“The past decade has brought in increased interest in mixing exterior materials on a home’s elevation to give it an individual look and often to reflect a style from the past,” says Vicki Donovan of Hearthstone Interior Design. “Stone/faux stone mixes well with a lot of different building materials,” she says. “Depending on its execution, it can have a traditional, contemporary, cottage, English Tudor, French chateau, or a Tuscan/Old World charm.”
Eldorado Stone reports that historically the most popular application for architectural stone veneer is on home facades to add curb appeal. However, the company notes a growing interest in using stone veneer in outdoor living areas. In addition the company reports it is seeing an increased interest in homeowners carrying the look of stone from the exterior facade to their interior spaces in kitchens, baths, and even living rooms.
Architectural stone veneer is suitable for use for custom barbecue islands, kitchen counters, bars, fireplaces, fire rings, and additional outdoor applications.
“As people look for individual designs for their homes, period home styles are growing in popularity and Centurion Stone’s products offer a variety of patterns that can be mixed to achieve most any architectural style,’ Cunningham says.
Reporting that while some people use precast stone products as a stone accent, home builders recognize the distinct beauty stone adds to the facade of the home. “The longevity and cost savings make Centurion products the perfect choice for discriminating consumers,” says Cunningham, adding that use of precast stone in today’s expansive outdoor spaces is a growing trend.
There are a number of sources for architectural stone veneer including:
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