Soon after the reclaimed barn siding started going up, our masons started on the exterior stone. In our quest to use local materials, we scoped out many possibilities for the stone, but ultimately decided on Rush County Rubble. We liked the color variation it had, including some darker pieces with a little black.
We were able to save quite a bit of money by going directly to the quarry for the stone. It was mined only a couple of counties away from us, only about a 30 minute drive. Of course, it helps that we have access to dump trucks that the average person might not have. However, even if you hired an hourly dump truck, it still would have been cheaper than buying the materials from a stone supplier.
Stone covered the exterior of the stairwell, right on the front of the house.
There's quite a bit on the walkout basement portion, underneath the pergola and deck.
And we used it to cover our chimney from the living room fireplace.
This was definitely one of the more exciting things to see happening. Once the stone starting going up, you could really appreciate the differences and contrast between the three different materials. It's always nice to be able to see the vision in your head come to life!