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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From the Chemistry Lab to the Kitchen: Soapstone Offers Much More Than a Passing Grade

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

When Stacy Garcia’s daughter and son-in-law decided to remodel their kitchen, they naturally chose her parents to design and build the project. Michael and Stacy Garcia are the owners of Garcia Cabinet Makers in Valley Center, California, a custom cabinetry business known for fine design and

Topics: Alberene Soapstone, buy local

Historic Georgia Marble Buildings Inspire a 1920s Atlanta Home Renovation

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"We don't do trends. We take time to develop and curate a truly authentic home," says Seth van den Berg, a partner in the talented Atlanta-based interior practice The Drawing Room.

TDR’s projects are often modern in spirit but driven by classical design principles. The Drawing Room transformed

Topics: Renovation, Georgia marble, buy local

Georgia Marble Marvels a New Generation

Posted by Steven Schrenk

In 1906, Asa G. Candler, founder of Coca-Cola and prominent philanthropist, constructed the renowned Candler building in the heart of Atlanta. The Candler building quickly became a city landmark, and part of the city’s lore: A safe in the basement cellar was said to have contained the famously

Topics: Georgia marble, adaptive reuse, buy local

Veteran and  Photojournalist Pours Her Heart and American Stone Into Her Forever Home

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Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant and aerial combat photojournalist Stacy Pearsall has spent most of her adult life focused on two passions: photography and the military. Pearsall, whose family’s legacy of military service can be traced to the Revolutionary War, enlisted in the Air Force at age

Topics: Home Design, Renovation, Homeowners, buy local

A Return To Form: The Renaissance Of Structural Stone

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For millennia, natural stone has been used as the primary structural material for construction projects around the world, and the future looks remarkably like that past. The modern building industry is increasingly choosing natural stone materials for their projects due to their proven, trusted

Topics: Material Selection, Architecture & Design Trends, Sustainable Design, Natural stone cladding

Striking A Balance Between Old And New With American Black Granite

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

AMERICAN BLACK® granite is tied to the culture of Pennsylvania, as well as its history, in fact, it’s tied to the history of the United States itself. From Valley Forge, to the nations’ first capital, Philadelphia, and historic Gettysburg, you’ll find American Black® granite. Monuments,

Topics: American natural stone, American black granite, Sustainable Design, buy local

Building Strong Communities, One Stone at a Time

Posted by Steven Schrenk

Natural stone is more than just the culmination of its physical characteristics. Each piece has a life and an energy and soul of its own. A gorgeous slab can spark conversations, memories, and emotions. Natural stone has been used to build some of the most historic buildings across North America

Topics: American natural stone, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, buy local

Not Quite By The Book: HASTINGS Architecture Revives Abandoned Library for New HQ

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

For several years, Nashville’s thriving economy has led to an endless reshaping of the city’s skyline. High-rise residential towers and 25-story office buildings dot the sky—alongside omnipresent construction cranes. While many of these new builds went up in parking lots, that was not always

Topics: Architecture & Design Trends, Historic restoration, Renovation, Georgia marble, White Cherokee Marble, White Georgia Marble, Sustainable Design, adaptive reuse

The Stone on This Building Was Not Quarried by Children or Slave Labor

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Beckford House, 301 E. 81st Street, NYC nearing completion featuring Indiana Limestone - Full Color Blend

 

With its history as a family company, Polycor is taking a leading role in fair labor practice in stone quarrying. 

Importing stone can paint a troubling picture, beyond the obvious carbon

Topics: Safety, Made in America, Sustainable Design, Locally Quarried, fair labor practices

Keeping It Local: Georgia Marble Takes Centerstage in Atlanta Designer’s Home Renovation

Posted by Steven Schrenk

 

We are always honored when design professionals choose our stone for their own personal projects. We stumbled upon Atlanta interior designer Elisa Gangone’s home kitchen on Instagram and were immediately drawn in by the gorgeous combination of deep aqua cabinetry, brass accents and locally

Topics: American marble, Georgia marble, Pearl Grey Marble, American natural stone, Made in America, Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Locally Quarried

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