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February 14, 2022

8 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal Using Natural Stone

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When it comes to curb appeal, the value of the stone is both aesthetic and practical. Well-manicured landscapes, pleasing cladding and paint colors, as well as clean drive and walkways, exude tidiness and uniformity that’s appealing to homeowners, passersby, and potential buyers.

With natural stone, it’s possible to give your home a makeover that will look beautiful and last for years to come. From pathways to windowsills, walkways, and more, architectural natural stone offers a low-maintenance way of maximizing curb appeal and increasing home value.

Install Window Sills

Window sills have the potential to create ambiance and complement a home’s exteriors by accenting window frames. Natural stone is durable and won’t buckle. It doesn’t usually need additional treatment or sealing to safeguard against the elements, making it a low-maintenance and attractive choice.

Most think of interior window sills, but exterior sills made from granite, marble, limestone, or travertine can add considerable curb appeal. Marble has high reflectivity, whereas granite has medium reflectivity and is a little more durable, while travertine exudes rustic appeal. Regions exposed to high winds, hail, and extreme weather tend to fare better with travertine and granite as they are hardier and more resistant to wear and tear.

Refresh Your Walkways and Driveways

Natural Stone Walkways

Pavers and flagstone walkways add dimension, texture, and form to landscaping. Severe weather and heavy traffic leave a marginal impact on natural stone, which is long-lasting and less prone to fissures and cracks. Not only is natural stone aesthetically pleasing, but it also averages about 3% less water absorption than concrete, lowering the risk of algae and staining.

Natural Stone Driveways

While the oldest driveway stone is the classic cobblestone that’s synonymous with old-world charm, today’s homeowners aren’t relegated to a single choice when it comes to driveway appeal. Granite, bluestone, flagstone, sandstone, slate, travertine, and limestone pavers are available in a variety of colors and textures that complement traditional and contemporary architecture.

Add Stone Veneers to the Facade

More durable than aluminum and vinyl, a natural stone accent on a house exterior can add warmth and liven up an entranceway or outdoor wall with texture and character. The good news is that stone veneer can be easily applied over concrete block, brick or stucco, so revamping an outdated exterior is virtually hassle-free.

The main type of stone siding includes veneer, solid stone, manufactured stone, and faux stone. Many homeowners create striking and beautiful contrasts by combining brick or painted walls and stone. It’s even possible to upgrade a chimney with natural stone caps, adding appeal to your home’s roofline.

Install Stunning Columns

Natural stone columns compliment many different styles of home including Greek Revival, Neoclassical, Colonial, Federal, Cottage, Farmhouse, Craftsman, and Contemporary. Beyond providing structural support, installing natural stone on plain exterior columns can transform a porch from standard to sophisticated. Combining natural stone columns with stone balustrades and veneer makes for an elegant exterior balcony.

Simple changes like installing stone columns, or adding stone veneer to existing ones, can produce a big aesthetic impact. A veneer is simple to install, especially when purchased from Stone Center, as we have a range of finishes and dimensions to fit pillar design requirements.

Make Your Patio Stand Out

Just because natural stone is a safe and sturdy patio base does not mean it needs to be boring.  Natural stone pavers are versatile and perfect for creating bold and beautiful designs. Because pavers are modular, they’re all the same thickness and go down easily, saving installation time and money.

Stone veneer for homes can increase a property’s value between 8-10%, delivering an ROI over 80%, especially in the case of outdoor entertainment areas. In addition to paving, stone can be used for fire pits, seating, pool edging, and outdoor counters or bars. With the variety of colors available, it's possible to coordinate colors with custom-built barbecues and fireplaces.

Use Decorative Aggregates

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Stone work on homes extends to decorative aggregates, which might not be as dramatic as wall siding, but still adds a unique and polished touch to gardens and exterior entertainment areas. These chips and pebbles, made from crushed stone, sand, and gravel, can measure up to three inches in diameter.

Decorative stone aggregates can be used for:

  • Improving flower bed drainage
  • Landscaping ponds
  • Making fixed planters in gardens
  • Building raised flower beds
  • Mulch replacement
  • Filling irregular paving gaps

Aggregates are well suited to rockeries, alpine gardens, and gravel gardens, especially if you are looking for topography to create a low-maintenance and water-wise garden.

Place Natural Stone Edgings

Natural stone curbing accents enhance new or existing outdoor features by adding depth and texture to landscape designs. High-quality limestone or rustic rock can neatly demarcate flowerbeds, driveways, and pathways. Natural stone curbs make it easier to cut grass without accidentally damaging plants, keeping mulch contained and enhancing exterior decor.

Geometric and uniform block pavers work well if you prefer a sleek and modern look, whereas natural stone and rock pieces create a more rustic and organic aesthetic. Professional landscapers often recommend using stone found in your region, this will naturally enhance outdoor elements and is easier to source.

Refresh Your Step

Flagstone, bluestone, basalt, and Indiana limestone steps are popular options for outdoor areas that last a lifetime. They’re a functional, safe, and durable natural material that can beautify your landscape by providing greater definition without the need for additional plants or heavy maintenance.

Your landscape design will dictate the choice of stone treads. Generally, people tend to either choose a rugged look, which is more bumpy and uneven or fabricate flat stone veneer that’s sleek and geometric. In terms of functionality, stairs can double up as seating or a retaining wall.

Conclusion

Humans have used natural stone in architecture since the beginning of civilization, dating back almost 12,000 years ago. Today, stone remains a versatile and timeless material applicable for a range of functional and aesthetic building needs. If you require stone facing for homes to clad a wall or some bags of decorative aggregate to uplift your flowerbeds, we can help.

At Stone Center, we supply high-quality stone for commercial and residential use. Whether you want to add stone to the front of your house or repave your driveway, our experts will point you in the right direction. Contact us today to find out more about our natural stone for landscaping!