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For The Love Of Landscaping

5 February 2020

With spring but a month away, homes across the country will soon be ripe for garden renovations. Be it a cottage courtyard garden or a contemporary townhouse terrace, this hand-picked selection of stone from the Artisans of Devizes team provides the perfect foundations for projects big and small.

Buscot:

A creamy limestone tile that adds a timeless rustic touch to any style of property, Buscot paves the way for an exterior that’s at once refined yet relaxed.

Available in a selection of finishes, choose the tumbled edge varieties for a timeworn look that will age gracefully. But for something more subtle and warming, the seasoned finish is ready to serve. And finally, if uniformity in edges and tone is the goal, look to the etched finish whose character is wholly different and the most contemporary of all.

Stone story: for inspiration, look to our residential project in Gloucestershire with Gramlick Designs and Jonathan Rhind architects. Here, we were commissioned to select the single-best tiles for the interior and exterior spaces to complement the property itself but also the synergy between the spaces. We chose the Buscot Etched finish for the bespoke fire pit located in the magical secret garden, as well as the Buscot Tumbled and Etched flagstones for the pool terrace.

For something similar: If you like the look of Buscot Limestone, you may also be interested in looking at our Trusloe Limestone. Another honey-hued limestone tile, it comes either in a flagstone or brick cobble, each full of antiqued appeal for period properties and country dwellings alike.

Grafton:

For those properties where a grey tone better suits, but the charcoal-like colours of slate might overwhelm the main building’s brickwork or the garden’s planting palette, then a pale grey limestone tile like Grafton could be the answer. In the finishing process, artisans take our Grafton Limestone through several seasoning steps which mellows out the grey even further and highlights limestone’s naturally aged look.

While all of our outdoor tiles act the part, Grafton is one of our toughest exterior tiles and is completely frost-resistant.

Stone story: see Grafton’s ability to produce an air of laidback luxury in this major restoration project. A sizeable 400 square metres of stone was required for this outdoors-in project where the owner wanted the interior decor to flow seamlessly into the al fresco area, which Grafton achieves with ease and understated splendour.

For something similar: with the same limestone pedigree and greyed colour, the Ardmore tiles have much in common with Grafton. But one trait they don’t share is that these fine yet hardwearing outdoor tiles have a blueish tint that for some projects, is the missing secret ingredient to its success.

Kimmeridge:

The tone and texture of the Kimmeridge Limestone is reminiscent of rugged flint washed up on shorelines. But of flint it is made not, for this is a third and final example of versatile, timeless limestone at play. Here, it is hardened and bleached via the etching process to coax out limestone’s alter ego.

Wondering in which scenarios it performs most convincingly? Modern homes, industrial aesthetics, urban-luxe settings, and so forth where its minimal detailing, smooth facade and cool tones thrive.

Stone story: speaking of shorelines, we took Kimmeridge to the beach in this south-coast family home where their poolside was in need of a sleek surface to suit the style of the main property. The result has a decided Hamptons feel to it with just a hint of Arts & Crafts styling that looks highly effective all year through.

For something similar: the Melbury porcelain outdoor tiles are an alternative to natural stone when low-maintenance upkeep is required. They come with either a concrete or slate effect and share the same cool, contemporary personality as Kimmeridge.

For more tile advice and design inspiration, speak to a member of the Artisans of Devizes team.