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As an on-going trend in Kitchen Design, today's Monday Match-Up focuses on mixing stone selections.  The most common way to achieve this look is to choose one stone for the Perimeter of a Kitchen, and another stone for your Island.  The key is to select stones that will provide contrast, but are naturally complimentary.  The first example proves that opposites attract, showcasing Cinza Soapstone (nearly black once waxed or oiled) to be used along the Perimeter of your Kitchen, mixed with a bold white Venatino Marble on the Island.  The color combination is timeless, but the mixing of materials feels completely modern.  The second example shows how reversing foreground and background colors can provide an exciting design mix.  The New Venetian Gold chosen for the Perimeter is grounded in golds and tans, featuring specs of black and deep brown.  On the Island, the color scheme is reversed using the dynamic Desert Dream.  With sweeping black and brown as the focus and golds as a backdrop, your eye easily connects back to the Perimeter stone.  The last example uses stones that are in the same color family, but have varied pattern.  For the Perimeter, Coast Green grounds the Kitchen with subtle movement and a mostly consistent pattern.  On the Island, Waterfall provides sweeping and dynamic motion, moving your eye across the room.  No matter which stones you choose, keep these simple design tips in mind and you're sure to be a mix master!  For more help, feel free to stop in to Stone Master's and ask any of our Sales staff for advice.

 

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Today's Frequently Asked Question Friday is all about Seams.  "Will my countertop have a seam?" is something we often hear from our customer's and in order to answer the question fully, we need to explain both why seams may be necessary as well as how we make our seams.  The necessity of seams, as well as their placement, is determined solely by our expert Production team and takes many factors into consideration.  The most obvious restriction is the size of the initial slab.  In addition your home itself may pose a restriction, for instance a very long countertop may not be able to fit down a narrow hallway or up a flight of stairs.  Weight is also a factor, since a very large piece of stone without seams may be physically difficult for our installers to lift and carry.  If a seam is deemed necessary, customer's often worry about the appearance.  At Stone Master's we pride ourselves in the quality of our seams.  Prior to installation, both seams are milled to precision with progressively finer diamond wheels on our CNC machine.  We do this to make the seam as sharp and crisp as that stone's geology will allow.  Next, grooves are created in the side of the stone exactly where the two halves will come together.  At installation, suction powered vices bring the two pieces together with high levels of force while color matched epoxy is used in the grooves to form a "chemical biscuit".  When finished, you are left with seams that are as minimally noticeable as possible.  So you can focus on what's really important, your beautiful new stone countertops!

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Today's 'Frequently Asked Question' topic is all about Shaping.  While the edge profile of your counter-tops is chosen here in the Stone Masters showroom, the shaping of counter-tops is not fully determined until your on-sight Template, which leaves many eager customers with questions prior to meeting with our templator.  The shaping of your stone occurs in a few main areas: on exposed corners, in front of sinks or cook-tops, and around Islands or Peninsulas.  At corners, the shaping will determine the radius with which your corner will be rounded.  For a streamlined look (to compliment an Eased edge) you may choose only a small 1/2" radius.  If you would like a softer look, you may choose a larger 2-4" radius.  At sinks or cook-tops you also have the option of a "bump-out".  This would be small area that has a larger overhang than the standard 1 1/2", becoming a highlighted section along a stretch of cabinets.  And finally, you have the option of bump-outs or arches on your Island/Peninsula ranging from subtle contour to decorative full curves.

 

In general, shaping can strongly impact the lines of your entire kitchen.  It can reflect the arches of a focal window or soften the strong lines of cabinets.  Whether you choose to keep shaping minimal and simplistic or go dramatic and ornate, our templator will guide you through the process and ensure that you love the lines of your new counter-tops!

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Today we're putting the spotlight on a beautifully dimensional granite option: Bianco Antico.  With shades of ivory, cream, brown and gray, this stone is full of mica, giving it a subtle sparkle that adds depth and movement in the light.  Ranging from lighter and more open patterns to denser and slightly darker varieties, Bianco Antico is a great substitue for the customer in search of the look of marble, but with the durability of granite.  Bianco Antico carries an 'SR 5', Stone Master's highest stain rating (learn more here), making it the perfect option for an active family or those who frequently entertain.  Below, find a video showing a slab of Bianco Antico here at Stone Masters, and above you will see a stunning real life example of a kitchen that features countertops installed by Stone Masters.  Shown here against both dark and light cabinetry, stainless appliances, and brushed nickel hardware, you can appreciate the versatility and beauty of Bianco Antico.

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With hundreds of options to chose from, selecting a faucet can be overwhelming.  Today, we compare and contrast two great faucet options available here at Stone Masters in order find the perfect fit for you.  On the left, we show you the LuxArt C (Carmella) Series 137 Model.  Available in both a Brushed Nickel (shown here) or an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish, this sleek goose neck design would be at home in both contemporary or classic style kitchens.  This faucet has a pull down sprayer, with stream and spray capability, and a side mounted single handle.  Aside from its sophisticated appearance LuxArt offers excellent craftsmanship, and a dependable lifetime warranty.  On the right, we show you the Artisan 400 in Antique Bronze (also available in Satin Nickel finish).  With an unobtrusive low profile, this option's pull out sprayer also comes with stream and spray capability.  The Artisan 400 is a wonderful option for budget conscious shoppers, as it is included at no extra charge with any of our 40 SF Packages!  This faucet comes with a lifetime warranty for function, and 5 year warranty for finish.  Whether you are looking for function or finish, high design or low cost, LuxArt or Artisan, Stone Masters has the faucet for you!

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