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An Education in Quartz

Throughout the history of our website blog, we have written and shared several articles on the many virtues of quartz – and for good reason. Quartz is one of the best options you have available when installing a new counter in your home, and it has every right to be in the conversation with traditional slab options like granite and marble. If you would like to learn more about the advantages of opting for this material for your next project, review some of our favorite articles below to start your ‘education’.

Are you overlooking QUARTZ? We've got your countertops covered!
Has Quartz Been Overlooked in the Countertop Wars?
In this first article, we discuss why quartz is a strong contender even when compared to popular options like granite and marble.
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Stone World TN Strengths of Quartz Countertops
What are the Strengths of Quartz Countertops?
This next article highlights some of the specific strengths of quartz as a countertop material.
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Caring for Quartz Bathroom Countertops
Caring for Quartz Bathroom Countertops
In this article, some helpful tips on the care that you can provide your quartz counters are provided.
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5 Reasons to Choose Quartz Countertops
5 Reasons to Choose Quartz Countertops
Finally, we conclude your reading material with a article on five great reasons to pick quartz for your next countertop project.
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When you are done reviewing the four articles above, we are confident that you will be ready to at least consider quartz alongside some of the other traditional stone options. No matter what countertop material you pick (granite, marble, or quartz) – the team here at Stone World will be happy to assist in the completion of your project. Contact us today to get started!

The Amazing Robo SawJet and How It Benefits Our Customers

Stoneworld Robo SawJet Delivery

The Baca Systems Robo SawJet day of delivery at Stone World in Nashville, TN!

One of the biggest challenges in the process of producing a quality stone counter top is the actual cutting of the stone. This is a part of the job that many customers don’t think twice about – but it is a major issue for the company producing the counter. Using the right equipment – equipment that can get the job done correctly, and quickly – is crucial to being successful in the stone fabrication business. Fortunately, here at Stone World, we have the power of the Robo SawJet on our side.

As you would probably guess, stones like granite and marble don’t come out of the ground already shaped perfectly for your kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops. Instead, it is up to a fabricator like Stone World to turn a raw slab of granite into a beautiful counter that can be installed in your kitchen, your bathroom, or anywhere else around your home. Of course, cutting an extremely heavy, dense product like a slab of granite or marble is a major challenge, which is why it is so important to have the right gear for the job. With the Robo SawJet, we are able to quickly and consistently produce beautiful pieces of stone in the perfect dimensions to meet the demands of our customers.

The Power of Water

It seems impossible that something like water could be used to cut something like natural stone – but that is exactly what happens with the Robo SawJet. A high-pressure abrasive waterjet is used to cut the curves of the stone, along with the use of a 20HP direct-drive saw to cut the straight lines. Cutting through granite and other stones is not an easy task, but it is made to look easy with the use of this impressive machine.

A Dual-Table System

One of the important pieces of customer service that we are focused on here at Stone World is delivering quality stone products to our customers in a reasonable amount of time. We know that you are anxious to be able to have your home improvement project completed, and we want to be able to deliver and install your stone as quickly as possible. With that in mind, the Robo SawJet is a great advantage because we are able to take advantage of its dual-table setup in order to produce more finished pieces in a day. While one piece is being cut, another piece of stone can be prepped on the opposite table. This greatly reduces setup time, and allows our team to be tremendously more efficient.

Stoneworld Robo SawJet Delivery

The Robo SawJet getting installed in our Nashville stone fabrication building (overseen by our owner, Duan!)

In the end, the reason we have invested in this powerful and versatile machine is because it allows us to offer a better experience to you, the customer. The efficiency of this machine makes it possible for us to offer great prices (while producing less waste impacting our environment), and the turnaround times that it can achieve mean we will be installing your stone as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about our process and how it can help you have a great experience, please feel free to contact Stone World right away. Thanks for visiting!

Hey Nashville! What are the Advantages to Having Plenty of Kitchen Counter Space?

Nashville residents looking to remodel their kitchens should consider more counter space…

Stone World Nashville Kitchen Counters Remodel

Stone World Nashville Kitchen Counters Remodel

There is a lot to think about when designing a kitchen, whether you are remodeling an old kitchen or starting from scratch in a new home. You need to think about the materials that you are going to use, the budget you have for the project, how the work is going to be completed, and much more. Among the important points that you want to consider in this planning stage is exactly how much counter space you would like to include in your overall design. It might go without saying, but you always want to error on the side of more counter space rather than less, for all of the reasons listed below.

  1. Never Crowd a Cook
  2. Grocery Landing Pad
  3. Include the Kids
  4. Resale Value

Never Crowd a Cook

One of the worst feelings you can have as a cook is not having enough to room to spread your ingredients and equipment out on the counter. Cooking takes a lot of space, as you may need to use cutting boards, mixing bowls, and small appliances all at the same time. By designing your Nashville kitchen counters with plenty of surface area, you will be able to prepare any meal you have in mind without running out of room.

Grocery Landing Pad

Everyone knows the feeling of coming into the house with several bags of groceries – only to find that there is nowhere for those groceries to land. To avoid that feeling, make sure you have a big countertop that provides you with space to set your bags as soon as you walk in the door. It is going to be up to you, of course, to keep the counters uncluttered on a day to day basis, but starting with ample space is sure to help.

Include the Kids

If you have kids who you would like to be involved in the cooking process, it is a good idea to have a large counter that provides them with room to work as well. Cooking is one of the best things that you can do at home as a family, and most kids love to be involved when you give them a safe job to do. Not only will the family get to come together for this activity, but you will likely save time preparing dinner each night thanks to a bit of help from the youngest members of the family.

Resale Value

You may not be thinking about the resale value of your home much right now, while in the middle of a kitchen project, but there will come a time when this is an important point. When you do decide to sell your house, having a large kitchen counter to display to prospective buyers is going to be a big selling point. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house in terms of final sale price, so make sure you are offering an attractive space for buyers who love to cook. Read more about remodeling your kitchen to increase home value.

A big kitchen counter is only going to be enjoyable if it is beautiful and durable – fortunately, we specialize in both of those things here at Stone World (conveniently located in Nashville.) Contact our team today to learn more about the stone counters we have to offer for your project. Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment below on what you think the advantages are of having countertop space in your Nashville kitchen.

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Make Sure Your Cabinets and Counters Work Together Nicely

Stone World Granite Counters with Two Tone Cabinets

Stone World Granite Counters with Two Tone Cabinets

Generally speaking, there are three (four if you include the flooring) main elements that are going to come together in order to create the overall ‘feel’ of your kitchen – the counters, the cabinets, and the appliances. Of those three, you really need to focus on the counters and the cabinets during the design phase of the kitchen remodeling process. The appliances are going to be picked out toward the end in most cases, and they will probably be either stainless steel or black in color. However, the whole spectrum of colors is available to you in terms of counters and cabinets, so you are going to want to make sure you get these choices right.

Here are some things to consider…

  • Think Function First
  • Don’t Look for a Perfect Match
  • Variety within the Cabinets

Think Function First

Assuming you are going to go with some form of stone counter – and you should, of course – you are going to need to make sure that your lower cabinets are up to the task of holding up the counters. Stone counters can get to be rather heavy, meaning your cabinets need to have the structural integrity necessary to act as a reliable base. Pretty much any new cabinet is going to be up to the task, but you may have to check on the strength of refurbished cabinets before setting a solid piece of stone on top.

Don’t Look for a Perfect Match

While you do want your cabinets and your counters to work together visually, you don’t necessarily want them to match perfectly. In fact, trying to match these two elements should be avoided, for a couple of reasons.

First, you are going to have a hard time perfectly matching a stone counter to a painted or stained wood cabinet. You might be able to get close – but getting close would only highlight the fact that they don’t match exactly. More likely, you will want to use the opportunity of picking out counters and cabinets to feature two different colors that can play off one another nicely.

Second, you should avoid trying to match your counters and cabinets perfectly is the fact that the end result would make for a rather boring décor. Between them, the counters and cabinets in your kitchen are going to take up a significant amount of space – if they are all the same color, there won’t be much to break up the monotony of the design.

Variety within the Cabinets

If you opt for a natural stone counter, you are probably going to have more than one color represented within that slab. When that is the case, consider using multiple colors for your cabinets in order to play off the various tones included in your stone. For instance, you could choose one color to use for the cabinets under the island, while a different color is used on the cabinets which hang on the wall and sit under your sink. Adding this kind of variety is an easy way to create a unique overall design while keeping everything properly coordinated. You can’t have a great cabinet and counter combination without first having a great counter – and that is where Stone World comes into the picture.

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Serious Home Cooks Love Granite Counters

Granite Countertops in Kitchen

Granite Countertops in Kitchen

If you are in the process of installing a new kitchen in your home, and you happen to love to cook, you should look closely at granite as your counter top material of choice.

While there are a variety of stone counters that could work for your needs, granite is a popular choice among serious cooks for a variety of reasons. Whether you are a chef by profession or just a passionate home cook, granite is likely to take your kitchen experience to a new level.

The four primary reasons for considering granite countertops in your new kitchen remodel are…

  • Can Stand the Heat
  • Usually a Big Surface
  • Sturdy and Stable
  • Resists Bacteria

Can Stand the Heat

Most granite counters can tolerate having hot items placed directly on their surface without any damage taking place. This is a great advantage for cooks who might not always have a hot holder or trivet available when something needs to come out of the oven. Of course, you want to make sure that your specific piece of granite can put up with the heat, which will depend on the kind of sealer that has been used. The ability to deal with heat is a great edge over laminate counters, which need to be insulated from heat at all times.

Usually a Big Surface

In addition to having a quality stove and a great set of knives, one of the things that serious cooks appreciate in a kitchen is having ample counter space. Usually, when you opt for granite, you are going to carve out a significant portion of the kitchen to dedicate to the surface so you can show off the beauty of the stone. By having plenty of counter real estate to work with as a cook, you will be able to spread out and really get the job done the right way. Whether you like to make your own pizza dough, your own pasta, or anything else that comes together from scratch, having a big piece of granite will improve your cooking experience.

Sturdy and Stable

When you are hard at work preparing a delicious meal, you will want to have a stable work surface to use – and that is exactly what is provided by granite. Of course, you aren’t going to be doing things like chopping and slicing directly on the counter, your cutting board will have a stable platform on which to rest. There is no room for slippage when you are going to work with a large chef’s knife, so provide yourself with a work surface that can be counted on for stability.

Resists Bacteria

You always want to serve safe food to your family, and that task will get a bit easier when you use granite counter tops. Since granite is sealed, there are no microscopic pores for bacteria to use as a ‘hiding place’. You still need to follow the basic rules of safe food handling in the kitchen, but it is nice to know that your counter will not be serving as a safe haven for harmful bacteria.

You don’t even have to be a serious cook in order to appreciate the many benefits of a granite counter top, but those who do love to cook are likely to fall even farther in love with a granite surface. To find out more about how you can have granite installed in your own kitchen, please contact Stone World today!

Great Kitchen Counters Can Add to the Holiday Experience

Holiday Experience with Granite Counters

With the holidays fast approaching, many people start to think about one thing – cooking. It seems that cooking and the holidays are forever intertwined, as all of the holidays have specific foods which are part of the common tradition. No matter which holidays and traditions are celebrated in your home, there is a good chance that food has something to do with the event.

Of course, celebrating the holidays with your favorite foods is going to be much easier with a great kitchen at your disposal. One of the reasons many people look for a large, functional kitchen when shopping for a new home is because they want to be able to cook with friends and family at the holidays. Specifically, it is kitchen counters that play a big role in how well your kitchen works this time of year.

Room for Everyone

The holidays are about spending time with family and friends, so you don’t want to have to kick people out of the kitchen because of a simple lack of space. When you have large kitchen counters with room to spread out, you can invite others to share in the cooking experience with you. Even if the others in the room aren’t lending a hand to the cooking process, having plenty of counter space will allow your guests to set down a drink while you chat about the holiday season and the year ahead.

The Right Surface

It is no secret that life tends to get a bit hectic around the holidays. If that is the case in your home, having a solid stone surface for your kitchen counters is a great advantage. Most stone surfaces can handle hot items without a problem, so you don’t have to hunt down a pot holder each time something comes off the stove (assuming your stone counter is heat-proof). Also, stone is incredibly tough and durable, so it can stand up to the pounding that might occur when you have large numbers of people over for parties.

Less Stress, More Fun

As mentioned above, stone counters tend to be tougher and more durable than the other options on the market today. What does that mean for you at holiday time? You won’t need to spend time during your parties trying to make sure every treats your counters nicely. Knowing that there isn’t much that can happen which will damage a solid stone surface, you can relax and spend time with your family and friends without stress in the back of your mind.

You probably aren’t going to want to invest in a great kitchen counter specifically for the holiday season, but the benefits that great counters provide during this time of year are another reason to consider having a beautiful stone surface added to your home. Contact Stone World today to learn more about the amazing products and installation services that we offer!

Laminate Counters – and Why Stone is Better

Laminate vs Stone Countertops

One of the biggest choices you will need to make while remodeling your kitchen – or while building a new home – is whether you are going to go with laminate or stone counters. If this is the first time you are going through a kitchen project, you may not know much about each of these choices, making the process a bit more difficult. Fortunately, with just a little education, you can quickly understand the major differences between these two kinds of products.

The Price Issue

There is no way around this point – laminate counters are significantly less expensive to install when compared to their stone counterparts. If you are looking around for quotes on counter materials including laminate, granite, marble, and more, you are sure to find that laminate is the most affordable of the bunch. However, it would be a mistake to make your choice just on this point alone. Sure, you can reduce the cost of the project upfront by opting for laminate, but what will that mean for your kitchen in the long run? As the saying goes, you do ‘get what you pay for’.

Looking Deeper

If you allow yourself to look past the cost issue, you will soon see that laminate counters come up short of stone in nearly every other category. In other words, there is a reason that stone counters are more expensive – they are better across the board. For one thing, almost every homeowner would agree that a natural stone counter looks far more impressive in the kitchen (and bathroom) than a laminate product. Laminate counters are man-made, and will simply never offer the depth of color and design that is created by Mother Nature. Picking the right stone counter can give your kitchen a stunning appearance that stops visitors in their tracks – that isn’t going to happen when laminate is used.

Performance Characteristics

Stone counters aren’t only about great looks, although that is one of the major selling points. In addition to impressive looks, stone also provides high-end performance characteristics that aren’t seen with laminate. Most stone countertops are heat-resistance, which is not true of laminate. Also, the durability of stone is a huge advantage, as a new granite or marble counter top is likely to be one of the longest-lasting elements of your entire house. Laminate counters will show the wear and tear of use relatively quickly after they are installed, but you can count of year after year of performance from your stone counter with almost no wear to speak of.

To put it in sports terms, the battle between laminate and stone counters is a blowout. Sure, laminate counters offer a lower price point, but that is about it. In nearly every other category you can think of, it is going to be stone that comes out a winner. To find out more about what makes stone counters so attractive, please contact that team at Stone World today. Thanks for visiting!

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Is Your Kitchen Ready for a Stone Countertop?

Is your kitchen ready for those heavy stone countertops?

Is your kitchen ready for those heavy stone countertops?

Here is some breaking news regarding stone countertops – they are heavy! Okay – so that probably isn’t really breaking news after all. You could have guessed that a solid stone countertop would be extremely heavy, which is why they require a team of professionals to get them installed properly. Before you ever get to the point of installation, however, you need to make sure your kitchen is ready to handle a heavy counter from a structural perspective.

Cabinet Pressure

In almost every case, the counter you install in your kitchen is going to be placed on top of some cabinets. Are those cabinets able to safely hold all of the weight you are going to force them to deal with? If they are new, the answer is probably yes. Old cabinets, on the other hand, may not be up to the task. Before you invest in a new counter and schedule a time to have it delivered, it would be a good idea to have a professional countertop installer inspect your cabinets to confirm their structural integrity.

Beyond just having to bear the weight of the counter, your cabinets also need to be square enough to have the counter fit properly on the day of the installation. If you are dealing with old cabinets that have warped over time, it may be a serious challenge to fit a counter securely on top. Again, this is an issue that should be dealt with ahead of time. Make sure everything with regard to your cabinets is in place before placing an expensive order for a beautiful stone counter.

Under the Counter Concerns

Even if your cabinets are in good repair, you also need to be concerned about the status of the floor beneath them. Of course, the weight of the counter will be pushing down on the floor just as it is pushing down on the cabinets, so an old or damaged floor may be unable to support this new load. This is another point that usually won’t come into play with a new home, but is very often a concern in an older structure.

Again, it comes down to planning ahead to make sure this issue doesn’t become a major problem. Have your floor checked out by a professional, and have the floor reinforced if there is any doubt as to its ability to hold up under the weight. The last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on a great counter only to find that it is doing damage to the structure of your kitchen. When it comes to a project of this magnitude, it is always better to be over prepared than to be caught off guard at the last minute.

As professionals in the counter business, Stone World has seen it all before. If you have any questions about the structural integrity of your kitchen prior to purchasing your stone counter, feel free to contact our team for assistance. Once the groundwork has been laid for this project, you can then turn your attention toward picking out the perfect stone. Thank you for visiting!

Have Kids? Consider These Countertop Points

Considerations when designing your countertops

Considerations when designing your countertops

As a parent, you already know how important it is to think about your kids when it comes to designing and decorating your home. You want your house to be as ‘kid friendly’ as possible, both from a functionality and a safety perspective. Knowing your home is safe for your kids will help give you peace of mind, and designing features that work well for kids will make it easy to enjoy your time at home as a family.

Your kids certainly need to be considered when picking out the countertops that you will install in your kitchen. Counters are a significant investment, and they will likely be one of the most expensive (if not the most expensive) thing that you purchase for the kitchen project. Choosing countertops that don’t work well for a family with young children could prove to be an expensive mistake.

Kids Spill!

One of the things that you need to think about when picking counters for a house with kids is the fact that children are prone to spilling while eating or drinking. If you plan to set up a place for them at the counter, you want to make sure your counter is ready to hold up to the punishment that might be coming its way. For instance, marble counters are prone to staining when they experience regular spills. If your kids may be dropping juice cups on the counter from time to time, that expensive marble may quickly lose its brilliant white appearance. Opting for a stone choice with better stain resistance would be wise in this case.

In keeping with the point about kids spilling things on your counters, make sure you also pick a color of stone that won’t show spills as easily. Using dark stone for your counter will be much more forgiving to any spilling that takes place, enabling your counter to look its best for many years to come.

Shape is Important

Sharp corners are never a good thing when kids are around, so think about the shape of your counter in addition to the type of stone and color that you pick. By using rounded edges wherever possible, you will take away dangerous points that could cause harm to your kids. In addition, think about the overall design of the counter when it comes to where your kids are going to sit and eat. If you would like to be able to have them sit at the counter to eat breakfast, for example, there needs to be a safe and comfortable place for them to do just that.

One of the best things about owning a home rather than renting a property is being able to make changes as you wish. With kids in the picture, many of those changes will need to be designed around their needs. To learn more about how you can tailor your countertops to the needs of your children, please contact Stone World today. We look forward to working with you soon!

How to Budget for Your New Kitchen This Summer

Summer time - New Kitchen Remodel - Stone World TN

Summer time – New Kitchen Remodel – Stone World TN

Updating the kitchen in your home this summer is certainly an exciting proposition, but it is also an expensive project to undertake. You will likely love the finished product when all the work has been completed and the mess is gone – however, you don’t want to check your bank account at that point to see that you have drained away all of your savings in the process. Budgeting is a crucial part of any renovation project, as you need to arrive at the end of the work knowing that you haven’t blown every last penny on the job.

With that in mind, thinking about how to budget your job should be one of the first steps in a kitchen rebuild. After the math has been done, you can then move on toward the fun parts of the job such as picking out a design, selecting materials, choosing colors, and more.

Big Items First

It is the big, expensive items that are going to go most of the way toward determining your budget for this project. Sure, there are countless little expenses that can also pile up along the way, but those will seem rather insignificant in comparison to the big ticket items. Specifically, there are four items that you should carefully consider from a budget perspective right from the start of the job –

  • Labor
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Cabinets

These four points are going to make up the majority of your budget for any given kitchen remodel (you may need to add flooring to this list as well, depending on your specific plans and the size of your kitchen). Labor often accounts for about half of the overall job, depending on whether or not you are going to do some of the work yourself. Countertops, specifically stone counters, can become expensive in large sizes, so you want to ballpark that expense early on as well. The story is the same with appliances and cabinets, each of which can run well into the thousands and beyond.

Contingency Fund

Very few construction projects go exactly as expected from start to finish, so you shouldn’t be expecting your project to include nothing but smooth sailing. Unexpected costs are a standard part of the construction business, and you need to be prepared accordingly. When budgeting for the job, plan on having between 10% and 20% of the total project cost available for overruns. Hopefully you won’t actually need to use this money, but it should be available just in case. Having a contingency fund for the project will allow you to relax a bit and enjoy the process.

If you are getting ready to start with a kitchen remodel, feel free to contact Stone World at your convenience to get an estimate on the cost of a stunning stone countertop. We will be happy to work with you right from the start of your project so that you know exactly what kind of a bill you will be looking at for your counter. We believe that no new kitchen is complete without a beautiful stone surface, so call us today to get started!