Set in Stone: 5 Designs to Consider When Remodeling Your Home

Set in Stone: 5 Designs to Consider When Remodeling Your Home
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    Stone adds definition, beauty and a bit of gravitas to your home.

    It is also easy to take care of, tough and durable.

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The most strenuous maintenance that is needed with most stone after it is installed is to seal it every two years or so, and this isn’t even necessary with stone such as slate. Here are five stone-based designs to consider when redecorating your home.

Fireplace Build-out

A fireplace build-out faced with stone is always a focal point in a room. It can be rustic and made of rubble stone or fieldstone, which is stone that is used in its natural form or flagstone, which are more uniform pieces of stone. If you want to go bold, you can put a fieldstone veneer on the entire wall around the fireplace. On the other hand, you can have a build-out made of highly polished slabs of marble, granite or another luxurious stone.

Counters and Vanity Tops

Kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops are popular places for stone such as granite, marble, slate and soapstone. Now, concrete can be made to resemble stone with a startling verisimilitude. You can even order concrete countertop solutions that look like they were shaved off of the side of Mount Rushmore, with nooks, crannies, different pigmentation and other pleasing irregularities. The secret is that since this is really concrete, and it was poured into a mold and cured, there is no danger of the slab cracking or chipping.

There’s no reason why a kitchen island can’t have its own veneer of fieldstone. This gives the kitchen a country look, and the fieldstone contrasts beautifully with a smooth, polished island top of granite or slate.

Floors

People have prized the beauty of stone floors for millennia. Popular stone for flooring includes granite and marble, limestone, travertine, slate and sandstone. If a stone floor is well-cared for, it will outlast the house. You can even install radiant heating beneath a stone floor, which is ideal for a stone floor in a bathroom.

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Damp mop and vacuum the floor once a week, and put area rugs over it to shield it from heavy traffic and lower the risk of slippage. Make people take off their shoes at the door before walking on it.

It’s also a good idea to put pads beneath the feet of heavy furniture you install in a room with a stone floor. Another thing to make sure of is that the subfloor is strong enough to hold the stone tiles.

Stone Backsplashes

Backsplashes made of stone, whether fieldstone or regular stone tiles, can be objects of beauty as well as utility. Since backsplashes are going to come in contact with water, the more porous stone will need sealing. A backsplash is a place where you can splurge, since the area is small. If having an entire countertop or floor made of Carrera marble is a bit pricey, a backsplash made of the same material shouldn’t break the bank during a kitchen remodel.

Stone Accents

Consider using cobbles and pebbles as decorative accents around the house. Fill a sunken bathroom vanity top with pebbles and set a vessel sink on top of it for a stunning and unusual look. Colored LED lights installed in the vanity top make even more of an impression. Place pillar candles in a tray full of multicolored pebbles, or use pebbles in a ribbon fireplace to bury the gas pipe.

Stone is eco-friendly, sustainable — the stone you decorate with has been around for millions of years and should last millions more — and brings something of the outside into your home. Don’t be afraid to use it creatively.

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