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Paving the Way With Stone

Stone in the front yard There was a time when a simple concrete walkway leading to a concrete slab porch was a standard for modern home design. Now, homeowners are leaving the concrete to the sidewalks and choosing dynamic walkways and driveways made from a wide variety of paving stones. Many homeowners plan their designs by researching different types of stone, looking at the ease of application, and considering the cost of implementing the design before embarking on a front yard renovation project. Slope is also important because proper slope ensures adequate drainage away from the home. The majority of paving projects generally require a base (usually comprised of crushed stone), edge restraints (to hold the shape of the final design), sand (to hold the paving stones in place), and the stones (the most popular natural paving stones are made of slate, granite, limestone and sandstone). Complete excavation of the area is necessary to achieve optimal results. With a clean canvas, the possibilities are endless. Homeowners can choose traditional standard cuts shapes in squares, circles, or rectangles of differing sizes. They can also select non-conventional cuts from natural stone slabs for a more rustic feel. When setting the stones, they

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Stone Enhances Style

Mid-Century Modern Mid-Century modern homes have clean lines and simple approaches to detail, pattern and style. The best countertop selections are solid marble or finely speckled granite that have little to no pattern in the stone. Popular color choices for this style would be Absolute Black Granite or Olympian White Marble. By coupling solid colored stone in the countertop or fireplace surround with the classic mid-century modern architecture, the stone reinforces the importance of the lines and simplicity of the space. Earthy Chic Earthy Chic interiors are known for the use of raw materials and organic patterns in earth tone colors. The color palette of a classic earthy chic space includes white, cream, tan, gray, and bronze. With seemingly subdued colors, contrast becomes a major element of this style. Popular stone colors that fair well with this design are Crema Marfil Marble, Chocolate Brown Granite with a leather finish, and Durango Noce Honed Travertine. Leather and honed finishes give an eggshell sheen to the stone that feels raw and more organic than a high polished stone. Natural finishes on the countertop or shower surround are the large permanent elements that become building blocks of the space reinforcing the earthy point

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