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 There's nothing quite like the look of natural stone that has been quarried and cut to fit beautifully into your home. such as selected river rock, fieldstone or flagstone. natural stone is perfect for a number of projects around the house - from stepping stones and outdoor columns to fireplaces and interior walls Building with rock and stone is what we are all about. Our stone work consists of Veneers, Foundations, Chimneys, Retaining Walls, Building Stone, Veneer Stone, and much more, for a custom design that will fit your need and lifestyle. We are experts in the field of Landscaping and Rock work. If you have a vision of what you want, tell us about it. Do you have a masonry idea?

 

Traditional Dry-Stack Stone Walls: Stone masonry originated with dry-stacked stonework where the walls are carefully layed up without mortar. Gravity serves as the glue that holds everything together. Free-standing dry-stack stone walls are usually made larger at the base and then taper in slowly as the height increases. For absolutely no expense but the labor, farmers built miles upon miles of stone fences this way in Ireland and in the northeastern states.

Many old Irish houses were built in a similar way. Where "mortar" was used, it was often merely mud or limestone plasters with little strength. The mortar functioned as caulking to stop the flow of air, rather than as cement to bond the stones together. Short, dry-stacked stone walls are especially ideal for landscaping projects. Taller walls require more skill and time. For more details on dry-stack stone walls, be sure to check out Building Stone Walls and Stonework: Techniques and Projects.

Traditional Mortared Stone Walls: Mortared stone walls evolved out of dry-stack stone work with the emergence of cement mortars. The first cements were made of burnt gypsum or lime mixed with water to make a paste with slight bonding capability. Stone walls still had to be built as carefully as they were without mortar. The cement paste just filled the gaps between the stones and cured to form a soft, rock-like substance.

The basic formula for modern cement originated in England in 1824. It is called "Portland cement" because the color is similar to the rocks on the English island of Portland. It is still called Portland cement everywhere in the world it is manufactured. This cement is made with calcium from limestone or chalk, plus alumina and silica from clay and shale. The ingredients are ground, mixed in the right proportions and burnt in a kiln at a temperature of about 2500 degrees F (1350™C) to drive out water bound up in the raw materials. In the kiln it fuses into chunks called clinker. It is cooled and powdered, and gypsum is added to control how fast it sets up. Portland cement is mixed with sand and water, and often lime to make a smooth mortar for stone and brick work. Adding the lime makes the mortar softer and more flexible.

With the aid of Portland cement it is possible to build a taller stone wall that does not taper inward like a dry-stacked wall. The cement has some ability to "glue" a stone wall together with less care, but proper stoneworking techiques are still important. Building a free-standing stone wall is a true art and requires a lot of time and skill to do it well. For more details on traditional mortared stone walls, be sure to check out Building with Stone.

Veneered Stone Walls: Most stonework today consists of a non-structural veneer of stone against a structural wall of concrete or cinderblock. Concrete consists of Portland cement mixed with sand, gravel and water. The larger particles of gravel interlock like little fingers to make the concrete resistant to cracking. Steel reinforcing bar can be added to serve as much longer "fingers" to make a wall that is very resistant to cracking. Concrete is a fast and relatively inexpensive way to put up a structural wall, so few people take the time for labor intensive traditional mortared stone walls any more.

Instead, the structural wall is put up first, and thin, flat stones are essentially glued onto the face of the wall with cement mortar. Metal tabs in the structural wall are mortared in between the stones to tie everything together, otherwise the stonework would just peel right off the wall. The structural wall serves as a form on one side of the wall to make it really easy to lay up the stonework, provided the rocks have good flat edges to work with.

 

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Types of Projects


Fireplaces & Stove Backings
Fireplaces and stoves can represent both a picture of strength and warmth in your home. A fireplace is a great gathering spot for friends and family and can provide the perfect reading or relaxing spot on a cold winter night. Fireplaces can also stand out as the unique centerpiece to a room, and Designer Properties thrives on building the most beautiful and breathtaking fireplaces you can dream.
 

Retaining Walls & House Sidings
Using stone on outdoor construction can make any structure feel natural and beautiful. Designer Properties has used stone to face walls and homes for 30 years, and knows the impact it can have on making any house or business feel well planned and grounded.
 

Entryway Pillars
What better way to mark the entry to your home than with stone pillars. Pillars are used to identify many different landmarks, and can add presence and attraction to your home or business. When designing your driveway, think about what part stone could play to mark your entryway.
 

Walkways and Patios

Any path or patio can be enhanced by the use of stone. These projects can be completed with the use of mortar or by simply setting the stones in the ground. Cement patios or walkways can be faced with stone and mortar for a classic look, while dirt or sand pathways and patios can be lined with stone by digging out the shapes of the rocks and lying in stones so that they lay flat against the ground.
 

Landscaping with Stone
Using stone in commonly visited areas outside your home can add beauty to any landscape. Stone can be used to sculpt any formed landscape to feel natural. Stone can also be used to accent any gathering area, and looks especially good around patios and walkways.
 

Other Creations
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lmost any setting or structure can be improved with the correct use of stone. Over the years Designer Properties has used stone to face barbeques, planters, stairways, pools, and many other projects with beautiful results. Whatever your architectural plans, consider stone for beautiful results.
 

Stone Laying Techniques
 

Classic
Classic stonework has visible mortar joints between the rocks. This technique is achieved by parging mortar to the back of the rock and the wall it will be attached to, along with a thin layer between each rock. After setting and drying, the joints between the rocks are struck to an even amount of visible mortar. The joints are then brushed and washed with a sponge for the smoothest finish. Joints can be struck at different distances for different effect, but the main purpose of stonework is to see the stones themselves. For this reason, the joints should be kept thin and not distract from the rocks themselves. As with any good rockwork, the mortar joints are a great way to observe the quality of the stonework at hand.

Dry Stack
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he dry stack technique is both impressive in its visual appeal and composure. The central idea of the technique is setting rocks with no visible mortar joints. This is accomplished through meticulous picking and choosing of rocks that fit together perfectly. Mortar is still used behind the rocks, and the structure is just as secure as the classic look, but the overall visual effect is quite different. The dry stack look requires much more time and effort than the classic look because of the extra number of rocks that must be collected in order to find shapes that fit together tightly. The actual laying of the rocks also requires more time for precise fitting. The end result is quite stunning because it has the look of rocks that simply sit on top of one another without the support of mortar.

Mosaic
The basic technique involves using rocks of different shape and color to build a mosaic picture or symbol into the structure being created. It could range anywhere from a mountain range, to different types of trees, to a meaningful symbol built into the structure of your project. Mosaic stonework could be built in a classic or dry stack look. Depending on the type of project, the physical structure could also be build to reflect the picture being set into the creation. Mosaic pictures can add meaning and uniqueness of even the most basic structure.

 

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Introduction to San Antonio-Austin, Texas

One of Texas' most famous cities is the City of San Antonio-Austin. Located in the south-central part of the state, San Antonio-Austin is Texas' second-largest city and serves as an economic and cultural gateway to the American Southwest. The city lies about 140 miles northwest of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico and 150 miles northeast of the city of Laredo on the Mexican border. Several major freeways service the city, including Interstates I-10, I-35, I-37, and I-410; U.S. Routes 87, 90, and 281; and Texas State Highways 16 and 151.

Named for Saint Anthony of Padua, on whose feast day (June 13) a Spanish expedition explored the area in 1691, the San Antonio-Austin River was the principal tributary which spawned the founding of its namesake village in 1718. The site, on the river's west bank, was initially a stopping place on the Texas wilderness trail leading to French trading posts in Louisiana. By 1731 the town was known as San Antonio-Austin de Béxar, which in 1773 became the capital of Spanish Texas. During the Texas Revolution, San Antonio-Austin was the site of several battles, including the battle of the Alamo in 1836, in which 189 defenders held the old Alamo mission for 13 days against some 4,000 Mexican troops. Although the defenders were ultimately killed, the memorable phrase "Remember the Alamo" became forever known as the rallying cry of the Texas Revolution against Mexico. After the Civil War, San Antonio-Austin prospered as a cattle industry hub and military center serving the border region and the Southwest. During the twentieth century, San Antonio-Austin became an important military center for the Army and Air Force through both world wars; a distinction which it has retained to this day. San Antonio-Austin is the current home of Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis located just outside the city limits