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Quartz vs Quartzite: Which is the Right Countertop for Your Home?

quartz vs quartzite countertop materialDeciding on the right countertops material to use in a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be overwhelming. With so many different styles, colors and stones, it can be a lot to take in. The most important consideration, of course, is deciding on which material is the right fit in YOUR home. For example, do you have a busy kitchen? If so, you’ll need a durable stone that can withstand spills and heat from hot pots and pans. Are you on a budget? There are certain countertop materials that are more economically-friendly and require less maintenance over time for you to consider.

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How to Increase Home Value in Connecticut with These Savvy Updates

How to Increase Home Value in Connecticut

An updated bath featuring quartz counters and a marble shower surround

In 2019, emerging market realities require consideration when you set out to increase your home’s value in Connecticut.

Connecticut is home to some of the oldest homes in the United States. Trendy is not a word typically associated with its stately homes, however, even the finest homes need a makeover periodically. At Academy Granite & Marble our Bethel, CT and Rye, NY team is ready to help you improve the areas of your home that have the most impact on your home’s value and style.

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Honed vs. Polished Marble: What’s the Difference?

Honed vs. polished marble - learn the difference

Q: What’s the difference between honed vs. polished marble?

A: Shine.

Honed marble has no shine and should not reflect light. Its finish is matte and looks like a natural stone weathered by the elements. It is lighter in color than polished marble of the same type.

Polished marble shines due to polishing with very fine abrasives that remove all flaws that slow the return of light bouncing off the surface. It is darker in color than honed marble of the same type.

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Kitchen Design Trends to Look Out for in 2019

Kitchen design trends to look out for - Academy MarbleThe kitchen design trends to look out for in 2019 represent a significant shift in kitchen interior design. These looks signal a new wave of ideas which will dominate trends going forward. We may not be ready to start thinking about the 2020s, but the new decade is just a year away. To embrace the future, your kitchen may need a whole new look. Academy Marble & Granite is ready to help you get started on a new kitchen design.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen this Holiday Season with Natural Stone Countertops

Learn more about our natural stone countertopsAn entire kitchen remodel before the holidays can be stressful. Planning the logistics of what is getting done, plus coordinating family gatherings and travel is a lot to take on during this busy time. While you may want an entire kitchen overhaul, simple changes can make a big impact for the aesthetics of your home. Upgrading kitchen countertops is a great solution for minimal downtime during the holidays while giving your kitchen a new, fresh look. In one week or less, Academy Marble can upgrade your kitchen with beautiful natural stone countertops, making it a quick and easy way to update your home before guests and family visit for the holidays.

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Are Waterfall Countertops the Right Choice for Your Modern Home?

Waterfall countertopsWaterfall counters are countertops that flow seamlessly over the horizontal surface of counters and change directions to run vertically until they reach the floor. With smooth lines and right angles, counters finished with waterfall edges are the hottest trend in interior design for kitchens and bathrooms. However, they aren’t the perfect choice for every home or lifestyle. Continue reading to discover if waterfall countertops are right for your home.

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Black Galaxy Granite Makes the Perfect Halloween Kitchen

Black Galaxy Granite - KitchenBlack cats, black hats, and plenty of black decorations make for the perfect Halloween spirit. But, homeowners with Black Galaxy granite countertops definitely have the perfect Halloween Kitchen! This stunning natural stone makes an ideal backdrop for Halloween decorations, parties and holiday get-togethers. It’s highly stain resistant, making it a great countertop for people who enjoy entertaining. However, this black countertop will do more than impress party goers at Halloween. It’s a durable, low-maintenance, year-round, classic color make for the most sophisticated and luxurious Connecticut homes and kitchens.

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