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

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

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

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

Quartz vs Marble: Are Look and Performance Mutually Exclusive?

Posted by Steven Schrenk
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

Meet Mega Crystal: Likes Shiny, Plays Well With Wood [PHOTOS]

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Move around a St. Henry granite kitchen and you’ll do a double take as you round the corner of the island to put your coffee cup in the sink.

What looked like straight black from far off turns out to be black and grey opalescent mega crystals nestled within. This is a natural stone that doesn’t

Topics: Granite, St. Henry, Antiqued finish, Marble and granite, Brushed finish, High polish finish

Want an Inside Look at a Quarry? Here's Your Chance

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Designers, including Tamara Eaton (at left) and Toni Sabatino (at right), at a tour of Polycor's Georgia Marble quarry in 2015.

UPDATE: Thank you to all our entrants! The contest is now closed a winner will be announced shortly.

You know the thrill of installation day when that full slab

Topics: Granite, Marble, Marble and granite

Try and Keep Your Hands Off This Countertop

Posted by Steven Schrenk

If you love leather you know it isn’t just about the look.

Yes it can be edgy, classic, sophisticated. But it’s the feel that keeps us coming back to leather for our wardrobes, upholstery and home decor. And now it’s inspiring our stone surfaces.

Called by other names – antiqued, brushed –

Topics: Soapstone, Leathered finish, Nordic Black, St. Henry, Antiqued finish, Limestone, Marble and granite, Brushed finish

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