Blog: From the Bedrock

Steven Schrenk

Coming to the stone industry via studies in art and design at SCAD where I first fell in love with this material, I approach stone design with an artistic eye developed from years working in museums and galleries curating and installing exhibitions. I carve sculptures in marble and granite which continues to deepen my connection with natural stone. Cutting and fabricating slabs and blocks, working with architects and designers and managing complex installations are an extension of my hands-on skills in the industry and the studio. I enjoy expressing the beauty, and telling the story, of natural stone to convey its timeless message, ranging from the quarry to your finished design and everywhere in between.

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DIY Soapstone Countertops: How To Fabricate and Install Them Safely (and Easily)

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

Being an avid DIY’er is both a blessing and a curse.

Topics: Fabrication, Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, How to cut soapstone, DIY soapstone kits, Alberene Soapstone, Safety

Soft on Color, Hard on Density, This Grey Limestone Acts Like a Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Cut it linear or on the rift, rough it up or make it shine. No matter how you slice it, this American limestone is the versatile, durable answer to all your soothing grey dreams.

Topics: Limestone, Kitchen, Saint Clair, Exterior applications

The Ultimate Kitchen and Bath Upgrade, Custom Fabricated Natural Stone Sinks

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Cabinetmakers aren’t the only ones who can claim their mark on the custom kitchen. Natural stone fabricators are chiseling and carving their way into custom spaces through an unlikely medium - natural stone sinks.

Topics: Soapstone, Waxed soapstone, American marble, Granite sinks, Soapstone sinks, White Cherokee Marble, Alberene Soapstone, Marble sinks, American black granite

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

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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