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Limestone gives Sandstone a run for its Money

showcase-grand-13Sandstone has long been the building material of choice for some of the most beautiful and prestigious homes in Sydney, but now there’s a new kid on the block.

A number of Sydney architects and builders are starting to recommend limestone as the building material of choice for their clients. These early adopters are crossing the border and sourcing their limestone from our quarry near Mt Gambier in the South East of SA. And for good reason.

Limestone colour range

Bruhn Limestone is a beautiful natural resource. It comes in a variety of colours ranging from light creams to rich biscuit hues which offer you different options for your new home.

Because Bruhn Limestone is so easy to work, it allows us to create a wide range of products such as face-finished ashlar blocks, solid decorative moulds and an assortment of columns.

A quarter of the cost of sandstone

Limestone is about a quarter of the cost of sandstone, which represents a significant saving — funds that can then be redirected to other areas.

Craig Anderson from CA Building Services in Sydney said,

“One of our clients really wanted sandstone for their new home but their budget just didn’t allow for it. We thought limestone was the perfect solution. Our clients were excited when we told them we could create the look they wanted with limestone, at a fraction of the cost. Even with the transport costs from SA, building with limestone represented a massive saving and still allowed us to create their ideal home.”

Building a new home is a big investment and with so many costs involved, finding a way to save money yet not compromise on quality or style is a huge bonus. Savings on the building material will mean more money for those beautiful fixtures and fittings on your wishlist.

And when you see what a beautiful backdrop limestone makes to your stunning new interiors, you’ll be extremely pleased with your choice for many years to come.

Upgrade your building material to limestone

Because limestone is such an affordable building material, many home owners who would normally be looking at building in brick and render are also discovering limestone. A new home built in limestone will cost about the same as brick and render, but you’ll get a lot of extra benefits such as high thermal and acoustic qualities.

Limestone is versatile

Limestone is a material that works equally well for traditional or modern designs. Which means that no matter what your dream home looks like, we think we can help you achieve it. And it doesn’t matter where in Australia you’re building either — we supply our limestone directly to your site, anywhere in the country.

If you’d to have a look a few of the 6,000 homes we’ve helped create, click through to see our gallery. And if you’d like to find out more about building in limestone, or want us to cost your project, please contact us. We’d be very pleased to help you.

Using Limestone in your new home

Your Unique Home

showcase-grand-13The common theme that architects and builders often hear when speaking to clients is that the end user always wants a uniqueness to their homes and I suppose why wouldn’t they!. If your designing a custom built home it should be reflective of your lifestyle, family needs and pick up the personality you are striving to achieve in the ideal home of your dreams.

Certainly designing the floor plans needs to suit these lifestyle requirements and should be well thought out with a good custom builder who listens and works closely with you. If you achieve this good balance in the relationship you will eventually design this ‘floorplan footprint’ and all the planning will soon turn into excitement of what the end result will look like and how quick can we make this happen.

External Cladding makes the Home

But it’s the ‘look like’ and the ‘uniqueness’ of the external cladding of your home that will set it apart from what everyone else is doing and immediately build resale value from the moment you receive the keys. The external cladding of a home is like the ‘dress sense’ or ‘make up’ worn by us as individuals and we are offered opportunity and many options to select this exterior persona as a reflection of who we are and how we would like our new home to look in the design stage.

Limestone gives an ‘individual look’

When investigating what cladding options are available to achieve this ‘individual look’ we discovered natural limestone offers all the above options due to its incredible versatility in product and colour range and the ability for it to simply just fit into all housing design options is quite remarkable.

Limestone is traditional

If it’s a more of a traditional type home that suits your taste, limestone blocks are now complemented with a broad range of decorative mouldings so plinths, wall bands, window moulds and parapet capping is now all easily achievable. If it’s a more modern contemporary designs that suits your liking limestone offers clean crisp lines that complement timbers and steel to create the most beautiful architecturally designed structures.

There is just something about natural stone that offers an immediate warmness and beauty to a home as well as the additional benefits of the superior thermal and acoustic properties that come with it.

Limestone Myths

Building in stone is also often misunderstood as being very expensive and difficult for builders to pull together but this is simply a myth as building in limestone has the exact same principals of building in brick and there are a large number of stonemasons in Melbourne who specialise in working with Limestone at very affordable rates. These masons can work magic with the stone to create features and detail both externally and internally that can offer the uniqueness you are looking for.

Bruhn Limestone are the Limestone Specialists

If limestone is of interest to you we recommend considering BRUHN Limestone as a supplier it is a well-established business with over 70 years’ experience in servicing clients Australia wide. The team at BRUHN are always welcoming and professional and specialise in pulling projects together whether it be simply better understanding costs to project managing stone and masons for your home. The other considerable benefit is that you are dealing quarry direct which always saves you dollars in the long run.

Limestone. One of the oldest building materials known to man.

Limestone is one of the oldest building materials known to man. The pyramids in Ancient Egypt were built with large limestone blocks and many medieval churches and castles in Europe are made of limestone. In recent times, it has most commonly been used in landscaping elements in Australian homes, however a recent increase in limestone home construction indicates that builders are again recognising the qualities of this natural material that has seen it stand the test of time.

Andrew Carmody from BRUHN Limestone comments on this trend, “Although the building industry has recently seen some tough times, the demand for our stone has increased substantially over the last 5 yrs. Feedback to us suggests that this is to do with our products being both natural and affordable. There is a perception that limestone is costly, however the price is comparable to building in brick render.

Combine this with the many positive properties that limestone offers and it becomes a perfect building material for some of the harsh climates we have in Australia” The positive properties Andrew refers to are many. Aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, limestone is a hardy, durable material – the Pyramids are a standing testament to that.  Because they are cut directly from the stone quarries, limestone bricks will last for many years without cracking and with little or no erosion.

Internally limestone has marvellous acoustic qualities acting as a sound barrier which of course enhances harmony in the home. It’s also a natural insulator so an excellent material if you’re striving for that 8
star energy efficiency rating.

Of course another reason for BRUHN’s growth can be attributed to the company itself. A third generation family run business, BRUHN have been supplying natural limestone from their quarries in Mt Gambier for over 70 years. With licenced builders and stone masons on staff BRUHN can provide itemised quotes from working drawings and have a range of products that suit both contemporary and
traditional designs. The expert knowledge of the team enables them to provide advice and recommendations when needed.

“We work really hard to get the formula right here at BRUHN” says Carmody. “To meet market demand we recently introduced a range of limestone decorative moulds that complement the ashlar blocks we produce. We also deliver our products direct to site on shrink wrapped pallets making the process as easy as possible for our clients.

BRUHN Limestone supply Australia wide. Their limestone is available in a range of colour tones, from light creams to a rich biscuit colour and finishes to suit varying architectural designs.
Like their product their business has stood the test of time, attributed by Carmody, not just to the quality of their products but to their commitment to “good old fashioned customer service” something that stands up in any economic climate.