With today’s technology, the paving industry has developed thinner stones for dry or sand base or wet or concrete based installations @ 2” thick.Historic antique reclaimed cobblestone is available in a thin paver height as well, greatly expanding consumers options.
As specialists in natural stone products, and one of the largest importers and distributors of reclaimed cobblestone, our company believes that natural stone and reclaimed stone are products that support a healthier,cleaner environment. The American Society of Landscape Architects web site published this article, Sustainable Residential Design: Using Low-Impact Materials, which discusses how “integrated site design” can improve water, entergy efficiency and reduce waste. It explains
The types of stone and active quarries located in Iowa.It’s important to know local resources for anyone pursuing LEED points. One of the rules for achieving the coveted certification is using natural stone materials located within 500 miles of your building site.Iowa is abundantly blessed with limestone and in fact had many quarries operating back in the 1800′s.
Stacking stones, or rock balancing, is the patient art of stacking rocks in meticulous formations. Balancing stones has been a part of human expression for ages. The activity might have had religious or territorial meaning at one time. Today,there is a growing group who approach this craft as a creative activity like music, painting or sculpture.
A recent conversation about preservation of historic cobblestone streets here in the United States, resulted in our discovering interesting images and articles written by others who are similarly smitten by genuine cobblestone use and re-use. As the major importer of reclaimed cobblestone from Europe (Historic European Cobblestone) we are drawn to anything related to this topic.
John Wayne Airport’s (JWA’s) new Terminal C opened in November to passengers in Orange County, California.Constructed by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by Gensler. Called Jura stone, the natural limestone is featured throughout the walls and floors in all terminals. Its most distinguishing characteristic is the natural quartz veins and variable fossils which are visible on the beige background. The marble was mined in quarries in Germany and cut, polished and fabricated in Italy.
The International Stone Architecture Awards were presented in Verona last month. The selection was based on the architectural quality of the projects and the expressive use of stone materials. As with previous editions, an “ad memoriam” award was presented, as well as one for vernacular architecture.
We are enthusiastic, yes even passionate, about natural stone in both building and hard-scape/landscape use. A resource like this can be helpful for any level of interest and ultimately increase ones understanding of stone in architecture.
Among the 8 winners from this years ASLA Residential Design Category, this project caught our attention. The Landscape Architect firm Reed-Hilderbrand from Watertown MA was hired to assist the owners in their efforts of stewardship of their property.
When considering natural stone for flooring or dimensional use, we fully agree with this statement by the MIA; “There is no bad stone, only inappropriate selections for a given application and unrealistic expectations for a given stone type in a specific application.”