Blog: From the Bedrock

Dark Kitchen, Light Kitchen? Make it Two Tone With Marble and Soapstone Countertops

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Apr 27, 2017 10:00:54 AM

White cabinets and black countertops. Dark cabinets and light countertops. They’re classic combos, but today we’re seeing designers moving more to two tone kitchens. And who can blame them when you get to have two of everything you love?

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, Kitchen, Inspiration Gallery, Alberene Soapstone, Natural Materials, Countertops

4 Easy Steps to Enhance Soapstone with Wax

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Apr 13, 2017 3:57:47 PM

When interior stylist and blogger Anissa Zajac set out on a total renovation of her home there was one material must have for her kitchen design - waxed soapstone.

Topics: Soapstone

How To Create a Monolithic Marble Island

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Mar 6, 2017 3:24:42 PM

In New York’s Flatiron district there is an apartment where marble floats, wood anchors and light hovers.

Topics: Thin Stone, American marble, Islands, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Marble vs Quartz, Waterfall islands, Thin countertops, Marble furniture

Architects Are Swapping Out Italian Marble for American Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Feb 17, 2017 9:31:50 AM

In the natural stone industry where white is prized above all else, Carrara marble has been the leading choice for project architects. But maybe not for long.

Topics: Marble, Marble and granite, Bethel white, American natural stone

Why Luxury Brands Choose American Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Feb 4, 2017 9:39:40 AM

In the last several years there has been an explosive growth of engineered materials that mimic the look of marble. Porcelain and quartz slabs are marketed to a high-end clientele as luxury surfaces in the classic Italian tradition, but with a predictable, repeatable form. So then why are the

Topics: Marble, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Outdoor spaces, Luxury brands

The Benefits of 1cm Ultra-Thin Slabs and How They're Fabricated and Installed

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jan 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The trend is clear, designers are moving to larger format surface installations. And as a result the custom building products market is following suit.

We saw the design trend clearly at KBIS this year where larger format designs broke out of the 24" X 36" box into the world of full

Topics: Thin Stone, Granite, Marble and granite, Thin countertops, Backsplashes

Why Thin Stone Countertops Are More Than A Look

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jan 6, 2017 2:10:00 PM

Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops have been making their mark. With changing demographics and some US homes downsizing, a ½” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear

Topics: Home Design, Technical Advices, Thin Stone, Cambrian Black, Black, Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, Waterfall islands, Thin countertops

Our Top 2016 Kitchen Designs in Soapstone, Marble and Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Dec 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM

2016 was a beautiful year for natural stone.

Soapstone had a breakout performance in modern interiors. Marble pushed past a high brow rep to casual, accessible elegance. And the ever chic Cambrian Black Granite made it clear that black is back in the kitchen.

Topics: Soapstone, Cambrian Black, St. Henry, Waxed soapstone, American marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Rustic modern, Marble vs Quartz

10 Ways 1 cm Thin Stone Makes A Fabricator’s Job Easier

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Dec 9, 2016 8:48:00 AM

 

You had your shop tuned for granite and marble. Then came quartz. Then came porcelain and glass. New options for designers, but for you, new materials usually mean new tools, and new problems.

If you’ve heard about Polycor’s new ultra-thin 1 cm slabs you’re thinking, “Here we go again. Thanks,

Topics: Thin Stone, Fabrication

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

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