Category: Quartz

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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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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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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Small Bathroom Remodel Tips for Your Home – Part One

Small bathroom tipsPart One – Make your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

There are two paths you can take when designing a remodel in a small bathroom space. You can choose versatile, neutral, and pale décor to make your bathroom look larger; this is the standard answer that interior designers normally recommended for small rooms.

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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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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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