Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

The top 5 questions at SDS20

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Natural Stone at the Surface Design Show:

The top 5 questions asked by Architects and Designers

This year's Surface Design Show at London's Business Design Centre in Islington attracted a large audience of architects and designers who came to look at the wide range of innovative surfaces on display at the show.

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Topics: French limestone, external stone, ethical sourcing, frequently asked questions

A One-Stop-Shop for Landscape Designers

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 02:02 PM

Plants and natural stone for hard landscaping all in one place.

Our recent re-location to Pudding Lane Nursery in Arborfield now means that we have the ideal destination for landscape designers.

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Topics: external stone, landscape design

Frost Resistant limestone - testing is key.

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

Using limestone outside:

Limestone is an ideal material for using outside as paving, as cladding, as building blocks and for sculptures or other bespoke works. The big concern for architects and specifiers is how the stone will weather over the life of the project. 

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Topics: limestone, French limestone, CE Marking, patio, external stone, cladding, frost test

French Limestone Flooring - external flagstones, tiles or paving for patios

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

French Limestone Flooring for external use.

 

Did you know.... Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads stations both use French limestone as paving on their busiest platforms. Still think limestone isn't hard enough?

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Topics: French limestone, CE Marking, Ampilly, external stone

Homebuilding Show NEC 2016 - French limestone plus other favourites

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 06:57 PM

Highlights of the Homebuilding and Renovating Show, NEC 2016:

At this year's HBR Show at the NEC, there were many of our old favourite exhibitors and a few new ones as well. Some of them were so innovative and creative that I'm certain our interior design and landscape design clients would love to know about them.

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Topics: French limestone, fireplace, external stone, exhibitions

Found: Natural stone ideally suited to indoor/outdoor projects

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
French Limestone
Finding the right natural stone for projects where the same material is used throughout indoor and outdoor spaces can be a challenge. As well as meeting all the usual aesthetic criteria such as colour, pattern, texture etc., the stone also needs to perform well for frost resistance, durability and slip resistance. 

Last week, Steve and Denise visited the Ampilly quarry in Burgundy, France, to research options for an upcoming project. We were looking for a French limestone flooring that could be supplied in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and surface finishes and could also be cut for steps and wall copings. We had used Ampilly for the terrace at Amarestone HQ (pictured below) so it is a stone that we already knew quite well but this was the first time we had made it out to the quarry. 

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Topics: limestone flooring, French limestone, burgundy limestone, facade, beauval, surface finishes, pierre de bourgogne, choosing natural stone, CE Marking, chamesson, natural stone, quarry, patio, external stone, internal stone

Natural Stone Inspiration from Chelsea 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Inspired By Natural Stone - Chelsea

We are currently working on a new video clip for Amarestone that shows a few of the things that inspire us as a company. Our work involves a degree of creative vision and it's an aspect of the business that all of us really enjoy.

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Topics: swimming pool, pathways, French limestone, events, environment, design, anti-slip surface, bespoke limestone, patios, patio, wildlife, external stone, outdoor, tuffa

After the fire - Sourcing limestone for historic buildings

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

Fire Damage in Historic Buildings.

Fire in historic houses has hit the headlines a number of times already this year. The most recent being a devastating fire at the National Trust's Clandon Park just this week. We are members of the National Trust and have visited Clandon many times so we are very sorry to hear the news. 

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Topics: our service, French limestone, tuffeau, listed building, rare marble, natural stone, repair stone, exotic marble, nero marquina, historic house, restoration, carrara, external stone, tuffa, repair limestone, specialist stone repairs, Caen stone

Highlights from the Surface Design Show 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

On Wednesday we were at the Surface Design Show 2015 where our MD, Steve Turner, represented the Stone Federation as chairman of the SBID panel discussion on Colour, Trends and Texture in Surface Design.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, we had a great day and hope that you enjoyed it too. For those of you who couldn't be there, here are some of the highlights.

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Topics: events, surface finishes, Stone Federation of GB, design, architect, Stone Federation, natural stone, designer, surface design show, external stone, outdoor, SBID

Outdoor Projects – a new limestone patio in time for summer

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

A new Limestone Patio for Summer.

Believe it or not, if you want a new garden patio area in time for summer, now is the time to get planning. Read on for technical advice and a range of design ideas to help get your project started.

 
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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, limestone tiles, buying limestone, fitting, substrate, Portuguese limestone, moleanos, patio, external stone, outdoor