INDUSTRY TRENDS AND KNOW HOW

With 25 years’ experience and over 50,000 countertops installed, we understand stone. Every month we’ll cover an array of topics while sharing our knowledge and expertise with you.

5 Unique Ways to Use Natural Stone in your Home

Stone countertops are beautiful and they increase the value of your home for years to come which is why we’re seeing homeowners searching out additional ways to incorporate stone into their living spaces. Stone is being used in home offices, fireplace surrounds, outdoor kitchens, closets and bathrooms. We’re even seeing stone remnants crafted into home…

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What you need to know before using marble in your kitchen

Marble is a wildly popular stone when it comes to interiors. Known for its unique veining and elegant appearance, it’s often a top consideration for homeowners. But is marble a good stone for kitchen countertops? We take a closer look. If you do a search on marble you’ll see that it continues to be a…

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What is more expensive — granite or quartz?

There are few design elements that spark heated debate and divide homeowners as much as which stone surface to use for their countertops — granite and quartz. If you like both, the decision may come down to cost. Often customers ask us which is more expensive, granite, or quartz.   We wish the answer were…

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Quartz: How to achieve the marble look in a kitchen

Marble countertops have enduring appeal, adding a timeless, luxury look to any room, but the expense or demanding maintenance can steer homeowners away. Now, there’s a solution: quartz. Quartz slabs can be manufactured to achieve a marble effect, giving consumers a great mix of affordability, durability, and style. Why people love marble Marble is the…

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7 reasons why granite is great for kitchen countertops

Unique slabs, natural beauty, and peerless durability—these are some of the top reasons why homeowners select granite when they choose their countertops. There’s no doubt this gorgeous natural stone is an attention-grabber, but when it comes to the qualities required of a kitchen countertop, does it live up to the hype? In a word, yes.…

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Kitted Out Kitchens: Ten Top Trends for 2020

There’s no more effective way to make your home shine than by showcasing a brilliant kitchen. Some features—like natural materials—are perennial favourites, while others boldly reflect the latest in cutting-edge design. Read on for more about the top trends in kitchens for this coming year. Big Backsplashes A backsplash is an easy-to-clean panel, usually found…

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The 4 most common myths about granite and quartz

Granite and quartz are two of the most popular natural stone choices for countertops, and for those doing construction or renovations, choosing between them can be a challenge. Making things even more complicated, there are several common misconceptions about each material. Here, we debunk the four most common myths about each so you can choose…

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Natural stone can help you turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis

Spring has sprung and that means more time in the great out-of-doors. With good planning, materials, and design, you can have your own parcel of paradise right in your backyard. Incorporate natural stone elements for a fashionable and functional outdoor kitchen, and enjoy the warm weather in style. Elements of an exceptional exterior If you’ve…

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Stone is making a (back)splash in 2019

When it comes to kitchens, much is written about countertops and cabinets—both are strong focal points adding as much to the design as functionality of the room. The discussion of backsplashes is meagre in comparison, an unfortunate oversight when you consider that the space behind your appliances can handily spiff up your kitchen while protecting…

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Quartz: An eco-friendly option for countertops

Homeowners are increasingly concerned with eco-friendliness in their construction and renovation projects. This might mean using reclaimed or upcycled materials and low toxicity paints or looking at installing energy efficient systems like solar panels or low-flow faucets. Did you know that your countertops can be eco-friendly as well? Quartz is an engineered stone that offers…

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Natural stone countertops: ¾” versus 1 ¼” slabs

When considering natural stone for your countertops, you’re likely most interested in the colour, pattern, and type of material to best suit your needs. There’s another choice to make, however: the surface thickness. For decades, the industry standard for natural stone countertops was ¾” (2 centimetres), but more recently, 1 ¼” (3 centimetres) countertops have…

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Countertop installation: What you need to know

With 25 years of experience serving Southern Ontarians, we’ve come to understand the process of countertop installation inside and out, and we are pleased to be able to offer the absolute best selection of stone installed quickly and professionally. Over the years, we’ve gotten a pretty good sense of what our customers think, too—and the…

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Trend alert: Two-tone kitchens

Whether it’s cooking, socializing, or design trends, kitchens are where the action is. Two-tone cabinetry, where some of the cabinets are finished in a different colour or material, is showing up all over the place—and with good reason. It’s versatile and stylish, and, because you needn’t cover all surfaces in the same material, can have…

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Trend alert: Veined quartz countertops

Homeowners and designers alike are always on the lookout for the most stylish and durable materials. When it comes to countertops, quartz is on the rise—especially those patterns that mimic the natural appearance of real stone. Read on to find out more about why veined quartz countertops are topping the trend lists for 2018 and…

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Combatting the myth that granite countertops are bad for your health

If you’re interested in construction or home improvement, chances are you’ve come across the idea that granite emits radon, a radioactive gas. Stories to this effect began showing up in the mainstream press a few decades ago, raising the alarm among homeowners that their countertops may cause cancer. 

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Granite or quartz? A countertop buyer’s guide

If you’re considering including stone in your home, chances are you’ve heard of the granite versus quartz debate. Proponents of each can be terrifically passionate about their choice, but is one really better than the other? In this article we’ll look at the properties of each, and suggest appropriate uses for both.

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