Close-Up TV News Interview Stone Legends
Close-Up TV News Recognizes Stone Legends
Close-Up TV News recognizes Stone Legends as the country’s leading manufacturer of cast stone.
As homes for the affluent have grown more and more elaborate, architects and interior designers have looked to incorporate more stone pieces. With this significant increase in the demand for stone, a more cost-effective material offering improved durability and flexibility with comparable aesthetic appearance was necessary. Richard Carey found the answer in cast stone.
“I saw the market was hungry for a material that could personalize a home and make it look special,” says Carey, founder of Stone Legends. “Cast stone made it possible for an average person to have a little piece of a castle for himself and now it’s considered one of the primary design products.”
Since 1992, Stone Legends (http://www.stonelegends.com) has specialized in the manufacturing of cast stone used in columns, veneers, balustrades and door surrounds. Stone Legends’ work can be found across the country at colleges and universities, financial institutions, government buildings, resorts, hospitals and private homes, as well as numerous high-end public projects like the Oklahoma Governors Mansion and Regents University in Virginia.
Cast stone is essentially a man-made limestone: a cost effective, aesthetic building material that’s similar to natural limestone but significantly more durable, less expensive and easier to work with.
“Cast stone is a product that looks as close to cut as it can possibly be,” explains Carey. “In many cases cast stone will outlast limestone. Limestone will erode over time, but there are examples of cast stone that are over 1,000 years old.”
While the basic techniques used for handmade cement-based stone date back more than 2,500 years, Stone Legends employs these traditional practices in combination with state-of-the-art technology. Modern technology makes it possible for his staff to design and produce intricate stone pieces of all shapes and sizes – from columns to fireplaces to intricate facades for multi-million dollar mansions.
“The process involves a lot of talent and skills because everything is handmade,” explains Carey. “With low-yield repetitions, you have to manage and design very efficiently. What Stone Legends has done is take a rather fragmented craft and organized it using information technology.”
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