The new fireplace surround features the same travertine that was used in the kitchen. The mantel was fashioned from an 80-year-old Douglas fir beam that purchased for $25 at the local salvaged building center.
Travertine with paver edging provides a solid foundation for this backyard patio. Stacked stone details and attractive landscaping create a backdrop for outdoor entertaining around the table and fire pit.
This contemporary kitchen features tumbled travertine backsplash with glass tile inset. Large light fixtures help to really set the room off. The antique silver of the lighting ties to pewter serving pieces found in the space.
A two-story travertine fireplace draws you into this yellow living room. Adorned with a geometric screen and a large painting, the fireplace is flanked by glass shelves, accent lighting and glass-blown sculptures.
One of the house's main outdoor entertaining areas is the elegant swimming pool and spa. An open pavilion provides an outdoor dining area, while sleek pool chairs are the perfect spot to relax. Travertine stone is used around the pool to reflect the materials of the main house.
This bathroom's wet enclosure includes a soaking tub, nested in the 6-foot-deep by 3 ½-foot-wide bathing area. Bathtime becomes a spa-like experience when the Roman tub is paired with a programmable high-arc faucet and hand shower.
While not common in bedrooms on a top floor due to load, noise and instability of subfloor, natural stone tile is a popular choice for ranch-style homes in the hot Southwest since it has a cooler feel under foot. And in climates that experience some seasonal chill, stone works great with radiant heating because it maintains and distributes the heat better than wood. Photo courtesy of Inalco
Travertine is synonymous with luxury, and that comes at a cost. The natural variation in the warm-colored stone is aesthetically appealing, but you may feel a little more cooly toward it once you calculate the cost of using slabs of travertine on your kitchen counters. Formica has developed a solid-surface material that is affordable (compared to the pricey natural stones) and nicely mimics their look and feel. If you’re considering travertine but want to look at a more budget-friendly option, try Formica’s solid surface countertops in Travertine Gold.
Travertine continues from the fireplace onto the wall in this serene, contemporary living room. A quirky play on a traditional painting hangs above the mantel as a focal point, and a pair of nubby ottomans add texture and soften the stone's hard edges.