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Posted by on in Granite Countertops

Today's stone in the spotlight is the rich and bright, Kashmir Gold.  A naturally, fairly consistent granite with subtle patterning, this stone features a strong golden base with highlights of darker gold, tans and browns in the foreground.  Priced among our Level 4 stones, Kashmir Gold can make a big color impact without an equally big price tag.  Shown above against light cabinetry, it creates a bright and inviting appearance.  However, it would also add great richness to deep walnut or cherry cabinets, playing off the hints of darker browns found in the surface.  Another way to achieve this color play would be to choose an oil rubbed bronze faucet and matching hardware.  In general, Kashmir Gold pairs best with a more traditional or country style kitchen, as can be seen in the beautiful kitchen above (installed by Stone Masters).  Below, find a video of a slab here in our stone warehouse and to truly appreciate Kashmir Gold, come and see it in person!

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Posted by on in Marble Countertops

 

When most customers think of granite, marble, and soapstone, they picture kitchens and baths.  Although countertops in these areas are by far our most popular projects, there are countless other end uses for these stones.  For instance, using the same granite as in your kitchen for a nearby wall cap can be a great way to visually move the eye into an adjacent living room.  Similarly, decorative shelves in an entryway can be an exciting glimpse of the full counters that will be found once you reach the kitchen.  In addition, we have a vast selection of remnants here at Stone Masters.  Be creative and build a custom coffee table on a budget.  Or elevate the look of an existing piece of furniture or base cabinet and create a beautiful dressing table.  Don't stop at the kitchen or bath, when you can have beautiful granite, marble or soapstone throughout the rest of your house as well.  Anything goes when you think outside the box!

 

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Posted by on in Marble Countertops

 

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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Posted by on in Countertop Selection and Design

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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