Current economic conditions in the
housing market have meant that many
people are looking at simple and cost
effective ways to improve their homes
to give it that something extra –either
to create the perfect home or make it
stand out to house buyers.
An entrance is arguably the most
important feature as this is the first
impression a potential buyer will have.
One of the simplest but most effective
ways in which to improve an
entranceway is to build a portico on
the front of the house. Whilst
obviously providing shelter from the
elements, porticos can also be used to
embellish an otherwise dull and
uninspiring entrance. With a
portico costing from
under £2000, while appearing to have
a significantly higher price tag, this is
also a great way to increase the value
of a property.
produce a standard range of cast stone porticos and door surrounds
and can also manufacture custom designs. Different Haddonstone
including classical capitals, dentilled cornices, curved entablature and balustrading
can combine to create dramatically different effects on various styles of property –
whether traditional, classical or contemporary.
Porticos and door surrounds are not the only cast stone features that can be used to
enhance the appearance of a property –and even simple components such as
quoins, window surrounds and string courses can add value to a home, as shown by
a recent MORI poll which was commissioned by the UKCSA.
MORI showed 2000 people two pictures of the same newly built property –with one
showing cast stone door surrounds, window heads, cills and keystones and the other
showing plain, unadorned brickwork. An impressive 79 per cent preferred the
property with cast stone detailing and the survey showed that people would be willing
to pay up to 5 per cent more for a property with cast stone features.
Haddonstone has recently launched a revolutionary material called TecLite. Although
almost identical in appearance to standard Haddonstone
, TecLite is a thinner and,
consequently, lighter product which is made using Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete.
TecLite can be used in conjunction with standard Haddonstone
and is ideal for selfbuild
and renovation projects. It is also perfect for retro-fit projects which means
TecLite is not limited to owners of new build properties.
As well as cast stone for exteriors, Haddonstone
also has a range of designs that are
perfect for interior use, including several fireplaces in a variety of styles. A selfcirculating
fountain from the company’s Arcadian range can create tranquillity in a
conservatory or garden room or balustrading can be used on a stairway.
is a founder member of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association
(UKCSA). Cast stone has to comply with a rigorous set of British and International
standards. Stone supplied by members of the United Kingdom Cast Stone
Association (UKCSA) also has to achieve a cube compressive strength in excess of
35MPa, and can therefore be confidently used in building projects.
is the UK’s leading manufacturer of architectural cast stonework for
exteriors and interiors and has recently launched an entirely new website. The
comprehensive new website, www.haddonstone.com, has been updated to feature
’s latest designs. Customers also have the ability to order architectural
products, such as pier caps, for the first time and offers advice on installation.
There are over 500 standard designs in the Haddonstone
Collection ranging from
porticos, door surrounds and balustrading to columns, window surrounds and
fireplaces. The company also has the ability to create custom made stonework to