Having been in business for over 35 years, Behringer Stone Company has a very large portfolio of stone projects. The picture links on this page contain only a few samples which will help you find the stone product and style for your project.
In the first link, you can find a very large estate that features traditional stone masorny but with contemporary design. You will see walls more than six inches thick, towering chimneys, and beautiful stone walkways made from "flagstone." While very few can afford a project as grand as this Chapel Hill Mansion, smaller stone products are available using the same style.
Restoration work makes up a substantial portion of Behringer Stone's business, and no other stone mason in the area has as many years of experience matching repairs or additions to older stonework. There is also an example of using mortar dye, a technique that can further accent the beauty of stonework.
The third provides contrasting examples of non-traditional faux veneer and thin, stucco-type fascades with traditional thick stonework as well as free-standing stone signs. While some of these are residential projects, most fabricated, veneer, and entrance signs are commercial work.
The last link shows some of Behringer Stone's municipal and subdivision sign work. You can see there how a relatively simple stone marker adds beauty, character, and a sense of importance to a township, historic area, or subdivision.
(click photos for expanded gallery)
Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church
This stone bell tower on Kaplan Drive in Raleigh is the tallest of Behringer Stone landmarks. It is an impressive example of traditional stone construction using thick walls and inner structural reinforcement. Though built much later than the original stone church building, the color and patterns of the tower are nearly identical to that of the older stucture.
The Capehart/Crocker House is a very unique historic landmark in downtown Raleigh. Originally built in 1898 as a private residence, it was later converted to apartments and then bought by the state of North Carolina. In 1979, the state had the house moved. Jeff Behringer and a former business associate collaborated on the stone portion of the move. The stones were numbered, removed, and then re-placed in the same positions in which they had originally been. A distinct feature of this particular stonework is the red mortar that was used around the white/grey granite of the columns and arches.
Historic Raleigh Homes
Many of the historic homes and stone landmarks in Raleigh were built using stone from the Triangle area. Houses like this one in Historic Oakwood have the distinct look of brown granite, known as Wake County Building Stone. When Jeff Behringer began his career in stone masonry, this particular stone had to be extracted from the quarry using hand-driven steel drills, sledge hammers, and dynamite. One project for which Jeff Behringer quarried the stones using this method can be found at Moore Square in Raleigh.
Artificial Veneer: Cameron Village
A close look at these columns at Cameron Village in Raleigh reveals that the "stone" is actually molded concrete that resembles stone. The benefit of using this material is that it is easier to fit together than natural stone. Many varieties of artificial stone are available, and in many cases, the end result is as appealing as natural stone.
natural stone veneer
A large portion of Behringer Stone Company's residential work has been fascades on house fronts. The two examples below are different styles of fascade work on newly built homes. The first shows a style in which large rock faces are surrounded by thin horizontally stacked stones. These walls are up to six inches thick and show no mortar joints. The other project features thin veneer (maximum three inches). To secure these thin stones, a wire lath is first nailed into the house's wood frame and is then covered in a mortar scratch coat. The stones are then stuck to the wall using a rich mortar mixture and surround with mortar joints.
Municipal, public park, residential communty signs, and private entrance gates completed by Behringer Stone Company can be found throughout the Triangle area. The pictures below are show two styles among very many, more of which can be found on below. Nothing accentuates the beauty of a park, neighborhood, or landscape quite like stone, and designing a stone entry-way can add an owner's distinct, personal touch to a property.
traditional and thick-wall
Since ancient times, stone has been used to build lasting, sometimes formidable structures. Concrete and mortar have made the extremely thick walls of ancient times unnecessary, but the traiditional style of at least six-inch thick walls is still used in restoration work and in some new homes. A contemporary example of this style can be seen in the Britt Estates photos, while some of Behringer Stone's restoration work can be seen in the historic homes and churches section.
fireplaces and chimneys
Stone is the perfect material to add earthiness to one's abode. At one time the primary source of warmth, center for cooking, and source of night-time light in a home, now stone fireplaces can be used to center a room and add character, while a chimney contributes beauty and stability to a home's outward appearance.
flagstone and steps
The beauty of stone used to construct patios and steps cannot be matched with any other material. Unique varieties of flagstone from distant locations are also more available than ever before, and this can be seen in the Asian Blue Stone from China used in the rounded patio in the left picture. On the right, an earth-tone flagstone walkway is the perfect complement to the green landscape.
Stone is a terrific way to accentuate natural beauty. In addition to providing examples of signs Behringer Stone has done in the past, there is a template at the bottom for designing a stone entry-way. This is a rough template that a customer can use to design their own or create a completely new and distinct stone marker.