Blog: From the Bedrock

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, Soapstone, 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

Wallace Creek Marble Makes Moody, Masculine Spaces

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jul 22, 2016 11:47:37 AM

Not everyone wants a light, bright and airy space.

Topics: Limestone, American marble, Commercial flooring, Masculine bathroom

Quartz vs Marble: Are Look and Performance Mutually Exclusive?

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jul 8, 2016 10:57:15 AM
If your client’s red wine and pasta Sundays are pushing your design from natural stone to quartz, it may be a myth about durability driving your design rather than your eye (or your client’s cooking).

The differences between marble and quartz, for instance, are varied and complex, with each

Topics: Marble and granite

From Modern Rustic to Mid-century, Marble and Granite, Designs That Mix It Up from The Kitchen to The Backyard

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jun 24, 2016 1:08:17 PM

Maybe it's the change of seasons but we've had new combinations on our minds lately.  Cool mornings and hot afternoons, rustic wood and high polish lacquer, deep black granite and subtle grey marble. (You know, things stone people think about.)

Topics: Home Design, Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Thin Stone, Soapstone, Granite, Marble, Limestone, Kitchen

When is Italian Marble Not Actually Italian?

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jun 10, 2016 8:30:29 AM

In the global market, the marble business has gone the way of most industries. The supply chain is longer than it has ever been, with more players and less tracking along the way. And it’s getting messy.

Topics: Environment, Corporate Responsabilities & Ethic, Historic restoration, Myths about natural stone, American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, Origin

Natural Stone Connects The Classics with Modern Use in Redesign, Restoration and Redevelopment

Posted by Steven Schrenk on Jun 1, 2016 10:29:23 AM



In architecture, as in art, there’s a long history of traditional design styles adhering to their own sets of principles and there are those who still study them to inform their own work, sometimes incorporating elements from a variety of styles that span different eras.

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