Editors’ Picks: Building with Stone

Our editors highlight new and classic articles about this well-loved old-house building material: stone.

This stone house was built in 1816.

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There’s a reason why so many old houses are constructed from stone: It’s durable, easy to come by, and able to be manipulated by hand into all sorts of subtle variations. And did we mention the wonderful patina it takes on as it ages? Whether you already live in a stone house or just dream of owning one someday, you’ll find something to relate to in our cadre of stone-specific articles, from a tour of a reconstructed 18th-century stone farmhouse to a lesson on how to replace broken stones on a façade.

It’s easy to imagine this small rustic house as it was over a century ago.

Stone House Restoration: Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects resurrects an eighteenth-century dwelling in New York’s countryside.

Marty began the repairs by carefully removing old caulk, mortar, and rubble stone with a hammer and chisel. The cobblestones were set aside and later fitted back into the wall.

How to Repair a Stone Wall: When masonry buildings need repairs, a few simple tools—and some practice—will make them good as new again.

Stone veneer should be installed so that it has appropriate clearance from adjoining finishes and doesn’t project like a later addition to the façade. Here a foundation clad in The Stoneyard’s Boston Blend nests beneath flared shingle coursing. (Courtesy: The Stoneyard)

More than Skin Deep: Stone veneers have become popular as a residential finish, appearing on fireplaces, chimneys, and foundations.

Robert Moses and Rick Tulles fit a cornice block on site and anchor it in place; a stonemason will tuck-point it with mortar.

Creating Architectural Stone: Architectural stone, from base to cornice.

The tall gambrel-roofed Keith House was built starting in 1722 for the provincial governor.

Stone Houses of Eastern Pennsylvania: A look into the rich history of Eastern Pennsylvania’s stone houses and buildings.


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