Maintaining “the look” is very important to any remodeling project. Many projects in the St Paul, MN, neighborhood are attempting to revamp the original look of these older homes. Many have existing combinations of white subway tile, white cabinets, and white marble countertops. White Carrara marble is the traditional material that is found in many of these older homes, but the sensitive nature of this marble makes it impractical for some families. Quartz alternatives are a great option where marble may fall short. Caesarstone has a great “carrara-look” color that is a very realistic duplication of the classic marble. Quantra, Silestone and Hanstone also have some good options in a more economical price range. These quartz alternatives that strive to replicate the classic White Carrara look are gaining in popularity, and make creating turn of the century look easier and more user friendly.
As spring approaches, many of us begin to make plans for our yards and patios. Creating an outdoor kitchen space is one of the latest crazes in yard design. The durability of granite is the perfect pairing for an outdoor application. Whether the space is a full kitchen, a simple surround for a grill, or a table top, a granite surface will add a flair of sophistication and functionality. Visit Exquisite Stone for your outdoor kitchen countertop needs.
Marble is one of the most classic looks in countertops. Unfortunately it leaves much to be desired when it comes to durability and maintenance. Quartz countertops are an alternative option that offer the looks of marble and the easy care properties of a manmade material. Now marbles like Crema Marfil, White Carrara and Emperador have manmade alternatives that overcome the undesirable aspects that make marble installations difficult to justify. Particularly in kitchens, these quartz options relieve a lot of the stress that accompanies caring for marble in a high traffic cooking area.