First used in Italian architectural designs during the Renaissance period Balustrades are a prominent element on some of the most exclusive homes. Today they can be found on Classic Mansions, Mediterranean Villas and French Chateaus. They are also seen on commercial buildings, on verandas, terraces and stairways. Balustrades are prominent in classic design, but most that are built nowadays are made of cast stone. Building Art is able to provide carved, real stone that naturally grows more beautiful with time at prices competitive to the cast imitations that deteriorate and crumble with each passing year.