Blog: From the Bedrock

The Skinny on Thin Surfaces of Stone, Quartz, Porcelain [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Nov 29, 2016 9:41:00 AM

Designers are taking fireplace surrounds to cathedral heights. Clients are asking for seamless shower walls with natural stone veining. And architects want flooring that is thin, durable and rich looking. All that requires fabricators and installers to make tricky (sometimes vertical)

Topics: Thin Stone, Marble and granite, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz, Tile, Stone vs Porcelain

1 cm Thin Stone: A Fabricator’s Top FAQs Answered

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Nov 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Has this scenario ever happened to you? A designer or homeowner walks into your shop with a cocktail napkin drawing for a kitchen design, with bookmatched slabs. Never mind the narrow hallways and small openings in the apartment or the fact that it calls for a material you’ve never worked with.

Topics: Thin Stone, Fabrication

Kirsten Grove Unveils Her Waxed Soapstone Kitchen Reno (and it is dreamy)

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Oct 28, 2016 10:15:00 AM

Interior stylist and blogger Kirsten Grove, recently set out on a total renovation of a mid-century Idaho home that was stuck in the 90s. (Think crystal chandeliers and brown countertops.) She and her husband do most of the work themselves adding character, ingenuity and style to every room

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Black

The Fashion Kitchen: Scavolini and Diesel Meld Rustic and Luxury

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Oct 14, 2016 9:12:00 AM

Because you can never go wrong with a great pair of jeans, two Italian creative companies have joined forces to create a luxury kitchen collection that's sleek and modern with a distinctive vintage vibe.

Topics: Granite, Cambrian Black, Kitchen, Black, Islands, Rustic modern, Scavolini

Inside Look: Winning Designers Visit Georgia Marble Quarry

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 30, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Each year Polycor invites a group of design professionals to journey with us into the woodlands outside Atlanta to visit our historic Tate, Georgia marble quarry. 

This year our designers came from Chicago, Ill. Salt Lake City, Utah, Columbus, Ohio, and just down the road in Atlanta. Designers

Topics: History and Heritage, Marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Origin, White Cherokee Marble

We're Merging to Lead The World to Fall in Love with Natural Stone Again

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 16, 2016 5:45:00 PM

Today three industry leaders are joining forces and combining their passions for natural stone to create what is now the largest natural stone company in North America.

Topics: Mergers and acquisitions

Historic American Soapstone Makes Comeback In Brooklyn

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 9, 2016 1:34:27 PM

From the backcountry of Virginia to the chemical labs of Merck, and now to Brooklyn brownstones, Alberene soapstone has moved with the times, without changing at all.

9 Rock Solid Farmhouse Sink Designs With Soapstone, Granite and More

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Sep 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

 Why does the farmhouse sink endure? Is it the sink’s timeless look or it’s ability to hold up to washing babies, dogs and giant spaghetti pots?

I’m going to say both.

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Granite sinks, Soapstone sinks

Misunderstood Marble, Overqualified Quartz: How Clients Get Misinformed on Material Selection [Infographic]

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Aug 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It’s time to spec the counters and flooring.

You’ve got a library of materials in every color, texture and variety and the client says, “Oh, no marble. I hear marble stains.” Or “Soapstone? Doesn’t that scratch?”

You sigh and get out the quartz samples.

Topics: Material Selection, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz

How Durable Are Soapstone Counters? Enough For This Busy Nashville Restaurant

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Aug 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

No one questions the beauty of soapstone counters. But it's the material’s durability that gets people talking.

We’ve covered how soapstone holds up in a home kitchen. But how does it perform as a commercial bar top in a busy restaurant? Can it stand the onslaught of pint glasses and spilled red

Topics: Soapstone, Kitchen, Restaurant kitchen