Often, when presented with the price tags that accompany some stone types, people are tempted to move towards cheaper alternative countertop materials such as laminate or wood. While we can certainly understand the temptation to go with a less expensive option, there are also plenty of reasons why taking the plunge and investing in high-quality stone countertops is worth it!
What can we say? Life happens! When it comes to your countertops, life circumstances like a growing family may mean you’re due for an upgrade or an excess of accidents could result in a little more damage than can be buffed out. No matter the case, if countertops are a major eyesore in your kitchen, you may want to know if it’s time to replace your stone altogether. Here are a few things to look for!
When most people ask what the go-to natural stone is for kitchen countertops, the common answer is, “Granite.” It’s true, granite has many positive qualities, but as other types of similar materials are becoming more popular, we think it’s important to break down the pros and cons of granite so you can determine if it truly is a match made in heaven for your space.
Once you’ve chosen your dream countertops, the search begins for the perfect cabinet paint to complete your vision. But sometimes, it can be hard to know where to start. Should they completely match? Or is too much contrast off-putting? Is it best to be somewhere in the middle? Here, we’ll go over a few basic style combinations to get your space looking fresh and put together!
When we think of our dream home, we often picture a house with a huge kitchen equipped with plenty of counter space to prep dinner without having to kick our family out into the living room because we’re feeling claustrophobic. However, in real life, we have to make compromises and concessions, and sometimes that results in buying a home with a smaller-than-desired kitchen. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Small equals cozy, so let’s use that to our advantage. Here are a few design tips and tricks to create a brighter and wider feel for your cramped kitchen.
When it comes to choosing a style of stone for your countertop, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are certain aspects and qualities of each type of stone to consider, but, at the end of the day, you should choose the stone that speaks to you and your home. However, when it comes to the finish of the stone, there are more pragmatic choices to be made. Listed below are all of the different types of finishes we offer and the different qualities of each to help you in making your decision.
When it comes to your brand new countertops, you rightfully expect high standards! You anticipate your stone to withstand food preparation, regular cleaning, pesky stains and much more; however, accidents happen. Did you know that common mistakes over time can end in common restoration costs? Read on to learn how homeowners are unintentionally ruining their countertops as well as easy tips to keep your stone looking as new as the day we installed it!
Emerging from the depths of cubicles and vending machines are new design trends intended to increase productivity and well-being. Today, offices are filled with modern designs and employee amenities suited for employer and employee expectations. With biophilia being the forefront of design, the workplace is incorporating more natural materials… like stone! Explore these most popular stone office trends for 2019!
Our success at Menzie Stone Company is only made possible because of our caring and supportive team. Our Sales Manager, Marquis Schaffers, works closely with our sales team, customers, reps and remote stores to ensure our day-to-day operations run smoothly. We recently sat down with Marquis for a little Q&A session.
As one of the most hard-working features in a home, your sink should be both functional and reflective of your home’s style. Whether you’re the go-to party host or hostess or your family’s resident home chef, there is a sink that will keep you in sync with your space. Check out these common sink types and the best places to use them!
When space is limited, it may seem there’s no room for design options. However, that’s not always the case! Smaller rooms usually lack surface area, but design and function can play a vital role in creating an illusion of a larger space. Check out our answers to some common questions on how to feel less small in an even smaller space… with the use of your stone!
Laundry rooms have become a hub for all families, a central spot for muddy shoes and bubble wars. With an ever-growing laundry list comes the need to renovate and make one of the most important rooms in the house relatively indestructible. What better way to accomplish this goal than with the use of stone? Check out these tips for the best stone and design options for your laundry room!
Summer’s here, and you know what that means… it’s island time! Of course, we mean sandy toes and warm weather, but it doesn’t stop there. Are you ready to dive into upgrading your kitchen island? To most, an island is secluded, but to us, the word means almost the exact opposite; it means the heart of the kitchen. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 76 percent of homebuyers consider a central island essential to the kitchen. So, what’s stopping you from gaining one or renovating the one you have?
Outdoor kitchens are the perfect opportunity to seamlessly blend the comfort of your home with the relaxing serenity of nature. The only stressful part of the process is deciding on the right material for your dream countertop. Natural (or natural-looking) stone seems only fitting to make any outdoor space come to life, but which one is best for the job? It depends on your style and involvement! Read on to discover our top selections for crafting your own patio paradise.
When picking out the perfect countertop, a lot of time is spent selecting the material and desired pattern of the stone as a whole. With excitement in the air, details often get overlooked, and renovators rarely consider the finishing touches, such as edges! Since countertops, whether in the kitchen, living room, bathroom or laundry room, get touched often, it’s important to consider edge options for both aesthetic purposes and functional benefits. From eased to ogee, a well-developed edge can show off a stone’s beauty, complete any room design and add overall value to your space. Check out all of the edges options we offer to see which is the right one for your space!
To seal or not to seal? That’s the most common question for owners of natural stone countertops. Ask a couple of people whether you should seal your countertop, and you get a couple of different answers. However, there’s a good reason for this range of opinions...not all countertops need to be sealed! Check out this easy guide to sealing as well as tips and tricks to make your countertops look flawless.
Spring is finally in the air, and there’s nothing more refreshing than adding a new look for the new season. Tuck away your wool blankets and dark colors, and spring into a fresh feel. It can be a challenge to revamp your space (especially with spring cleaning upon us), but we’ve come up with some fun, easy ways to get your home sprung.
Granite, marble, quartz… With all of the options out there, it can be difficult to choose a stone for your counters! There are pros and cons to all of the options from color choices to durability to purchase and upkeep costs. So how do you pick the perfect stone?
Our team at Menzie Stone Company is made up of great people who help us serve our customers excellently. Our Store Manager, Van Washington, has been a part of our family for a total of 19 years, where he has gained invaluable experience and knowledge of our industry, as well as developed close relationships with our contractors and customers. We recently sat down with Van to get to know him a little better.
Out with the old, in with the new! If you're struggling with how to update your kitchen in a fresh, modern way, we're here to help clear up some of the confusion. Check out our top three picks of design trends that are gaining popularity for 2019.
At Menzie, we want your project to come out exactly the way you envision it! Our state-of-the-art Slabsmith technology allows us to combine your space's specific measurements and the stone you’ve hand-selected from our warehouse to show you exactly what your finished project will look like in your home - before it's installed!