Category: Kitchen Design


What Is the Best Countertop for An Outdoor Kitchen?

 With a little help from mother nature, you’ll be outside entertaining soon. If you’re considering updating your existing outdoor space or planning to install a new outdoor kitchen, dining or bar area, now is the perfect time to start the process so that you’re BBQ season ready!

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6 Silestone® Countertop Colors You Need to Check Out

Silestone countertop colorsWhat is Silestone®?

Silestone creates quartz countertops that are a hybrid of natural materials and manufacturing innovation. Essentially, natural stone is combined with binding materials to create countertop materials that boast superior performance.

Unlike natural stone surfaces such as marble, granite and quartzite that need to be periodically sealed,  Silestone has a non-porous surface and does not require a sealant. It’s also resistant to staining and etching from spilled liquids, making it ideal for busy kitchens.

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Calacatta Marble Countertops vs. Carrara Marble Countertops

Learn the difference between Calacatta Marble Countertops vs. Carrara Marble CountertopsWhat are the differences between Calacatta marble countertops and Carrara marble countertops?

Even though these two Italian natural stones share a similar name, they have distinctive personalities. Essentially, Calacatta is bold, and Carrara is subtle. Continue reading to discover which natural stone is the right selection for your home!

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Planning Your Westchester Kitchen Remodel? Here Are 5 Countertop Trends to Consider

Westchester kitchen remodel-Academy MarbleAre visions of remodeling your home beginning to capture your imagination? The team at  Academy Marble & Granite is ready to help you magically transform your kitchen! With so many talented interior designers in the area, we have the inspiration to get you started. Continue reading to discover the perfect kitchen countertop upgrade for your Westchester County kitchen remodel.

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How to Design a Craftsman Style Kitchen

How to design a craftsman kitchenWhat is Craftsman style?

Created during the late nineteenth century, this style was a rejection of the British industrial movement. At the time, British Victorians had a distaste for the mass-produced, manufactured style that became popular during this era. To them, this period created architecture that was cold and plain.

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White Carrara Marble Kitchen Combinations We Can’t Get Enough Of

All white kitchens have the magical ability to make any home look bigger. It’s no wonder the all-white look is such a popular interior design trend right now. One of our favorite natural stones used to complete this look is white Carrara marble. Naturally formed with a vein cut that blends to create a unique, yet subtle pattern, this stone is a top choice for many homeowners. This marble is not only popular for its beautiful pattern, but for its luxurious clean, white hue.

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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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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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