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How to Tell Granite from Marble

Granite and marble are our two most popular kitchen countertop options here at To understand their differences, and why they’re stylistically different, we'll trace them back to how their produced.

Emerging Trends: Kitchen Island Lights

Lighting really makes or breaks your interior design. A unique and interesting lighting trend that we’ve noticed developing here at is the use of under-mounted lights in kitchen islands.

Take Your Hot Tub Surround to the Next Level

For centuries, dedicated hot water baths have been used to treat physical aliments and to provide leisure. These blissful areas can even be further enhanced with the addition of beautiful natural stones for your hot tub surround.

The Secret to's Seamless Success

No one likes seams in their countertop. Simply mentioning it is enough to cause some to cringe. At, we have an expert staff that pays close attention to detail when planning and installing your counters to ensure the best aesthetic.

Try Before You Buy With Virtual Home Design

When you’re renovating your home sometimes it’s tough to only work from the pictures and inspiration from other home improvement websites. However, virtual home design offers homeowners the ability to try their vision before buying.

5 Crucial Steps for Any Home Renovation

Is your tax return inspiring a long awaited kitchen, bathroom, or living room renovation? Let’s get started with some tips and tricks to help you get prepared and organized for your exciting home renovation.

How to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Larger

If you don’t have the option of expanding your kitchen, but just can’t get over the sense of claustrophobia your small room creates, what can you do? Luckily, there quite a few simple home hacks to seeing a larger space!

5 Tips for Lighting a Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important places in the home when it comes to lighting. Not only does optimal lighting allow you to better gaze at your marble vanity, but it'll shed some light on your daily grooming tasks.

How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

If you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen, it can quickly become an overwhelming task. To help this process go smoothly, take a step back and breakdown what needs to get done into some simple, manageable steps.

How to Decide on the Best Kitchen Layout

While completely redesigning and remodeling your kitchen is quite an undertaking, it’s generally worth it. There are a few questions you should ask yourself while deciding which layout is best for your home.

How to Create the Perfect Kitchen

When creating your dream kitchen, there are so many important considerations to make along the way. The following tips are some of the best ways to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

5 Ways To Find the Perfect New Countertops

If you are making the purchase without the assistance of a professional interior designer, it can be quite daunting to plan your entire kitchen renovation. This article will go over some tips for your countertop selection process.

Ideas for Granite Vanities at

So, you love your granite kitchen countertops, and you now want to add an elegant and eye-catching granite vanity. For your interior inspiration, we've put together our favorite types of granite for bathroom vanities.

5 Things We Bet You Don't Know About Granite

You probably consider yourself to be quite the granite expert by now. Well, you may be surprised to know how much there to learn about granite! This article will cover the five things that most people don’t know about one of our favorite natural stones.

Using Natural Stone Surfaces in the Office

There is a rising movement of incorporating natural stone into office buildings, whether it be as countertops, vanities, or even coffee tables. In this article we’re going explain how you can follow these design principals to create a home office.

Budget-Friendly Master Bathroom Upgrades

For some homeowners, the bathroom is an area of their home that gets overlooked when prioritizing rooms to renovate. However, there are plenty of good reasons to move a master bathroom remodel to the top of the list.

What Granite Countertop Color is Right For You?

Whether you’re remodeling your home or building a new one, your color scheme is critical to the presentation of your interior design. It’s well-worth considering all of the options before you dive-in and wind up with a design disaster.

Top 5 Dark Color Granite Countertops

Dark colored granite countertops are sleek, stylish, and can be the perfect finishing piece for many kitchen designs. In this video, we’re going to take look at some of our favorite dark granites for kitchen countertops at

Grilling with Granite

At, we pride ourselves on producing as little waste as possible. Because of this, we are always brainstorming new ways to use granite at home. Grilling with granite was an obvious choice!

Countertop Options to Avoid

With more options for countertops available than ever before, it’s difficult to sift through today’s market and find the one that’s right for your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some to avoid.

Warm and Cool Colors in Kitchen Design

Warm and cool color tones - designers are always mentioning these terms but what exactly do they mean by these categories and how can you use them in your home design? Gaining an understanding will help you determine the colors for your décor.

What Area is Right for Quartzite Countertops?

Quartzite is becoming one of the most sought after materials for home renovations and new construction projects. However, exactly which areas are right for quartzite? Let’s breakdown and analyze exactly what quartzite first to get an idea.

Top 5 Granite Countertops of 2015

This past year was a fantastic one for natural stone countertops. Here at, we’ve installed some of our favorites granite kitchen counter projects of all time in 2015 and we’d like to share them with you!

How To Do a Countertop Repair

Natural stone countertops like granite and marble are impressively strong materials, however this unfortunately does not mean that they are impervious to chipping. Learn how to restore natural stone countertops like granite and marble.

Building a Better Bathroom

An expertly remodeled bathroom will provide years of pleasure and comfort. However, you’ll be reminded of a poorly executed remodel everyday if it’s not done right.

What Kitchen Countertop is Right for You?

Planning your kitchen’s design is arguably the most important decision you’ll make for your house. Beyond the layout, the materials you use are imperative to fit your lifestyle. Let’s breakdown the various countertop material options on the market and see which one is right for you.

The Truth About Countertop Seams

Honestly, no one likes seams in their countertop. Simply mentioning it is enough to cause some to cringe. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to do an installation without making one or several seams.

Stained Your Natural Countertop? Try this!

Stained your countertop? The experts at have the solution for you. The process of removing stains from your marble, granite, or other natural stone countertops is simple, just follow these steps...

Design The Perfect Kitchen Island Countertop

A well-designed island can complete your home and even add long-term value to it as well. As the centerpiece of the kitchen, the island helps bring people together in the most used room in the home. In order to optimize your kitchen island, you will have to carefully consider its design.

Bathroom Style Guide: Granite Vanities

When considering home improvements, the type of material you want to use for the bathroom countertop is important. It should not only be eye-catching but also able to last for as long as you own your home.

How Does Color Affect Mood in Your Interior Design?

Choosing the color of kitchen countertops is important and takes a lot of thought and consideration. But did you know color can affect a person’s mood and personality? Very few people are aware of this on a conscious level, but its effects can certainly be felt.

How to Choose the Right Granite Countertop Color

Congratulations! You have decided to install granite counters for your kitchen. But what is the next step? You have to choose a color and picking one is a bit more difficult than it sounds. Here are tips on picking the right color for your kitchen counters.

Three Tips for Buying Granite Counters

Selecting the right stone for your countertop is serious business. After all, you will be looking at it everyday for as long as you own your house. Here are three things to keep in mind when buying granite tops.

Outdoor Countertop Design Options for Natural Stones

Using stone outside the home is also in high demand these days. The façade, driveway, staircases, walkways, patio, retaining walls and landscape all feature here. The type of stone and finish that is chosen plays a significant role in setting the tone of the home.

Natural Countertop Geology and Stone Identification

Those in the stone industry, and those interested in stone, should be familiar with basic geology. As a doctor studies the systems of the human body to prescribe treatments and remedies, you should also be familiar with the formations and changes of stone. The study of these changes is known as geology.

Innovative Granite Applications Beyond the Kitchen

Modern technology has improved our ability to quarry, cut, shape, and finish granite, which has dragged it out of the kitchen and into a host of other applications for the home and office. There are many reasons why granite is an excellent material for outdoor and indoor applications.

To Seal or Not to Seal Your Countertops?

Since no two granites are exactly alike, one may be very absorbent while another may be very resistant. The idea that all granite and natural stone must be sealed is a myth. According to its individual properties, some granite may need a sealer while others won’t.

Marble Applications for Countertops and Beyond

Marble is the stone of kings and gods. More ancient monuments were constructed of it than any other stone. Marble festoons the hallways of cathedrals and palaces. It drapes the counters and floors of the richest millionaires, yet graces the baths of the most modest homeowners.

Natural Stone Through the Millennia

Ancient as the earth itself; made from the very same gas and liquid that solidified to form the earth, natural stone brings grace to many architectural wonders from the dawn of civilization to the present day. From ancient monuments, like the pyramids in Egypt and the majestic splendor of the Greek and Roman architecture, natural stone is no longer the preserve of Royalty and the Affluent today.

10 Reasons Why Natural Stone is the Best Countertop Material

The heavily debated question of natural stone countertops, such as granite. marble, and quartzite, versus engineered countertops often leaves homeowners torn when deciding which is best for their kitchen or bathroom. To help your decision process, we've put together an informative list of the ten reasons why natural stone countertops rein supreme, thanks to the insight provided by the developers and architects of Inventive Builders, one of the premier building and construction companies in New York City.

The Unique Types of Natural Stone

Hewn from the earth, cut with diamond saws, polished like glass, and shipped around the world, stone makes the most cosmopolitan of counters. It exists everywhere in the world, yet nowhere is it the same. Even from the same quarry, no two pieces are identical.

The History of Natural Stone

5,000 years is a long time. It's so long that we have trouble comprehending it. But monuments built of natural stone more than 5,000 years ago are still standing today, which is a testament to natural stone's enduring beauty and strength.

The Advantages of Granite for Countertops & More

Granite is a fascinating and artistic material that demands consideration when replacing countertops. One of the main reasons so many people decide on granite countertops is because of its natural beauty. The stone's coloration will never change, so granite will always be as bright and vibrant as when it is first installed.

Onyx, Travertine, Marble, & Granite, Which is Right for You?

Natural stone is the most aesthetic and eco-friendly construction material known to mankind. There are many types of natural stone, each with distinguished properties and advantages. Some are ideally suited for larger applications, while some are better for aesthetically highlighting areas of your home.

Using Natural Stone for Bath Surrounds

At the end of the day, there is a place to which you can escape, to nurture your body as well as your soul; this place is the master bath. Recently evolving into a spa-like retreat for the discriminating homeowner this bath is the epitome of elegance when created using natural stone.

Selecting the Right Countertop Color

Natural stone comes in an endless variety of colors and choosing the right one can be a daunting task. Homeowners often want to match their new flooring and countertops to items they already own, or to their existing paint scheme.

How Granite and Marble Countertops are Made

The sequence of events which brings natural stone from the quarry to the home has not changed much since stone entered the homes of the ancient Greeks. Large blocks of stone are cut from the quarry. From those blocks, thin pieces of stone are cut called slabs. The slabs are then shaped and polished and shipped for installation.

Bring Luxury Into Your Home with Marble Countertops

Artists, artisans, and architects have been fashioning monuments, sculptures, and artifacts from natural stone for over 5000 years. More recently, technological advances have not only brought the beauty and grace of natural stone right to the doorsteps of modern consumers, but also brought them closer to newer and more innovative applications than ever before.

Travertine: An Underrated Countertop Material

We hear a lot these days about marble and granite, but you probably didn’t know that travertine is one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture. It’s neutral and exotic coloring makes it a great partner with other stones like marble, granite and limestone.

The TImeless Design Options of Granite

When most people think of adding words to stone, the first concept is monuments. These testaments to stone’s durability are certainly part of` the mix, and a launching pad for some now doing stone signage.

How to Design a Stylish Kitchen Island

The juxtaposition of form and function often merges in islands. These multifunctional and versatile spaces can be an oasis in today’s kitchens, providing more usable cooking, dining and storage space for the homeowner.

What is the Best Countertop for Your Kitchen?

In any home, the kitchen is the one room the sees the most activity - from preparing and cooking food, to dining, entertaining, and even working. It is obvious that your kitchen countertops should be able to withstand all that activity without having to compromise it's aesthetic appeal.

Slate: The Textural Countertop Material

Slate is no longer in the domain of chalkboards, pool tables, and roofs; it has entered the North American market for cladding in a big way. Along with the variety of colors and textures, slate is a stone consisting of rich tones, natural ridging, and earthy looks making it a versatile stone used in many indoor applications.

Selecting Stainless Steel Sinks

Many homeowners are looking to fabricators to assist in the selection of the sink, providing those fabricators with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and steer the homeowner towards the sink that best complements the countertop.

Natural Stone or Synthetic for Countertops?

Natural stone is as timeless as the universe. A design of creation’s own architecture frozen in time and space, it speaks a sensuous and evocative language; one of color and textures, of feelings and richness, of its passage from its geological beginnings through 4 billion years to the present day.

Creating a Design Plan For Your Renovation

For many people, the hardest part of planning a kitchen or bath is trying to visualize the possibilities for the new space. A great technique for getting a picture of how your ideas will look is to literally sketch them out.

Home Remodeling Cost Guide

The cost of any remodeling project depends upon size and scope. In other words, how big is the area you want to change, and how significant do you want the changes to be? How much will your remodeling project cost? In addition to size and scope, the overall price tag depends on labor and materials costs in your market.

Going Green with Your Countertops

When it comes to a natural material, it’s hard to find something that fits the bill better than stone — but does it fit in with a growing new trend of socially responsible construction? The idea of environmentally friendly construction dates back to at least the early 1970s, reappearing in the nation’s conscious every time energy prices take a bump.

How to Create a Practial Kitchen Layout

Choosing a kitchen design is a very important decision since it is the heart of your home which sees the most activity and guests. Having a well-designed and organized kitchen can make all the difference in the world. The countertop is perhaps the most integral part of the whole design.

Combining Multiple Counertop Materials

Architects and designers are increasingly using stone with other non-stone building fabrics. Today’s modern interiors are so eclectic that the combinations of dissimilar materials add a unique blend that analogous materials cannot achieve.

Creating Authentic Style with Stone

Natural stone emits a tangible energy that no man-made material has ever been able to rival. Once upon a time, long ago, the only way to truly experience these architectural examples was to pack your bags, grab your passport and hop aboard the next transatlantic flight. Now you need only to pick up your car keys and drive to the nearest luxury home development, most likely just down the road.

Hard Rock...Easy Choice

It would be a mistake to say that granite is a natural stone whose time has come because it never really left. Let’s just say that, for a while, it was perhaps overshadowed by some newer, man-made products. But according to experts, it’s back in a big way.

Designing on the Edge For Your Counters

Selecting a countertop edge treatment for most homeowners is an ‘either or proposition’; either they go with whatever is the cheapest or they leave the decision up to you. This approach can be aesthetically lacking and the showroom ends up leaving money on the table.

White Marble: Gaining Popularity in Kitchens

An interesting trend is developing in the natural stone business and it signals a return in interest to some classic stones. More and more, homeowners and kitchen designers are calling for the use of white marble, a stone that has been used in this setting for centuries, but recently saw a decrease in interest due to the explosion of the granite market.