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Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops

by | Sep 12, 2017 | Living With Stone

When you head to the showroom to choose your natural stone, use these five questions to ensure you choose your best option.

Cobblestone and Sandstone Bring a Slice of History to Homes

by | Aug 31, 2017 | Living With Stone

Create old world style in your designs using reclaimed or local cobblestones. This durable materials lasts hundreds of years.

Matching Your Countertops With Your Personality

by | Jun 14, 2017 | Living With Stone

Experts agree that countertops should reflect your personality and style.

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Natural Stone Surfaces

by | May 29, 2017 | Living With Stone

Protect your natural stone surfaces by avoiding these five common practices.

7 Ways to Use Natural Stone to Increase Your Home’s Value

by | Apr 25, 2017 | Living With Stone

Read how upgrades featuring natural stone can increase real estate value.

Why Natural Stone Is Your Best Choice for a Poolside Surface

by | Mar 22, 2017 | Living With Stone

Can you use stone flooring such as travertine and marble around your pool?

Kitchen Countertop Comparison Chart

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Compare countertop materials. Consider price, durability, and maintenance.

Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

When choosing a countertop surface for your kitchen, there are a lot of factors to consider. If granite has made it to the top of your list, read through the article below to determine if its advantages and disadvantages make it a good choice for your family.

Granite vs. Marble

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Marble has been a popular trend in kitchen countertops for the past several years. If you compare performance characteristics in a kitchen environment, granite is the better choice.

Granite vs. Quartzite

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Granite and quartzite have very similar performance statistics. Quartzite is generally harder and denser and the pattern is more like marble which is appealing to many homeowners.

Granite vs. Limestone & Travertine

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Limestone and travertine will etch when exposed to the acids and bases present in many cleaning products and common kitchen ingredients such as vinegar, bleach, citrus, and wine.

Granite vs. Onyx

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Onyx is not a good option for most countertops, but it does make for a beautiful backsplash. Its beauty and translucence make it appealing, but still not practical.

Granite vs. Slate

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Slate slabs are generally small compared to marble and granite so more seams will be necessary to complete a kitchen project. In fact, many slate quarries are limited to tile production because of the sizes of usable material that exist.

Granite vs. Soapstone

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Soapstone is quite soft, making it a favorite material for the DIY homeowner for use as countertops. It is also non-porous so there is no need to seal it.

Granite vs. Porcelain & Sintered Surface

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Two of the newest countertop surfaces on the market today, are Porcelain and Sintered Surface. New technology and trial and error have given way to material that mimics the look of natural marble.

Granite vs. Hardwood & Butcher Block

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Nothing beats the warmth and traditional charm of butcher block countertops. Many homeowners are choosing to use a combination of wood and granite, or another hard surface, in their kitchens.

Granite vs. Quartz Surfacing

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Quartz countertops are a big trend in today’s market. Brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq are readily available in a large variety of colors.

Granite vs. Solid Surface

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Common solid surface brands include Corian and Hi-Macs. They are made of acrylic and come in many colors.

Granite vs. Laminate

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Laminate countertops have been very popular for years because they are affordable and readily available. You may know them better by the common brand name, Formica.

Granite vs. Ceramic Tile

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Ceramic Tile countertops were very popular in the 70s. In some regions of the United States, they are still seen in many homes.

Granite vs. Stainless Steel

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Though not common in residential kitchens, you’ve likely seen stainless steel countertops in commercial settings. They are easy to clean and heat resistant.

Granite vs. Concrete

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

Concrete countertops were a short-lived trend in the early 2000s. They are still seen occasionally, though. They are quite porous and even with sealer, can easily be stained.

Granite vs. Recycled Glass

by | Mar 17, 2017 | Countertop Comparisons, Living With Stone

“Recycled” is a popular term for homeowners concerned with sustainability. These countertop surfaces are made with glass chips from a variety of materials

Fireplace Facelift: Remodel Your Fireplace in Natural Stone

by | Dec 13, 2016 | Living With Stone

Add beauty to your fireplace while creating a return on investment for your home.

How I Learned Not to Be Intimidated by My Marble Floors

by | Dec 7, 2016 | Living With Stone

How one homeowner learned not to be intimidated by her marble floors.

When Natural Stone Moves (With) You

by | Oct 18, 2016 | Living With Stone

Ideas for incorporating natural stone into your RV’s interior design.

Singing the Praises of Natural Stone in the Shower

by | Oct 4, 2016 | Living With Stone

What you should know before installing stone in wet areas.

New York Bluestone Shapes Mountain Estate

by | Jul 26, 2016 | Living With Stone

When a trained architect was looking for a beautiful landscape on the West Coast to build a vacation home for his family, he looked no further than the Santa Lucia Preserve.

Two-Tone Solution: Mixing Natural Stone in the Kitchen

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Living With Stone

Using contrasting colors and two different types of stone in the same kitchen is an attractive trend that is growing in popularity.

Kid and Pet Friendly Natural Stone Flooring

by | May 16, 2016 | Living With Stone

Why natural stone tile is a good option for residential flooring.

Top Five Reasons Why Natural Stone is a Sustainable Choice for Your Home

by | May 11, 2016 | Living With Stone

In today’s marketplace, with many materials and design options fighting for your attention, natural stone stands out as the perfect choice for meeting all of your needs while also enhancing the sustainability of your home.

Meet Macaubas: Harder Than Marble but Just as Gorgeous

by | Mar 22, 2016 | Living With Stone

A case study featuring Macaubas Quartzite in a residential kitchen.

Four Myths About Natural Stone (And Why They’re Not True)

by | Mar 22, 2016 | Living With Stone

Get expert explanations for common myths about natural stone.

Romancing the Stone: In Search of the Perfect Kitchen Countertop

by | Mar 22, 2016 | Living With Stone

How to choose the perfect natural stone slab for your project.

A Beginner’s Guide to Stone Selection

by | Mar 8, 2016 | Living With Stone, Resources

Stone is versatile and can be used in many places throughout your home.