Before spec’ing materials for a residential or commercial project, many architects assume that the inherent toughness of natural stone make it a nearly universal good fit. While it can be, the unique characteristics and capabilities of natural stone dictate the application, structural design required to support it, longevity and a myriad of other considerations an architect must address before materials are spec’d and throughout the project.
Our booth at the NAHB 2018 International Builders’ Show® (IBS) gave us a rare opportunity to hear a number of perspectives about natural stone. While we recently shared key takeaways from the IBS, there are several more sustained or emerging commercial and residential design trends that architects, contractors and homeowners are partnering with Eden-Valders Stone to accomplish.
Sustainable building has been at the forefront of the construction industry for the past decade, due in large part to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® Green Building Rating System™.
The precision of cut stone projects make them a beautiful addition to a variety of commercial and residential settings. However, that same precision can quickly send timelines and budgets off course if stone tolerances aren’t clearly agreed to between contractor and customer upfront, or not met during installation.