How to Incorporate Sandstone Into Your Home and Garden

Sandstone is a type of sedimentary rock which is composed of small grains of rock, sand and other minerals. Sandstone can be cut, sculpted and polished to create a number of products which are sure to add a touch of class and style to any living space. This article takes a look at several of the most popular sandstone products currently available on the market.

Columns

Sandstone columns can be placed on either side of the porch to provide a grand entrance to your home. They can also be used inside of the home to help to break up a large open space. Not only do columns look good, but they can also serve a structural purpose, as they can be used to support ceilings and roofs. Columns can be tailor made to your exact specifications. They come in a variety of styles, from plain and simple, to ornamental and decorative.

Water Features

Sandstone water features will improve the aesthetics of your home. A three tiered water fountain can be placed in the center of a large circular driveway, or in a garden, to create a glamorous centerpiece. Fountains also look particularly good placed at the end of an enclosed or walled swimming pool. If you have limited space in your garden, you can try incorporating a wall-hanging water fountain. Sandstone bird baths look great, and they will also attract more wildlife into your garden.

Planters

Planters are pots that can be used to hold trees, flowers and bushes. A popular way to incorporate sandstone into your home is to place two identical planters, each containing a pruned bay tree, either side of your entrance porch. They can come in all shapes and sizes, and they can even be custom made to your specifications. Urns are similar to planters, but they can placed onto a freestanding column to create a barrier or focal point.

Letterboxes

A sandstone letterbox will add a beautiful look to your front garden, and it will keep your mail safe and dry. Letterboxes come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.

Benches

Sandstone benches will make a stunning addition to any garden. Sandstone benches are timeless, and they are built to withstand almost all weather conditions. Wooden benches can easily deteriorate over time, while sandstone benches will continue to look as good as new for many years to come. Sandstone benches can be customized with ornamental etchings and decorations if required.

Tables

Sandstone tables can be built to match the sandstone benches, or they can be used with garden chairs. They will provide a beautiful area to sit and eat with friends and family. They look particularly good placed in paved barbeque areas.

When you are purchasing sandstone products, always check the quality of the stone. High quality sandstone will not only look much better, but it will also last for much longer. Always check you are purchasing from a reputable and trusted company before placing an order.

How Driftwood Can Create Stunning Features In Your Home And Garden

For many people, their garden is an integral part of their home, almost another room. People spend lots of time in their garden and want it to look as beautiful as possible.

It is for this reason that Garden Centres as well as selling plants, trees and seeds, sell additional items such as garden gnomes, shapes carved out of wood or ground from stone, which act as ornaments to give gardens that homely feeling.

For those lucky enough to live close to a coast where driftwood is washed up, there is alweays the chance that a stroll along the beach could turn up a garden ornament to beat anything you can buy at a garden centre.

Formed by mother nature and the swells of the oceans, every piece of driftwood is unique in every way. Often having spent many years bobbing around in the oceans and being washed up and washed out again many times, driftwood (which is always a hardy hard wood as opposed to a soft wood) is hard wearing and unaffected by whatever weather mother nature can throw at it. Extreme temperatures, high winds or rain won’t damage it or weaken it.

Larger pieces of driftwood can often stand unaided and be used as the main feature in a garden area. Smaller pieces can be mounted onto stone or something similar and stand proud displaying their beauty to all.

For most people, driftwood being used as a feature indoors or outside ticks all the boxes to do with current trends. It is effectively recycled, which appeals to everyone’s green side, it is naturally formed without the intervention of man, it is hardy and can last for years without any attention, and importantly, with every piece being 100 per cent unique, you can be sure that your next door neighbour hasn’t got one too.

Standing alone driftwood can look stunning beautiful in its own right. But it can be made to look even more amazing with a little thought. Back lighting would make your driftwood feature stand out once it has got dark.

Smaller driftwood sculptures can be hung from the wall suspended from the ceiling or laid on a mantlepiece to add a little nature inside the home.

If you have an artistic side, you can make something out of a piece of driftwood. It doesn’t have to particularly technical, you could simply carve out a seat from the base of a trunk and use it as a garden chair.

The uses that can be applied to a piece of driftwood is only limited by the imagination of the individual.

You can find lampshades, candle sticks, chairs, beds, door handles, bowls and plates, mirror frames, picture frames, horses, garden gates and many many other items all made from driftwood. A quick look at Google Images gives you an idea of the many hundreds of uses that people have put driftwood too.

Next time you’re walking along a beach, keep your eye out. You never know you could find yourself the next piece of art for your home.