Hand fashioned old stone blocks create this one of a kind foundation. (more pictures)
Before concrete took over as the dominant material, barn foundations were constructed from durable, attractive granite, sandstone or limestone. These stones are typically cut smooth on four sides and rock-faced on one side.
With our salvaged barn foundation stone, our customers have designed a diverse assortment of unique projects, including flowerbeds, benches, retaining walls and more. What will you come up with?
Barns have long been a source of pride for farmers, and from the foundation to the roof, construction was time-consuming and labor-intensive. To learn more about how our reclaimed barn foundation stone was quarried, cut and installed, visit the History section below.
As Americans moved West in the late 18th and 19th centuries, they began clearing forests for vital resources, planting crops and putting down roots. To build foundations for barns and dwellings, poorer farmers turned to fieldstone—naturally occurring stones that rose to the surface of soil as settlers worked and cleared their land.
Meanwhile, more affluent farmers usually purchased uniquely cut stone from quarries to construct their foundations—this is the historic barn foundation stone that Experienced Brick & Stone proudly offers our customers.
Barns were—and often still are—a source of great pride for many farmers, and the construction process was incredibly time-consuming and labor-intensive. Skilled masons cut, placed and faced the stone blocks, which typically weighed up to two tons each. By the end of the project, the finished face of the barnstone could be quite elaborate, as masons left their mark, like an artist signing a painting.
Before the 1900s, all barn foundations were constructed using locally sourced stone, such as granite, sandstone or limestone. But as Portland cement became more readily available in the early 20th century, it swiftly replaced stone as the building material of choice for these projects. Our inventory of recovered, antique barn foundation stone is more than 100 years old—and ready for your next project.