Patio Choices: Travertine

I absolutely love this stone. And it is without question probably the sexiest stone I have ever worked with. Asked to describe it, my slightly oddball to some head told it as such:

It’s like walking into a room and your old school long-haired never grew out of the seventies mate is there. In my heart I am still him. But not unlike Samson, I got my hair cut. Anyhow, he’s sitting in a mildly disheveled armchair wearing a pair of ripped jeans and a Led Zep t-shirt. The Stones are playing on vinyl in the background and a he’s supping a drop of Middleton Very Rare from a crystal tumbler he acquired from his local tavern. And whether or not you would like it to be something different, you and I both know, he [or it, the paving, in this case] has got that little bit of class some quite simply can only ever hope to achieve. You know it. I know it. And he couldn’t give a sh** either way. Legend.

To the stone, it’s hard to find, even for me that has worked with it, images of the stone that show it off as it deserves to be. Because, upon arrival it comes with that dusty covering and when laid it tends to show it off in an entirely different light. That and I am no pro photographer.

The Middleton VR analogy in mind, you’d never drink it from a pint glass, but one I guess can. Translated, like all things that are very great sometimes less is more and in the case of travertine it is how you choose to use it within the overall project that will make it and it’s surround achieve that level of respect.

Of note; be prepared to chuck some of it in the skip. The natural appearing cracks can hold water that with freezing expand. Also if you are looking for the cheapest paving quote – this is the wrong stone to be even glancing at. It is pricey-er. But worth every single cent.


2 replies
  1. Grannymar
    Grannymar says:

    I was reading a friend’s blog the other day,sh hails from Cornwall. She was talking about her patio in Dendrite Limestone, have you come across it?

    “Dendrite Limestone (sometimes called picture stone or painted stone) is an amazing original work of art by Mother Nature. The patterns occur naturally due to the presence of iron and manganese oxide Dendrites. Dendrites are the branch-like formations of manganese oxide crystallising within the limestone.”

    It looked amazing, but I am sure it is expensive.

  2. Peter Donegan
    Peter Donegan says:

    Hi Grannymar,

    I’ve laid black and grey limestones and never ever seen such patterns in them.
    That said, I have and it would not be unusual to see it randomly in sandstone. And they are very pretty.

    Although now that I think about it….. maybe I just don’t notice it because the limestone is black in colour and the dendrite is usually brown. That’s gas altogether !

    Now I have Tom Jones singing in my head,
    Chat soon 🙂

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