The natural building stone is cut 6 inches on bed (width) and the height ranges from a couple of inches to about 6 inches. Building with stone has never been easier, with it cut and dressed to size. There are about 3.5 square metres to a tonne.
For a more cottage look, the bed widths of the stone can be increased to 7 + inches, while limiting the height of the building stone. This increases the amount of the natural faced stone which is brown, as well as the lengths of the stone.
When building a natural stone wall, a lime based mortar should always be used. The lime has a degree of elasticity as well porosity, enabling the stonework to breathe and adjust with the changes of temperature and moisture. Furthermore, the lime is soft and so critically does not grip the stone. The lime based mortar, when mixed with yellow sand and stone dust, provides a gentle natural colour to the stone wall, enhancing it.
Straight cement mortar on the other hand is non porous, is hard and brittle. Therefore over time it retains moisture, and will crack as the building minutely adjusts over time. The cracked cement is then difficult to remove and ultimately could damage the stone.