Granite, Soapstone, and Marble – Uses Other Than Kitchen Remodels Or Countertops in the Bathroom

In almost every bathroom in every home or apartment, one will find the same types of boring material. The basic 6 inch or 12 inch tiles are overly used to the point of absolute boredom and lack of style. While the basic bath remodel introduces a new change, unimaginative designs are common place. Old world classic materials are making a comeback. Granite, marble, limestone, and onyx are just some of the classic natural stone which can breathe new life into the same old bathroom.
Natural stone is not just for kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops. Large panels of limestone, onyx, or even soapstone can be used in shower and bath enclosures. While the standard polished finish is common, it would be foolish and unsafe to expect a slippery polished finished in a shower or bath. Almost any natural stone can be worked to a variety of finishes.
It is very important to clarify where these materials will be used in order to prevent dangerous situations. With the majority of remodels, this should not be an issue simply because of the fact that most bath remodels are handled by experienced designers and contractors. It is usually safe to assume that these professionals are familiar with natural stone and the characteristics of each, but it does not hurt to double check.
When the natural stone is chosen, it is always a good idea to also purchase an extra one or two similar pieces to use as accenting pieces throughout the bedroom or other parts of the home. This will help tie in the feel from one room to the next, allowing an organic flow through the house.
While the home owner is able to get natural stone and designs through big box retailers, it is recommended that a special trip be undertaken to a company and fabricator which specializes in granite, onyx, marble, and other natural stone materials. This will serve two purposes. The first is that it will cut out the middle man, thereby saving a large amount of additional money the home owner would have paid to the big box retailer. The second purpose is so that the home owner is able to select the exact piece of stone that they desire. Many times, the big box home improvement store will just get any stone as long as it is the type specified by the consumer. This can yield large or ugly veining which the home owner would not like, but by that time, it is too late.

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