Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

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, sculpture, stone carving

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, ethical sourcing, cladding

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: French limestone, spanish marble, belgian fossil, spanish limestone, nero marquina, carrara, black and white, 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: 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