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The Denver Showroom: A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design

A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design - Materials Marketing In May of 2011, the newest Materials Marketing showroom opened in Denver, Colorado. Since then, we are still hearing the same reaction from the designers, architects and clients who enter, “Wow!” Everything from the floor plan, to the displays, to the lighting, was taken into consideration. [...]

May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Stone Fireplace Mantels|Comments Off on The Denver Showroom: A Showcase for Stone Fireplace Design

Reclaimed Stone Finishes

As a design trend, the use of reclaimed natural stone and/or antique stone is certainly not new. It was over twenty five years ago that a good friend and mentor of mine began to import stone pavers that had been recovered from rural French locations into the United States. Whether the source is a French [...]

May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Finishing Details, Natural Stone Flooring|Comments Off on Reclaimed Stone Finishes

Oceanside Glass Tile

At Materials Marketing, we value our relationships with our key vendors and do our best to nurture them and the business continuity they bring. A wonderful example is the twenty plus years that we have been working closely with Oceanside Glass Tile in California. Recently we caught up with Sean Gildea, the OGT President, to [...]

May 21st, 2012|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Oceanside Glass Tile

Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

Since the bursting of the “housing bubble” in America, we as Materials Marketing have witnessed a fundamental change in the approach taken by our clients. Once upon a time, the “flipping” of homes and the “trading up” to a new and presumably better residence drove purchasing decisions. Today, it’s all about renovation/remodel and the “green” [...]

May 16th, 2012|Categories: Design Trends, Kitchen Design|Comments Off on Eco Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

Custom Staircases 3 – Compound Helical Staircase Design Considerations

Custom Staircases Part 3 Compound Helical (curving and sloping with more than one radius) custom staircases are the most complex staircases and demand custom cut pieces in order to negotiate the twisting geometry of the sloping curve. The issues discussed in the straight staircase and helical staircase posts still apply, but there are additional requirements [...]

May 14th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Custom Staircases 3 – Compound Helical Staircase Design Considerations

Custom Staircases 1- Straight Staircase Design Considerations

Straight Custom Staircases can be field cut using Standard Profiles Straight run custom staircases are fairly simple and can be field cut by others in place using standard balustrade profiles. The example above shows a standard BA-303 balustrade staircase. Baluster and Newel Post Considerations There are two things to keep in mind when designing straight [...]

May 9th, 2012|Categories: Architectural Stone|Comments Off on Custom Staircases 1- Straight Staircase Design Considerations