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A House of Stone

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Sometimes you walk into a house and you instantly fall in love. This welcoming beachy décor seemed to give me a big hug as soon as I crossed the threshold. It ushered me in and made me want to make myself at home and stay a while. This is exactly how I felt on my first visit to Michael’s and Sue’s home. Our homeowners were ready to update their galley kitchen. But there was a challenge. Namely, it was travertine tile.

You see, travertine tile flooring had been used throughout this lovely Punta Gorda home. And instead of the tiles laying in rows, the tile installer created his own ad hoc pattern, laying the tiles completely randomly.

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What is travertine?

The textbook definition describes travertine as: “Travertine is a type of limestone that is formed by mineral deposits from natural springs. This sedimentary stone is created by a rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, known as calcite. Other minerals mix together with the calcite to create unique swirls and movement that give travertine its distinctive character.”

Huh?  Come again?

Travertine has been used as a building material for centuries. Travertine is a stone that is formed in limestone caves and hot springs. Historically, travertine was quarried in Italy, but Turkey is now a significant supplier. Travertine is character-rich, each piece having its own personality.  In a home it gives instant texture, warmth, character and gives the appearance of a well-worn stone that has been laid for years. 

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Whew!  Are you still with me?

Lavish amount of light streamed through our homeowner’s wall of windows. Transom windows over the lanai sliders and the front door brought an abundance amount of natural light. It picked up the tile’s warmth and character. Deep shades of gray mixed with brown tones were warmed by earthy umber hues throughout. Oftentimes this color of tile tends to be popular in a rustic décor… the exact opposite of what Sue wanted.

The existing kitchen’s other challenges:  White laminate veneer from a previous owner’s remodel covered the home’s original cabinets. And the kitchen had laminate butcher block countertops. Sue wanted a sleeker, more contemporary style kitchen.

What we did to create a modern, transitional style: we chose frameless cabinets from Eclipse Cabinetry. “Canella Rustic” is the color of the new cabinets. This color complemented perfectly with the various hues of the floor tiles. Sue selected Cambria’s Torquay for her beautiful new countertops. Torquay has a marble-like appearance. The slab door style cabinets paired with the gorgeous quartz countertops looks absolutely stunning together. The new galley kitchen just oozes with charm and personality.  

I believe we checked every box off Michael’s and Sue’s must-have list. This beautifully executed kitchen couldn’t have happened without the detailed workers from Imex Stone and the talented team, Ben Hanson and Jeff Reed, from Just Counters & Other Stuff. Everyone did an absolutely amazing job creating this stunning kitchen. 

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Well… what a crazy year 2020 was! Huh? We’re still not out of the woods yet, but hopefully we’ll be getting back to some sort of normalcy. Continue to stay safe. See you next week! 


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