Create Your Look / Architecture Designs / Landscape Designs / DIY Guide / Photo Examples/ Paver Patterns / Stone Veneer / Flagstone / Stone Edges & Surfaces

When it comes to choosing a look for your home, the possibilities are endless. Sure, your look can be determined somewhat by your taste and your budget. But, your look ultimately comes down to the design and the materials.

At Braen Supply, we don’t specialize in design. There are experts to do that. But, we do specialize in materials…quality materials. And, we believe in allowing that quality to speak for itself.

Browse through the architecture and landscape design photo galleries to see that quality in a vast array of projects. Or, utilize the tools in our “do-it-yourself” (link to page) section to better understand masonry, landscape and building terms. For example, you’ve heard the term bull nose, but don’t know what it means…proceed directly to the glossary . All of these tools and more are just waiting for you to explore.

 

 

Architecture Designs

This design gallery focuses upon various architectural features that are both functional and aesthetic. From chimneys and fireplaces to arches and columns, this sampling gives just a glimpse of the many options that are possible.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos. Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows. With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.

 

 

Landscape Designs

 

This design gallery focuses upon various landscape design features that are enhanced from the quality and beauty of the materials utilized.  From patios and pathways to walls and waterfalls, this sampling gives just a glimpse of the many options that are possible.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos.  Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows.  With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.




DIY Guide This do-it-yourself (DIY) guide was created to help educate and assist. We realize that some DIY projects are easier than others…but having a little help can make a big difference.

On the first page, there is one estimating guide for Bluestone and another for Stone, Belgium Block and Brick. These guides can be helpful to determine the quantities of materials you may need for your project and also provides different pattern options.

The second page contains a comprehensive glossary of masonry terms. This is merely a tool for acquainting you with the terminology used in the field. If your contractor often references veneer stone and you are not familiar with that term, look it up…that is the purpose of this glossary!

Lastly, the examples page demonstrates the main options available within four different categories; paver patterns, stone veneer, flagstone, and stone edges & surfaces. Often, you may know what you like when you see it…but don’t know exactly how to describe it. Hopefully, this examples guide will be of assistance.

Please keep in mind that all of the informational tools we have provided are meant to serve as reference guides only. Do not assume that these figures will be applicable to every project. It is important to discuss any project with either your contractor or a Braen Supply sales associate.


Photo Examples

When designing the look for your property, having even a little bit of knowledge can be helpful. Whether you are installing a pathway with concrete pavers or a patio of flagstone, often it is the details that make the difference. For example, do you want your outdoor bar area to have a bluestone countertop with a rock face edge or do you prefer bullnosed edge?

Use these pages to help differentiate between the various options available. And remember, while the examples are meant to serve as an informational guide, we always recommend that you speak to your contractor or to a Braen Supply sales associate for any specific questions.

To enter the photo example galleries (paver patterns; stone veneer; flagstone; and stone edges and surfaces),
simply use the left-hand menu or click on the photos below.
 


Paver Patterns 

Concrete pavers are produced in many different shapes and sizes.  The variety of shapes and sizes for each individual style determines the types of patterns that are feasible.

Most manufacturers have an intended pattern for each type of paver style.  Before choosing a specific style, we recommend that you verify with your installer that they are experienced in installing this paver pattern.

This design gallery focuses upon various types of concrete paver patterns.  From running bond and circle patterns to random and herringbone, this sampling highlights the most prominent patterns.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos.  Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows.  With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.


Stone Veneer

Stone veneer is used as a decorative facing material which is not meant to be load-bearing.  Stone veneer is traditionally 4” to 6” inches thick and supported by a foundational shelf.  The growing trend in masonry, however, is moving towards thin veneers which are typically 1½ inches thick.  Unlike 4” to 6” inch veneer, thin veneer does not require support from a foundational shelf.  This reduces the construction costs since the thin veneer is applied directly to the wall of the structure.

This design gallery focuses upon various types of stone veneer.  From ashlar and irregular to square and rectangular, this sampling highlights the most widely used stone veneer.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos.  Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows.  With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.

Flagstone

Flagstone is thin slabs of stone used for flagging or paving walks, driveways, patios, etc. It is generally fine-grained sandstone, bluestone, quartzite or slate, but thin slabs of other stones may be used. Typical colors of flagstone are red, blue, buff and dark brown. Flagstone is quarried all over the world, which can determine its color, texture and size. For example a quartzite that is quarried in the United States can result in a different color, texture, density, and size from a quartzite that is quarried in China. These alternating variables can result in a completely different appearance, as well as, varying surface temperatures.

This design gallery focuses upon the different applications for installing flagstone. From dry layed random pattern to irregular wet layed flagging, this sampling highlights the most widely used flagstone.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos. Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows. With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.

Stone Edges & Surfaces

For natural stone products, there are options regarding both the vertical and horizontal surfaces. The surface is typically a horizontal face, while the edge is typically a vertical face. Not all surfaces and edges are available in every type of stone product. Stone density, quarrying methods and other factors determine the availability of certain stone edges and surfaces. For example, bluestone is extremely versatile; it has the capability of being fabricated to any desired edge or surface style. Limestone, on the other hand, has a more limited range of edge and surface options.

Stone edges are applicable to stone steps, hearths, treads, and sills, whereas stone surfaces are applicable to either pattern or irregular flagstone materials.

This design gallery focuses upon the different types of stone edges and surfaces. From bullnose and rockface to thermal and natural cleft, this sampling highlights the most commonly found applications.

To open the gallery, click on any of the photos. Once the photo has opened, scroll over the photo with your mouse to find the “next page” and “previous page” arrows. With these arrows you can browse through all of the photos in the gallery.