When it comes to architecture and building, stone has always been used as an exterior facade since the beginning of times. Even today granite stones grace the exteriors of skyscrappers on the Seattle skyline, but the days of keeping stone outside are numbered.
Typically stone was used predominantly outside because of its natural characteristics that have the ability to endure anything mother nature has to throw at it, but that longevity and durablity came with a cost. Stone is fairly expensive so it made sense to keep it ouside because it gave the structure sound benefits. Due to advances in technology, and an extremely talented Eastside artist, stone accents are making there way back into homes giving homeowners high style at an affordable price.
Stone fireplaces have been in a staple in traditional design, and the technique of using marble powder and casting the elemetns instead of carving them have dropped the prices significantly. It doesn't just stop at fireplaces though, the ability to cast instead of carve cuts down the weight of the pieces, and allows custom concepts that would have been impossible with solid stone. More and more we are working in stone archways, columns, and corbels into the interiors that add a layer of depth that wood or painted MDF just cannot offer.
Another benefit of casting over carving, if cost and ability to do more wasn't enough, is the timeline. Casting pieces can be done in weeks instead of months, so it is a wise decision for homeowners that want it done now, rather than next year.
A custom full height (18') cast fireplace can be seen in the Henredon & Schoener showroom for you to not only see, but to also touch it and to dream of the thousands of options that can make your home a one of a kind space.
Custom built bookcases encapsulating a stunning cast stone fireplace and hearth