Make Natural Stone the Keystone of Your Home
From quarry to kitchen, the age-old story of natural stone has a magical quality that embodies the wonders of nature and the genius of today’s technology. The timeless beauty, inherent durability and abundance of natural stone make it a favorite for architects, designers and homeowners alike. Granite, marble, quartzite, travertine, slate and onyx have been used for centuries, endowing a sense of style and emotion only nature can create.
Granite is the stone of choice for beauty, longevity and color variations, making a dramatic “statement” in the kitchen, bath or outdoor bar. It’s an igneous rock created deep within the earth and cooled slowly under great pressure. Granite is the hardest building stone with a very dense grain making it virtually impervious to stain. Contrary to popular belief, granite requires very little maintenance. As with any surface, it needs to be cleaned daily. It is also recommended to be sealed annually every few years, depending on the specific granite.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that has been altered under high pressure and temperature. Most marble is infused with impurities providing variations in color and significant “movement.” In addition to its desirable veining and swirls, it also has a natural glow due to the calcium within it. Marble is softer than granite and therefore subject to greater wear.
Travertine is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its warm, natural hues. Travertine is actually a type of limestone created by deposits at mineral springs. It can be found in a neutral white, tan and cream-colored palette. Like limestone, travertine requires a fairly high level of maintenance.
Slate has been an incredible building material since antiquity, known for its durability, natural beauty and versatility. Some slates have a distinctive, highly textural look, while other slates exhibit very little graining. Its handsome matte honed finish and smooth satiny feel lends a rustic feel to any environment.
Onyx has transitioned from fine—and costly—jewelry to stunning, one-of-a-kind countertops. While granite and quartz countertops have become almost commonplace in elegant new homes, exotic onyx will immediately set your abode apart from the rest. Onyx countertops come in a myriad of enchanting shades and no two onyx surfaces are alike, making your home uniquely beautiful.
Soapstone is a classic stone that fuses old-world charm with modern beauty. Its earthy color palate ranging from gray to deep greens, along with subtle veining lends an organic vibe to any space. This metamorphic rock is composed of talc (what gives it its “soapy” feel), magnesium, mica, quartz, chlorite and iron. Formed under extreme pressure over time, it is very dense and requires very little maintenance. Mineral oil can be applied regularly to enhance the natural beauty of this stone.