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Value Engineering. (How to save money when using natural stone)

In the vernacular of the construction process, there are very few terms more important for the design team and the homeowner to understand than “value engineering”. Too often this process, and that is truly what it is, a “process”, is unfairly categorized as a cheapening of the end product in a simple effort to save [...]

September 9th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Value Engineering. (How to save money when using natural stone)

Marble vs Granite

Marble vs Granite As previously discussed in this space, Materials Marketing Limited is proud to be aligned with the American Institute of Architects and their Continuing Education program. As an AIA CEU provider we offer a course, “Stone in Architecture”. One of the most significant talking points during the course presentation revolves around the selection [...]

September 4th, 2012|Categories: Finishing Details|Comments Off on Marble vs Granite

Mosaic tile patterns by Mosaique Surface

Recently, we had the chance to spend some time chatting with one of our newest vendors at Material Marketing, Mosaique Surface in Montreal. Mr. Jason Berube, their Director of Marketing and Business Development, was kind enough to share some insights into his company and also his thoughts on market trends in glass and stone mosaics. [...]

August 27th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Stone mosaics, Tiles|Comments Off on Mosaic tile patterns by Mosaique Surface

Deck & Patio Considerations with Architectural Stone

Architectural Stone The following are a few things you may want to consider with Architectural Stone in the production of your deck and/or patio. This is largely based on current trends that I’ve noticed in home design and construction. Two of MML’s travertines, Primavera and Latte, have proven most popular recently in the design and [...]

July 18th, 2012|Categories: Landscaping Stone, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Deck & Patio Considerations with Architectural Stone

Quality Stone Veneer – Part 2

In the first of this 2-part series regarding stone veneer, I introduced the importance of choosing the right materials and application processes for your specific project demands. We also addressed color, material composition and product longevity. Now we will dive a little deeper into the topic to discover more materials, options and project considerations for [...]

July 12th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone, Landscaping Stone|Comments Off on Quality Stone Veneer – Part 2

Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Functional and decorative, the bathroom backsplash helps protect the wall while adding a design element to the bath. I’ve worked with many designers and clients to create unique, one-of-a-kind tile backsplashes in the master bath as well as in the home’s powder rooms. It simply elevates the look of the vanity. Primarily, we tend to [...]

June 21st, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design|Comments Off on Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Introducing our Urban Collection

After over three decades in the stone and tile industry there a few truths that I have come to accept. One of them is that any long period of generally elaborate design will sooner or later give way to a cleaner more minimalist approach. In many historical snapshots these transitions have coalesced and aligned with [...]

June 18th, 2012|Categories: Bathroom Design, Design Trends, Kitchen Design, Tiles|Comments Off on Introducing our Urban Collection

Crown Molding Considerations

Crown moldings add character, depth and elegance to every room by gracefully uniting the wall and ceiling. Moldings complete the overall design. A room lacking crown molding seems bare in juxtaposition to a space that does. Here are some considerations to help you select the best crown moldings styles. At MML we have many molding [...]

June 12th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Crown Molding Considerations

7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone

7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone Travertine, marble and limestone are all very similar in physical and chemical composition, so cleaning and care procedures are practically the same for all three types of stone. Let’s focus on travertine for a moment. Travertine is less dense, than granite for example, and is [...]

June 8th, 2012|Categories: Natural Stone Flooring, Technical|Comments Off on 7 Tips on how to Protect and Clean Travertine Stone

How does MML customize an architectural stone element?

architectural stone element The process of customization typically begins with a designer or client coming to an MML showroom with magazine clippings or even a napkin drawing of their vision. That is the beginning. From there, we guide them all the way from their idea through production to completion. For example, a client may come [...]

May 31st, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on How does MML customize an architectural stone element?