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jp33 01-30-2008 09:24 PM

Masonry Stone Archway
While this isnt a DIY as I'm getting a contractor to handle this - I need some professional advise!
I've got an archway leading from my living room to kitchen and would like to 'stone' it.
I've had 2 companies/contractors out to quote the job and while the prices were fairly similar, the stone they wanted to use was different.
One said I would need a fake stone, and the other said I could use a real stone (that would match the fireplace in our living room)
So, you can see my delima - can real stone be used for a job like this?
The link below is a pic of my archway:

All comments much appreciated!

Kingfisher 01-31-2008 07:55 AM

No photo showing :( By fake stone do you mean foam or cement? Without a photo its hard to say but I would try to match the fire place if it were my house, you don't think the real stone contractor can do it right?

jp33 01-31-2008 08:03 AM

the fake stone would be cement.
it's not that i dont think the real stone contractor can do it, it's just that one said one thing and the other said the opposite. so i thought i would do a little research on my own and try to figure out the best option.

you can paste the link above in your browser (the board wouldnt let me hyperlink) - let me see if i can insert the image

Ron6519 01-31-2008 08:23 AM

Real stone would require a fairly substantial base to support the installation. This support would need to go all the way to the basement. You don't mention the size of the stone, so the support needed will vary with weight. Good veneer stone is quite a bit lighter and looks just like real stone.

jp33 01-31-2008 08:31 AM

thanks Ron.
the stone on our fireplace is a granbury cream, chopped. it looks pretty dang heavy to me. i questioned whether mortar alone would hold it in place - sounds like it wouldnt.
is it possible to cut the stone in half? it would cut the weight down, take up less space and might not require a base?

jp33 01-31-2008 08:33 AM

you can see our fireplace/stone in the background of this image

tkle 01-31-2008 09:08 AM

If it was a tighter arch, I'd go with natural stone. The stone might come split already. To have your mason do it, it would be costly. I tend to think the phony stone is your best option. The problem being it might not blend in well with your fireplace. You may want to look at different options such as thin natural stone or (gasp) wood.

jp33 01-31-2008 09:36 AM

i know the supplier of the stone on the fireplace, so i am going to call them today and see what they recommend.
ideally i'm needing a thin stone it sounds like.
how time consuming/costly would it be to have my mason cut the stone himself (just in case thin stone isnt an option)

tkle 01-31-2008 06:23 PM

To many variables to say, but I would guess it would double your labor cost.

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