasks is to decide what basic material you are going to use. At All Brick & Stone Ltd, one of the most frequent questions we get asked is whether to opt for brick or stone for the structure – you could even say the choice puts you between a “rock and hard place”.
Our answer is that both are clearly durable and great for creating strong, weather-resistant buildings and walls. They also lend themselves to some internal projects. But which of the two looks the best?
Natural stone can lend a dignified touch to a home or garden. The majestic hues, untouched by superficial details, are the ideal way to bring out the character of any area. However, such beauty needs to be maintained if it’s going to continue to impress for years to come.
As durable as the substance is, the face can lose some of its magic over the years due to various factors. Thankfully, there are a range of ways in which you can keep the surfaces looking as nature intended.
Reconstituted stone is a great alternative to natural stone. this incredibly popular option has been chosen by homeowners and architects alike time and time again. This type of stone is created from fragments of natural stone that have been blended with cement, which allows the mixture to be shaped any way you want. No two reconstituted stones are the same, so different ones will have a different coarseness of stone or specific types of cement in it. Continue reading
Over time, your client may find that their brick walls or features have begun to accumulate dirt and grime. This is a perfectly natural and a predictable occurrence for something which spends the majority of its life defending against the elements. However, this does not have to stay this way if your client finds it to be unattractive and not character building.
When installing a chimney, there are certain considerations that allow for the proper installation. Knowing every detail that is involved in the process will permit for not only a well functioning chimney, but also a well functioning fireplace as both need to work in conjunction.
Here are a few things you need to consider when installing a chimney:
Brick is one of the most popular options when it comes to construction, and it’s easy to see why. It provides a wealth of advantages that makes it one of the best materials to work with, and here at All Brick and Stone, we’re taking a look at what makes it so special. Continue reading
Stone paving can create a real wow factor for your garden, but over time your paving can discolour, become uneven and retain water or simply look unloved. If that’s the case, you need to give them some TLC to get them back to their best. Continue reading
Keeping their home waterproof is one of the most important factors that your client will be considering when having work done. A waterproof home is a happy home. As such, offering them the best solution for maintaining a water-tight premises.
Brick is a highly resistant material, but it is not immune to damage. Defects can arise in brickwork due to several reasons and it’s extremely important to avoid them so that the structural integrity of the building in maintained. Continue reading
A brick path can be one of the best aspects of a garden space, or it can be an afterthought that is not particularly aesthetically pleasing. Functional paths are great and sometimes needed, but in a creative space, we here at All Brick and Stone feel such as a garden it should be as pleasing as possible. This could involve creating a pattern, unusual layout or even an elevated path for it to truly stand out in your client’s garden.