Name That Granite…



When it comes to granite countertops, there are a lot of color choices. In fact, there are hundreds of color options, which sometimes can be overwhelming for the consumer. To make matters worse, some suppliers, fabricators, architects, and designers rename stones given by the quarrier, so some stones have more than one name. In fact, I’ve seen stones that have as many as four names. Yikes!

You might be wondering, why is all this name changing going on? Well there are a number of reasons, but the main reason is often to try and keep some “exclusivity” to get the sale. Other times, a color may arrive from an overseas shipment and look totally different from a current lot the supplier, or fabricator may be selling under the same name and so a new name is given to the stone. There are other reasons stones are renamed, but the bottom line is that this “name game” is confusing to the consumer. It can also be a real headache for the fabricator who has to play stone detective to try and figure out what color the customer actually wants and… we almost always can. (It just costs us time and is sometimes a pain.)

I know what you are thinking…Standardization! 

Yes— standardization would be great, but don’t hold your breath. While the stone industry has come along way over the years in other ways, it has a long way to go yet in terms of standardization of color names. At PGC, we developed a Color Reference Chart to help us in our detective skills, which is a start.

Following are a few colors with multiple names:

  • St. Cecilia also known as Santa Cecilia, or Juparana Santa Cecilia
  • Mahogany Blue also known as Saphire Brown, or Saphire Blue
  • Brazil Black also known as Black Andes or San Gabriel Black
  • Golden Silver also known as Tuscan Sun, or Delicatus, or Golden Ice
  • Bianco Antico also known as Silver Ice, or Platinum White

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite on November 29th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Recipe: Pumpkin Roll



In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a favorite recipe of mine. It is always a hit at Thanksgiving and the holidays. It takes a little prep work, but is delicious!

Pumpkin Roll

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pumpkin
1 tsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 to 1 cup chopped pecans (to sprinkle on top of mix)
powdered sugar

Directions:

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar a little at a time. Add pumpkin & juice. Mix well. Fold in dry ingredients. Spread in a 13″ x 9″ pan well greased & floured. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle a thin kitchen towel with powdered sugar to lightly coat. Turn the cake over on the towel. Roll up cake in towel starting at one end. Cool and then unroll. Beat filling until smooth. Spread on cake roll. Roll back up.

Filling:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 -3 oz cream cheese
4 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Refrigerate or freeze. Serve with Reddi-wip.

Enjoy!

Barb

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on November 24th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Natural Stone—Spotlight On Onyx



When it comes to natural stone, there are a lot of beautiful selections to choose from. While granite is the most popular choice for countertops, onyx  is a stone that can really catch your eye. Onyx is often considered a gem stone and is made up of cryptocrystalline quartz, which is often formed in bands, which are parallel and regular. Some onyx colors have a transluscent appearance that gives the illusion of looking down through the stone. For this reason, some consumers install lighting underneath the stone to intensify this look. Onyx comes in a variety of colors, but most are considered fragile because they are hard to work with. Extra caution is needed when fabricating onyx. If you are looking for something unique, and strikingly beautiful, you might want to consider onyx. It is popular for bar tops, fireplace surrounds, vases, jewelry, etc.

Following are a few pictures of onyx:

Honey Onyx slab

Onice Cappuccino Onyx

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Granite, Onyx, Spotlight Colors, Uncategorized on November 23rd, 2010 by Barb | | 1 Comments



2010 Coty Awards—Another Success



Fellow NARI members came together for the 14th Annual COTY Awards on Friday, November 19th to recognize the work of those remodelers that stand out in the field.  The COTY Awards recognize remodelers & contractors, as well as associates in the NARI organization. The event was held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota Campus.

Congratulations to the following companies who won this years awards:

  • Residential Kitchen $60,000 and Under—
    Honorable Mention: Southface Crative Builders
    Winner: W. B. Builders
  • Residential Kitchen $60,000 – $75,000—
    Honorable Mention: James Barton Design-Build Inc.
    Winner: Otogawa Anschel Design- Build, LLC
  • Residential Kitchen $75,001 – $90,000—
    Honorable Mention: DiGiamcomo Homes & Rneovation, Inc.
    Winner: Otogawa Anschel Design- Build, LLC
    Residential Kitchen Over $120,000—
    Honorable Mention: Corrigan Custome Homes., Inc.
    Winner: Streeter & Associates, Inc.
  • Residential Kitchen Over $120,000—
    Honorable Mention: mackmiller design +build
    Winner: Streeter & Associates
  • Residential Bath $30,000  and Under—
    Honorable Mention: Southface Create Builders
    Winner: McDonald Remodeling, Inc.
  • Residential Bath $30,001 – $60,000—
    Winner: Northrup Remodeling
  • Residential Bath Over $60,000—
    Honorable Mention: Mantis Design & Build
    Winner: Posch Builders, LLC
  • Residential Interior $150,000 and Under—
    Honorable Mention: DiGiacomo Homes & Renovations, Inc.
    Winner: Revolution Design Build
  • Residential Interior Over $150,000—
    Honorable Mention: McDonald Remodeling
    Winner: Jones Design Build
  • Residential Interior Specialty—
    Honorable Mention: McDonald Remodeling
    Winner: McDonald Remodeling, Inc.
  • Commerical Interior, Exterior or Specialty—
    Winner: Stonehearth Custome Homes, Inc.
  • Residential Addition Under $200,000—
    Honorable Mention: Brico construction
    Winner: House Lift Remodeler
  • Residential Addition Over $200,000—
    Honorable Mention: Vujovich Design Build
    Winner: McDonald Remodeling
  • Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration—
    Honorable Mention: W.B. Builders
  • Residential Exterior—
    Honorable Mention: DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation, Inc.
    Winner: Sylvestre Construction
  • Entire House $250,000 and Under—
    Honorable Mention: Vujovih Deign Build
    Winner: Nor-Son Inc.
  • Entire House Over $250,001—$500,000
    Honorable Mention: Kuhl Design Build
    Winner: Bluestem Construction
  • Entire House Over $500,000
    Honorable Mention: Northrup Remodeling
    Winner: Vujovich Design-Build
  • Sustainable Design
    Honorable Mention:Brownsmith Restoration, LLC
    Winner: Building Arts Sustainable Architecture + Construction
  • Universal Design—
    Winner: Home Restoration Services, Inc.
  • Associate of the Year—
    Honorable Mention: Marvin Windows & Dorrs
    Winner: Brush Masters
  • Best Newcomer Award—
    Winner: Bluestem Construction
  • Best of Show—
    Winner: Streeter & Associatiates
  • Best of the Decade
    Honorable Mention: Nor-Son, Inc.
    Winner: vujovich Design-Build

Following are some photos from the event:

Charlie Bradburn current NARI President & Blair Gostonczik of PGC

Marty Schirber of Castle Handyman Services & Barb Rodgers of PGC

 

Blair Gostonczik of PGC

John Sylvestre of Sylvestre Construction, Inc. & Barb Rodgers of PGC

Charlie Kundinger & his wife of Kudinger Remodeling

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on November 20th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Inflation—Yes!; Rising Prices On Everything—No!



As part of being an avid blogger, I tend to read other blogs too—mostly to spark writing ideas. Anyway—as I was navigating the blogosphere today, I came across the post, “Like Hell There’s No Inflation, (which was actually a rebuttle to another post titled, “There’s Still No Inflation,”)  that I enjoyed. I have to agree with the author, that for the US government to say that there is no inflation is ridiculous.  I mean really, who hasn’t noticed that the price of groceries has sky rocketed? Not to mention that the packaging has shrunk on most items? You can’t even get a half gallon of ice cream anymore. I actually don’t even know what to call it. Who is going to say, “Honey, can you pick up a 1.5 quart of ice cream,” when it has always been known as a half gallon? It just doesn’t sound right. Yes—and then there is the gas. How can you not notice that your pocketbook is being drained every time you fill up your tank? …And obviously it costs more to get from point A to point B.

While it is true that our food and gas prices keep going up, thank goodness not all goods are. In fact, some prices on goods keep going down, including granite countertops. While this may be good for the consumer, and make them more apt to buy, the falling prices have had a negative impact on both suppliers and fabricators of natural stone.  Not only have their costs to produce and deliver products gone up, but so has the competition. The market today is way different than it was ten years ago, with hack shops popping up left and right offering slashed prices. No wonder there is so much price haggling.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to go back to the days of selling a product for a fair price. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, “You get what ya pay for, especially when it comes to granite!” As for food and gas, ya get what ya get. That’s all.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Business, Granite on November 17th, 2010 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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