Choosing the right stone is crucial when starting any building project – and while cost is a factor, there are a number of other things you will need to consider as well.

Age of the property

If you’re extending an existing building, you might want to consider the age of the property when choosing a building stone. For older homes, reclaimed Yorkstone could be a great choice that sits naturally alongside the existing stonework. While on the other hand, newer properties may look better with newly quarried stone.

If working on a new build, think about how you’d like it to look – do you want it to look brand new, or would you prefer a more aged appearance?

Desired appearance

The type of stone you choose will determine how the property looks, so you will need to take the style of home you want to build into consideration.

If you want your home to have a more traditional or rustic appearance, delph walling stone and reclaimed random walling are both popular choices. The different shapes and sizes mean that the final appearance will be completely unique and the weathered texture adds a great aged look.

Alternatively, light coloured, uniform stone such as cropped building stone or dyed stone will create a contemporary appearance that’s well suited to new build houses. However, very dark coloured stone can create a more dramatic, but still modern, look.

Existing stonework

When building an extension or outbuilding, you might want to take the existing stonework into consideration. If you know what type of stone or brick was used previously, you can then search for either the same material, or something visually similar.

If you send us a photo of your existing stonework, we can look through our stock of new and reclaimed Yorkshire stone to find the best match. Or you can visit the Abacus Stone Sales yard and we’ll help you find the right stone for your project.

Location of the property

You also might want to think about location when choosing stone for your construction project. How do the homes around it look – are they all fairly similar or do they vary in appearance? If the surrounding properties are quite similar, would you want your home to match?

The nature around your home may also influence your stone choice. If you live in the countryside, do you want to build a traditional, cottage style home? Or would you rather stand out with a more modern design?

If the property you’re working on is built on designated land (national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites), you might not be permitted to use certain stones / cladding, so you will need to factor in any restrictions when buying building materials.

Environmental factors

reclaimed delph walling

Do you need to factor in the environmental impact of the materials you choose? If so, reclaimed stone could be the way to go.

Quarrying and manufacturing building stone and bricks is very energy intensive, and creating new materials can result in high volumes of waste and carbon emissions, which are harmful to the environment. When you choose to buy reclaimed stone instead, you’re not just cutting out the manufacturing process, you are also reusing older Yorkstone, which is even more environmentally friendly than recycling.

Abacus Stone Sales have the largest stock of reclaimed Yorkstone in Yorkshire. For help selecting the right stone for your building project, call us on 07711 99 70 26 or send an email with a photo of your existing stonework to