Blog: From the Bedrock

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.

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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 wine (or bacon wrapped quail…)?

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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.

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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 material excelling in different applications and under different conditions. The choice between engineered or natural surfaces is more than an issue of performance; it’s still about the look.

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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.)

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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.

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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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Georgia On My Mind: Designer Celebrates Southern Tradition with US Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk on May 26, 2016 4:33:57 PM

When Pam Sessions and Don Donnelly, the husband and wife team behind Hedgewood Homes , decided to downsize their nest, they brought with them a pedigree for building smart spaces, a love of southern architecture and a commitment to local talent and materials.
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Topics: Home Design, Kitchen, American marble, Islands, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble

DIY Soapstone Counters? Yes, They Did. See The Kitchen.

Posted by Steven Schrenk on May 13, 2016 10:12:38 AM

Chrissy and Wilson Ratliff, country dwellers who both grew up “outside of town”, live in rural Virginia near the James River with their dogs, bees and chickens (and the occasional snake in the yard). But that’s where the country cliché ends. The 30-ish couple are professionals and creatives with a modern aesthetic, a taste for a monochromatic palette and a fearless command of a circular saw.

When they’re not at work (Chrissy, a paralegal and Wilson, an energy efficiency expert) are quietly and persistently renovating their brick Cape Cod outside Charlottesville, Va., room by room, transforming blood red and sunshine yellow walls into a modernist retreat.

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Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, How to cut soapstone, DIY soapstone kits

Polycor Honors Four Women For Outstanding Achievements in The Stone Industry

Posted by Genevieve Robichaud on Apr 27, 2016 3:38:21 PM

We all love natural stone for its endurance through time, testing and trends. It can withstand great pressure and all the elements and still retain its integrity and natural beauty. Sounds like the definition of a strong female leader doesn't it?

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Topics: Black, Black Equinox, Events, Women In Stone