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Granite Countertops, CaesarStone & Antolini Luigi are the Most Coveted Materials for Luxury Kitchens

March 15, 2012
"If money was no object, what would your dream kitchen look like?" This was the intriguing question we recently came across in an article published by Cleveland Live. With no concern of budget, you would surely want the finishes or features that were the absolute best in the industry. So what are the options when it comes to dream countertops for your dream kitchen? Here's what the Home & Garden column suggested as the leading high-end countertop options for luxury kitchens. 
  1. Rare, exotic granite countertops that are quarried in Italy or Brazil. 
  2. CaesarStone's Concetto countertops made of grate agate, rose quarts, white quartz and semiprecious and precious stone embedded by hand. 
  3. Luxury countertops from the Antolini Luigi which feature gemstone, precious stone and shell stone. 
Marble & Granitecarries all three of these coveted countertop options. To browse our stunning selection, please visit the Marble & Granite products page, which lists all prices per square foot. For questions on particular slabs, please call 877-39-STONE. 
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NeoLith By TheSize Introduces The Art Of Kitchen Renovations

March 15, 2012
A kitchen is the heart of a home. This brings the family together to converse about the day's adventures and future plans. The kitchen is where friends gather, over a cup of coffee, to discuss intimate feelings and new ideas.

A house with a functional kitchen is simply a house. A house with an artful, inviting kitchen brings folks together makes it a home. In today's world, where everything is rushed, everyone is separated, returning to the kitchen brings everyone together as one.

NeoLith by TheSize makes kitchen renovations an art. Not only can this room be functional to the fullest extent possible, it can also be beautiful for many years to come. With the array of colors offered, you can bring to fruition what you have always dreamed. NeoLith surfaces give the feeling of newness, regardless of the amount of use the kitchen has seen.

Because of a special process, kitchen renovations have a whole new meaning. You can now place a hot pan on the counter without fear of scorching. Those scratches on the floor are no longer possible.

NeoLith is brought to life by TheSize from Castellon, Spain in a kiln with a truly remarkable method. Rock is quarried, formed and coated with a special material. It is then baked in a kiln so they can fully fuse. When finished, this product is nearly indestructible. This material has no pores in which a stain can set. Cleaning up a messy spill is a breeze, leaving the top of the counter looking as new as the day it was installed. If a stain is stubborn, then an abrasive cleaner is not to be feared. Scratches on this surface are nearly impossible.

If you think this may be out of your reach, think again. NeoLith can be placed on top of existing counter tops, and that can bring down the price of kitchen renovations considerably. It can be cut to any shape. This material, though incredibly strong, is very thin. It can be transported and carried with ease and installed with little effort. Again, there is a savings.
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4 Tips for Budgeting to Achieve Best Value Granite Countertops

March 13, 2012
Most savvy homeowners and assiduous designers know that the only way to get the most for your money in a kitchen renovation project is by doing your homework. But when it comes to upgrading to new granite countertops, should consumers seek quotes or calculate a budget first? A recent report published by CNN Money advises that before obtaining quotes from contractors, consumers should calculate a rough budget to present to the contractor. Adapted from the CNN article, here are the steps consumers can take to calculate a budget in order to ensure contractors are giving you the best value granite countertops. 
  • Find what the average cost per square foot will be for your entire kitchen project.
  • Adjust this average cost to the scope of your project, for example if you are only replacing the island countertop as opposed to all kitchen surfaces. 
  • Modify the average cost per square foot to your location; metro areas on the east or west coast generally charge more per hour for labor costs than rural areas.
  • Adjust the average cost according to the quality of materials, whether you are opting for commercial grade or high-end granite materials. 

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Beautiful Stone Floors Of NeoLith By TheSize

March 13, 2012
When you walk into a room for the first time, chances are, one thing that really stands out is the floor. If it is covered in carpet, you may first notice the color, or maybe discoloration. Perhaps a stain or two makes you look more closely. For stone floors, you might notice the shine, or lack thereof. Scratches marring the surface will definitely stand out. These imperfections detract from the entire room, regardless of its size, color or decor.

A room is simply a room until a creative touch gives it life and turns it into a cozy space or piece of art. With stone floors by TheSize, NeoLith adds a creative, artful touch to any room with ease. And with this touch from the gallery is a luster, a shine so deep it gives you pause. You stand back and appreciate its qualities as you would a fine painting. To place this art on the floor where it can be destroyed seems wrong. Therein lies the quality.

With the amazing process designed by TheSize, clay and sand are magically turned into a beautiful stone floors with a protection all their own. The secret is the glaze and how it is applied to the other materials to form a perfect union. A seal so complete there are no pores, so instead of wreaking havoc, a spilled glass of wine is easily wiped away. A protection so strong that scratches are nonexistent. This process also gives the floor a consistent look throughout the house.

Because of its unique strength, the NeoLith stone floors are able to be installed with ease. The material can be quite thin, so that equals a much smaller weight in the full lengths and the tiles of various sizes. Transportation and manually moving the material can be done comfortably. Laying the slabs takes little effort, as it is not back breaking work like most stone floors can be. With only two workers, the floor is laid quickly and without hassle. This equals less cost for the installation.
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Colors of Neolith by TheSize

March 08, 2012
 A Splash Of New Colors From NeoLith By TheSize
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The Stunning Granite Countertops of the Antolini Luigi 2012 Signature Collection

March 06, 2012
The annual revealing of the Antolini Luigi Signature Collection is always a highly anticipated event for the stone industry. As a trendsetting brand that leads the way in innovation, Antolini Luigi embodies nature in its most elegant form. This year's collection includes both new granite colors as well as timeless favorites. So without further adieu, here are a few of the extraordinary granite countertops that were hand selected by general manager Alberto Antolini himself to be a part of the 2012 Signature Collection. 
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The Cost of Granite Countertops: Understanding How Granite Countertops are Priced

March 06, 2012

Consumers need to know and understand the certain facets of the granite countertop industry in order to make informed, confidant decisions. By educating themselves on granite pricing, consumers can better assess and compare the true value of individual granite countertop products. The first important factor is that different contractors price granite countertops differently. For example, one quote for granite countertops may appear to be a better value then another, but it may only be because part of the total cost is excluded. These are most likely granite countertop quotes that are given in square feet, which can be deceiving as it leaves out all other required costs. Instead, always be sure you are receiving a quote for the completed granite countertop project. This quote will prevent any surprises later on as it includes not only the stone per square foot but also the edge polishing cutouts, backsplashes and installation, as well. 

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Fireplace Finishes with Neolith by TheSize

March 01, 2012
Fireplace Finishes Can Be Works Of Art

     A snowy day. A warm fire. Nothing is as cozy as a fire in the hearth. Trundling in from the frosty air to a roaring fire is as emotionally pleasing as it is physically warming. Most everyone agrees a fire in a room adds a feeling of home to the ambiance.

     Some fireplaces are utilitarian, others, pretty. However, there are those that completely stand out. These last are with the finishing touches of NeoLith by TheSize. Fireplace finishes can make all the difference between a room that is warmed by a fire and a room showcased by an artful design with a function. NeoLith changes the feel of a room to make it more a home, a place of comfort.

     Anyone who has ever used a fireplace on a regular basis has experienced smoke stains on the wall. It is usually a glaring feature of the room the moment you walk in. No matter what you do, the smoke stains cannot be removed from the brick, or the wall above it. With NeoLith by TheSize, that disfigurement will no longer be an issue. These fireplace finishes are unable to be stained, for the material has no pores. Smoke buildup is easily wiped away.

     Another truly glaring characteristic about a fireplace is the scorched area around the fireplace. Because the fireplace finishes made with NeoLith are created in a kiln, it is difficult to actually burn the surface. The fireplace finishes are formed from clay and surrounded by a glaze. This outer covering blends together with the clay when it is heated to extreme temperatures. For this reason, the burning logs will not mar the surface, as the fireplace finishes can stand very high temperatures.

     Think of it. The presence of a warm, glowing, happy fire in your living room to give a sense of peace as much as added heat. And, the beauty of this finish will last for years to come, as it is incredibly durable and will not scratch or lose its luster. All this, plus the aesthetics of a work of art.

     When you see this for yourself, you will feel an immediate appreciation of the beauty and workmanship TheSize has created for your fireplace. To order the best finish you could ever experience for your hearth, visit Marble and Granite, Inc. to place your order for your new fireplace.
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Latest Trends in Granite Countertops: Colors, Textures & Patterns

March 01, 2012


Trends are showing that safe, neutral countertops are out and countertops with more texture, color and patterns are in. As the Marble Institute of America’s Stone Dimensions Blog recently wrote, “When it comes to countertops, creativity is back in vogue.”

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5 Secrets to Caring for Granite Countertops

February 28, 2012

While stone countertops are trusted and preferred for their long-lasting durability, there are certain practices that are necessary to maintaining the exquisite beauty of your granite countertops, marble countertops or other natural stone surface. In a recent article, House Beautiful magazine shares the five secrets to keeping stone countertops in prime condition straight from kitchen designer Florence Perchuck, who has over 38-years of experience in the kitchen industry. Here are the five things that Perchuck believe consumers should know about stone countertops.

  1. Spills need to be wiped up immediately so as to prevent stains caused by liquids penetrating the surface.

  2. A proper seal can be tested by ensuring that water beads and forms droplets on the stone surface.

  3. Different stones require different sealing, cleaning and maintaining regimens; for example, marble is more porous than granite and, therefore, requires more frequent resealing.

  4. Always get a second opinion on sealing and cleaning products to make sure they are safe and effective on your particular stone surface.

  5. Do not assume that black stone surfaces (as opposed to white or other light colored stone surfaces) will be easier to keep a perfectly clean appearance; it is black stone surfaces, in fact, that show the most fingerprints.

A good stone cleaner is the key to daily maintenance of stone countertops. According to  House Beautiful article, Perchuck explains that it is always best to get a second opinion on stone countertop products, however, Perchuck does directly recommend StoneTech as an accredited sealing and cleaning system for natural stone countertops. To learn more about StoneTech products and other maintenance do’s and don’ts, please

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