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If color forecasters are to be believed, 2017 will be the year of greenery, deep purple (called Shadow), and taupe (Poised Taupe, to be exact), according to Pantone, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin Williams, respectively. Might this year’s colors impact how homeowners and businesses choose natural stone designs? read more

Natural stone is going big. Homeowners are asking for stone to be used on vertical surfaces indoors, especially slabs among high-end design projects, to make a bold design statement. New natural stone options are making it easier for homeowners to get creative. read more

Quartzite may be the most confusing natural stone out there. Some people say it etches. Some say it doesn’t. Sometimes you hear it’s a hybrid between marble and granite. Yet, others report that it’s harder than granite. Why are there such conflicting reports about quartzite? Let’s use my favorite tool – geology – to suss out the answer to this mystery. read more

To preserve the architectural integrity of this historic building, the 158,225 occupied square foot Minnesota State Capitol building is undergoing a $309.674 million, three-plus-year extensive renovation, repair, and restoration. The project, expected to be completed in late 2017, will also update mechanical structures and add visitor space. When finished, this will be among the largest and most complex restoration projects to take place in the United States. read more

In the 18th and 19th century, homes were built from what was available nearby. In many parts of the country, the most easily accessible material was natural stone. Because of the durability of this material that comes straight from the earth, many of the stone farmhouses from that era still exist. Some remain part of fully functioning farms, while others have been converted for new purposes. read more

Remodeling your old fireplace with natural thin stone veneers (stones sawn typically to between 1 ½” down to ¾ of an inch) or full bodied natural stones provides an updated, modern look and adds natural beauty to your space while also creating an excellent return on investment (ROI) for your home. read more