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Journal

Scottish Castle Restoration


With Burns Night being yesterday, we thought it might be timely to bring you news of one of our latest projects – the provision of antiqued and reclaimed floors to grace a castle whose history was entwined with the legend Robert the Bruce. 

The historically significant four-storey castle itself dates back to the early 12th Century and has impregnably thick stone walls, secret passages and stairways. From the very start, all our designs were submitted to Historic Scotland for their scrutiny along with the reasons as to why we selected specific stone types for inclusion in the final design. So what exactly were the designs for?

Working closely with the Scottish interior design consultancy commissioned by the client, Lapicida designed, fabricated, supplied and installed exclusive natural stone floors for two of the castle’s key rooms. 

The first room, the Dining Room, features a design inspired by the achingly beautiful Staircase Hall at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire – the ancestral home of Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The striking design features diamond borders of black Nero Marquinha marble contrasting with fine Italian Carrara marble. The effect is stunning and gives the room a bold accent and even greater presence. 

For the castle’s handsome wood panelled Salon, alternating white Italian Carrara and Bardiglio marbles are inset with black Nero Marquinha marble insets to work with the Salon’s a classic Georgian design.

The design inspiration for this room came from a stately home called Hamilton Palace in Lanarkshire that was actually demolished almost 100 years ago in 1919.

Both floors are carefully antiqued in finish, not polished, to retain their rich patina and create an instant ambience and sense of history when you enter the room. 

For more information regarding Lapicida’s new and reclaimed flooring and design service either view our fascinating Walking on History film, visit lapicida.com or email Harrogate: Rebecca.Cherrington@lapicida.com or London: kim.graham@lapicida.com.

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