Now Trending in Luxury Baths: Steam Showers made of natural stone

July 23, 2013

Steam showers are the new “must have” element of luxury bathrooms. But they involve a lot of technical details, especially when they’re made of natural stone. If you’re considering a steam shower in your home, be sure to do your homework and ensure you’re working with a skilled and reputable fabricator and a tile installer who know the requirements inside and out.

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Headed to marble and granite Stone Yard? Know vital details

July 18, 2013

All marble and granite slabs are not created equally. And the only way for you, as a customer, to ensure that you secure the stone that’s just right for your project is to go to the stone yard and choose your slabs yourself. Sounds easy enough. But once you get there, what is it, exactly, that you should look for while viewing a slab.

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NEOLITH transforms the cladding industry

July 16, 2013

The largest porcelain slab on the market, Neolith is shaking up the cladding industry, out-performing other façade materials in both strength and functionality. While the material is also great inside for countertops, vanities, flooring, veneers, and more, architects and builders have quickly recognized the virtues of this high-tech material for building exteriors. 

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Marble and Granite countertops; local shop versus Big Box Retailer

July 11, 2013

Odds are, when you’re ready to start your kitchen or bath remodel, a big box store is probably the first place you think to look. It’s true they carry a wide variety of products, and they do eye-catching marketing campaigns to get you in the door. But, don’t be fooled by these stores and their “low prices.” The big box store isn’t necessarily the cheapest or best place to purchase materials for your project…especially if your project involves a natural stone countertop. Big box retailers typically offer the most basic stones, unlike this boldly patterned countertop shown below.

Splendor Gold

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Saint Pierre Brushed Marble Slabs Now in Stock

July 09, 2013

Looking for the latest designer natural stone? Saint Pierre Brushed Marble 3cm is the new center of attraction in our showrooms.  Hailing from Canada, this beautiful material is high-density and high-fashion which makes it suitable for floors, kitchen and bathroom countertops, and almost any other residential or commercial application you can dream of.

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Subtle variations in different types of absolute black granite

July 02, 2013

No color evokes such a variety of feelings as black. It can be magical or mysterious; powerful or pretentious; practical yet glamorous, and has a presence which can not be ignored. Over the years we have come across various reservations regarding the use of Absolute Black granite but this color has always defied criticism.

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Need To Find the Perfect Natural Stone Countertop? There’s An App For That!

June 27, 2013

Your iPad (or iPhone) + Marble & Granite, Inc.’s StonePedia app = the perfect formula for finding the ideal stone for your project. Whether you’re a fabricator, kitchen and bath dealer, a homeowner with an upcoming stone project, or just someone who’s into studying stone, StonePedia can help.

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Luxury Bathroom Trends: Stone Tile Steals the Show

June 25, 2013

Bathroom Leslie Fine

Caption: Photo by Houzz, Leslie Fine Interiors

The kitchen may still be the heart of the home, but the bathroom is by far one of the most important rooms in the house. There is a defined trend toward luxury and indulgence in the bathroom. As homeowners seek to create spa-like retreats they can access any time they like, designers and manufacturers are coming up with new, creative ways to splurge in the bath. Frequent travelers want to be reminded of the sumptuous experiences they’ve enjoyed at hotels and resorts they’ve visited, so the master bath has evolved into a personalized sanctuary. One of the most important elements in today’s high-end bathrooms is natural stone tile.

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Love marble but hate maintenance? We’ve got the perfect surface for you.

June 20, 2013

The latest colors from Caesarstone  offer a look of marble so rich, you’ll wonder “Is it live, or is it Memorex?” See if you can tell the difference. Which shades below do you think are Caesarstone  and which do you think are the real thing?

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Soapstone: Is it really made of soap?

June 18, 2013

Soapstone by Jewett Farms

Photo by Houzz by Jewett Farms & Co. 

Although it does feel “soapy” to the touch, soapstone  is not made of soap. Rather, it’s a metamorphic rock— meaning it was once an igneous or sedimentary rock that was changed over time by heat and tons of pressure, into what it is today. It’s made mostly of the mineral talc, which is the softest mineral there is. So, as you might guess, soapstone  is a very soft material.

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