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Granite, Marble, Quartz and Other Stone Applications Outside of the Kitchen and Bath

Everyone loves a beautiful granite countertop that is set in the kitchen or bathroom. Those are the two rooms most associated with stone because they are the two rooms that almost always have countertops of some kind. However, did you know that granite, marble and quartz can be used just as effectively in other areas of the home? When you open your mind to the possibilities, you will soon see that there is a place for stone surfaces in many spots that you may not expect. Here are some examples to consider.

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The Wet Bar

If you are going to include a wet bar in the design of your home, or if you already have one that is in need of renovation, using stone is a natural choice. Ideally, you will be able to carry the same type of stone through to the wet bar that you have already used in the kitchen. Using a stone counter on the wet bar in your living room or den will give the space a finished, high-end look. Our specialized stone consultants can help when deciding on weather to use granite, marble, or quartz for your wet bar countertops.


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A Custom Table

When you need to add a new table to your home, consider using a piece of stone as the top of the table. This might be a unique idea, but it can look absolutely beautiful in the right setting. When you are able to pick out a piece of stone that fits in nicely with the rest of your décor, you can have that slab turned into a table with very little trouble. The resulting table will be heavy, sturdy, and a conversation piece for years to come.


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Around a Fireplace

It is always a nice touch to add a fireplace to a living room or even a bedroom, but it can be tough to find a material to use as a finish around the edges of the fireplace installation. As you struggle with this conundrum, be sure to consider some form of natural stone for the job. The stone will serve as a nice contrast to the fire in many cases, and natural stone obviously holds up very nicely against the heat. Brick is a classic material to use around a fireplace, but you just might fall in love with the look that is possible when you opt for stone.


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An Outdoor Kitchen

Okay, so this is still a kitchen, but it isn’t the kitchen inside your home. If you are going to have an outdoor kitchen on your property, a stone counter – such as granite – is a great pick. Stone is naturally inclined to fight off the elements, and it looks just as beautiful outdoors as it does inside. It can be tough to build an outdoor kitchen that is going to stand the test of time, but a granite counter is one piece of the puzzle that should be a no-brainer.


 

No matter where you decide to use stone in or around your home, Stone World would be happy to lend our experience and expertise. Contact us right away for more information on the products and services that we have to offer and to request a FREE consultation. Thanks for stopping by!

The following products were featured in this article:
Granite Countertops
Marble Countertops
Quartz Countertops

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Consider Your Entire House When Picking a Countertop

Kitchen Renovation - Countertops

Kitchen Renovation – Countertops

When you are in the middle of a kitchen renovation, it is easy to focus in on the kitchen alone. That project can quickly become your whole world, and everything outside of the kitchen seems to take a backseat while you are in the middle of the process. Of course, ignoring everything outside of the kitchen would be a mistake, because what is going on in the kitchen needs to work nicely with the rest of your home.

Coordination is Key

If you have one type of countertops throughout the rest of your home – in the bathrooms, and maybe on a wet bar in another room – you don’t want to totally conflict those counters with the choice you make in the new kitchen. Consider these primary countertop locations:

  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Bathroom Countertops
  • Outdoor Countertops
  • Wet Bar Countertops

Of course, they don’t need to match perfectly, and matching perfectly might not even be an option if you are talking about a natural stone product. However, you want to at least make sure to think about the other surfaces in your house when choosing a counter for the new kitchen. You may decide to sell your home one day, and you don’t want prospective buyers to be put off by the confusion collection of counters that you have assembled.

Color Scheme

Do you have a common color scheme that is carried throughout your home? If so, keep that scheme in mind and pick a counter that carries on that style right through the kitchen. If necessary, you might even decide to enlist the help of a designer to allow you to pick out a countertop that makes sense for your colors. Since materials like granite often have more than one shade within them, you might find that the help of a trained eye is beneficial in this process. There is a significant time and money investment made in installing a new counter, so you want to be sure to pick out the perfect one for the job.

Don’t Overdo It

The investment that you make in your kitchen, including the counter that you select, should make sense within the context of your home from a financial perspective as well. If you own something that would be considered a ‘starter home’, you don’t want to purchase the most expensive counter on the market to install in your otherwise affordable home. The people who will be interested in buying your home when it goes up for sale are not going to be able to afford a luxury counter, so you aren’t likely to recover that original investment. There is nothing wrong with putting a nice kitchen into a ‘starter home’, but make sure you don’t go too far or you will wind up wasting money in the end.

As you are working on completing your kitchen renovation, make sure to keep the whole house in mind while making design and materials choices. You don’t need to match everything else in the house, but you certainly don’t want to create a kitchen that stands out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of your décor. If necessary, work with a professional designer to get the finishing touches picked out just right.

Stone World of Tennessee can help guide you in the right countertop choices for your home! Beautiful countertops is what we love. Let us make your idea a reality – contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Choose Outdoor Countertop Materials

Stone World Outdoor Kitchens TN

Stone World Outdoor Kitchens TN

The great outdoors are even better in Nashville when a BBQ is going on. With outdoor living such a big focus in our neck of the woods, it’s no wonder that more people here are investing in outdoor cooking spaces. Which outdoor countertop material will be best for your space? read on and we’ll look at three popular choices.

How to choose outdoor countertop material for your BBQ area

The three main outdoor countertop materials are, as you’d expect, natural. Presented in no particular order:

Marble outdoor countertops

Marble outdoor countertops are some of the best looking you’ll see in the Nashville area. If you want one though, you had better be prepared to work on them. They will stain, they will etch, and they will not look brand new forever.

You can lessen this problem by choosing a honed finish for your outdoor countertop over a highly polished finish. Regular sealing of your outdoor countertop, along with marble polishing compounds, and cleaning up spills immediately, will also minimize problems. Outdoor countertops that are made from marble look amazing, but there’s a price to be paid for that!

Granite outdoor countertops

Granite outdoor countertops are a regular in the Nashville outdoor scene. They are durable, resist stains when properly sealed, seldom absorb odors, and don’t fade in the sun. You will, however, want to choose a lighter color as the hot southern sun in the summer can heat a dark stone up pretty high – we want to cook on the BBQ, not the outdoor countertop!

Another point is that those granite countertops that are very veiny, and filled with epoxies, are susceptible to UV rays.

Quartz outdoor countertops

If only more people knew all of the benefits of quartz outdoor countertops, everyone would have one! Quartz is nearly indestructible, resists all types of staining as it is non-porous, never needs any maintenance, and will resist fading.

The only drawback to using quartz as an outdoor countertop material is cost. Look again at how it can resist anything the Nashville summer has to throw at it, and you may well see that quartz is a wise investment.

Which outdoor countertop material should you choose for your outdoor space in Nashville?

Getting the right combination of style, color, durability, and price can be difficult. If you need help, contact the team at Stone World and they will guide you through all of the outdoor countertop material choices until the right one is found for home home in the Nashville area!