We have a solution for you! Anytime I come across another alternative to White Carrera Marble, or a white marble in general I try to share it with you. Although white marble is beautiful, it is generally not suitable in a kitchen. Any time you spill something acidic, or that has color to it, expect to treasure that memory forever as a nice stain or etch in your countertops. That sure doesn’t sound appealing to most folks after spending a few thousand dollars on new counters, so here is a beautiful alternative. White River Granite.
Check out this beautiful Indian influenced modern mansion! This home was a brand new build in Odessa with granite and tile installations and products from yours truly, Stone Saver Inc.
still in place, this is the first view you take in as you enter the
home. Beautiful cutouts in a Taj Mahal styling and detailed scrollwork climbing the stairs and upstairs hallway.
inlaid tiles on the cutouts. Very small chocolate tiles on the inset,
and mother-of-pearl toned mosaics jazz up the neutral color scheme. The
homeowner will be adding their own lights where you see the caps now.
It isn’t often that we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to create custom designs, but we love doing it! We had a request from a customer that really wanted something one-of-a-kind for the backsplash behind their range and the end result is truly a work of art! The below mural includes varying colors of marble and travertine individually pieced together and set by hand. The focal point and corner tiles are from one of our favorite custom lines, Landmark MetalCoat.
|The remaining bare walls will be covered with tumbled marble when finished.|
We love Landmark because of their versatility and unique designs. They manufacture metal tiles that are actually treated with a living finish, which means it will age naturally over time. It is extremely durable and can withstand freezing and thawing conditions and will not flake or chip over time. Any tile they manufacture can be produced in any type of metal or finish so it is completely customizable as seen here:
Here are some other featured installations. This tile can be used practically anywhere; wet or dry, as well as hot or cold temperatures.
|Here the medallions were matched to the tub faucet.|
|Interior shower wall.|
|The Neptune fountains as well as the medallions are both Landmark.|
More information can be found on the Landmark MetalCoat website here. Stone Saver is an authorized retailer. Stop on by the showroom to see it in person!
The trend sweeping the nation and our number one request at Stone Saver is for white on white kitchens. I’ve scoured the internet for some of the most striking examples and wanted to share some inspiration with you. The beauty of white on white is that it is incredibly versatile and can please a wide variety of personal styles.
|This classic kitchen appears to have quartz as the countertop accented with a tumbled marble back splash and contrasting stone listello running through it. White bead board paneling on the front of the high bar add to the classic look.|
|A full height quartz backsplash and counter create a very clean contemporary feel in this freshly designed kitchen. Under cabinet lighting also adds to the airy feel.|
I made some assumptions about the countertop materials in these photos and many appear to be quartz, but could be marble. We don’t recommend marble as a suitable kitchen material because it stains and etches (loses it’s shine) easily with everyday kitchen activities. The best alternatives to marble to still get that white appearance would be quartz, although we have found a material called Vermont Danby that is a marble, but is resilient to stains and etching similar to quartz. I hope you enjoyed these kitchens and stop into our showroom soon so we can help you design your dream space! Please feel free to contact us with any questions!
|Keep moving along folks… nothing to see here! This bathroom has great potential to become something to admire, but right now it’s as common as sweet tea in the South.|
|Now the fun begins. Demo time!|
We’ll be back next week with our most recent work. Hope to see you in the showroom soon!
I’m excited to announce Stone Saver Inc. now carries a full line of engineered hardwood floors! Hallmark Hardwood Flooring manufactures and designs beautiful contemporary wood floors in a variety of species, textures, colors, and styles sure to match any design scheme. Although Hallmark manufactures solid wood flooring as well, we’ve chosen to carry engineered wood due to it’s better ability to withstand Florida’s high humidity levels. The National Wood Flooring Association explains this in further detail:
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors that are manufactured using three to nine layers of different wood veneers. The sub layers can be of the same species, or of different species. The grain of each layer runs in different directions, which makes it very stable. This means that the wood will expand and contract less than solid wood flooring during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. The top layer of engineered wood flooring consists of high-quality wood. While this type of flooring can be sanded and finished, it cannot be done as many times as solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
Ideal for our climate, and prized for it’s durability, Hallmark offers dozens of beautiful options. True hand scraped, hand stained, longer board lengths, varying plank widths, and a 4mm wear layer that is much thicker than most competing flooring manufacturers set them apart from the rest. Although we carry over 30 varieties I wanted to show a few of my favorites:
Please visit Hallmarkfloors.com for more details or stop by the Stone Saver showroom to view the entire line!
|Master Bathroom Before|
|Master Bathroom Before|
|Tile with a lineal pattern running in a brick layout helps to visually stretch the shower area along with clear glass shower doors.|
|Niches were added to provide storage for toiletries. The green glass mosaic was purposely placed diagonal to the matching tile at the bathroom sink to draw the eye in opposing directions, giving the appearance of a larger space.|
|Taupe Light granite with green glass backsplash, which plays off the subtle green hue in the countertop.|
|The same tile applied to the walls in the shower were put on the floor.|
torn out and everything was replaced including the toilets and flooring. The “before” photos here:
|Half Bath Before|
|Half Bath Before|
|Harvest Green granite with slate backsplash and espresso cabinets. The smoke vessel sink resembles a gem floating on top.|
|Tile flooring that resembles petrified wood planks.|
Angie’s List Super Service Award
level of customer service
List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to
members of the consumer review service in 2013.
a prestigious award again this year not only from Angie’s List, but from our
customers as well. Thank you for taking the time to review our work and share
your experiences with other Angie’s List members. It’s been our pleasure to
serve you and we look forward to another win next year.” Sharon Cantrell,
President, Stone Saver Inc.
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I really wanted to show off this particular job to show what a simple change of countertop can do to transform the look of a kitchen. This home had hunter green Corian tops that dated the space and drew your attention to the back splash that could use updating as well. Considering most homeowners are on a budget, we help them weigh the options between a complete tear out or simply new tops. In this case, the backsplash can be integrated with the counter so it complements the space. Here are a few “before” photos to show what I mean:
|The homeowner replaced the existing island with this smaller version to facilitate easier traffic flow.|
|Here the cook-top has already been removed.|
|It’s a good idea to remove all drawers before installation to ensure dust, and debris don’t settle on your contents.|
|The homeowner added the cabinets to the left of the refrigerator just prior to installation of the new tops.|
The “after” photos really exemplify what I was referring to. The backsplash no longer stands out, but rather is complimented by the sandy, taupe color of the Royal Gold granite. It also contrasts enough with the cabinets that the two are clearly defined. The flecks of ash brown pick up the bronze tone of the fixtures and hardware and work well with the black appliances.
|The high-bar overhang was extended to allow for bar stools and more comfortable casual dining.|
|Matching granite window sills were installed to further pull the space together.|
|A matching quarter bevel edge was applied to the island.|
|A typical granite backsplash is four inches, but due to the existing tile we went a bit higher to ensure there were no gaps between the tile and granite.|
The homeowner was thrilled that they didn’t have to tear out the tile backsplash and ended up with a pulled together space that they will enjoy for years to come.
Stone Saver is pleased to announce we now carry and install Realstone Systems! For those who are unfamiliar, I’ll give you the run down. Realstone is natural stone veneer manufactured from reclaimed stone so it isn’t simply a great looking, durable product, but environmentally responsible as well. Manufactured to strict exacting standards and artisanal guidelines to create it’s striking appearance, it is incredibly versatile and can be used residentally, commercially, in both interior and exterior applications. The limits are practically endless. Here is a compilation of design ideas to inspire you: