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How To Create Modern Landscaping Using Natural Stones

Using natural stones is one of the best ways to give your landscape a contemporary appeal. However, most homeowners often overlook their importance when planning their landscaping. These stones have excellent characteristics that can bring out the naturalness of your outdoor space while evoking a modern vibe. 

Unlike concrete, these natural materials will bring about a sense of belongingness to your garden. Additionally, they can help anchor the overall feel and look of your landscape. They are highly versatile elements that can add contrast and texture. They also require little upkeep and can serve as long-lasting groundcover.

Which Natural Stone Is Right For My Modern Landscape?

Whatever type of stone you pick can help set the tone of your entire landscaping. River rocks and pebbles can provide warmth, while limestones with modern colours like our Indus Gray can help lighten up shadowy spaces. If you’re going for a minimalistic modern landscape, a granite stone like our New Ebony is the perfect choice. 

To see what appeals to you, make sure to check out our project gallery for inspiration. Natural stones are very durable and they will last almost a lifetime, so it’s vital that you’re happy with your choice.

A Striking Stepping Stone Pathway

Create a stunning focal point with your pathway by using a limestone with modern neutral tones like our Crema Nova landscaping stone. Its cream and beige hues will make the greens in your space standout and creates visual interest.

Curb Appeal

Use natural stones to prevent those pesky grass from growing and stealing water from your plants. Not only will it get rid of your weed problem, but it can also add a lovely curb appeal to your property. 

Use Pebbles Instead Of Mulch

Mulch may be less costly than pebbles, but the latter presents several benefits when used as ground cover. Aside from their durability, you don’t have to replace them each season like mulch. Also, they will last you a lifetime. 

Moreover, white pebbles offer a beautiful contrast against your deep-colored plants while brightening up the dark corners of your garden. On the other hand, black pebbles are perfect for highlighting any dark or neutral-colored walling stones as seen on the image above.

A Unique Centerpiece

A large boulder with unusual shape can add an attention-seeking focal point to your modern garden. If your garden is small with an unruly ornamental shrub, use a centerpiece that’s low-maintenance and tidy. A large stone in any landscape can create visual appeal to its rather dull border areas.

Your Favorite Spot

We all have our favorite spot in our garden. It’s like a nook where you can relax after a day’s work or have your coffee in the morning. Turn your space into a contemporary and yet comfortable outdoor area by adding a natural stone with a distinctive look like our Alicante Black. Its surface features a velvety tiger skin appearance that will go very well with your modern landscape while preserving the natural ambiance of your space. 

Create Textures

Fill the gaps between your pavers with pebbles to create a captivating texture to your landscape. It’s also a great way to cover up any unwanted area in your pathway and prevent grass from growing as well. Additionally, it can add an organic and soft element with plenty of visual interest.


From squares to triangles, and circles to rectangles, these simple shapes are an amazing way to bring structure to any modern landscape design. They can add a clean, modern aesthetic, and allow you to define certain areas in your backyard, as well as create individual designs. For example, rectangular straight-lined stones can lead to your doorsteps as shown above. Do not just reserve geometry for ground covers, they can also be showcased in your plants.

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Walling Stone: How To Select, Install, And Build

One of the most popular landscaping products today is walling stone as it can help beautify your landscape walls, planter walls, facing of retaining walls, outdoor kitchen walls, fire-place walls, and BBQ area walls. However, building one can be quite intimidating. It involves a lot of research, planning, hard work, and patience on your part. 

There are also factors you need to consider, such as architectural style of adjoining building, landscape theme, whether you want a mortared wall or dry-laid, etc. Whatever you decide, it will impact the sizes and shapes of stones or rocks you will use in your stone wall.

However, whichever wall type you choose, selecting the stone you’ll use will be the most crucial in terms of its functionality and beauty. Choosing the best stone material for your outdoor project will be influenced by several things like its availability, color preference, and wall application.

To help get your landscape project underway, here are some useful tips on how to select the right material and install your dream walling stone.

Wet Or Dry Stone Wall?

The first thing you need to determine is whether you want to build a mortared or wet walling stone or a dry-laid one. All your plans and decisions throughout the process will be based on this, so it’s vital to know which one you want from the start. 

You’ll need to embed a footing for a wet wall, which starts from below the ground level to make it stable. Building a mortared wall is easier than dry-stone (also called as dry-stack) because the mortar will hold the stones together. You can select any stone shape and size since the structural integrity of your walling stone is not reliant on them. Additionally, you can build your wall in whatever height you prefer.

However, in the long run, you’ll find it easier to manage and maintain a dry-laid walling stone. If the wall gets damaged or there’s a sudden ground shift, you can just reconstruct it with the same stone. Building it is less costly as well since it doesn’t need mortar materials and a base footing made of concrete.

Keep in mind though that the height of a dry stone wall cannot be more than four feet. Furthermore, it should be built using stones in rectangular or square shapes or have a flat face as it will be more challenging to layer and fit round stones without the help of mortar.

Which Natural Stones Can I Use for Walling Stone?

The most common stones you can use in building a walling stone are the following:

  • Granite. Granite natural stone is solid and durable and comes in a wide array of colors such as gray, black, brown, and white. 
  • Limestone and Sandstone. You can have limestone and sandstone cut in regular or irregular shapes. These landscape stones are available in various shades, from tan to gray and white.

The Look

You have many options in terms of how you want your walling stone to look and feel. You can go for blocky and big, elegant and smooth or weathered and old.

Our Walling Rustic is the perfect walling stone to achieve that old and weathered appearance. It looks old naturally and can be installed both outdoors and indoors.

On the other hand, blocky and big rocks can give your space the look of sturdiness and strength. Rectangular and square rocks are usually easier to fit collectively, unlike rocks with round or irregular shapes.

Choosing Your Location

One of the smartest options is to build your walling stone that can double up as a backyard seating. Cap your walls with Wall Copings to give it a nice finish and make it more aesthetically appealing.  You can also create a lovely stunning retaining wall using natural landscaping stones, which can help in leveling up your landscape.

Mixing And Matching

Don’t limit yourself to one type of stone or rock when building your walling stone. You can use a variety of stones, from large and small to round, flat, and irregularly shaped ones. Combining these varieties can add an interesting and unique visual appeal to your stone wall.

It’s not only an artistic option as well, but you can save on your budget as well. By mixing different types of stones, you can utilize discounted or stones for sale, or visit your local landscape supply center.

Tips On How To Install A Dry-Laid Wall

Building an almost perfect stone wall will require excellent skills. However, you can build a good solid walling stone by following these basic rules, which you can apply in almost any dry-stone wall project.

1. Setting the stone length

Every stone is going to be a visible part of your wall. This means that each stone’s length is perpendicular to the direction of your wall. Placing the stones on the wall where their sides are visible will make your wall weaker, which is a mistake most people do, and one of the main reasons why walling stones fall.

2. Crossing the joints

There should be a joint crossing below each stone so that there will be a couple of stones underneath it. Refrain from doing stack bonds or running joints, which is when you stack stone to run vertical joints from one path to the next. Your wall will be really weak and look cheap with stack bonds or running joints. 

3. Keep the stones level

Level the stones both along the face of your wall and in its core. Not leveling the stones will cause them to slide, leading to your stone wall’s internal stress, which will cause it to fall over time as it shifts. 

Most walling stones are created using irregularly-shaped stones. If this is the case, keep your focus on leveling the top of the stones, to make it more manageable to build on its top. If having a level top is not possible, you can slope its top to a nearby stone on its left or right, but not pitched out or in the core of your stone wall.

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Backyard, Patio, And Driveway Renovation On A Budget

The first thing that will come to your mind when planning any home renovation is probably cost. However, there are several inexpensive ways you can enhance your backyard, patio, or driveway without putting a dent in your budget. You can give your driveway a modern makeover while still retaining its traditional essence. You can also create your dream outdoor living space where you have a choice to relax or host parties.

But before worrying about your budget though, you need to think first of how you want to use your new space. It will be a lot easier and friendlier to your pockets if you have a clear vision and plan of what you want to get out from it.

Use our guide here on how you can rejuvenate and renovate your space on a budget without the need to jam-pack it with bells and whistles. 

Backyard And Patio Budget Renovation Ideas

If you’re like the majority of homeowners, you’d probably want a patio with pillars and a sitting wall, a grill island or an outdoor kitchen, beautiful new landscaping, some cool outdoor lighting, a deck, and even a fireplace or fire pit table. 

However, what most homeowners do not realize is that the cost of each of these components will vary greatly depending on how they want to utilize them. For example, you’ll need more space and budget for a traditional lounge set up compared to a sectional seating. So, it’s essential to consider these aspects early on as how you want to enjoy your space will have a drastic impact on your budget.

Once you have an understanding of the purpose of your new backyard or patio, you’re all set to start creating a budget for your outdoor living space project. 

Here are some simple and useful ways to enhance the overall look of your backyard and patio if you’re on a budget and need to accomplish this without the need to spend too much:

  1. Define your space
  2. Create a Beautiful Garden Path
  3. Consider a Trellis
  4. Go Vertical
  5. The Beauty of Mulch

1. Define Your Space

Deciding what you and your space need and clearly establishing them can make a huge visual impact. Doing so is also as less costly as rearranging the outdoor ornaments and furniture you already have. 

2. Create A Beautiful Garden Path

If you have an untamed space, you can give it a polished look and bring new life to it by adding a garden path. Instead of using pavers, go for quarter-inch sized crushed rocks instead, which are available in various colors – STONEarch Pebbles can be a perfect fit for this.

To determine the shape of the path, place stakes and then wrap them around with bender board. Lay down at least four or five inches of crushed stones in the color of your choice. Use a plate compactor to flatten your surface. You can rent this equipment from your local home and garden supply shop.

3. Consider A Trellis

Trellises are readily available in garden centers. You’ve probably never considered these architectural features before, but they can provide your yard with an easy and quick accent. 

You can create a focal point by simply placing one near the back part of your garden. Or you can even use it as an entrance to your vegetable or flower beds or sitting area. Give it a whimsical look by planting a flowering vine on its sides for a whimsical look.

4. Go Vertical

If you have a flat, massive patio, positioning some boulders throughout your space will give it a bit of dimension. You can arrange them in clusters or arrange them separately. Do not hesitate to cut into your yard to accommodate them, and leave enough room around them where you can plant small shrubs or bright perennials.

5. The Beauty Of Mulch

Think of mulch as a carpet for your backyard. You can provide your outdoor area with a unified, elegant, and finished look by laying mulch of the same color on all exposed soil and flowerbeds in your garden. Another benefit you can get out from mulch is that it can block weeds that eat up the nutrients needed by your plants.

Budget Renovation Ideas For Your Driveway

Aside from functionality, a driveway that leads to your home also adds beauty to it. For this reason, it is a smart move on your part to consider creating the best design for your driveway that will glorify it visually without hurting your bank account. 

You can uplift your space with the following driveway design ideas that are both interesting and cost-effective:

  1. Nature’s Touch
  2. Decorative Borders and Gateways
  3. A Gravel Driveway
  4. Use Brick Pavers
  5. Risden-bound Surface

1. Nature’s Touch

Adding natural earth and landscaping plants in your driveway can help create a better impression. Not only will increase its appeal, but it’ll also provide your family with a connection to the natural environment. 

One of the cheapest ways to give your driveway a new design when to retain its stability during renovation is combining compacted earth with aggregates. Also, placing some flower pots and plants from your driveway to your home can add a lovely charm to the whole surroundings. If you need a place to hold your plants and don’t have the budget to redo your entire driveway, you can consider designing a space with Copings and Sandstone Pier Caps to create a section where you can highlight your plants and flower pots.

2. Decorative Borders and Gateways 

In terms of architecture, you can’t undermine you home and driveway’s aesthetic and traditional values. You can improve your modification without spending too much by including a traditional gateway and adding decorative borders beside it. The style of the will depend on your preference, but whatever you choose, make sure it can also protect your home from unwanted visitors aside from increasing its view.

3. A Gravel Driveway

If you want something modern that creates an interesting statement, one of the cheapest options you have is adding shiny gravel along your driveway’s entire path. Although this design idea is old, it carries out a lively and classy approach to driveway designing.

4. Use Brick Pavers

Using brick pavers in restoring your driveway is another old idea, but today’s brick pavers have been incorporated with a modern touch. Implementing your rounder, curved, or straight driveway with a brick paver design will give it an artistic and timeless look.

5. Resin-Bound Surface

Another cheap driveway design option is making the surface of your driveway resin-bound and including it with aggregates stones which come in various colors. Choose the color which you think will best complement your surface design, and then let it laid fully on your asphalt base used in fixing the resin on your driveway. It’s highly durable and can last you for up to three decades without incurring much damage no matter how frequently you use it.

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Creating A Beautiful Sustainable Home With Natural Stones

People are becoming more and more aware of their impact on the environment. For this reason, we’re seeing massive growth in the interest of creating homes that are not just timeless and beautiful, but sustainable as well.

Nowadays, there are plenty of design and materials you can choose to achieve that goal. However, natural stones stand out from the rest as the best option. Not only does this landscaping material meet all your requirements, but it can also help improve your home’s sustainability. 

Since natural stones are versatile, which means that both your home’s interior and exterior can achieve long term goals such as performance, aesthetic.

The main focus of designing a sustainable home is to increase the efficiency of your resources, while at the same time reducing your home’s impact on the environment and health throughout its life cycle. Careful planning is required when designing an eco-friendly home. But all the resources, time, and effort spent will be worth it.

What Makes Natural Stone The Perfect Choice For A Sustainable Home?

Knowing the reasons why stones are sustainable can help you make the right decisions in terms of their selection, installation, and maintenance. Opting to use these materials show that you’re taking responsibility for taking care of the environment. You’re also proactively trying to preserve and improve our natural environment.  

Here are the reasons that make natural sones sustainable:

  1. Natural Material
  2. Low Maintenance
  3. Durable
  4. Recyclable
  5. Energy Efficient

1. Natural Material

As the name implies, these stones are Mother Nature’s natural products. Producing these green materials do not require chemicals or other resources. Their supply is abundant, varying from colors and textures to shapes, veining, and other characteristics which makes them perfect for a wide array of purposes. For more information and benefits on using natural materials for your project, read our blog from last week on Benefits of Natural Stone vs. Concrete.

Thanks to millions and millions of years of mineral composition and geologic shift, the appearance of natural stones are diverse. They also don’t have toxic chemicals, so you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll maintain the healthy atmosphere of your interior, which is an essential element of a sustainable system.

You can purchase these landscape materials both locally and regionally. The environmental impact of regional extraction and production is lesser since there will be a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions during transportation.

2. Low maintenance

One of the best features of natural stones is how they don’t show dirt and signs of wear and tear compared to wood, vinyl, and other materials. They don’t get scratches or stains easily, and they’re simple to clean as well. 

The most popular options for bathrooms are marble and limestone due to their resistance to moisture. On the other hand, granites are the best option for your kitchen countertop since they are scratch proof and sturdy. 

When it comes to your outdoor space, stones are perfect for your walkway, patio, landscape planter, retaining walls, and so much more. Investing in natural stones is a smart move since they are durable and can stand the test of time. Take care of them properly, and you won’t need to replace them. And more importantly, you’ll prevent synthetic, wasteful materials from getting dumped into the landfill.

3. Durable

As mentioned, stones can stand the test of time, so you don’t need to replace them, unlike other materials. Travertine, granite, limestone, and other natural stones also age beautifully, thus enhancing the value of your home.

One of the most vital factors you need to consider when deciding on sustainable materials for your home is durability. This is to prevent resources from being used in creating new materials frequently. The life cycle of stones can range from 50 to 100 years. You can use them in your patio, pathway, or foyer, and they will be able to handle high traffic with ease.

4. Recyclable

You can fully recycle stones. They also have the potential of serving a number of various purposes and uses throughout their lifetime. You have an option to reuse and recycle them. This is a sustainable approach to make sure that the material will be able to live their useful life cycle to their full potential.

In terms of the environment, recycling natural stones and using them can help eliminate resources, including water and energy, required in the process of producing new products. As a result, we can avoid or reduce the impacts on resource supplies and ecosystems.

5. Energy Efficient

Natural stones are not only attractive but long-lasting and resistant as well. They don’t need any type of treatment throughout their useful life in comparison to glass, metals, and other synthetic materials.

Using them on facades instead of all-glass can boost the energy efficiency of your home. The combination of glass and natural stone for your facade can lower down the heat transfer coefficient since the heat conductivity of stones is lower than glass. Moreover, the cost of maintaining natural facade is cheaper than the maintenance of those made in all-glass.

Sustainable Outdoor Space

Natural Stone is the perfect green material that can withstand various outdoor elements while gracefully aging. It has the ability to weather out severe changes in moisture conditions and temperature, making them the favorite choice of landscapers for designing planters, walkways, patios, and retaining walls. 

These outdoor landscaping materials will deteriorate/ rot much slower over time. Termites, fungus, and beetles are also less likely to feast on them in comparison to other materials that are not natural stone. They’re less prone to erosion like soil, and less prone to cracks like concrete and bricks. 

They have a timeless appeal that can provide your garden or yard with a beauty that you will not get with wooden or concrete decking. Also, they fit naturally in nature’s design, which is hard to achieve with manmade materials. 

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Top 7 Benefits Of Natural Stone Pavers Vs Concrete Pavers

Stone Paver vs. Concrete Paver

Natural stone pavers or concrete pavers? Choosing the right material for the hardscape of your outdoor space will play a vital role in the outcome of your landscape. It’s a significant commitment in comparison to deciding which type of furniture or plantings to get, since changing them will not be as simple after installation. So you need to choose and think about your decision carefully.

The questions our STONEarch clients usually ask us is which hardscape material will work best with their landscape. There’s no easy answer to this since it will all boil down on your vision, aesthetics, and of course, budget. It is essential on your part to consider and analyze these factors to determine the most suitable option for your landscaping needs.

  1. Timeless Elegance
  2. Low Maintenance
  3. Ages Beautifully
  4. You Have Plenty Of Style Choices
  5. Easier To Install Than Concrete
  6. Better Investment
  7. Eco-Friendly And Sustainable

What Makes Natural Stone Pavers Unique?

Natural stone pavers include bluestone, travertine, granite, flagstone, and limestone. These natural materials come in different colors and have characteristics unique to them. They have that earthy look combined with an opulent and textured look.  

You can also find these pavers in various shapes, sizes, and textures. There are irregular flagstone pavers that can provide your patio with an interesting character and high level of visual interest, which you can’t achieve with concrete pavers. You can give your outdoor area a naturally crafted charm with the subtle symmetry and rugged lines that natural stone pavers can offer. 

These landscape materials came from actual rocks and each piece possesses a distinct appearance, from weathering to formational methods and natural aging. This also means that Mother Nature will determine its color and texture. 

What About Concrete Pavers?

Since they are manmade, concrete pavers are available in almost any size, shape, texture, and color. Their shape can range from large square forms and classic brick shapes to elongated ones similar to plank pavers. There are also concrete replicas of natural stones, bricks, and other materials. They are created with durability and strength in mind, but concrete pavers are prone to crack even with preventions. Concrete pavers may be an inexpensive option, but they are slippery when wet, and repairs can be quite expensive as well. You will need to consider these issues when making your decision. 

Reasons To Choose Natural Stones Over Concrete

1. Timeless Elegance

Natural stone pavers come in varying types, from light beige standstone if you want to get that tropical vibe to dark ebony granite for achieving a majestic feel to your patio. Depending on where the stone is quarried, each piece has a distinct texture and color. Using natural stones on your landscape is a surefire way to captivate your guests and give your hardscape some personalization.

2. Low Maintenance

Stone pavers don’t usually develop cracks. If for some reason they do, you can easily replace or repair them. Simply remove the paver with cracks and replace it. That’s it! They also have smaller joints, so their sand joints are less likely to encounter seed germination. And the best thing about natural stones? They’re effortless to clean!

3. Ages Beautifully

There is no doubt that stones look even better as they age and have a very long lifespan. Unlike concrete, the colors of natural stones are not pigmented, which only add to their beauty. They’re also not made from mixtures of composite aggregate like concrete pavers, so they can preserve their beauty as they age, mature, and fade. There are even certain stones that can attain their complete elegance and beauty with little age. And they will look as beautiful as the day of their installation even after hundreds of years.

4. You Have Plenty Of Style Choices

You will not fall short with style choices. You’re sure to find the right paving material for the landscaping project you have in mind, whether it be limestone, slate, flagstone, or travertine. Natural stones are also available in either irregular or flat surfaces, as well as varying shapes, from triangles and diamonds to rectangles, and so much more.

5. Easier To Install Than Concrete

You don’t need to acquire new skills to install natural stones. You can lay it on your patio floors like with concrete. On the other hand, installing concrete pavers is often more expensive than stones. They will require several aspects like labor, grading, and backfilling. They are also prone to breakage and shifting. To prevent this, you need someone with the right installation skills and can hinder the unfavorable effects of age and weather. Plus, you need to maintain concrete regularly, which you may not have time for if you’re a very busy person. 

6. Better Investment

Utilizing natural stones on your landscape will add more value to your home. It’s an investment that will pay for itself in the long run. They are also regarded as materials with high value and quality. Traits like prominence, elegance, and sophistication are connected to them as well. Also, landscape projects created with natural stones are considered to be distinct, well-built, unique, and genuine, which helps add to the re-sale value of any property. 

7. Eco-Friendly And Sustainable

These landscaping materials are probably one of the most sustainable available today. Our planet has vast stone resources, and although their regeneration may not be as visible as that of trees, the process is endless with a lasting life-cycle. And since they are natural, they are recyclable. You can also re-use them as crushed for aggregates or reclaimed paving. 

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2019 Latest Trends in Landscape Design

The time has come to take back the backyard with new and improved landscape designs as summer waits on the horizon and barbequing season comes full swing. Now landscape design can be interpreted at many levels – macro, meso, and micro. While macro landscape design is for a more industrial-scale application, meso and micro express a contained articulation that can be applied in home and commercial gardens. It’s here that landscape design gets to test its boundaries in both creativity and innovation. From the use of landscaping stones to a tailored selection of plants, there is a lot to be considered. Some of the best landscape design ideas are derived from a combination of artistic liberty and well-defined spatial parameters. In this collected list we’ll be taking a look at some of the latest trends in this genre that you can easily apply on both meso and micro level to breathe new life into your backyard:

1. Poolside Hardscaping

Many suburban homes these days have a pool in the backyard. While it’s an enjoyable and useful design element, you could add further embellishments to unleash its true ornamental potential. This is why poolside hardscaping has become such a hot trend. It can be articulated in the form of natural stone-clad boundaries at one end of the pool with the potential to be re-purposed into sunny sitting areas or poolside planter beds. It can also be emulated in the form of feature-length stone-clad decking where lounging chairs can be placed for tanning in the summertime. These landscaping stones are perfect for enhancing the natural appeal of an outdoor space. Poolside hardscaping is definitely one of the best landscape design ideas you can go for to take your pool to the next level.

2. Small-Style Meandering Pavers

One of the most timeless and classic landscape design trends that is sure to remain popular in the foreseeable future is gently meandering pathways. These are quite often found in most carefully designed gardens. The pavers and landscaping stones used in them are stylishly pitted and arranged in a way that feels like a personal trail guiding you to areas of interest. Sometimes the hardscaping is interspersed with small amounts of grass, while other times the grass quantifies the pavers. It all depends on the kind of aesthetic you’re creating. A good landscape stone supplier can provide you with a cache of great choices in this genre to make the most out of this design.

3. Outdoor Barbecue Counters

Outdoor kitchen islands are one of the most popular trends in the world. It’s a design element that makes a statement in both large and small gardens. Creating an outdoor kitchen space could make your backyard events the highlight of the summer as they add an element of organization and inclusion for family and guests. The best part is that it can be scaled according to the size and style of your garden design. It’s one of the best landscape design ideas in the book, and can even add a rugged appeal to the overall outdoor space when you choose to clad it with natural stone alternatives such as walling stones and veneers. You can consult your local landscaping stone supplier on which finish better suits your desired outdoor atmosphere.

4. An Outdoor Fireplace

Pro Land Landscape

Outdoor fireplaces are an absolute necessity for both small and large garden patios. They not only provide a great center and focal point for outdoor seating areas, but are one of the trendiest landscape design ideas that you can choose. Additionally, there are a lot of ways to craft these fireplaces to fit your patio size and layout. Some people erect a round/square landscaping stone periphery around a pit that is later filled in with logs and cinder. Others prefer a more contemporary take on this venture by going for a conventional mantle-and-chimney fireplace on the feature wall of their landscaped gardens. These are usually built and finished in gorgeous stones, all the better to fit in with the natural environment while equally standing out in elegance. Your landscaping stone supplier can better guide you while making a choice between the two.

5. Stone Flower Bed Periphery

Pro Land Landscape

Flower beds are a landscape essential, and one of the best ways to keep them neatly organized in their zone is by erecting a boundary around them. It’s not only functional and highly pragmatic, but also incredibly trendy. Some of the best landscape design ideas include getting creative with the stones used in these flower bed peripheries. Cobblestones give off a quaint and charming aura, flagstones emulate a rugged appeal, and copings give off a stunning finish to the flowerbeds overall. You can easily match the colour scheme of your backyard landscape design to bring the whole space together in gorgeous unity.

For more design inspiration, visit our Gallery or Inspiration page.

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2019 Latest Trends in Swimming Pool Design

Whether you’re planning to build a new pool or looking to upgrade, having a vision for your personal pool design can be challenging. From uncertainty about trends, colors, and layout to quality materials and pool liners, knowing where to start can feel a little daunting. With options like fresh water pools or salt water pools, picking the right pumps, pool heaters, flag stone, pool copings, or spa copings can pose a challenge for your pool’s construction. Here at STONEarch, we’re shining a light on the latest trends in swimming pool design, and what we can offer to bring your dreams into reality. So let’s get started;

1. Dark Pool Liners with Earthy Coloured Decking

Standing in the number one spot in this coming season’s top pool design trends are dark pool liners. Dark colours for pool walls and liners simulate the serene look of natural bodies of water in your backyard landscape. It gives the illusion of depth and absorbs more of the sun’s heat – a natural source for pool heating providing a comfortable temperature to swim in. Cap off your gorgeous pool deck with STONEarch’s warm and earthy-color natural stones for your pool copings such as Flint, Lavender, Slate Gray or Saga. Use the same earthy tone flagstones to create the maintenance-free and sandy-looking pool deck of your dreams. Using the same colour stone as your pool copings and pool decking creates vastness to the area and gives a welcome theme to the whole project.

2. Sun Shelves

If you haven’t heard of them sun shelves are flat shallow ledges along a pool’s interior side. These are also known as tanning ledges or Baja shelves. Sun shelves are ideal for parents to lounge on while young children play around the pool deck.  You can relax on the ledge itself while partially immersed or set up lounging chairs on the ledge so that only your feet get wet. These shelves look excellent in kidney shaped pools and rectangular pools. Either choice will make your backyard look like a true oasis, adding to the relaxation and comfort that you’re seeking. For a more natural look try STONEarch’ range of natural stone such as Dove, Black, or Fossil or try something more sophisticated and modern like Silver Valley Limestone, New Ebony Granite, Alicante Black Granite or Gray Mix Travertine Stone.

3. Country or Contemporary Style Pool

Country Style Pool or Contemporary Style Pools – both offer a relaxing environment, and when these designs are tied up with landscaping elements that follows theme the overall feel of the design is enhanced tenfold. However, landscaping with clean straight lines along with rectangular pools is becoming trendier as kidney shaped pools become a thing of the past.

Natural stone adds another dimension to the richness of your backyard allowing you to stay in touch with nature. Rock waterfalls, stone fountains, and customized garden ornaments add your signature to your customized outdoor living space. Natural boulders, armor rock, or random flagstone can give a more rustic look and can help you create a country style backyard. Or you can go with straight and clean lines to create a modern or contemporary landscape. Design a pool that reflects your persona and play with these elements to create a pool deck that your family and friends will enjoy.

4. Luxury Finishes

One trend that we expect to gain momentum in 2019 is the use of luxury finishes. People have come to recognize they are by no means limited when it comes to colours, stones, and finishes especially when working with a custom swimming pool. In natural stone there are beautiful finishes such as flame, antique, leather, natural, sandblast and other variety textures. Additionally luxury pools allow for customized stones with stunning cuts, shapes and finishes. Pool Copings can be customized to your pool design theme and the pool deck can be adorned with customized liner shapes that reflect a more contemporary style.

5. Cut Shapes and Simple Lines

Simple square pool shapes are supreme when it comes to modernized pool designs. This sharp cut shape offers a modern spa-like atmosphere and has become a widely popular shape for in-ground pools. This modernized trend incorporates full-width steps and offers opportunity when working with stone walling. It also offers an opportunity when designing long swim-out ledges in pools of a more rectangular shape. Going with a dark colour pool coping along with similar patio stone  – like our selection of Ebony, Saga, or Silver Antique – can really take your pool design to the next level and create the backyard oasis of your dreams.

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Donate to the Cause

This year STONEarch has put together a corporate team to participate in raising money and supporting WWF. The World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s environment. The WWF uses the raised money towards harmonizing Arctic, oceans, freshwater, people and wildlife. Help team STONEarch reach our fundraising goal by clicking here and donating towards the cause. Your donations will not only help us raising funds but will also encourage STONEarch team to stay committed to the cause.

STONEarch; Why We’re Climbing

The STONEarch team has taken the initiative this year and is committed to participate and contribute towards the cause in years to come. The CN Tower Climb for Nature will generate awareness towards the preservation of our precious and beautiful environment. This event provides an opportunity for us to reach new heights, all the while supporting conservation work in Canada and across the world. Climbing the CN Tower is just one way to raise funds towards preventing the decline of our world’s many species; from protecting the mighty polar bear in the Arctic, to the vital capelin in Atlantic Canada and magnificent killer whales off the West Coast. Our support will help WWF rebuild healthy freshwater systems and marine ecosystems. This will also support ecologically sound future of the Arctic, and resilient communities that enhance nature. This is our first initiative and we are committed to contribute toward the cause in many more ways. Our commitment towards the conservation of nature is set in stone.



Written by Kelsey Adley