Art of Stone:

Veneering has the character, look, and feel of natural stone. There are a myriad of patterns, textures, and colors – styles from sleek to rustic – to catch the eye and carry the design’s theme throughout the property. (Inside, too!) The finest craftsmanship and attention to detail is essential when installing stone veneer. (Below: Pennsylvania Ledgestone in “Dressed Fieldstone” color.)

Pennsylvania Ledgestone in Dressed Fieldstone color

Glen Cove, NY

Cultured & Natural Stone Veneers

SEE OUR STONE VENEER DESIGNS HERE.

Cultured stone and stone veneers provide an attractive and functional alternative to traditional building methods.

Cultured stone is becoming more and more popular for both the interior and exterior of homes. Cultured stone is a man made stone manufactured primarily for decorative accents. It is made up of cement, natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigments.

Cultured stone comes in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and is readily available for use. It can be used over most surfaces considering its flat backside and it is very low maintenance.

Natural stone veneers can be used in many similar applications. The actual stone is cut so that it is thin enough to be veneered on to the wall, house, or unit. They come in a variety of color, textures, and sizes.

Whether it is a retaining wall, the façade of your home, or an outdoor kitchen, these alternative building methods may be the ideal method for you and your project.

Retaining Walls

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Natural Stacked Bluestone Retaining Wall w/ Moss Rock Accents – Roslyn, Long Island, NY

Retaining walls serve many purposes including creating useable outdoor space, retaining grades, as well as being purely decorative. Each function has its own specific material and building methods.

Green Island Design evaluates each property to determine whether a retaining wall should be used for a specific application of if a wall can be used to enhance the property’s aesthetic value. Along with the look and feel of each wall, specific guidelines need to be followed during construction that Green Island specializes in.

Some common retaining walls include:

Paver Block Wall

Companies such as Unilock, Cambridge, and Techo Bloc make paver systems specifically designed for retaining walls. These wall systems can be installed as decorative or could be used in large retaining applications along with products such as Geo Grid.

Stacked Stone Wall

Stacked stone walls provide function as well as aesthetics. Many different natural stones can be used and crafted to produce stunning visuals and enhancing a landscape.

Dry Stacked Rock Wall

Boulders can be used in place of actual walls creating a much more natural setting. The use of plantings in and around these “walls” help produce the natural look and feel boulder walls can provide.

Retaining walls serve a purpose as well add beauty to your property. Choosing the correct color scheme, material, and strength for your wall is what Green Island Design is here for.

Patios, Stoops & Walkways

SEE OUR PATIO, STOOP, AND WALKWAY DESIGN PORTFOLIO HERE.

There are a multitude of options for patios, walkways, and stoops. These include shape, size, material, color, texture, and more. We can build patios at grade or raised patios that allow you to walk directly outside from any elevation. Walkways can restrict traffic to specific areas or suddenly persuade guests to visit other aspects of the property. Your lifestyle and specific tastes will determine many of these decisions.

Some of the many materials to consider:

Bluestone

Bluestone pavers are a versatile natural stone. They can be applied to many residential and commercial building applications. They are a perfect choice for the outdoors due to their durability and hard wearing qualities. Bluestone is available in many dazzling colors. Their main feature color consists of a blue-grey tone. Grey, dark grey, dark blue, and natural earthy tones are also colors that bluestone offers. It is available in irregular sizes and shapes as well.

Travertine

Travertine is a beautiful natural stone quarried in Turkey’s mountainous regions. Travertine pavers are ideal for use around the pool and patios areas, for they will stay cool on your feet and are freeze-thaw compatible. Travertine pavers have a non-slip surface finish, for they have a high co-efficient of friction. This means that they will provide a safe walking and play surface area for the whole family. Travertine can withstand weathering and erosion without deteriorating. It is known that Travertine material improves with age. Colors will not fade over time. Travertine pavers will maintain their natural color for decades. Another great benefit is that Travertine pavers require little to no maintenance or cleaning. They are simply a natural hard-wearing stone. Travertine is a versatile, durable and reliable material.

Concrete

Some of the benefits of using concrete pavers are design flexibility, variety of shapes and colors, strength and durability, easy repair and maintenance, snow friendly and weather resistance as well as safety and cost efficiency.

Driveways & Grand Entrances

SEE OUR DRIVEWAYS AND GRAND ENTRIES PORTFOLIO HERE.

The gateway or entranceway to your home may be the first thing you or a guest may notice when entering your home. Many factors play into the design including, aesthetics, maneuverability, functionality, security, as well as many others. The size, shape, and material choices are very important as well. Some features and materials to consider…

Light Piers

Light Piers offer a very distinct and functional use when entering a property. They can be built with many different materials allowing them to achieve a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. They also offer security by illuminating the entrances and exits to specific areas of the property.

Concrete Pavers

Some of the benefits of using concrete pavers are design flexibility, variety of shapes and colors, strength and durability, easy repair and maintenance, snow friendly and weather resistance as well as safety and cost efficiency.

Natural Stone

These are a wide variety of stones found naturally in the earth and quarried for our use. Natural stone pavers have a variety of shapes, colors, textures and finishes available and have made them one of the most attractive types of materials to be used in residential applications such as patios, walkways, pool decks, stepping stones and walkways. Natural stone’s ability to create a dynamic, classic or timeless look to terraces and walking paths is what makes it so popular today! It is available in irregular sizes and shapes as well.

Your grand entrance and driveway is your opening statement. It defines the image of how your home is presented and continues that theme throughout the property.

Smithtown, NY Project

This project in Smithtown, NY incorporates our client’s wish list of a large patio and seat walls with outdoor furniture, an outdoor fireplace as a focal point, a play set for the kids, a large expansive lawn area, and a natural retaining wall with color plantings.

Outdoor Fireplace - Cambridge Olde English Wall Fireplace With Cast Stone Surround Deluxe - Toffee/Onyx

Outdoor Fireplace - Cambridge Olde English Wall Fireplace With Cast Stone Surround Deluxe - Toffee/Onyx

Paver Patio - Cambridge Ledgestone-Toffee/Onyx Paver Patio- Random Pattern with Cambridge Olde English Seat Wall with Outdoor Fireplace

Paver Steps - Cambridge Cast Stone Steps- Bluestone Blend set into staggered New York State Boulder retaining wall

Paver Steps - Cambridge Cast Stone Steps- Bluestone Blend set into staggered New York State Boulder retaining wall