The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Aristotle wisely proclaimed “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In other words, when individual parts are connected together to form one entity, they are worth more than if the parts were in silos.

This aphorism is extraordinarily well demonstrated in the project images that follow. In each case Shouldice Designer Stone products have been used to a lesser or greater extent, in conjunction with other building products, to create amazing results.

Stone and wood have been used in building construction for millennia. These natural products were obvious and available resources for strong and long-lasting shelter and general protection. Today, with the advantages provided by modern technology, nature’s provision can be transformed into beautiful creations with modern style and grace. The stone in the above example is Shouldice Shale Stone Sedona residential stone. Shale Stone conveys distinct impressions of legacy, permanence, protection and strength. With a striking, rounded rocky surface that creates a powerful, natural stone impression, Shale Stone creates a fabulous look matched only by Mother Nature herself.

With the complements of vertical wood, lots of glass and an up-to-date steel roof you have a modern look that retains the strong legacy and confidence of natural construction products.

The interesting design of this home is made even more compelling by the extensive use of several building materials. Notice, for example, how Shouldice Estate Stone Wiarton has been positioned as the foundation from which other materials draw their strength and relevance. Wiarton exhibits shades of light to deep slate grey, just right for contemporary applications that utilize glass and/or brick.

Brick is the next dominant material that is always a great partner to stone. In this case the colour contrast between the brick and stone gives this home a distinctive character and personality. Stir in the stylish use of white in the trim and window frames and you have the very essence of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

A large structure, such as the one above, can run the risk of diminishing its potential impact if the entire façade is dedicated to a single material, be it wood, stone, brick or something else. Better to allocate the available space to one or more materials that provide contrast and visibility for each other. Shouldice Estate Stone Laurier has been selected as a stunning contrast to the contemporary appeal of vertical wood planks and, modern windows and elegant black trim and doors. Laurier exhibits a moderate contrast between greys, browns and creams. This generally neutral colour blends well with both warm and cool tones.

Our final example is a marvelous showcase of how design and materials/colours selection can be managed to transform what is essentially a standard cube into a space with pizzaz and contemporary flair. Large black panels rest above and astride both contrasting horizontal wooden panels and voluminous sections of Shouldice Strata Brick Smooth Oxenden. Strata Brick Smooth features a smooth face in a standard size that, as exhibited here, meets both contemporary design and construction objectives.

Clearly Aristotle knew what he was talking about. When components are knowledgably combined, the whole indeed does become greater than the sum of its parts.

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