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Case study: Pietra Serena sandstone paving is a strikingly cool choice

Pietra Serena sandstone paving

A sweeping curved wall surrounds an impressive paved terrace at this country property where Pietra Serena sandstone paving has been used to striking effect.

The Italian grey sandstone, which was used extensively in Renaissance Florence and more recently on the floor of all Apple stores around the world, is known for its durability, uniform grain and clean surface.

The material was specified by garden designer, Annie Pearce, who was hired to transform this impressive Gloucestershire garden into a countryside haven.


The project included using Pietra Serena sandstone paving leading to the front door of the property and also for the patio at the rear of the property. Numerous bespoke step treads and pier caps were also made to order along with curved copings that sit on the top of the Purbeck stone wall between the paved terrace and the lawn.

The cool grey tone of the stone beautifully complements the property’s pale grey doors and windows while also contrasting well with the warm-coloured stone the house is built from.


Annie’s clients were ‘delighted’ with the results and compliments were also received from those who helped to create the garden, commenting that the stone was easy to lay.




This beautiful Gloucestershire garden was the work of Annie Pearce, a garden designer who has been creating stunning outdoor spaces for over 20 years. You can find out more about her here.

We welcome the opportunity to work with designers, architects, construction firms and trade customers to help find the best natural stone for their project. Contact us to discuss your latest scheme.

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Natural Stone Consulting are specialist suppliers of natural stone floors, wall tiles and paving. Working with factory partners in countries around the world, we have created one of the largest selections of modern, aged and antiqued flagstone floors at our showroom in Newbury, Berkshire.