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Posted by on in Countertop Selection and Design

So you’re going through a spring cleaning phase. You want to make sure the entire house is clutter free and spotless. As you notice stains or cracks, or simply realize they will be difficult to maintain, it’s time to start thinking of an overhaul. Bring your vision to life and make your kitchen the most beautiful room in the house with natural stone.

With all the options and materials you can have for your countertops, the most challenging part of the transformation is choosing the stone or material. Look at your current design, the color of surrounding walls, and consider your budget. There’s never been a better time for a new counter with all the options you’re presented.

Now it’s time to start shopping. Do you want a natural stone with elegance, an eco-friendly stone that is sustainable, or one that offers little maintenance? Common options we see with homeowners transforming their kitchen starts with granite. Once seen only in high-end homes, granite has become the most popular natural stone material. If not granite, other fabrications include soapstone, slate, marble, and quartzite.

Are you looking for a particular color that complements your décor, or do you have your heart set on a pattern and texture that you find beautiful? With natural stone, you have plenty of options and directions, all transforming your kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular—and beautiful—materials.

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Posted by on in Soapstone Countertops

So what is soapstone? 

Soapstone is a durable and hardworking natural stone, that is largely comprised of talc. The talc is what gives soapstone its reputation of being "soft". While it is true that soapstone is softer than granite or quartz that is also part of its charm.

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Soapstone countertops will "break in" overtime with your patterns. A soapstone customer likes this personalized and weathered touch to the material. Soapstone is a very forgiving material since scratches generally become a part of the stone's natural look. While large scratches can be sanded out by hand or often hidden by waxing or oiling the surface. 

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When you’re looking for natural stone countertops in West Chester, PA, there are a number of options to select. We are often asked questions regarding which products provide the most value and durability to the kitchen. Some of the most aesthetically pleasing materials are natural quartzite and man-made or engineered quartz. To help you understand the difference, we’ve compared these two materials to help make your decision easier.

Benefits of Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a fabricated and man-made material that is manufactured with a resin. Though it is man-made, quartz has proven time and time again to produce an exceptional countertop.

• Available in a wide range of colors

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Posted by on in Countertop Selection and Design

Every so often I meet with clients who have never had the luxury of owning a natural stone countertop or who don’t know a single thing about granite, despite its prevalence in kitchens for well over a decade. These neophytes to the stone business who might not recognize a marble from a granite, a quartz from a quartzite are some of my favorites to work with.

 

                Not only do I enjoy the design aspect of my job—talking about the coordination of cabinetry, flooring, countertops, fixtures, and all of the elements that invariably make a space one’s own—but I also love educating the inexperienced buyer on the different properties and looks to the types of stones we carry: Granite, Soapstone, Marble, Travertine, Slate, Quartzite, and man-made Quartz. It’s especially rewarding to see these customers respond to the natural stone shopping experience and how it can renew their love of their home and open their eyes, which in some cases have stared at a blue laminate for 15 years too long, to a new and beautiful investment. It also feels remarkably gratifying when the education you provide a client helps direct them to the proper material and color for their renovation.b2ap3_thumbnail_carolblog.jpg

 

Quite frequently I get asked from clients, “What is the best countertop?” Unfortunately, I have to explain that question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. The best countertop is simply what works best for you, and deciding on what functions as the most appropriate fit stems from several sources, like taste, lifestyle, and budget.

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Backsplash always seems to get people excited! 

I always have first time customers with 3 granite samples asking me "Which backsplash do you think we should get?", and my answer is always the same. "Wait!"

Backsplash should be the icing on the cake, it should complement all your other kitchen elements, and happen just before you dig in to enjoy it. 

Its tough, as I mentioned in a previous post, to in-vision how all your kitchen elements are going to come together. So my advice is always to wait until the cabinets and countertops are complete then make a final decision on the backsplash.

Certainly shop it in the meantime though! Look at Houzz and Pinterest to get ideas with your granite, but once your countertops are in it will take out a lot of the guess work and be a much simpler decision to hold up a sample and say "YES! That is it!"

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