It seems impossible to think that a stone on the ground, an outcrop of rock or a cliff face could mean so much to artisans and craftsmen, but these precious materials are what have enabled stonemasons to build cities, roads and entire civilizations. This ancient art began as soon as man was able to craft tools to work with the stone. From rudimentary techniques, soon ancient civilizations began to erect temples, palaces and pyramids crafted from hewn rock. These constructions still exist today along with later castles, churches and cathedrals.
The longevity of stone and its natural beauty means stone work is just as popular with discerning home designers who know the timeless appeal of this beautiful material that will enhance any building or outside area. Combined with modern technology and new stone cutting techniques, it is possible for stone work to be included in any home improvement budget. When stone work is included with landscape design, the resulting effect is both pleasing and decorative and improves with age as the stone takes on the natural aging process. Stone masonry work can be used to bring the outdoors inside and the inside outdoors with many applications from chimney pieces, walls to entirely clad houses.