(781) 793-0700

Polishing a “wavy” limestone ballroom floor

Sep 24, 2015

Faced with an uneven 4,000 feet of limestone mosaic tile that “rolls” – Boston Stone Restoration had to get creative.

purple limestone mosiac floorFor several months we have been talking about a big project in Newport, RI. The Belcourt Castle on historic Bellevue Avenue has been undergoing a massive renovation for over a year. Built between 1891-1894 the mansion was originally used as a summer home for Oliver Belmont, whose father was the namesake of the Belmont Stakes.

The mansion changed hands several times in the last 120 or so years, and was most recently purchased by Carolyn Rafaelian, owner of Alex and Ani, in November of 2012. We were excited and honored to be contacted by the project manger to work on the beautiful stone inside. We’ve already posted about the pavers we restored, but the epic job was the almost 4,000 square foot mosaic ballroom.

However, this proved to be no easy task. The hand-laid floor was uneven, a frequent problem with very old stone floor and tile installations. Traditional diamond honing and polishing uneven polish because the diamond polish pads made uneven connections with the surface. The BSR team did several tests determined to find the best path to a flawless finish.

Since grinding the whole 4,000 foot floor to level would be an impractical solution, we planned to apply a coating after the floor was restored, to help maintain the beauty, ensure easy maintenance and create a small but lasting optical illusion masking the minor polish variations.

Boston Stone Restoration owner, Paul Bunis was excited to try a new coating that had been used successfully on terrazzo projects. But coatings can be fickle and this one did not take. The BSR crew had to work overtime to remove the faulty coating and strategize the next step. Fortunately, Paul knew of another coating that he could try. This one worked like a dream and the floor looks stunning!!

Part of what we do here at Boston Stone Restoration is work diligently to get the end result our client wants. If at first we don’t succeed we try, try again.

Do you have an epic stone project that needs help? Call Paul and Melissa at (781) 793-0700

Get your project quoted today

Related posts

Stone Maintenance Plans: Commercial & Home Marble and Natural Stone Surfaces

Did you know we offer flexible maintenance plans in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and parts...

Can you restore old marble?

In a word, yes. We see it all the time. Someone buys an older home or a classic office building...

How to Remove Scratches From Marble

Boston, Massachusetts & New England Marble Restoration, Repair and Polishing Services We see...

Oh Yeah, We Kid-Proofed 31 Middle School Bathrooms

Not every project we do is transforming something old and worn, into something sparkling and new....

Sheldon Slate Restoration in Sweden, Maine

Fabulous Maine vacation home with beautiful but etched slate counters gets a makeover! We have...

Stone Restoration @ The Newbury Boston

This summer we had the opportunity to restore a variety of beautiful stone surfaces at Boston's...

Which Stone Countertop is Best for Your Kitchen?

Choosing a kitchen countertop can be a challenging process. Not only will it impact the look of...

Can you guess 4 signers of the Declaration of Independence buried in Massachusetts?

Boston Stone Restoration has worked on many memorials, gravestones and crypts over the years,...

Marble, Beyond White

If it seems like everyone is using white marble in their home renovation projects you are not...

Taking Pride in Municipal Marble & Stone Care Work

Municipal facilities restorations are some of our favorite jobs. Many municipal buildings are...