Pros and Cons of Stone Houses

Stone houses aren’t just found in villages or rural areas. You can also have one in the heart of the city, and we’ll show you how.
Pros and Cons of Stone Houses

Last update: 05 October, 2018

In recent years, more and more people have started buying and restoring old houses – while being careful not to lose that rustic charm that is so popular at the moment, of course. This is where stone houses – which we always immediately associate with old houses – come into play.

Many people are choosing to buy or rent old, traditional houses, whether it be to live in or for a second home. One thing that’s for certain – there’s no one type of construction material or type of structure that is better than another. In today’s post, we’ll explain the pros and cons of using stone.

Advantages of stone houses

1. More comfortable

Stone is perfect for bringing that touch of coolness we all long for in the summer months. In the winter, it helps to retain heat. It’s resistant to cold temperatures, snow, rain and heat. It produces an effect known as thermal inversion.

In cases of extreme heat or cold, an extra layer of insulation never goes amiss. In a house made from any other material, even more insulation would be needed.

Another point in favor of stone is that it is a great sound insulator. This is important for any home owner who values their privacy, and even more so if you live in a place where there is lots of traffic and noise.

Stone houses are damp proof, vermin proof, sound proof, and so well insulated.

And for the worriers among you, it’s important to know that stone is fire, insect, vermin and damp-proof.

Another important point to note is that because this material is in relatively low demand, it’s even more economical. If you decide to build your house from stone, you’ll save yourself a lot of money.

Plus, this material requires no maintenance. Forget any of the usual additional costs – this’ll last forever. You won’t need to repaint or redecorate the walls to repair any of the usual cracks or stains that appear over time. Stone walls will retain their color, and look exactly the same year after year.

2. Great aesthetic

Whether it’s entirely made of stone, or only partially, stone will add a touch of elegance to your home. It’ll give it a sense of character which oozes strength and nobility, just like the stone itself.

Stone is also a great material for those who love the little details. Although stone is a classic material, it can be found in a huge range of types and colors, so you can add a personal touch to your home.

You can personalize your stone house, to add your own sense of character and style.

In that sense, it’s ideal for rustic and rural homes, because it creates a sense of harmony with any natural landscape.

Stone also plays a very important role in decoration – not just of interiors, like the walls or fireplaces, but also in gardens and exterior walls. With the right lighting, it can be used to create a pleasant and harmonious atmosphere.

Disadvantages of stone houses

We know that stone houses come with many advantages. However, there are some essential things you need to know about stone before you decide to use this material for your house.

The main problem when it comes to stone is humidity. It can easily appear in your home if you don’t take steps to prevent it early on. It’s important to keep this in mind to prevent stains, and to prevent the atmosphere from becoming humid.

Plus, building with stone requires time and dedication, making it a slow and time-consuming process. You’ll need to rely on the expertise of someone who really knows what they’re doing.

Another downside to stone is that it’s difficult to repair or modify if anything gets broken or you decide you want to change something. You need to be sure of your decision, as it’ll be difficult to turn back once you’ve started.

Conclusion

As you can see, building your house from stone has more advantages than disadvantages. The main thing to think about is how much you like the stone look.

The most important thing is that your home is a place where you feel completely ‘at home’. Creating a space where you feel good is no easy task.

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