Getting Back to Our Hill Country Roots
Building with Local, Natural Materials
Part 1 - Limestone
As lovely as the Texas Hill Country is today, with rolling hills, valleys and beautiful views highlighted by rivers, the land was not easy to tame for its founders who, in the early to mid-1800’s, struggled to carve out settlements. It was a challenging life that would be unrecognizable in today’s landscape. Homes weren’t built for leisure and enjoyment but for protection from the elements, the heat, rain, wind and wild animals.
Many of these early settlers migrated from Southern Germany and Eastern France. They utilized local materials like limestone, fieldstone, cypress, live oak, and mesquite to develop dwellings that were heavily influenced by German architecture.
Even today, Hill Country design highlights local, natural materials like limestone. Limestone is a natural material made from pressurized sediment under the sea. It is a durable natural stone and comes in a range of colors due to the different impurities that were in the sediment at the time it was formed.
Durability and Dependability
Limestone is a great natural stone for durability. It is used in the construction of century-old buildings like museums, public schools, churches, courthouses and more. It also has a rich history as part of structures in Europe that are still standing today.
Limestone is very versatile because it has a warm neutral color tone and also comes in a variety of colors, making it easy to find one that will fit with your home designs. While limestone is durable, it can also be easily shaped and hand carved so that it can have the right design, size, and shape that you want to become limestone kitchen hoods, limestone fireplaces, limestone columns, limestone countertops, or limestone door surrounds.
Another benefit of limestone is that it is consistent. Unlike marble and granite, you can choose the color, style, and shape you want and that will be what you get.
Natural stone has a beautiful and cultured appearance that no other material can replace. Limestone is also one of the most cost-effective natural stone options in our area.
If you are looking to build or remodel your home and want to use local resources contact us today because TriBuilt Is Trusted.