Iron and Cantera – The Perfect Match
By: Bonnie Hudson
Photography: Jason Roberts
Artisan Creations for Your Home
San Marcos Iron Doors is a family owned business with three locations in San Antonio and one in San Marcos. Spanning three generations, owner Marco Soto, his grandfather and his father are named Marco or Marcos and all share the same birthday, which falls on the anniversary of Saint Mark’s feast day. Marco Soto is a trained mechanical engineer specializing in materials analysis and structural engineering. As a hands-on guy, he knows all the processes used in his business, from creation to installation, ensuring that his artisans and specialists are the best in their area of expertise. Says Soto, “We are a proud family business focused on quality craftsmanship and run by people who are not only experts in their field, but committed to providing our clients with the elegance, beauty and service they deserve.”
San Marcos Iron Doors is the award winning premier provider of iron creations. Working directly with leading architects, builders and designers, their products grace prestigious homes and buildings not only in the San Antonio area, but throughout Texas and the United States. The company’s creations include custom iron doors, fences and gates, light fixtures, sculptures, fireplace screens, wine cellars, and wall art. Each division has its own set of specialists.
With their focus on enhancing the look of residential and commercial buildings, San Marcos Iron Doors is not just about iron work. It’s about stone work – cantera stone – to be exact. Cantera stone is a quarried, volcanic rock that is mined exclusively in various regions of Mexico and Central America. Its properties are unique, in that it offers color, texture, durability, and a softness that allows for detailed carving and cutting.
A one-of-a-kind cantera stone accent not only makes an artistic statement, it makes your home uniquely yours. From columns, fireplaces, and balustrades to statues, fountains and more, each stone creation is hand-crafted one at a time, and the possibilities are endless. Interiors, exteriors and landscapes can be greatly enriched with stone.
San Marcos Iron Doors fabricates cantera stone for residential and custom homes as well as commercial applications. They carry an extensive variety of architectural styles, such as Tuscan, Doric, Mediterranean, Colonial, Greco-Roman and even Gothic. The San Marcos artisans take great pride in fabricating pieces that give any project a natural, elegant touch, thereby creating an evocative remembrance of ancient cultures.
Cantera stone is available in a rich blend of color selections. Since it is a natural stone, the colors will always be distinctive and special, making it a unique and one of a kind piece of art for your home or business. For example, cantera stone fireplaces add a warm ambiance to a room and a stunning focal point. Adding entry surround molding to your doors and windows can completely change the style of your home. Columns can be placed on porches, baluster rails added to stairs or balconies, and indoor/outdoor fountains can be installed. All of these additions will add a touch of elegance to your exterior or interior.
With the preponderance of outdoor living spaces in the San Antonio area, landscapes become extremely important to the overall ambiance of a home. Carved stone cantera fountains are a unique element to luxurious outdoor design. Cantera fountains are custom designed to be used as outdoor fountains, stone wall fountains, and indoor water features. Make a patio statement while enjoying the artistry of a water feature in your home. Many styles of cantera fountains can be created, whether it’s a full-scale, stand-alone fountain or a smaller wall fountain.
While there are a wide range of architectural styles from which to choose, clients can bring in any kind of interior or exterior design idea. After consulting with an experienced San Marcos staff member, a piece is created and drawn. Once approved, it is transformed into a CAD drawing to exact specifications. Attention is given to every detail so that a custom project can be created.
At San Marco Iron Doors, there are over 80 artisans working on stone and iron creations for the home. These talented and experienced artisans combine old world skills with the designer’s modern tools and techniques. The result is a finely crafted piece that says quality, craftsmanship and elegance live here.
With over 35 years’ experience and an impeccable reputation, San Marcos Iron Doors’ professional team is ready to take your design ideas and transform them into a stone and iron reality!