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Durable & Unique Granite Countertops vs. Durable & Consistent Quartz Countertops

January 10, 2012
Because of its unrivaled beauty and durability, granite continues to be the single most popular countertop material in the industry. But what some may not know is that quartz has become one of the fastest growing markets in the stone surface industry, according to an article from Remodeler Magazine. In the article, a marketing manager for a stone company makes an interesting comparison between the consumers for the two stone surfaces. 
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Top 5 Granite Countertop Colors for Trendy Kitchens in 2012

January 06, 2012
Colors affect our mood, especially when they are surrounding us in our home. Since the kitchen is the hub of the home and the center of most activity, you will want to choose the color scheme of your kitchen carefully to achieve a fun, comfortable and beautiful ambiance. From HGTV, here are the most popular color schemes and granite countertop colors that enhance the look and feel of the kitchen. To help you complete your color scheme, we will also provide suggestions for specific granite countertop colors for each color trend. 
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The Best Surfaces for the Bathroom

November 28, 2011

To achieve form and function in a new or existing bathroom requires the right materials. Bathroom surfaces must be able to stand up against water, soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics and acetone or alcohol-based liquids. But theses surfaces should also create the look and feel that you want to achieve in the bathroom. From the National Kitchen and Bath Association, here are the most common bathroom surfaces and the pros and cons of each.

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M&G Introduces Neolith by TheSize at Build Boston

November 19, 2011
The country's largest New England event for the design and construction industry is happening as we speak. From November 16 through 18, the 27th edition of the Build Boston annual tradeshow and conference is taking place at the Seaport World Trade Center. Throughout the conference, the building industry's leading authorities will be presenting their newest, most advanced and unique products and services yet.
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The 2011 New England Design Hall of Fame Ceremony

November 17, 2011


At an annual ceremony on Thursday, November 3, 2011, New England Home Magazine inducted a select number of architects, interior designers and landscape architects into The New England Design Hall of Fame. The 2011 gala event that took place in the State Room atop the Sixty State Street in Boston, Massachusetts was the magazine's fifth annual awards.

Hall of Fame nominations were made by community members of the design industry as well as the general public. The nominees were then evaluated based on professional work history and three to five representative projects. A final round included further thorough evaluation. The chosen inductees were announced at the special ceremony on November 3rd, where they were honored for their career, influence and community involvement.

The 2011 New England Design Hall of Fame Inductees:

Architecture
Bernard M. Wharton of Shope Reno Wharton Associates
Matthew and Elizabeth Elliott of Elliott + Elliott Architecture

Interior design
Nancy Serafini of Homeworks Interior Design

Landscape design
Kris Horiuchi and Daniel Solien of Horiuchi Solien, Inc.


Specialty award
North Bennet Street School

As a respected wholesaler of imported natural and engineered stone products, Marble and Granite, Inc. was honored to participate in The New England Design Hall of Fame as one of two Gold Sponsors for the second year in a row.



Event Details and Photo via New England Design Hall of Fame
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Top Reasons for a Bathroom Remodel

November 10, 2011
You may have to look beyond function to find out whether you are due for a bathroom update. Here are the signs that it is time to commit to a bathroom remodel.

  1. You plan on selling your home: Not only due bathroom improvement projects have one of the highest returns on investments, but it can make or break a potential buyer's decision.
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Differentiating Between Premium and Commercial Grade

November 06, 2011

In our last post, we went over why certain stones are labeled "premium grade." Now, we are going to explain what makes commercial grade stone different from premium grade. Of course, premium grade materials are always the first choice amongst distributors and fabricators, but there is still a need to offer commercial grade stone to the industry as well. To clarify what we mean by "commercial grade," here are a few of the qualifications and applications of this type of stone.

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What Exactly Does "Premium Grade" Mean?

November 03, 2011

How do you know you are getting the highest quality of natural stone from the distributor you choose? You can make sure that the distributor carries premium grade materials. In order to explain what "premium grade" means, we will use one of the premium grade granite stones that we carry here at Marble and Granite, New Venetian Gold, as an example.

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Remodeling Inspiration: Award-Winning Bathroom Designs

November 01, 2011
After spending so much time discussing kitchen renovations, it's time to move to the other most popular room to remodel . . . the bathroom! According to the Remodeling 2010–11 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com)the national average of the cost recouped from a bathroom remodel was 70%. This high return on investment makes bathrooms one of the top rooms to renovate to increase the value of a home.
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Cleaning and Caring Resources for your Stone Countertops

October 26, 2011
You may have heard of famous story of Meg Ryan rubbing sliced tomatoes all over her brand new white marble countertops in her kitchen to "break them in." This is called acid-etching because the natural acid from the tomato literally etches the surface taking off the finish. This is pretty risky and not recommended, however, as acids can interfere with the stone's chemistry.

If you are looking for sound advice on the internet for how to clean and care for your stone countertops, you may be bogged down and overwhelmed by the thousands of forums and Meg Ryan-like testimonials. This is why Marble and Granite offers multiple outlets for reliable resources on learning how to maintain your granite, marble or other natural stone surface.

Of course, you can always find regular Care and Maintenance posts right here on our blog, but you can also go directly to our website, www.marbleandgranite.com, for several convenient Helpful Resources. From treating individual stones and spills to all the do's and don'ts you would need to know, our website can serve as your go-to source for quality stone caring guidance.

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