Design and Culture: Project Spotlight


Dale, a project manager here at Granite Plus, and I received such a treat last month, walking a client’s newly finished home. It’s rare that we get to see projects after everything is completed and our tour was lovely. We also learned about a local resource that some of you may not be acquainted with.

Granite Plus Tour Home 4This charming coastal modern home with Mediterranean accents was built on a lot that originally had a cottage from the 1940s. The homeowner was able to salvage and refurbish some of the wood from that cottage and use it as a ceiling in the new home. The rift-sawn white oak stair treads were sourced locally from the Freeport Sawmill, along with a virgin sinker cypress (also known as deadhead cypress) fireplace mantel that is over 300 years old, and very cool. As you walk up the steps, the wall lighting is reminiscent of a ship and provides a lovely coastal accent. The homeowner selected Silestone Et Dor quartz countertops and natural walnut face grain wood countertops for her kitchen, an elegant combination for the space. With the beautiful Mediterranean-inspired tiles throughout the baths, a pure white quartz countertop was selected.

Granite Plus Tour Home 3If you are not familiar with the Freeport Sawmill, it is locally owned and operated, and the family has been around the Gulf Coast since 1842. They opened the sawmill about four years ago and offer a wide range of services and components, including but not limited to beams, live edge slabs, shiplap, and stair treads. They have a unique offering of wood species such as Deadhead Cypress, White Oak, Sinker Pine, Heart Pine, Old Growth Cypress, and Black Walnut along with some more common hardwoods such as Cherry, Hickory, and Red Oak. If you are in the market for something unique and old wood charm for your home, this is a great local resource. Kevin Casey, the owner of Freeport Sawmill, is kind, genuine, and very knowledgeable when it comes to wood species, old and new. The Freeport Sawmill is located at 152 Pate Branch Rd. Freeport, FL 32439 and they are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. You can contact them via email at or give them a call at (850) 598-7786.

If you would like to find out more information about quartz or wood countertops, you can stop by the Granite Plus showroom at 17801 Ashley Dr. or give us a call at (850) 236-6363 and a project manager will be happy to assist you.