Last Post: August 25, 2015

How to Pick out the Right Stone Countertop
August 25, 2015

There are so many things to think about when it comes to stone countertops. There is material, color, and general look to consider. The decision to change the look of your home is deeply personal, so we cannot say what is right for you. Instead, here is a breakdown of the different stone types, along with some questions to ask yourself when deciding which countertop is right for you.

Granite

Installing granite countertops can add a lot of benefit to your home. Not only is the color beautiful and unique, it can deal with  quite a bit of wear and tear. However, granite must be sealed to keep its sleek look and it is stone - so it’s very heavy. A sturdy base is needed to support its weight.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind countertop, granite might be the right fit for you. Every slab is different, so there will not be another kitchen that looks exactly like yours. Granite also comes in a variety of colors, so you can pick a piece that fits the overall look of your home.

However, if you are looking for something with solid colors that will precisely match another piece in your home, granite would not be the right fit.

Quartz

There are two types of quartz countertops commonly offered. The first type is a complete and unique stone slab. The second and most common type of quartz is a mix of resin and quartz chips. This second option still provides a beautiful look while giving one a wide range of products to choose from. In our eco section you will see that we offer quartz from three different manufacturers.

Engineered quartz is easier to care for than a stone slab as it is nonporous. However, quartz is not as heat and scratch-resistant as granite.

If you are looking for a more consistent look that can be duplicated around your home, quartz countertops may be the perfect fit for you.

Marble

What has a more luxurious feel than marble? This stone has always been associated with glamour and prestige. We think it is simply beautiful.

Marble is not as scratch and stain-resistant as other stones (that’s why so many sculptors choose to use it), but it does stand up to heat well. If you are a baker, marble is fantastic because it is perennially cool, so your dough won’t get soft on you.

If you are looking to add some glamour to your kitchen or make a statement with your countertops, marble is the right choice for you. However, if you want a counter that requires little maintenance or one that you can chop directly on, try quartz or granite instead.

Which of these three is your dream material? Let us know and we will work with you to make that dream a reality!

Eight Simple Ways to Update your Kitchen
August 18, 2015

As homeowners, we are always looking to make our house more beautiful. This can be tough. We see photos of gorgeous kitchens on Pinterest or gaze at crazy-expensive chefs’ kitchens and sigh. These spaces may seem out of budget and unattainable. But some kitchen upgrades are simpler and less expensive than you think. Here are eight easy and cost-effective things you can do to create a bright, new-looking kitchen:

#1. Suspend your pots and pans. When you think of a professional chef’s kitchen, you likely think of those gleaming pots and pans suspended from a ceiling rack. Installing a pot rack isn’t that difficult to do and it’s a huge space saver.

#2. Update your backsplash. A gorgeous tile or stone statement piece can change the look and feel of your kitchen from drab to chic.

#3. Add some color. Playful paint colors, bright appliances, and fun wall art can all bring life to an old kitchen.

#4. Change out your hardware. Something as easy as updating the cabinet pulls can make your kitchen feel fresh and bring it up-to-date.

#5. Install new counters. Those old tile or formica countertops can make your kitchen look its age. We offer granite, quartz, and marble countertops for a lower price than you might expect!

#6. Go for contrast. Installing a recycled wood kitchen island with a granite countertop can create an eye-catching statement. Just make sure to keep in an element that ties it together with the rest of the room. Perhaps use recycled wood art on the wall or have all of your counters done with granite.

#7. Update your appliances. That old, cream refrigerator and the toaster oven you have had since college can be replaced with something modern and fresh.

#8. Brighten up with new lighting. Light fixtures aren’t often something we consider when updating our home, but they make a huge difference. Change the fixture to something modern and eye-catching and you will change the look of the room.

The kitchen is the heart of many homes. Don’t neglect it. Keeping it fresh will add to the beauty and value of your home.

How to Clean your Granite Countertop
August 6, 2015


Granite is a gorgeous stone that will last for a very long time. It is durable, scratch-resistant and heatproof. However, to keep it bright and shining, you need to use the right material to clean it. Here is a quick “how to” on cleaning your granite countertop:

Step 1. Use a damp microfiber rag to remove debris from your countertop. If there is any build up, try using a hot wet rag to scrub out caked-on bits.

Step 2. Wash the counter using warm soapy water and a microfiber rag.

Step 3. Dry off your counter using a microfiber rag. This will get any last dust off of the countertop before you use a specialty solution.

Step 4. Use a pH-balanced cleaner to wipe down your granite countertops. You can often find specialty granite cleaners in the store. You can also make your own mix by combining three parts dish detergent with one part rubbing alcohol into a bucket of clean, warm water.

Step 5. Run your clean hand over your granite countertop to be sure you didn’t miss any spots of dirt.

Step 6. If there are any streaks, you can buff them out with a dry microfiber cloth.


Your counters are now very clean and streak free!