The Sandstone cliffs of the Eastern Free State embody a wonderful but little known historical tale. These sandstone cliffs – in various shades of gold and honey – give the Eastern Free State its distinct look and warm light.
Situated deep in the Eastern Free State the old quarries in Fouriesburg, Lady Brand and Ficksburg were the source of much of the quality sandstone which graces many of South Africa’s beautiful historic buildings. Its distinctive character, high quality, durability, and working properties have made sandstone from this area greatly sought after.
The quarries closed when demand for sandstone waned and concrete was king and the area was forgotten. But the beauty of sandstone is self-evident as it shines golden-yellow in the evening sun and slowly the material was introduced back into buildings by architects and homeowners anxious to introduce natural materials back into homes and buildings.The small quarries were re-opened and new quarries have been developed with a new generation of local residents learning the skills of hand carving the sandstone blocks.
The Sandstone Story is the marketing arm of these ventures. Every stone is carved using the same techniques used 100 years ago. The stone speaks of workmanship, attention to detail and superior quality.
The Sandstone Story is renowned for their quality of stone and expert fitting. Visit their Ballito showroom or call 032 946 3249 for details.
Some of the options available today include:
In various shades from gold to steel strey the locally quarried sandstone lends a distinct look and warm light to buildings. The distinctive character, high quality, durability, and working properties have made Southern African Sandstone greatly sought after as an honest building material. The Sandstone Story is know for their unique colours and designs in Sandstone which cannot be matched with industrial quarrying methods
Natural Slate is ideal for dramatic colour and texture. The Sandstone Story can supply both slate floor and wall tiles as well as slate rivens and boggoms for cladding.
Marble is one of the most elegant flooring materials that you can choose. All natural, it is harvested from the belly of a mountain in great slabs of stone, which are then sliced down and refined into the individual tiles.
The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion. Travertine Tiles are natural stone tiles where the holes have usually been filled. Some of the most popular colors are Ivory, Beige, Walnut colors (light, medium, dark), Noce (Dark brown), Silver and Gold. Combinations of these colors are also possible.For more visit The Sandstone Story.