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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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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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Redesigning or giving a facelift to a kitchen before selling.

Some questions you should have answers for before starting the process...

1. What is my budget? 

2. What are you hoping to achieve within this budget, or a list of your wants and wishes?

3. Can I DIY or do I need a professional? 

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What is it?  Does every stone need it? Both are valid and commonly asked questions. After working with a company that offers this service for more than two years, I have come to appreciate my customers’ curiosity about this service. 

What is it?

To best explain what the layout is we have to start at the time of template. Stone Masters does digital templating. The digital file of your measurements are then brought back to production and uploaded to a computer. Below is what it looks like once uploaded into the computer.

If you opt for the layout service, Stone Masters then takes a picture of your exact slab(s) and uploads them, along with your measurement to another program called Slab Smith. On one side of the screen you fill see your counter pieces, and on the other your slab(s). Production will bring up a suggested layout for you to begin working with. You can choose to accept the suggested layout, or move the pieces around to create your own layout. You can see in the photo below what a completed layout looks like.

Does every stone need it?

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