Add A Consistent Look With A “Quartz” Countertop…



When it comes to countertops, there are many options to choose from. That is why it is important to ask the customer up front if they have a material in mind, as well as a price range they looking at. It is also important to ask, if they like materials that have a consistent pattern, or ones that have a lot of variety and and movement to them. From there, questions can be asked about preference for color, etc. If consistency in pattern is really important, a “quartz” product might be a good option for them. While there are a variety of “quartz” products on the market these days, they are all essentially made the same way.

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Caesarstone Mocha

How It’s Made:

“Quartz” countertops are an engineered stone that is man-made. Most “quartz” is comprised of approximately 93% quartz and 7% resin binder by weight, (more than 80% resin by volume) with added pigments for color.

Manufacturers:

While we sell a number of “quartz” products including: Silestone, Caesarstone, Hanstone, Difiniti, Dupont Zodiaq and Color Quartz, there are other “quartz” products on the market, as well. Each manufacturer has their own unique colors to choose from, although some colors may be  similar to other product lines.

Maintenance

“Quartz” is relatively easy to clean and maintain. Most manufacturers recommend that they be cleaned with a hot, soapy dish cloth. “Quartz” products do not need to be sealed.

Price

“Quartz” is often more expensive than granite, depending on the color selection. It can range in price from anywhere from $65 to $100 per square foot.

If you are looking for a “quartz” product for your new countertop, make sure you stop by our showroom to check out all of our material selections.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Engineered Stone, Quartz on July 20th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Spotlight On Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti Quartz Countertops…



In this blog, I wanted to take a look at some Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti countertops we recently fabricated and installed. Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti is a “quartz” product that has a similar look to that of a Calcutta  Gold marble. While many consumers like the elegant, beautiful look of marble, some consumers do not like the fact that marbles often require extra attention with cleaning and maintenance, as they can sometimes etch if properly not cared for.

These days, consumers have a number of material options. In fact, there are a number of materials out there that replicate the look of marble, including Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti “quartz.” Forte Dei Marmi has a neutral tone that works well with many decorating options. It also contains a gentle pattern with gold and gray veining, which can be seen throughout the slabs.

Let’s take a look at a few pictures of the project…

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

This picture was taken in our shop. Notice the mitered edge on the island and how it gives the material a thicker look.

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

The curve on this piece looks great too!

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

This picture shows one of guys doing some final touch up to the island before loading it on our install truck.

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

This picture shows the installed island. Notice the curve of the island and how it adds to the overall look.

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

Notice the gentle flowing pattern of the material in this photo. It’s soft subtle tones blend well with the darker cabinets.

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Forte Dei Marmi Difiniti 

The mitered edge and curve look great and make this island a nice focal point for the kitchen.

If you are looking for marble for your countertops, or are interested in a “quartz”product that has a similar look, make sure you stop by our showroom today. We are happy to show you our products and colors.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Marble, Quartz on June 4th, 2015 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Add A Pristine Look To Your Bath With Some Pure White Caesarstone…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a bathroom project that we recently fabricated and installed with some Pure White Caesarstone. While there are many products out there that contain a variety of patterns and colors, Caesarsarstone offers the color, Pure White, for those consumers looking for a pristine, clean, pure look. Pure White Caesarstone is appealing for some consumers for the bathroom, because white, in general, represents cleanliness.

Let’s take a look at the project…

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Pure White Caesarstone

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Pure White Caesarstone

If you are looking doing a little remodeling and will be adding some countertops and really like the color, white, you might want to take a look at some Pure White Caesarstone.

Make sure you stop by our showroom to take a look at all of our material selections and colors.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Decorating, Quartz on April 27th, 2015 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Add A Neutral Look To Your Kitchen With Some Altea Difiniti…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a “quartz” kitchen we recently fabricated and installed in Altea Difiniti. Altea is a very neutral color with warm shades of cream, tan and brown. It has a subtle pattern to it, making it popular choice for those looking for only slight variability, or more of a uniform-type look. Altea works well for a variety of decorating options, since it easily goes with many color schemes.

Let’s take a look at the kitchen…

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Altea Difiniti

If you are interested in this color, or would like to look at more “quartz” or other material options for your home, make sure you stop by our showroom today. We would be happy to help.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Decorating, Engineered Stone, Quartz on April 21st, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Why Put Off Tomorrow What You Can Do Today?



We’ve all heard the saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” but how many of you really live by it? My guess is that while we all may have good intentions, we are all prone to procrastination at times… some more than others. Why, you may ask, is that? We are all complex human beings. Often times, our daily activities can seem overwhelming and get in the way of what we truly would like to accomplish. When this happens, our feelings often take over and can stop us from doing what we truly desire. So how can get around this? The answer is actually pretty simple…take one step at a time.

In fact, Brian Tracy, Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author, & Entrepreneur explains the concept with a metaphor. He asks, “‘How do you eat an elelphant?’ The answer is, ‘one bite at a time.’ This can be applied to any goal. You accomplish it one step, one task, one measure at a time. He also talks about eating your frog, which is about tackling your most important, daunting tasks, and getting them done. Brian’s main point is that you eat your most ugliest frog first, the next ugliest, and so on, until all your frogs are done. When you ‘eat your frog,’ you feel empowered, happier, energized and are more productive.”¹ Robert Emmons, in his book, Thanks, tells us “to go through the motions and do it now, and the feeling will come.” ² Have you ever felt overwhelmed by doing a task, but went ahead with it anyway and then felt a sense of relief after, even if you didn’t complete it? Brian Tracy explains this as “‘Slice and Dice.’ You can cut a big task down to size with the ‘Salami slice’ method. Basically you lay out the task in detail and resolve to just one slice of the job for the time being.”³

So what have you been putting off that you want to get done and what are you doing about it?

If the answer is remodeling, spring is the perfect time to get going on it!

When it comes to countertops for your project, we can help. We have hundreds of slabs to choose from. We carry a variety of natural material options including: granite, marble, soapstone, slate, quartzite, limestone, onyx and travertine. We also carry a variety of “quartz” products including: Silestone, Ceasarstone, Hanstone, Difiniti, Dupont Zodiaq, and Color Quartz. Make sure you stop by our showroom to view our full slabs.

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Keep in mind, that we also have hundreds of partial slabs to choose from for those smaller projects, such as bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, etc.

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Why not take that first step? Stop by today!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Tracy, Brian. Eat That Frog. A book Summary. http://www.super-super.com/hpe152/page11/page16/page17/files/frog2P.pdf

Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes—Thanks. http://www.entheos.com/philosophersnotes/notes/all/Thanks, pg. 5

²Tracy, Brian. Slice and Dice The Task. http://www.briantracy.com/blog/leadership-success/slice-and-dice-the-task/

 

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Posted in Business, Granite, Natural Stone, Quartz, Quartzite, Silestone on April 8th, 2015 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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