We use computers to create intricate units made of dozens of parts that all fit together to make huge architectural features. But our products are just a pile of rocks sitting on the ground without a qualified and experienced stone mason. One of our favorite masons, a guy who’s installed 17 projects of our stone, (and counting, he’s installing our stone as I write this) totaling over a million dollars, is the owner of Specialty Stone Installation, Rick Bennett. He has been a regular go-to guy of ours for over a decade, who’s done high-profile projects like the Choctaw Casino in Durant OK or the Cast Stone Institute Award winning Maenza Residence. He makes us look good.
Cast Stone Projects of Specialty Stone & Rick Bennett
This is the rear view for the home in the previous image
When I first stated that I wanted a copper floor, all my research turned up floors made with penny’s covered in an acrylic resin finish.
Not one to be a penny pincer, I then opted to create a pattern that would maximize the yield to waste based on the size of the copper sheet.
I guess by now you figured out that I do like getting the most out of my dollar.
The expense did not stop at the copper, the underlayment proved to be important, another cost added that was less than thicker copper sheets.
Natures color combination of copper and turquoise became the inspiration for the theme I adopted in my art of gallery
Landscaping Cast Stone Walls. In the previous blog post we mentioned fountains with pools. These pools often have a low wall around them, sometimes with a stone cap along the top edge. This is the simplest landscape wall. They get bigger, taller and more complicated from there. We produce helical curved parts to fit any twist and/or turn you need a wall to follow.
Landscaping Cast Stone Walls
Tall brick fences are usually topped off with a cast stone cap. These walls will often have a pier set at regular intervals and at the corners, and these will also have a cast stone cap. Or you can do something like that top image, you can put a wall fountain, like the lion head, along with scrolls and smooth elegant curves.
The landscaping walls do not need to be of brick or natural cut stone. Instead, the walls can be covered with a stone veneer. The photo two up from here has natural cut stone panels for walls. Or our Random Blocks patterned panels of cast stone work just like the cut stone pattern. Below is a Stucco wall, and two below is a wall made of a patterned balustrade.
These balustrade styles shown above we call screening. You can also make a wall from stacked profiles, as seen below this caption.
When the landscape or the shape of the wall takes a dip or rise, we can design you wall and pier caps to match any curve or slope needed
And to top it off we have decorative finials. Besides this ball finial (one of our most popular designs, we have several sizes and variations) we produce small urns and other shapes such as crosses and spires to add a decorative touch to your landscaping walls, as well as stone art panels and decorative accents of just about any style.
Landscaping Cast Stone Gazebos
I just mentioned gazebos in the previous post, and they are such stunning piece of luxurious landscaping. I wanted to post a set of them.
We produce quite a few different designs, as stock units in our catalog, in quite a variety of sizes.
Some more complex that others, with staircases and balustrade, or without.
Now we do not produce the domes above. Some styles don’t need one, and several different kinds of materials can be used.
This one is a simple platform with stairs and a set of Tuscan style columns, with a roof to match the rest of the house. (This comes from the Belle Fiore project we blogged on recently)
Here are two similar designs, columns with a ring of cornice stone above & different dome materials. Again Stone Legends doesn’t produce these dome materials like this cast iron railing above. (a cast stone dome would weigh many tons, and need a serious engineered steel structure to attach it to. We could do it, we work with engineers daily about how to support that kind of weight. It would be a VERY custom design)
This is a completely custom design. Any basic design can be modified with a change in column styles. (See our Column Style blogs…
Cast Stone Accents for Landscaping and Hardscapes
Landscaping Cast Stone Accents
While most of our products are architectural, going on a building and shaping it’s style, we have a whole different set of products that stand alone on the ground, or are part of an outdoors area.
Outdoor furniture will take a beating from the sun, rain, and other weathering. Unless it’s made of stone. Not even the heaviest hailstorm will break a table or bench we’ve made. These beautiful pieces of outdoor furniture are all but indestructible.
We also manufacture a lot of purely decorative products, from finials, planters, urns and statuary, to fountains of all sizes.
Our fountains are a specialty and we make all types and sizes. We produce them wall mounted, free standing, or with a pool. We produce many classically styles designs, such as these ancient styled wall fountains, and several design and sizes of multitiered fountains.
We’ve built patios and pool areas, with stone pavers and balustrade all around to fit any size or sloped area. The ultimate little outdoor living area is one of our stone gazebos. These will take you back to the very, very olden times, bring your own roman feast. We have many designs, with options or we’ll build you something custom designed to fit your space.
Landscaping Cast Stone Accents
Our Industry Awards, and recognition from the cast stone industry.
Recently we were recognized for our company’s standard of excellence in our manufacturing processes. Stone Legends has won Corporate Livewire’s Innovation & Excellence Awards 2017. Corporate Livewire is a business information reporting firm, gathering data on corporate transactions, international markets, business strategy and changes in legislation. They put together an array of awards covering many different sectors on industry to highlight what they see as the best in business.
Using computer aided design and sophisticated database management tools, Stone Legends can design and produce unique stone features for your projects architecture or landscaping.
We’ve also won a few of the Cast Stone Institutes Excellence awards, given out to recognize a company for single specific projects. We won one for this project we profiled not long ago.
We also won another CSI award for this project, back in 2012, part of SMU’s quadrangle area.
We thank everyone who has seen what we do, and recognized our commitment to this excellence. We wouldn’t change without you, but we’d be a whole lot less successful.
Italian Renaissance Architecture
The style was first seen originally in Florence during the 19th century. There was a revival Italian Renaissance architecture that paralleled the Gothic Revival in more recent times.
Renaissance buildings have a square, symmetrical plan, with symmetrical façades around their vertical center. Churchs are generally surmounted by a pediment and columns, in addition to arches and entablatures. Columns and windows often show a progression towards the center. Homes in this style are often surmounted by a cornice.
The Roman orders of columns are used: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite. The columns can either be structural, or decorative, set against a wall as pilasters. Domes are used frequently as well. Windows may be paired and set within a semi-circular arch. They may have square lintels and triangular pediments. Furthermore the corners of buildings are often marked by quoins.
All these homes have rounded windows below and square top above, although some mix this around. All have similar roofs and columns and an alcove around the front door. This home is perhaps the smallest of the preceding examples and most basic design, but the elements of the style are very clear.
The most visible part of your home is probably the front entry. And if that part is stunning, that’s what everyone passing will remember. Some of our most impressive and palatial unit assemblies are front entries.
Flat entries that sit against the wall around the door.
Recess entries that sit against the wall, but have a space between the wall and the door
Portico entries that project out into the space in front of the door. Some have a balcony area above the portico, with balustrade.
Full Facade entries combine elements of the preceding three, and expand outward to cover walls and often a window above the door, sometimes reaching three floors
Porch & Portico Entries
Full Facade Entries
Finally, one of our most impressive single units ever, a highly detailed three level cast stone entry, with columns and balustrade and scrollwork, and many custom features.
Entries contain features of many of our other products, columns of all styles, surrounds and keystones, balustrade and staircases. Many of our entries resemble larger versions of our fireplace designs. (see www.stonemagic.com for our complete fireplace product line) By taking an element of your chosen entry, say the column style, or the surround design, and extending it across the rest of the home, you can make a coherent look for the entire project. We have dozens of distinctly different entry units in our catalog, and each one can be modified into a unique custom design.
Olde World Homes/LUXE Homes Design+Build
From: Bryan Leith
Subject: Our visit to Stone Legends in Dallas.
As most of you know David Gibbons, Nick, and myself made a trip to Dallas to go visit Stone Legends to check out their operation, product, and meet with the owner Richard Carey and staff. We were also fortunate enough to meet up with Josh for dinner on Tuesday night, which was awesome. (Thanks again Josh!)
A brief summary of our visit and our experience with Stone Legends and Richard Carey: We were absolutely blown away with the company as a whole and the product that they produce! We were equally impressed with Richard and his knowledge, passion, and SUPER detailed processes to ensure that he is sending out the absolute best product possible for the best possible price.
He has a HUGE staff; from craftsman carpenters making all of the molds (tens of thousands), to architects and drafters making sure that every detail is shown, the shipping department ensuring that all of the material is exactly marked and palletized in the most secure form we have ever seen, and the production team to fill the molds and produce the final product (all by hand)! We are fully confident and even more excited to use their product for Linkners project and more for the future.
Olde World Homes/LUXE Homes Design+Build
One of the homes we just mentioned in the previous post needs further mention. We produced this home in southern Oregon, and the home has become something much more. This estate has a working vinyard, as well as a luxurious resort and event facility. Most of our photos were taken before all the landscaping was put in, before it covered up our cast stone. You can see more photos of the project completed by going to their website, http://www.bellefiorewine.com/