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March 31, 2016

Stone Showcase: 12 rooms of Stone in one Home


This elegant home has been remodeled and expanded for Amy and Brooks Gronlund who,literally, moved down the street. Stephen Lindenmuth, a well-known architect and interior designer, was hired to spear-head their project renovations.  Steve said he has known the Gronlund family for over 40 years and often uses Wood-Mode cabinetry in his homes.  According to Amy Gronlund, “Steve is outstanding and we love our home – we have known him for a long time as he has done many projects for our family and friends.  My husband, Brooks, is President of Wood-Mode, a Gronlund family business entering its 75th year.  Many of the cabinets in our home represent new styles, features, and finishes that have been recently introduced to the market.  Wood-Mode is known throughout the industry for extraordinary quality and fashion forward design, and sells through more than 500 independent kitchen dealers nationwide.”  Steve also has worked with our company, Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile for many years and once again hired us to get all the natural stone countertops sourced, fabricated, and installed.  “All went well for our countertop experience – from finding the right materials for our project, to timing, delivery and installation.”

This grand remodel project began back in the winter of 2015 and just ended with the completion of the outdoor kitchen. Thankfully, just hours before the winter storm Jonas began, we were able to photograph all 12 rooms and return home safely.

A focal point of the home, the kitchen represents the refined taste of the Gronlunds in sophisticated detail.  As their family architect, Steve enjoys creating what he calls classic and timeless spaces and refers to this kitchen as a modern interpretation of early 20th century kitchen design.  From new, proprietary design details to products barely on the market, this space is filled with smart and efficient features.  In addition, this white opaque kitchen offers a uniquely custom look while acknowledging several of today’s popular trends.  According to Houzz’s most recent survey, “White, Shaker-style cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and open concepts still reign supreme.”   And here at Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile current design trends have favored classic white marbles, almost white granites and white quartz for the countertops.   The Gronlunds chose what I would describe as one of the most elegant white marbles called Calacatta Gold with a honed surface.  Calacatta Gold is more of a pure white marble with contrasting veining in hues of gold and shades of gray.  Other popular “white” marbles aren’t as pure white as this particular one.

Room #1:   kitchen


What impressed me the most when walking in to see this for the first time was the laminate edge profile  around the entire kitchen. The top is an ogee edge laminated to an eased edge making it appear to be a 4 cm thick countertop and island. Because these are new cabinets along with new countertops and tile, this design works easily. Typically, countertops with one slab of natural stone are 3 cm thick.  Here we used 2 slabs of 2 cm thick Calcatta gold, laminating them together.


The backsplash is something Steve sourced out of  New York called  “Rockefeller Circle” from Ann Sacks.  The laser cut tiles are comprised of  Calacatta gold marble with clear and frosted glass.

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Next let’s move into the mud room located adjacent to the kitchen.  The countertops,  island, and sink are all crafted out of soapstone.  Soapstone  is versatile, durable, and classic making it a perfect choice for this application.

Room #2:   mud room


The veining pops with contrast because it has been waxed with a special soapstone enhancer  which darkens the gray making the white veining pop more.  Note that later we will see the outdoor kitchen countertops which are the same soapstone but they are not waxed, offering a completely different look.


This farm style soapstone sink was custom crafted and installed by Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile to meet the specific requirements of the cabinets.   Our custom crafted sinks are water tested for leaks and proper drainage before they are installed.


Here you can see a 1/2 inch reveal along the sink in the back and on the sides.  Reveals are made to order; it’s about your preference.  All edge profiles here are using what we call an eased edge profile.


Room #3:  family room

The first floor family room features built in cabinets and shelves on the left. And on the right you see the main attraction, the fireplace.


Fior Di Peco Marble is on the countertop, fireplace surround, and hearth.

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Room #4:  guest bathroom


The guest bathroom features Nougat by Caesarstone with an eased edge profile.


Room #5 and #6:  children’s bathrooms


The children’s bathrooms both feature Navona Travertine which is a natural stone that works great in bathrooms.


Room #7:  master bedroom fireplace


Bardiglio, another fine Italian marble, which appears more gray with concentrated movement and veining, surrounds the master bedroom fireplace and hearth.


Room #8:  master closet


Bardiglio marble is also throughout the master bedroom closet and the adjoining master bathroom.  Below you can see another laminated  edge profile using an ogee edge and eased edge combined, making the profile 4 cm thick.


Here you can see what things looked like in the shop while crafting this profile.

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Room #9:  master bathroom


Bardiglio marble is seen throughout the bathroom in many tile shapes, sizes and custom slab pieces.  All countertops, wall caps, thresholds, tub surround,  and shower seat were crafted and installed by Lesher.  The Bardiglio marble tiles on the walls and floors were sourced by Steve Lindenmuth from Country Floors in New York, New York.





The tub surround seen below also has a laminate edge profile adding more elegance and detail.


Room #10:  Downstairs  Recreation Room


Downstairs in the  recreation room there is a raised bar top and counter made of Atlantic Salt by Caesarstone with a beveled edge profile.


Atlantic Salt by Caesarstone


Room #11:  bathroom downstairs


The downstairs recreation room bathroom has the same quartz product, Atlantic Salt by Caesarstone.  Many of the various quartz products now come in 1, 2 and 3 cm thickness.  This application happens to be 2 cm thick.


Last of all, the outdoor kitchen uses soapstone for the countertop along with another custom crafted soapstone sink.

Room #12:  Outdoor Kitchen



Here you can see a closer view of the soapstone color.


Notice how we line up as much veining as possible when transitioning from piece to piece making things flow with visual appeal.


Below, see the comparison of the indoor and outdoor soapstone sinks.   Again, both are the same soapstone material.   Waxing is an option and may be done as often as you like.  We recommend a product called Soapstone Enhancer.   The wax darkens the stone but over time it may lighten again.  It’s like seasoning an iron skillet.  The more you cook with your skillet and the more you oil it, the more seasoned it will be.  The less you wax your soapstone, the lighter it will appear and vise versa.  It’s about your visual preference.

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Are you getting ready for your next home project?  We invite you to come into Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz,  & Tile and see the endless possibilities of design ideas in our 5,000 square foot showroom.  Contact us  for more information; we’d love to help you get started on your next project.  You’ll enjoy the Lesher Difference in quality stone work.

Posted by Cindy Lesher
at 6:07 pm
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