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Natural Characteristics of Granite Countertops

Granite is a beautiful natural product that is taken directly from the Earth.  Each individual slab of granite or other natural stone will look slightly different.  With this said there a some natural characteristics of granite countertops that cannot be avoided. Pits-  Some granites have pits and others do not, it depends directly on the mineral… Read more »

Antiqued Granite Countertops

There are many different natural stone finishes to use on your countertops.  They range from leathered (antiqued), honed, polished, and many more.  These finishes do not necessarily jeopardize the integrity of the granite countertops.  However, additional coats of sealer may need to be applied.  When a stone is leathered it creates a textured finish, which varies depending… Read more »

Marble Countertops: A Year Later

For those of you who are unsure of whether or not marble is the right choice for your kitchen, read this article! It describes the different ups and downs this homeowner experienced during a year of heavy use of her marble countertops. Many of our customers that come in wanting to install marble countertops are… Read more »

Quartz vs. Granite: As Told by a Geologist

Frequently customers that come into our showroom are not yet aware of the differences between Quartz and Granite. In fact, many of them don’t know that Quartz is actually a man-made stone. This article from Forbes reviews the different materials that make up Quartz, and how they relate to Granite. Forbes: Quartz vs Granite Composition… Read more »

Porcelain Countertops from Ciot

We recently hosted an event in which we brought in some new materials from one of our suppliers in Toronto. One of the main features of the event were the slabs of porcelain from Ciot. Many people are unfamiliar with this man-made stone as a countertop surface, but porcelain is actually a great choice for… Read more »

Practicality as a Theme

Practicality has become a theme in bathroom and kitchen design. Give this article a read for further insight on this developing trend in the industry. Link Below: Practicality In Kitchen & Bath Design

Kitchen Appliance Trends

Kitchens are always changing, new trends pop up and some stay for a year or multiple years.  Below is a list of some of the latest trends I have researched and noticed in multiple homes. Integration Homeowners do not want to always see their appliances, they like to integrate them into their cabinets.  Below is… Read more »

Semi Precious Stones

Caesarstone a provider of quartz surfaces also offers a line called the Concetto line.  The concetto line is a hand-made stone that is made from semi-precious stones.   The concetto stones can be translucent and therefore lit up.  Like many of the other of surfaces made by Caesarstone the surface is heat, scratch, and stain resistant. … Read more »

A New Place To Relax

A lot of what is discussed on this blog has been about kitchens.  Although we do a lot of kitchens, we do just as many bathrooms.  Bathrooms are slowly changing to a place to relax after a long day, so why not indulge a little?   So what have we seen lately? Vessel sinks– Undermount… Read more »

9/11 Memorial

There is no doubt that everyone remembers the horrific events of 9/11.   Like many Americans, the Italian Marble & Granite’s staff knew some of the employees in the towers. Many years ago we were given the opportunity to do  work in the towers which we were very excited about. Now 11 years later we are… Read more »