Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

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

Stone Carving - The Next Generation of Carvers

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

 

Stone Carving - The Next Generation

The work being done by the student stone carvers is amazing, but then, they are being trained by some of the best in the business. 

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Topics: French limestone, sponsorship, stone carving, sculpture

French Limestone for Cladding

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 @ 04:14 PM

French limestone for internal and external facade cladding.

At the recent Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham, we had several requests from architects and self builders about the use of natural stone for cladding the external facades of new-build homes.

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Topics: French limestone, cladding, ethical sourcing

New French Limestone with the Reclaimed Look

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

Capture the look of an ancient floor with French Limestone

We are occasionally asked to supply limestone flooring that looks like it could have been laid centuries ago. Clients love the look of a well-worn stone floor and they want to recreate the look in their new or refurbished homes. How can this be achieved? 

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Topics: French limestone, surface finishes

French Limestone for major projects

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, May 27, 2017 @ 12:21 PM

Cutting and finishing large volumes of French limestone

On our blog, we often talk about different types of French limestone and the quarries they come from. But when your project requires large volumes of stone, you also need to look at the factories that cut and finish the stone. They are a vitally important part of the process and we thought we should highlight what to look for and why.

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Topics: French limestone, choosing natural stone, ethical sourcing

This year's most popular limestone

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 @ 01:30 PM

The most talked about limestone and marble.

Blue and grey coloured limestones have recently become very "on trend" but have they now overtaken the demand for the more traditional beige and white coloured limestones? 

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Topics: French limestone, spanish limestone, portuguese marble

Black and White Marble floor tiles

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

Choosing Black and White Marble Floor Tiles:


Black and white marble floor tiles have been popular for a hundred years and more. It is still a classic good look for Victorian and Edwardian houses. But with a little creativity, the style can work well in more modern houses and it doesn't have to be limited to a purely black and white colour palette.

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Topics: nero marquina, carrara, belgian fossil, black and white, French limestone, spanish limestone, spanish marble, chequerboard, black and white marble floor tiles

Caen Limestone - its place in English history

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 08:41 PM

Even as far back as the days of William the Conqueror, the French have always known a thing or two about stone. Almost one thousand years later, his buildings and his stone are still impressing us British.

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Topics: French limestone, Caen stone

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: external stone, French limestone, CE Marking, Ampilly

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