Now celebrating its 90th Anniversary, Peninsula Building Materials Co. continues to be the premier supplier of natural stone and brick to customers throughout Northern California.
PBM earns its distinguished reputation through product expertise, honest communication and its selection of top quality materials.
These core principles continue to make us the preferred choice of architects, designers and homeowners for projects ranging from landscaping and luxury homes to corporate campuses.
We invite you to view more than 200 varieties of masonry beautifully installed in our Masonry Showroom.
Whether you are a homeowner, interior designer, contractor, homebuilder, or architect, we offer you the ability to browse and compare products allowing for successful communication and project collaboration because you can physically show the person you are working with the specific displays that you love (or even don’t love). Under one roof, you can gain a better understanding of what is available and what products work best for certain applications, making your design process both enjoyable and efficient.
Complete with consulting rooms, you can discuss a project with your professional or a staff member. Peninsula Building Materials is dedicated to serving customers and finding materials for any home and budget.
You can also see our full line of masonry and landscape products at any of our four PBM Greater Bay Area yard locations.
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NEW ENTRY DEFINES A HOME IN HILLSIDE LOS GATOS
Featured in this article, the Martin family undertook a major remodel for their Los Gatos home that involved relocating the front door from one side of the house to the other in order to optimize their tree-spotted hillside lot. “Our architect suggested that by moving the front door, we would gain more usable space and awaken the beauty of our rustic hillside to enjoy the setting from a new perspective,” said homeowner Jill Martin. The new entry thus became the heart of the project.
An existing terraced wall of Sonoma fieldstone boulders provided the framing for the new point of entry, beyond which a large valley oak presented the drama. The Martins were challenged to design an entry that would be in balance with the natural surroundings, yet still provide a gentle transition to the more tailored character of the home’s remodeled interior.
The Martins wanted to complement the Sonoma fieldstone while achieving the perfect evolution from the rustic hillside to the serene foyer, tiled in a Versailles pattern with Jerusalem grey gold limestone. In addition, given the long walkway from the driveway to the front door, it was also important that the materials not be overly busy, distracting or costly.
They were initially interested in blue/gray select Connecticut bluestone, a beautiful stone that adds character and style to any project and would suit the interior tone of their home. However, they weren’t convinced it provided a seamless integration with the natural setting outside their house. It was at this point where the professionals then introduced the Martins to a paver/stone combination.
Today’s pavers are available in many color and texture options, to accommodate diverse landscape scenarios. Pattern variety also enables customers to select simple or detailed designs to best suit their projects. Paver edging can be a drawback when steps are required, so incorporating stonework for landings, porches and steps provides a finished look and a winning combination.
The Martins decided on a walkway of quarry stone pavers and a porch of full spectrum Connecticut bluestone. The coarse texture and red/brown color palette of the quarry stone pavers complemented the Sonoma fieldstone beautifully, and the bluestone provided a sophisticated transition between the pavers and the foyer.
With regard to composition, the Martins kept it simple. While they had considered highlighting the walkway’s overhead trellis with horizontal bands at each post, they opted for a less fussy configuration. Vertical bands along the left and right edges were the only added detail. For the porch, full spectrum bluestone provided a neutral color variation consistent with the rock wall and paver walkway. The Martins chose irregular-shaped stones to lend a pleasing interruption between the more symmetrical paver and limestone patterns. They also selected the largest stones from the bluestone pallet for the porch, creating fewer seams and softening the blend of pavers, bluestone and limestone. The bluestone was finished in a flamed edge along the step edge to maintain a rough, natural element for the landing.
This relocated entry, envisioned by architect Chris Spaulding, represented the cornerstone to the Martin’s home remodel, and as such, it had to be right. The quarry stone pavers and full spectrum bluestone provided the perfect combination. Together these materials continued the rustic feel of the rock wall and surrounding hillside, while elevating the setting to provide an interesting and beautiful transition to the elegant interior.
With this project, as is so often the case, the homeowners struggled with a design dilemma and needed a solution to their problem, as well as expertise and advice. Interior designer Bev Viguerie and general contractor Reid Hastings sent the Martins to Peninsula Building Materials (PBM) to get the ideas and inspiration they needed for their project. The PBM showroom features over 200 samples on display, and the Martins found the carefully detailed store map to be indispensable.
By visiting the showroom, the Martins were able to view samples and gather every detail for materials they were considering, including options for shape, thickness, color, finish, pricing, installation and more. They also brought photos of the rock wall to the showroom and were introduced to several new options by the knowledgeable PBM professionals, as well as being shown the paver/stone combination that ultimately emerged as the best fit for their home. Whether you are a homeowner, interior designer, contractor, homebuilder, or architect, the ability to browse and compare products allows for successful communication, project collaboration, and decision-making. By viewing many materials and installations under one roof, you can gain a better understanding of what is available and what products work best for certain applications, making your design process both enjoyable and efficient.
The Martin’s project is just one example of the dedicated service Peninsula Building Materials brings to all its customers in helping them find the right materials for their homes and budgets. You can visit their expansive showroom at 2490 Charleston Road in Mountain View, open Tuesday through Saturday, and browse displayed products from all over the world. You can also see their full line of masonry and landscape products at any of the four PBM Greater Bay Area yard locations in Redwood City, Sunnyvale, San Martin and Livermore. For more information, call 877-282-0522 or visit www.pbm1923.com.
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