Category: Marble

The Difference Between Prefabricated vs. Slab Natural Stone Countertops

The Difference Between Prefabricated vs. Slab Natural Stone CountertopsWhen it comes to creating your dream kitchen or master bath with a renovation that not only upgrades the look of your interior space, but adds value to your home, natural stone countertops are an ideal option. Whether you choose marble, granite, or quartzite, there’s nothing quite like the dimension and drama natural stone can add to your kitchen, not to mention the functional and durable work surfaces you’ll enjoy. 

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5 Island Countertop Trends to Transform Your Kitchen

kitchen countertop trendsYour kitchen is the heart of your home, which means it’s not only a functional workhorse, but also a social gathering area. This is why kitchen renovations tend to be the most expensive upgrades, but also deliver the greatest return-on-investment of any home makeover project. 

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How to Design a Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen and Bath

How to Design a Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen and BathWith the rise of retailers like Magnolia, shabby-chic style and the chalk paint and shiplap trends, modern farmhouse style is having a big moment right now!. Designers using a modern farmhouse design style oftentimes choose up-cycled, reclaimed and distressed items to integrate into even the most upscale of homes. Using this aesthetic, they rise to the challenge of using basic and older materials in high-end designs.

Review the following tips to learn how to incorporate the farmhouse style into your new kitchen design or renovation.

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How to Create Kitchens with Character Through Countertop Veining, Pattern, and Texture

use countertop veining to add characterCountertops are an integral design element in any kitchen. Depending on the surface materials you select, your countertops can play second fiddle to cabinetry or they can serve as a focal point, adding character and visual appeal to your space. When you choose natural stone, such as marble, granite and quartzite, or man-made quartz, you’ll imbue your living space with the beauty of stone and have the opportunity to introduce drama with the veining, pattern, and texture you select for your countertops.

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Our Four Favorite Kitchen Renovations in Fairfield County, CT


kitchen renovations in fairfield county- academy marbleIt’s always exciting to see the choices of local design teams as they tackle kitchen builds and renovations in your area. Our favorite interior design projects in Fairfield County, CT all selected natural and engineered stone countertops to feature in their home renovation projects. Their choices of marble, granite and quartz ensure years of worry-free use and beauty. Check out these remarkable renovations and gain inspiration for your next interior design project.

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Purchasing a Wayfair Bathroom Vanity with Countertop vs. Without a Countertop

Vanity with Countertop vs. Without a CountertopIf you’re undertaking a bathroom renovation or building an entirely new space, there are many decisions to be made, including whether it makes more sense to purchase a vanity that comes with a pre-fabricated countertop of or if it’s better to buy a vanity separate from a custom made countertop. While many reputable online retailers, such as Wayfair, offer a multitude of vanities that come with pre-made countertops, there are a few drawbacks with this option to consider early on in your bathroom project.

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Natural Stone and Quartz Alternatives to Concrete Kitchen Countertops (That Look Just Like the Real Thing!)

Alternatives to Concrete Kitchen CountertopsConcrete kitchen countertops are popular with fans of organic, modern and industrial designs. These stylish countertops pair well with natural woods, stainless steel appliances, and flush cabinetry and bring a rugged, masculine feel to kitchens and outdoor spaces. Concrete’s color is a neutral soft gray but it can be stained to achieve different color variations and patterns.

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Countertops Made of Quartz that Looks Like Marble

Countertops Made of Quartz that Looks Like MarbleMarble is a classic material used for countertops, floors, building exteriors and statues. As a natural stone, it’s very porous and must be sealed on a regular basis to prevent damage from acidic foods and liquids. Because of this, marble isn’t always a practical choice for homeowners and professionals despite its beautiful and timeless qualities. But all is not lost. If you love the look of marble but need a less porous surface for your project, there is a more durable option to choose from: manufactured quartz.

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