Innovative Slabwork Defines North Carolina Home
In expanding his Greensboro, NC, residence, prominent club owner and entrepreneur Rocco Scarfone went with a palette that included a broad range of unique, one-of-a-kind stone applications. The stonework was completed by Granite and Marble by Malavé of Greensboro, which specializes in high-end custom stone designs.
The builder was Wolfe Homes of Greensboro, and the project included a master suite addition as well as an outdoor living center and pool.
While the slab work used throughout the bathroom space is impressive, the focal point of the room can be found above the bathtub. “The spectacular Cappuccino onyx is backlit and is truly a piece of art,” Malavé said. “It is a museum-quality piece. All of the stones were selected by the homeowner as well as the interior designers, Mark Darnell and Barbie Matson, from our indoor stone gallery.”
Flooring in the master bathroom is comprised of 12- x 12-inch tiles of Navona travertine. “Its classic, unadulterated look was a perfect match,” Malavé said. “It is non-combative with the other elements; we use it a lot because it goes with just about anything. Its subtle classical beauty can be used in about any surrounding.”
Following a trend that has been growing in popularity - particularly in milder climates - the project also included an outdoor living area adjacent to the pool. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” Malavé said. “All natural stone was used to clad the entertainment center. Being in the entertainment business, Mr. Scarfone knows how to lay it out.”
For the countertops in the outdoor living center, the design uses Emerald Pearl granite from Norway, and it was chosen with a “large-fleck” aesthetic. “That stone is tricky to work with,” Malavé explained. “If you don’t [lay out the slabs properly,] it can make a job go really ugly. The way the blocks are cut creates the direction and pattern that a fabricator must follow in order to have a successful installation. The mica reflects in the direction it is cut, so we also made sure the custom granite sink was cut to these specifications. Ultimately, we achieved a continuous look.”