Blog: From the Bedrock

Georgia Architect Creates a Stunner Family Kitchen With Local Marble

Posted by Steven Schrenk

It’s a dangerous situation. An architect who specializes in restaurant design let loose to design his own kitchen. There’s no end to the resources and ideas at his disposal. But if you’re Kellen Minor of Decatur, GA you take a cue from the classics and give it a modern update.

Topics: Marble and granite, American marble, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble

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

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

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

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

Our Top 2016 Kitchen Designs in Soapstone, Marble and Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

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

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

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

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

Wallace Creek Marble Makes Moody, Masculine Spaces

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Not everyone wants a light, bright and airy space.

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

When is Italian Marble Not Actually Italian?

Posted by Steven Schrenk

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

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