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5 Ways Natural Stone Can Increase Your Home's Value

June 15, 2017
When it comes to the housing market, first impressions count. If you’re selling your home, or even just wondering which updates and upgrades offer the biggest return on your investment, here is some information you need to know. 
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ColorQuartz Stands Up With the Big Brands

June 10, 2017
Q: While researching quartz surfacing for our new kitchen, we’re seeing a lot of information and ads for certain brands. We don’t seem to come across ColorQuartz quite as much. Why is this and does it say anything about the quality of ColorQuartz? 

A. Its true…ColorQuartz might not have the same flashy ad campaigns as some other brands.  But don’t let that fool you when it comes to quality. ColorQuartz is every bit as strong, reliable, and attractive than other brands that might be household names. In fact, ColorQuartz is the world’s leading producer of quartz surfaces designed for high-quality applications worldwide, they are based in California.  Similar to Apple, designed here and made in China.
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Outdoor Kitchen Countertops, Part 1

June 02, 2017
An outdoor kitchen can be the centerpiece of your summer! One of the most popular questions we get at Marble & Granite, Inc., this time of year is: What’s the best countertop surface to use outside? Our customers know there are endless choices when it comes to durable countertop materials, but they sometimes want a little advice about which ones will stand up to the elements and stay looking good for a long, long time.
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Show the Laundry Room Some Love

May 26, 2017
The laundry room has a tough job. It’s a workhorse much like the kitchen and the bathroom, but it’s typically not shown very much love when it comes to design. Bathrooms and kitchens typically tend to get all of the attention, and by attention we mean beautiful tile and stonework. However, as today’s laundry rooms evolve into multi-purpose spaces that are seeing more use, they are proving they are just as deserving of a little design T.L. C. as the other spaces.
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Get Your Shine On With Neolith's NanoTech Polished Finish

May 19, 2017
Are you looking to add a little luster to your project? If you are after a gleaming polished finish that radiates light and luminosity, Neolith has a new option for you to explore. The company’s NanoTech Polished finish creates the whitest whites and the darkest black options on the market today. 
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A First-Hand Look at The Quarries of Carrara

May 11, 2017
Designer Sarah Burgett-L. from Hutker Architects, Inc. recently toured some of the most famous and breathtaking quarries in the world during her visit to Carrara, Italy. She shared these amazing photos of her experience as she learned about both ancient and modern methods of marble excavation. We’d like to share them with you to give you a first-hand look at the mesmerizing visual experience of visiting these renowned Italian quarries. 
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The Darker Side of Soapstone

April 27, 2017
Soapstone is a gorgeous natural surface. When left as-is, it’s a light gray slate-like shade. And while soapstone will gradually darken over time, some prefer to have the darker look straight out of the starting gate. By adding oil or wax, the result is a shiny onyx-hued black with a bit more richness. 
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White Countertops are Still Red Hot

April 25, 2017
Last winter, we reported that white kitchens were one of the top trends predicted for 2017. Now that spring is here, we can tell you that this trend is in full force and shows no signs of slowing down. White countertops are one of the most popular color choices, and we have some amazing new whites for anybody working on a kitchen or bath remodel. 
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Evolution of the Kitchen Island

April 17, 2017
Today, we take “island life” in the kitchen for granted. The island has become a kitchen staple that many homeowners can’t live without. But the island wasn’t always the kitchen paradise that it is today. 

Kitchen islands, at least in their recognizable form, got their start in the 1950s. It was during this era that peninsulas and free-floating suspended upper cabinets began to creep into kitchen designs. And, although it’s not widely known, the use of “open” floor plans began during this time as well.  Advancements in technology brought more electric appliances into the kitchen and the “space age” style was in vogue. Paradoxically, this style would soon be countered by rustic, country styles. 
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Need Some Color Advice? Our Project Planner Can Help!

April 11, 2017
If you’re clueless about your color, the Project Planner  will help you choose. By walking you through your style preference and looking at the main colors such as floors, cabinets, and walls, that you will use, the Project Planner will offer some color and material suggestions for you. 
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