Cast stone accents are an affordable design details that transform a simple home into one with character and architectural appeal. “Cast stone gives a home character by using it as architectural details on the exterior and interior for an upscale, elegant look—one with natural, time-worn appeal.,” says Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri.
Cast stone also known as precast concrete mimics the look of limestone by mixing cement and sand that is poured into molds to create shapes and architectural pieces. Precast concrete gets its weathered look by adding baking soda in the mixing process to create its uneven surface and rich texture. Although cast stone looks and feels heavy, it is much lighter than natural stone making it easier to install and opening up more design possibilities.
Foam inserts in cast stone pieces keep the material lightweight and support its structure and shape. Cast stone comes in different colors but Ulibarri cautions that it’s hard to have a consistency in color and texture because each batch has variations. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri offers a few design ideas for using cast stone in your living space
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