GMS Werks has been installing natural stone throughout the Omaha area for years. Whether it be a business or residential home, we can do it all. Not long ago we installed quite a bit of natural stone for Mike & Christina Johnson who recently moved into their new home in Elkhorn, Nebraska.
First, we installed a beautiful stone fireplace in a polished Carrara Marble. A stone fireplace is always a warm and cozy addition to your home. Natural stone fireplaces help retain heat, as it retains heat longer than other materials. You’ll be able to stay warm in your home long after the fire has been extinguished.
Natural stone fireplaces can be customized to work with any specific design you want. With a wide variety of patterns and colors to choose from, there’s almost no limit to the look you can create. The Johnsons chose a polished look for their fireplace.
A polished finish has a highly reflective surface, which will display the vibrancy of the stone’s colors as well as the character of the stone. The texture is very smooth not very porous. The full color, depth and crystal structure is visible with a polished finish. It’s also easier to keep a polished stone clean and free of stains because its seal closes the pores of the stone’s surface and repels moisture.
In the Johnson family kitchen and master bathroom, the couple chose Siberian White quartzite. Quartzite is a hard, non-foliated metamorphic rock that was originally pure quartz sandstone.
In the composition process, sandstone is converted into quartzite through heating and pressure, usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts. When sandstone is cemented to quartzite the individual quartz grains recrystallize, along with the former cementing material, to form an interlocking mosaic of quartz crystals.
Their other bathroom featured is brushed Lineage and the bar is Kosmus Granite. Kosmus Granite from Brazil is a black, gold and brown colored slab. It’s a durable granite recommended for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
A brushed natural stone look uses tools like wired wheels and brushes to create a worn feeling to the stone. A brushed finish can also be combined with other finished in certain scenarios. When combined with a sandblasted or flamed finish it will smooth out the nooks and crannies in the stone. It will make it softer to the touch and will look more antiquated like it has been walked on for centuries.