When working with natural stone, there is no such thing as “standard”. Each building is different, and every customer has their own ideas and designs that they want to see incorporated into their project. At Cumbrian Stone we cut and mason each stone to order. This gives us the flexibility to match our customers’ requirements exactly, and means that our product range is only limited by the details and designs that our customers want.
Whilst we take pride in being able to offer such a wide range of bespoke products, it is safe to say that some items and designs are more popular than others. We have outlined a selection of the most popular products our customers order below; hopefully these will help to give you an insight into what we can offer, and remember, if you can’t find what you are looking for then get in touch with our team and we will be happy to help.
Ashlar and Walling Stone
Sandstone walling is a popular choice for both modern buildings and traditional style properties. It is regularly used in place of brickwork to give a high end appearance, and can also be used in conjunction with rendered walls to add character to a property.
Thin Cladding Systems
Modern cladding systems comprise of a thin sandstone panel that is fixed into place on a metal frame in order to create the external walls on a building. This style of system is more common in high rise buildings and those with a large external wall area to cover where traditional methods are likely to be expensive and time consuming.
Quoins, Corbels and Kneeler Stones
Quoin stones are a popular method of forming the corner of a building, giving a clean, defined edge that can enhance the appearance of any property. Quoin stones can also be used in conjunction with Corbel and Kneeler stones to create an eye catching feature at roof level when forming a gable or supporting additional sandstone features.
Window and Door Surrounds
Sandstone window and door surrounds are a popular option in all styles of development, and can be found in brick and rendered properties as well as in stone buildings. These surrounds can be cut and dressed to suit various styles, ranging from square cut contemporary features to more detailed profiles often found on historic properties and traditional builds.
String Courses, Cornice Stones and Feature Bands
A string course, cornice or feature band can be an ideal way to add depth and character to a property. Traditionally these features were designed to offer protection to the masonry below by forming a drip to prevent water running down the face of a building; they can also enhance the appearance of a building when incorporated into the design.
Copings and Pillar Caps
The addition of a sandstone coping stone can often provide a stylish and elegant way to finish a wall top whilst also offering practical benefits too. From a weathered top preventing standing water through to detailed profiles enhancing the appearance of a development, sandstone coping stones can be cut and dressed to suit any style of building.
Plinth courses are often found at the base of a wall to provide a break between the masonry and external ground level. A plinth course may also be used to provide a junction between two different finishes, for example, between stone walling and render, as it provides a clean line where the transition takes place.
Feature Porches and Porticos
A porch or portico is usually used to emphasise the main entrance to a property. Styles can range from a simple canopy to more ornate designs featuring carved masonry and columns depending on your requirements.
A sandstone archway can form part of a prominent entrance to a building and is always a striking feature that is sure to impress. Arches can be designed to span over larger distances than would normally be possible using a single lintel, and their design allows for an even distribution of the weight above the stone to provide additional strength and stability to the opening.
Date Stones and Name Plaques
Sandstone is a versatile material that can be cut and carved using a wide variety of methods. It is often used for memorials, date stones, name plates and plaques, with the face of the stone providing the ideal canvas for lettering and sunken details.
External Paving and Internal Flooring
Sandstone paving is a great material for use externally to form patios, walkways and other features around your property. Sandstone flags can also be used internally as an alternative to modern flooring.
Spheres and Finials
A stone sphere or finial can be an eye-catching way of finishing a wall top, gable feature or pillar cap. Stone spheres can be made to any size to suit your requirements, and a stone finial can then be designed to suit the size of your sphere.
Steps and Staircases
A natural stone staircase can be a stunning addition to any property, complimenting raised paved areas and changing levels around your building. As each step is cut and dressed to order, it is possible to produce a staircase to suit any style of building, with designs ranging from simple, straight flights to sweeping spiral staircases and other bespoke designs.
Fire Surrounds and Hearth Stones
At Cumbrian Stone we can produce a wide range of fire surrounds to suit your requirements. Because each stone we make is cut to order, we are able to dress and carve each fire surround we produce to our customers’ exact sizes and requirements.
Sandstone balusters are a traditional and elegant way to frame in a staircase or parapet wall. They can often be found on historic properties and larger estates; however, they are also used in modern construction where the budget and style of the building allows.
Bespoke Carvings and Features
At Cumbrian Stone our team of skilled masons can produce bespoke carvings and features to suit your requirements. Our customers regularly bring us photos of new and interesting things they would like us to replicate. We are rarely beaten and always enjoy a challenge, so if you would like us to take a look at something a little different just get in touch.