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Since stone is a natural substance it can be said that no two slabs are alike, from color variations and veining characteristics, to sealed, varnished, or un-filled, one type of stone can have hundreds of different potentials. Stone features an all-inclusive color chart of different types of stone -- such as granite, marble, limestone, slate, and travertine -- each expressing differing characteristics to help you make the best choices for your lifestyle. The authors break down the pros and cons of each type of stone to help you make the right decisions, discussing everything from slippery when wet conditions to avoiding scratches and stains. Whether it is a slab of slate or a single tile of travertine they guide you through browsing, purchasing, and contracting the installation of natural stone in your home. Special instructions for ambitious do-it-yourselfers are included as well. A comprehensive glossary of terms along with a directory of stone showrooms, designers, and specialty stores makes this book as practical as it is artistic.
|Introduction: The Essence of Stone|
|Part 1||The Stone Kitchen|
|The Countertop: Combining beauty and functionality||16|
|The Splash: Complementing the countertop||40|
|The Vent Hood: An exquisite focal point||50|
|Part 2||The Stone Bath|
|The Master Bath: The spa experience at home||60|
|The Powder Bath: Impress your guests||74|
|Part 3||The Stone Floor|
|The Stone Floor: From rugged and rustic to polished and elegant||84|
|Part 4||Architectural Stone|
|The Stone Fireplace: Setting the mood||104|
|Architectural Accents: Dramatic details||110|
|Special Places: Stone unbridled||118|
|Part 5||Design Elements|
|Color, Texture, Pattern, and Shape: Getting creative with stone||130|
|Installation, Care, and Maintenance: Secrets of the trade||156|
|Floor Plan Diagrams||182|
Posted November 23, 2003
I received this book as a gift and am so glad I did. It is so much more than one might think just by the title and cover. It is an in-depth study of creative uses of stone in custom residential architecture. Loaded with fabulous color photos--the bath, kitchen and flooring ideas just set my mind to racing. The back of the book has a nice color index of various types of stone products available--quite helpful. Lots of tips on how to choose the right product for the right application. The example of mosaics and floor designs would be a nice reference for those who do concrete acid stain or mosaics no matter what the medium. You're not gonna be happy with sheetrock once you see this book!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2003
In a nutshell, if you want to create a gorgeous, one of a kind interior that will endure the life of your home, buy this book. The photos are amazing, and very do-able for the average homeowner taking on a remodel as well as the person building their dream home. I found the 'do it yourself' stone installation section extremely helpful, as I am planning to lay my own tiles. If you plan to use natural stone in your kitchen, bathroom, on the floor, or anywhere in your home, get this book first and read it cover to cover!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.