Tag Archive: countertops

Getting the Look of Marble without the Maintenance

Posted on May 19, 2018

Marble is beautiful. But, let’s face it… It can be a hassle. So much so, that it’s not really recommended in a high traffic kitchen. Why? You need to be sure you keep up with the periodic maintenance of applying a stone sealant.  It’s porous so if you do not regularly apply a sealant and… more

Kitchen Remodel Trends: Engineered Stone Explained

Posted on February 12, 2018

While granite is by no means outdated, more home renovations are starting to incorporate engineered stone countertops. Quartz is a durable and beautiful option that has won the hearts of many homeowners. Here are insights from Normandy Designer Lisa McManus on how this countertop material came to be so beloved. Quartz, also used interchangeably with… more

Selecting a Leathered Countertop Finish for Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted on June 3, 2016

During a kitchen remodel, leathered countertops are one of the many options available to you when selecting a finish. True to its name, this a specialty finish that gives the countertops the appearance and texture of leather material. “Many prefer leathered countertops because they add dimension and texture into the design, said Normandy Designer Karen… more

Kitchen Design Trends: Selecting a Honed Countertop Finish

Posted on November 4, 2015

There are so many choices to consider when preparing for your kitchen remodel; it’s easy to overlook some of the seemingly minor details during planning.  Selecting a finish for your countertop is one such easily overlooked detail, yet various options for texture and finish can create a unique and striking work surface for your kitchen. … more

Countertop Confusion: Quartz vs. Quartzite

Posted on August 20, 2015

Selecting a countertop for your kitchen or bathroom remodel can be a significant task, especially as you attempt to weigh the pros and cons of your various choices.  Two very similar sounding options, Quartz and Quartzite, have become quite popular; but many people are unaware of the significant differences between the two. Quartz is the… more