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Choosing Granite Countertop Finishes

Interior kitchen countertopOne of the most appealing features of granite countertops are the variety of finishes you can choose to highlight the elements of your slab. If you’re like many homeowners, granite is a go-to option when it’s time to upgrade from an outdated counter. And, there’s a reason for that.

Granite is available in hundreds of colors, including shades of white, black, gray, green, blue, red, pink, yellow and tan. The colors can be bold or muted, patterned, speckled, dotted, veined or a combination. Because each piece of granite is made from a unique mineral makeup, each stone countertop is a unique work of art. And if that wasn’t enough, granite is more than just art. It’s a workhorse in the kitchen. The sharpest knives won’t scratch it, and a bubbling pot won’t mar it. It’s just about as close to the perfect countertop that a homeowner can select.

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Comparing Caesarstone vs Granite for Kitchen Countertops

Caesarstone or natural granite countertopsCaesarstone vs Granite—which is the best countertop? The answer is, “It depends on what you’re looking for.” Both stones are very popular, and both have a range of colors, and features, pros and cons. The debate about which is “better” comes down to two qualities: Looks and durability. The cost of Caesarstone is about the same as the cost of a mid-line range of natural granite.

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How to Prepare for Countertop Installation on Delivery Day

Installation of your kitchen or bathroom countertopDelivery and installation of your stone countertop is probably the most exciting day after selecting your stone and stone color. The arrival of delivery day means you’re only a few steps away from installation and the use of your new countertop. You want the installation to go well and so do we! The good news is we’ve done this thousands and thousands of times, so we have the procedure down to an exact science. Our installation comes complete with a step-by-step process that ensures everything goes smoothly and efficiently. We know you’re nervous and excited and wondering what to expect, so we’ve created this article.

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Tips on Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Read on for tips on how to plan a kitchen renovation!Deciding to go forward with a kitchen renovation is a big step. Maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about for a while but are waiting for the right time or weighing your various options. When you finally make the decision to move forward, the excitement sets in!

Along with the excitement might come some feelings of uncertainty. Where do you begin? How do you prepare? These feelings are normal, but with a bit of planning, you can keep them at bay.

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Considering Marble Countertops? What You Need to Know about Etching

Etching - Marble CountertopsMarble’s reputation precedes itself – elegantly beautiful, but higher maintenance than other natural stone surfaces. And while many people consider marble countertops for their home given it’s striking impact, it’s the maintenance consideration that often times deters them to select a seemingly more practical stone option. Specifically, it’s the concern of marble etching on kitchen countertops that concerns homeowners, but knowing how etching occurs and how to care for marble countertops can make a difference in your final stone surface decision.

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Outdoor Kitchens: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift!

Outdoor Kitchen - Granite Countertops

For the dad that has everything

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and we’re guessing that you might be looking for ideas to show just how thankful you are for the “Father” in your life. Whether this is your husband or father, coming up with something special on Father’s day is always difficult. If this dad of yours already has everything you could buy in a store or order online, you’ll have a challenge on your hands. Given that Father’s Day falls right at the beginning of Summer, perhaps you can create something special and permanent that he can enjoy all season long, and for years to come. If he loves to spend free time outside, we have the perfect gift idea for you; an outdoor kitchen.

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Starting a Kitchen Renovation: How to Find Your Kitchen Style

Interior of updated kitchen

Are you modern, traditional or farmhouse?

Starting a kitchen renovation is a lot of fun, but with so much inspiration out there (hello, Pinterest!), things can get overwhelming fast. You probably feel that there’s just too much to choose from – how are you supposed to land on just one backsplash? And don’t even start with the countertops – it took you 2 weeks to narrow it down to 5 options!

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5 Kitchen Countertop and Cabinet Combinations that You Can’t Go Wrong With

Classic white kitchen countertops and cabinetsIf you’re starting a kitchen renovation, you probably have in mind an idea of what you want. With inspiration resources like Pinterest and Houzz, it’s impossible NOT to have a giant collection of ideas and photos from which you can create your dream kitchen. Maybe there’s a certain kitchen countertop stone you want or perhaps you’re set on a specific cabinet color, but therein lies the difficult decision of which combination works best for your design aesthetic, lifestyle and budget.

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7 Things Your Designer Should Ask Before Choosing Marble or Granite Countertops

7 Things Your Designer Should Ask Before Choosing Marble or Granite CountertopsNo matter how beautiful or well-executed the overall design, the wrong countertop can ruin a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Most designers have an incredible, innate sense of how to create beautiful kitchens. However, there are things they should ask you before selecting a marble, granite or stone countertop for your home, says stone fabricator Sinan Sepkin, founder, and owner of Academy Marble.

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