More than just a wall
Looking out onto an unsightly timber fence or a crumbling brick wall? These natural stone walls will inspire you to rethink your exterior walling!
3 July, 2017
Natural stone is an incredibly versatile material, especially when it comes to walling. It adds texture, depth, strength, and interest to a space both inside and out. Marry the rugged stone with contemporary architecture of clean lines to add an organic finish, incorporate stone into the garden and layer with plants, or use it to provide privacy whilst remaining aesthetically pleasing. Whatever your application or motivation, natural stone walls can add value to the aesthetics of your space.
Here we share 15 different ways natural stone walling has been used to enhance a space visually and functionally.
Modern architecture of concrete, timber or smooth render can benefit from the depth and texture that natural stone provides. Below are 7 inspiring projects which integrate stone into the architecture.
KP Architects have created a striking entrance with Wamberal Freeform® natural stone walling. The textured mix of brown and grey tones sits perfectly against the starkness of the concrete structure and oversized charcoal metal door.
The classic combination of timber, concrete, and stone has been utilised in this home designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects. The Alpine dry stone walling also features throughout the property, including a large pool wall in the rear garden.
Alpine dry stone walling has been used by Gartner Trovato Architects to ground this dominating two story home and add texture to the modern form. Using the dry stone to construct retaining walls has further connected the architecture with the landscape.
The warming tones of the Random Ashlar‘s sandstone and quartz limestone mix marries perfectly with the warmth of the timber panelling in this home designed by Base Architects. These walls continue running in through the interior where the stone is a prominent feature.
Natural stone walling plays an important role within the garden as boundary treatments, addressing level changes and finishing pool surrounds. Layered against foliage, natural stone in the garden ages well and adds another element of texture to the outdoor space. Here are 7 gardens which showcase the beauty of natural stone walling.
Forming a retaining wall to the garden and a bench seat for an intimate lounge area is Barrimah® traditional format stone. Designed by Fig Landscapes, the large format wall tiles provide a heavily distressed finish against the smooth, clean lines of the bluestone flooring.
Granite veneer Hawqua® stone has been used to provide a classic street frontage of this house created by Canny Homes. The stone’s neutral, cool tones marry well with the black and grey palette of the architecture.
Corben Architects have used Barrimah® traditional format stone to create a tall wall surrounding three sides of the pool. This not only provides a safe swimming area, it also offers a stunning visual backdrop when viewing from the house.
Secret Gardens have embraced the natural colour variations of the Lichen® Linear slate walling cladding this home’s boundary wall. It works perfectly with the timber architecture and the native planting.