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Wow, it’s been hot the last few days which is unheard of for February, this time last year it was -4 degrees and we were shovelling through snow in the quarries, but this year is a different story. We wanted to tell you all about the Yorkshire stone flags we have ready to go from our yard here in West Yorkshire ready for your build project up and down the country.

Ok, so if you are thinking of starting your build early you might be thinking about which type of stone to use, reclaimed stone is perfect if you want to build something that already has that Yorkshire charm and will also be cheaper too, we have tonnes of beautiful reclaimed Yorkshire stone in stock that we have lovingly restored back to its former glory and this stone used right can really add character and charm to any property. The other option is our newly cut sawn stone that we are finding being used across many new builds, you can view some videos of properties recently built with our new stone below.

As you can see this property in Halifax West Yorkshire is stunning and will stand the test of time using our jambs and quoin stones too for the window cills.

Alright, so you’re not thinking about constructing or extending your property but looking at landscaping, then you will want to get the best of the Yorkstone Flagstones we have to offer in our yard, again available in both reclaimed and new stone and can be cut by our expert stone masons to suit your needs. Yorkshire stone flags are used in London and all over the UK as the stone not only weathers beautifully but it’s actually well grained so perfect for non slip in wet English weather.

Whatever you needs are as we come into spring and the better weather starts to mean more building projects, here at Abacus Stone Sales we have a team of expert stone masons with a real passion for reclaimed Yorkshire stone and new stone from local quarries on hand to help you. Speak to a member of our team and make 2019 the year you get your build project done using the best in Yorkshire stone.

New buildings are considered to be a sign of progress. They represent the future and all its potential. This symbolism often means that people will instinctively work with exclusively new materials. However, this is not always the best way to do things. Sometimes, it is more advisable to work with reclaimed stone on your projects.

Think about it like this. You’re not going to want to spend an absolute fortune on a new build, and you might not want to have a home that looks like everyone else’s. We’re going to be taking a look at exactly why this might be the case, to try and help you appreciate the value of stone which isn’t necessarily brand new.

Environmentally Friendly Building

What you must first consider about reclaimed stone is that it is a more environmentally friendly option. As people use more and more of a precious and finite pool of resources, the desire to build something without impacting on the environment becomes more prominent.

reclaimed brushed stone

Reclaimed stone has already been used to create a building in the past. Therefore, it is suitable for building one now, without any alterations and changes. This sentiment does not apply to the raw materials which are needed to make a stone to work with – the elements must become suitable for construction before builders can use them. This process takes time and draws from a pool of resources which cannot be replenished

In essence, it’s a lot like recycling. We know that it’s a good thing to do and that we should be doing it, but how many of us take the time to do so? Do we throw away materials and things when we’re done with them, or should we take the time to try and be something more? That’s the whole point of this – reusing materials for the sake of looking after the planet, which as we all know is starting to show signs of wear and tear.

A Durable Nature

Some of the benefits of using reclaimed stone are not immediately obvious, such as increased durability. We want our houses to be made of suitable materials which will last us a long time, but at the same time not necessarily to be brand new.

Traditionally, you’ll find that older materials tend to be stronger than new ones. This is because in the past the emphasis was more on longevity and permanence than mass production. It was easier to build something that lasted than it was to construct multiple buildings that didn’t.

This does, however, mean that there is value to reclaimed stone because it will be stronger to work with. The material is going to be made of more long-lasting materials, and so you can build with confidence. You’re going to want a house that’ll stand up to just about anything – something powerful and robust. This kind of thing is harder and harder to come across in a modern world, where it’s not the priority anymore. Therefore, it can be in the interest of a lot of people to consider these older and stronger materials for use in their projects.

Cost Effective Materials

One of the most significant factors that no one stopped to consider is how cost-effective the materials are. It is going to cost companies a lot of money to make the stone suitable for use in a building. However, without this cost, they can sell the reclaimed stone for a much-reduced price and ensure that people are getting the best possible deal.

This reduced price makes reclaimed stone one of the most cost-effective materials available for people to consider when they look into building a structure. They can get access to the materials needed for a new build, but they don’t have to pay a lot for them. This frees up money for other projects or even other parts of the existing plan, depending upon what’s needed and where.

Looks Good & Already Aged

When you decide to make the transition to using reclaimed stone, you’re going to be getting a visual aesthetic which is hard to replicate — some people quite like the idea of a cracked wall which is still structurally fine but not neat and disciplined.

new build property using Abacus Stone reclaimed delph stone

A reclaimed stone wall could be the focal point of your home. Alternatively, it could lend a more traditional and natural look to your property, which is often heavily desired by many. People want to be able to enjoy a natural kind of home because the pristine new builds that we see nowadays aren’t always popular. It’s a good idea to consider just how much you’re willing to change for the sake of having a natural looking property.

To summarise, these are just a few of the different reasons why you should consider taking the time to look into using reclaimed stone for your business. While it may not seem like the best possible idea, to begin with, sitting down and considering the facts is one of the most important parts of building a home. It’s not about the looks for everyone, and for some, there’s nothing more important than being cost-effective and getting the best possible house with the least impact on the environment. It makes a lot of sense to reuse materials which have been torn down. You’re not generating any more cost and anything new in the way of expenses. And that is, to be honest, a big part of building. We’re all acutely aware that life isn’t as happy as it may seem. There’s a lot of damage being done to the environment and a lot of money being needlessly spent. People want to avoid that as much as possible. That’s why many people will try and work with reclaimed stone. It’s a much safer and more natural way of building that doesn’t have such a massive detrimental impact on the world around us. Plus, it looks really good when there’s a unique design on your walls because it’s almost impossible to replicate.

Abacus Stone Sales have recently supplied Reclaimed Stone for the the Manor House in Lindley Huddersfield.We supply all the reclaimed stone for the new wedding venue including: Heads, Cills, Stone Flags and Cobbles. We supplied Random Walling Stone for the gardens

and stone for the Masonry work on the listed building, complete with Sawn Flag Stones, Wall Tops and Coping.

The contractor for the Manor House is Robinsons Renovations.

 

Here at Abacus we always get asked about colour matching our stone to fit with existing building projects and old building renovations. Reclaimed stone is the perfect choice if you are looking to match to an existing building project or refurbishment as the stone has been weathered over time and will have darkened at certain parts of the stone. As York Stone is very unique to the Yorkshire area it is made up of sandstone with quartz and mica elements that make this stone unique to Yorkshire areas.

Many of our customers come to us with requirements and it’s in our interest to match the stone that best suits their building needs so this can be done by bringing some samples of the stone or even some high definition close up images so we can find the best reclaimed stone that suits your needs.

Below we can show you some types of new and reclaimed stone colour matching with dying and tumbling stone to give you an idea on how you can get the best out of colour matching new and reclaimed.

New Stone Colour Matching

New stone can be colour matched into existing building projects, new stone is strong with it being newly quarried so you will have the assurance that the build will be well held but also we can weather the stone to make it fit in with an existing project.

Dyed and Tumble Stone

This stone is 140 mm new sawn bed stone dyed and tumbled to different shades as per customers preferences. We can do this stone from light aged to really dark to match some old buildings that are nearly black form the dirt and grim of the industrial revolution, check out the gallery below to see how we age the new stone ready for build.

New Sawn Stone

Newly sawn stone can be slightly weathered to create a lightly weathered effect, this new stone still looks new, but not so new that there is no character, the stone is cut still to give the desired feel of the York Stone build.

 

Well Yorkshire reigns supreme at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in London. On a beautiful warm spring day The Yorkshire Garden looked stunning and was so well designed that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in stunning Yorkshire Dales.

In helping the Yorkshire Garden win the top spot, we were asked to supply some of our natural Yorkstone Flags and reclaimed natural weathered stone from our local quarry in Honley West Yorkshire.

For the event we supplied different types of natural and reclaimed stone from the event.

Chelsea flower show stone by Abacus

The Yorkshire Garden in full force in the beautiful sunshine

We supplied the following stone:

Our Yorkshire stone has long been regarded as the best Yorkshire stone with natural quarries in the stunning countryside of West Yorkshire that is synonymous with this county. Adding our Yorkstone to this project really brought an authentic feel to garden which helped the florists in creating the ultimate Yorkshire Garden and as proud Yorkshire folk we are over the moon that we came 1st!

Well done to all involved!

If you want to read more about the event, please click the button below to visit the page.

 

 

 

Bricks are a popular choice for home building projects; they’re strong, durable and easy to work with, as well as appealing to look at. Reclaimed handmade bricks in particular have a great aged appearance that’s hard to achieve with newer materials.

So whether you live in a contemporary new build, or a country cottage, reclaimed bricks could be the perfect choice for a wide range of home improvement projects.

Feature walls

exposed brick stone

Exposed brick walls are a great way to add warmth and character to a room. Incorporating brick into your interiors is an effective way to create a feature wall that’s bold and eye-catching, without overpowering the rest of the room. Devon based architects, Van Ellen + Sheryn used a red brick wall to beautifully contrast and add a more traditional element to this otherwise very modern home.

Fireplaces

contemporary living with exposed brick

Similarly to the brick wall, a brick fireplace can be a great way to bring feelings of warmth and comfort into a space. Leaving the bricks exposed will create a more rustic looking feature, while painting them a neutral colour (like in the above photo from Bernardo Grijalva Photography) creates the cosy atmosphere, while maintaining the overall sleek, contemporary theme of the room.

 

Walled gardens

Walled stone walls Yorkshire

 Rustic, reclaimed handmade bricks work beautifully in walled gardens, such as this one from Design Focus. The red brick used to build the wall is a striking focal piece that contrasts well with the green of the foliage surrounding it. And red bricks work especially well in the garden when used alongside a Yorkshire flagstone path.

Raised seating areas

contemporary patio

Bricks are strong, durable and weatherproof, making them ideal for building a raised outdoor seating area. However, new bricks can be very bright in colour, so using reclaimed will soften the structure and help it blend into its surroundings a little more easily. Emmett Russell Architects used brick and light wood to create this peaceful contemporary patio in Vauxhall.

Feeling inspired?

If you’re planning any home improvement projects, call Abacus Stone Sales on 07711 99 70 26 and we can supply all the reclaimed handmade bricks you need.

Or if you require help deciding the type of brick or stone you need, we provide a stone matching service to make sure you find the perfect materials for your project.

When choosing the building materials for home/garden improvements or new builds, there are a range of advantages to using reclaimed Yorkshire stone.

Yorkstone is durable and long lasting, and with how versatile the material is, it has understandably become a preferred option for property developers and self-builders alike. But what are some of the specific benefits of using reclaimed Yorkstone?

1. Environmentally friendly:

It’s becoming increasingly important to be mindful of environmental impact when choosing building materials.

The process of quarrying and then manufacturing new building products such as stone and bricks is very energy intensive. Manufacturing new stone creates large amounts of waste and carbon emissions, which is much more harmful for the environment than using pre-existing, reclaimed stone.

Selecting reclaimed also means that you are reusing older Yorkshire stone – an even more environmentally-friendly choice than recycling.

benefits of reclaimed stone

2. Appearance:

Another very appealing aspect of using reclaimed Yorkshire stone is its appearance. Newly quarried stone will likely all have a very uniform, standard look, whereas reclaimed will be much more unique.

While you can definitely choose reclaimed stones which are all similar in appearance, Yorkstone is known for improving with age. Small marks and textures left by years of weathering can create a brilliant authentic and rustic appearance.

3. Matching: 

The appearance of reclaimed Yorkstone means that it is the perfect fit for older properties, listed buildings and conservation areas

If you are renovating an older home, or you need to make sure you build a home that fits in seamlessly with the surrounding area in a traditional countryside town, using reclaimed stone can help you achieve this.

When building on an existing property, newly quarried stone will stand out from the stone already in place and negatively impact the overall appearance of the home. Because reclaimed stone has already been exposed to the weather, it will blend in much more easily.

4. Features: 

Reclaimed stone works beautifully for both internal and external features.

Whether you are looking to create a natural stone fireplace as an impactful living room centerpiece or a new patio and sitting area in your garden, using reclaimed stone can create an interesting focal point.

For examples of how you can use reclaimed stone, take a look at these 5 inspiring uses of dry stone walling in the garden.

5. Sizes:

Construction workers and property developers are often put off using reclaimed stone because of the misconception that you can only buy it in random sizes that make it more difficult to work with.

However, we offer standard size 140mm reclaimed walling stone so you can experience all the benefits of reclaimed, with the ease of newly quarried.

Abacus Stone Sales are a leading supplier of reclaimed Yorkshire stone. Give us a call on 07711 99 70 26 or email us at info@abacusstonesales.co.uk and we can supply all the reclaimed stone you need for your project.

We recently supplied our building stone to a customer who needed to change the stone she was using for her new extension at short notice.

After realising that the stone she had planned to use didn’t match her home, she turned to Abacus Stone Sales. We spent time with her to find out exactly what she was looking for and talk her through the different stone options we had available for her to choose from.

Looking at the existing stonework on our customer’s house, and at others nearby, we found a stone that fit in well. The building project is now underway, and the end result will be an extension that sits naturally alongside the rest of the home.

abacus stone for home extension

“Thank you very much for the stone that you organised for our extension. I really appreciate the speed of your response when I had an urgent need to change the stone, and for the time you took to talk me through the options and show me examples on nearby properties.

“Thank you for your patience answering my questions in the days following, and the care taken to try to best match the stone to our house. It has made a big difference to my enjoyment of our building project to have stone that I feel fits better with the original house. 

“Thank you also for allowing us to trade in the stone that we already had as this made changing the stone far more financially viable.  And thanks again for your delivery man’s hard work too. It really has been much appreciated!”

If you’re planning an extension, barn conversion or other home renovation, call Abacus Stone Sales on
07711 99 70 26 or email us at info@abacusstonesales.co.uk and we’ll help you find the perfect stone to suit your project.

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