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Full Height Backsplash Design Ideas

Full Height Backsplash Design Ideas

A full height backsplash extends from the edge of the counter to the barrier above versus a traditional backsplash, which is typically about four inches tall. Here are some ways to add a full-height backsplash to your next kitchen or bathroom design. Countertop and Backsplash Matching Use the same countertop stone for a seamless look. Contrasting but Complimenting Use a…

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All About Limestone

All About Limestone

Formation Limestone is a sedimentary rock, meaning it is formed by the accumulation of shell, coral, and algae, or by direct crystallization from water. Like marble, limestone has a calcium carbonate base, making it susceptible to mild acids. Properties Limestone’s soft earth tones make it aesthetically pleasing for various design styles and palettes. The softer stone is more pliable and…

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Cross Cut vs. Vein Cut

Cross Cut vs. Vein Cut

How You Slice It Everything about natural stone’s formation plays a role in the end product that is mined from quarries across the world, shipped to fabricators, and ultimately shaped to fit your space perfectly. But did you also know that how the stone is cut into slabs has a dramatic effect on the stone’s appearance? Vein Cut Vein cut—“against…

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Understanding the Cost of Natural Stone

Understanding the Cost of Natural Stone

Cost is a major consideration in most purchasing decisions. There are many factors involved when selecting natural stone and every homeowner’s situation is unique. Factors include: the type of material you select; customizations, which effect fabrication costs; and installation costs. Material Natural stone is sourced from all over the world and is as varied as it is unique. While there…

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Unique Properties of Granite

Unique Properties of Granite

Varying Colors Light colored granites have flecks or blocks of varying colors. White granites are rarely a homogeneous, even-toned color. Most light colored granites have more than one color in them, and it’s rare to have a white granite without any darker minerals at all. Visible Minerals Granite has an interlocking texture in which individual minerals are visible. Look for blocky crystals…

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An Intro to Bookmatching Slabs

An Intro to Bookmatching Slabs

Near Mirror Images Bookmatched slabs are one of the most dramatic and impressive ways to use natural stone. The look is achieved when two neighboring slabs are ‘opened up’ (like a book) and polished on the surfaces that were facing each other. The pattern on each stone will be virtually identical mirror images. Best Uses for Bookmatching A pair of…

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Quartz vs. Quartzite

Quartz vs. Quartzite

Quartz – Engineered Quartz is an engineered stone, molded and baked into slabs in a factory. Quartz slabs are made up of approximately 90-94% ground quartz mined from the earth, and 6-10% resins and pigments that bind the ground quartz. Quartz – Pigmented and Uniform Quartz uses pigments to achieve a wide range of colors, and perfectly placed flecks and…

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7 Main Types of Carrara Marble

7 Main Types of Carrara Marble

Carrara Marble Carrara Marble is often incorrectly used to categorize hundreds of different Italian marbles for Carrara and the surrounding areas of the Apuan Alps. Here are the seven main types of Italian marbles from this region, each with their own offshoot of sub-varieties that are found in our slab selection. Bianco Carrara Has a white, pearl-white to grey ground…

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