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Stone Hinge - effects with Sandstone

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Stone Hinge - effects with Sandstone

by Lyndall Lee Arnold

One of the design challenges of renovating a property with internal, exposed sandstone walls can be how to incorporate the impact and appeal of the rough, textural surface with a sleek and stylish transformation.

The uneven, natural surface of the stone gives the room individuality and interest but poses problems with installation of doors, adjoining walls and staircases.

An innovative treatment is to consider ‘floating’ the doors and stairs, which avoids dealing with surfaces which are not perfectly straight or even.

When installing internal doors to sandstone, avoid installing frames and butting the edges to the sandstone and set the doors out from the stone and fix to top and bottom instead.

Hinges can be fixed to the ceiling and the floor and set approximately 25 mm out from the edge of the stone to allow for swing.

For such a small detail the effect can be dramatic. Creating a sleek, spacious feel to the space.

The same principle can be applied when installing an internal staircase between stone walls or with stone on one side and traditional wall on the other.

Don’t butt the stairs to the wall, but set them out from the wall a minimum of 25-30mm. This avoids the issues of levelling and evening the rough surface and creates a functional design feature.

This principle can be utilised in situations where a complete seal is not required, especially in lounge and dining areas and offers a simple, cost effective alternative to traditional ideas.

So when working with sandstone, look at working with the stone to maintain its enduring natural beauty and create a timeless interior.

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