Stone can make a great base. Because of stone's sense of permanence, a stone base can anchor and establish a structure firmly in place. Larger stones in an irregular pattern create a firm base that complements the lightness of the structure above.
Stone can work for contemporary homes. Interlocking volumes clad in stone that provides texture can enliven a home's composition. And the rough texture of stone can be a nice counterpoint to the adjoining wood and metal.
Stone can be any color. From reds, blues and greens to oranges, yellows and more, stone can vary widely in color. Selecting a stone that has the hue you want, whether to blend in or stand out, has never been easier.
Stone can be left raw. Stone in its undressed state is rock, and rocks can be piled on top of one another to establish a connection to the site. As it transforms into stone, it becomes less foundation and more wall.
Stone can create emphasis. A change in material from stucco to stone and a change in color from light to dark can create a focal point at the entrance or some other architectural feature.
Stone can be thin. Whether it's manufactured stone or naturally quarried stone that has been cut into a thin veneer, stone no longer needs to be heavy, massive and thick. Like today's brick, stone can be applied as a paper-thin, two-dimensional decorative element.
Stone can form an anchoring wall. As a front facade or an accent wall, stone can provide an anchoring wall that the remainder of the house grows from and connects to.
Stone can be shaped and arranged. Dressed into irregular shapes and sizes, the stone is then stacked in a carefully planned, yet seemingly random, pattern that shows thought and craftsmanship.
Stone can be old. Weathered and aged stone gives a home the persona of experience and longevity, reinforcing the permanence of what was built.