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.
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.