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Product Spotlight: New Quartz Collection by Silestone

Product Silestone Product Spotlight:  New Quartz Collection by Silestone

Large patterned quartz surfaces have become increasingly popular over the past year.  These products replicate the appearance of natural stone and create a sense of drama with their movement.  Although each brand may have their own version of these large patterns, Silestone has crafted the fine-tuned Eternal collection that not only represents the classic marble options, but spans into other stones as well.

Silestone Product Spotlight:  New Quartz Collection by Silestone

The Eternal collection features six new patterns that mirror Italian sandstone, white macaubus quartzite, charcoal gray soapstone, black marquina marble, statuario marble, and calacatta gold marble.  From a functional standpoint, sandstone is not a material that can be used for countertops, so Silestone’s representation offers something new.  Soapstone is a popular natural stone but regular maintenance/oiling is not for everyone.  This new line offers the visual appeal of soapstone with the maintenance-free benefits of quartz.

Whether you are interested in a more classic marble look or are drawn to options that are more unique, Silestone’s new Eternal Collection offers patterns that will beautifully compliment any kitchen or bathroom.

Behind the Scenes: Edge Details

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After selecting a countertop material, there are a few other decisions that have to be made concerning your new countertop before moving on to your backsplash or other décor.  As simple as the selection may seem, choosing one of the available countertop edge details or accent features can ensure that your countertop is part of a cohesive kitchen or bathroom design.

Standard Edge Details are a great starting place and work well with the majority of material options.  These details generally consist of a few simple options, such as a square/eased edge, bevel/chamfer, top radius/half-bullnose, and bullnose.  Although these profiles can be accomplished at any thickness, standard edge thincknesses are generally 3/4″ or 1.5″.

*Designer’s Tip:  If you find yourself frustrated with cleaning your cabinet doors/faces, you may want to shy away from a bullnose edge.  As liquids roll off the countertop, they will cling to the edge detail, bringing them back to the cabinet face or in some cases, inside the cabinet doors.

Specialty Edge Details  can be custom designed and hand-crafted for a specific look.  Chiseled edges, for example, are a favorite for outdoor countertops and barbecues.

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Mitered edge details are a perfect fit if you are looking for an edge thickness greater than 2.25″ or if your material has a large pattern or color variation.  Given that the seam is hidden on the top corner-edge, a mitered edge allows your material’s pattern to continue down the front edge detail.

Waterfall edges are essentially a floor-length mitered edge.  A mitered edge is often used on the side of the cabinet door faces which is then transitioned to a waterfall edge on the cabinet side. Waterfall edge details are a great way to add drama or highlight the beauty of a material and are extremely popular with eat-in islands.Waterfull Edge 300x253 Behind the Scenes: Edge Details

*Designer’s Tip:  If your flooring requires frequent, ongoing maintenance or if you are considering refinishing or replacing your flooring after your countertops, waterfall edges may not be the best choice.  Waterfall edges are installed to be flush with your flooring, so the only way to fully access the area underneath the edge would require you to temporarily raise the entire cabinet (off of the floor with a jack or shims) or a complete removal of the waterfall.

Edge Detail Construction depends upon the specific type of edge detail.  Standard or more traditional edge details are generally created through a lamination process, where a strip of the countertop material is attached below the main slab and is then shaped into the preferred profile.  More ornate edge details are often created by stacking strips of the material vertically or horizontally to accommodate any shaping that may be needed.  The horizontal seams in the lamination may be more or less visible depending on the chosen material. A mitered edge is created by cutting the main slab and the apron/edge piece at a 45-degree angle so that the seam is hidden in the top edge of the detail.

Whether looking to add a thoughtful detail, a eye-catching feature, or a simple finished edge, there are countless countertop edge details to suit any style.

Behind the Scenes: Countertop Material Selection

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Quartz versus quartzite? Granite versus soapstone?  Marble versus sintered compact surface?

With the wide array of countertop materials available, making a countertop material selection can be a bit overwhelming.  In order to select a material that fits your style and suits your primary focus, you need to take several factors into account, such as regular maintenance, appearance, and where the countertop will be installed.

To make things a bit easier, we’ve created an infographic that asks all the right questions to help you find the perfect match in both style and performance.

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Industry Trends: Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse Sinks Industry Trends: Farmhouse SinksFarmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, have become an increasingly popular kitchen trend.  These functional showpieces can add an incredible flair to you kitchen and with the number of beautiful styles on the market, you can be sure that there is an option that will perfectly fit your kitchen’s style. In terms of looks and functionality, farmhouse sinks are fantastic, but there are definitely a few logistical issues you need to take into consideration before committing to installing one along with your new countertops.

Are you installing the farmhouse sink into existing cabinets?  If so, cabinet modification will be required.  This generally involves a carpenter or cabinet specialist to cut into your existing cabinets to make room for the sink that will protrude past the cabinet face. In same cases, new cabinet doors may also be required.

Farmhouse Sink Options Industry Trends: Farmhouse Sinks

Are you concerned about limiting the time you are without a kitchen during the remodel process?  Generally, we can measure for your new countertops with your existing countertops in-place, which means that you will only be without kitchen countertops (i.e. a functional kitchen) for a few days, tops. With a farmhouse sink, the demolition, installation of plywood sub-tops, and installation of the sink itself need to be completed before the template appointment so that the exact sink placement is taken into consideration.

For many, the benefits of having a beautiful and functional kitchen sink outweigh the logistics that need to be taken into consideration, but being educated on the installation process will definitely help to eliminate road-blocks during your kitchen remodel.

Additional Notes:  Excited about getting your very own farmhouse sink?  Check out Houzz’s tips on farmhouse sink faucet choices or shop farmhouse sinks (with vendors such as Kohler, Kraus, Vigo, Rohl,  and DXV).

Product Spotlight: Realstone Systems

Product Realstone Product Spotlight:  Realstone Systems

Stacked stone veneers are a fantastic option for updating a fireplace, creating a focus wall, or adding natural stone accents to any room.  Marjan Stone is pleased to announce a partnership with Realstone Systems, an easy to install and beautifully designed natural stone veneer product, available in a range of colors and styles.

Each of the various stacked stone panel colors come in several different stone sizes/heights, which allows you to select the scale which best suits the application.  Each panel also offers three different application types, panel, end, or corner, leaving none of the details to chance.  Hearth pieces are also available in coordinating colors to complete your fireplace or outdoor space.

In addition to the traditional stacked stone look, Realstone also offers more contemporary products, such as planks, dimensional hexagons with a wood-look, patterned stone flooring mats, and stone panels that mimic the look of antiqued wood.

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Although there may be other stacked stone veneers on the market, few products will match the beautifully curated line that Realstone Systems has to offer.  Please feel free to visit their website or Houzz profile to view real-life projects and stop by Marjan Stone’s showroom to see a sampling of their collection or to place your product order.

 

 

Industry Trends: Marble Countertops

Industry Trends Marble 3 Industry Trends:  Marble Countertops Although marble has been used in architecture and design for thousands of years, this classic material has made an incredible comeback.  From kitchens to bathrooms, living rooms to bedrooms—the potential uses for marble are endless.

In addition to choosing your favorite color and pattern, there are key factors to consider when contemplating the use of marble in your home:

  • Do you expect a perfect, pristine surface? If you are expecting marble countertops to look brand new years after installation, you may need to adjust your expectations.  Although marble is suitable for countertops, it is susceptible to etching and staining.  Acids (such as lemon juice) react with the stone’s minerals and eat away at the surface, creating dull spots. Etching and stains can be disguised by choosing a honed finish, but they will still be visible.
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  • Are you willing to commit to maintenance? If you want a worry-free, maintenance free countertop, marble is not the choice for you.  Regular cleaning and sealing is necessary to preserve the finish of the stone and to prevent severe etching and staining.  If you are not on board for regular maintenance, you need to be prepared that the countertops will have a “lived-in” appearance.  
  • Do the positives outweigh the challenges? Despite the required maintenance and inevitable surface inconsistencies, there are still incredible benefits to marble countertops.  The first draw, which is most likely the main reason most consider marble, is the look.  With dozens of colors and patterns readily available, marble can be quite a show-piece. Another notable draw is the functionality.  Given that it is naturally cool and does not conduct heat well, marble is every baker’s dream (which has been proven by European bakers for hundreds of years).

At the end of the day, you have to weigh the positives and negatives to see what will be right for you and your home.  By considering some of our suggested guidelines, you should be able to make an educated and realistic decision about bringing marble into your home.  

Additional Notes: If the negatives of marble countertops outweigh the positives, there are plenty of other countertop options that have the look of marble, such as quartz and compact surfaces (such as Neolith & Dekton). If you can’t live without marble (but don’t want it on your countertop), you can also incorporate marble tile as an accent or backsplash to your kitchen or bathroom.

If you’d like to see a real life, first-hand account of living with marble countertops, take a look at the below articles by Faith Durand (for Kitchn): “My Experience of Living With Marble Countertops:  One Year Later” & “Here’s What an Etch on a Marble Countertop Actually Looks Like”

By Ashley Gregory, Sales/ Project Manger for Marjan Stone

8 Basic Elements of Commercial Kitchen Design

The success of your kitchen design depends on several basic factors: receiving, storage, refrigeration, preparation and cooking, clean up, space, lighting, and flooring.

  • Receiving Is your receiving area large enough to handle volumes of products being delivered on a daily basis? Do you have enough scales, handcarts and material handling equipment?
  • Storage Do you have enough space to store products needed on a daily basis? How often can you get deliveries from your purveyors? Analyze how many food items and supplies you will need to help determine storage space.
  • Refrigeration Is your refrigerator large enough to chill both fresh and bulk products? Is the ice machine sized properly? It’s vital that you have adequate space for refrigeration.
  • Prep and Cooking Do you have the right equipment to prep and cook food? Will your cooking equipment be able to execute your menu efficiently? A seafood restaurant may need more fryers, for example, while an Italian-style or fine dining establishment may need more sauté ranges. Take a look at the type of food you will be serving and make your decisions based on the menu
  • Clean Up Is your dishwashing equipment able to handle the volume of dishes coming back from the dining room? How many different types of plates will you have? A diner for example, may have one style of plates for all menu items, while a fine dining establishment may have different plates for each item. Is the dish room in close proximity to the dining room to avoid unnecessary steps? Is there enough storage for clean dishes? Are there enough areas where waste receptacles can be stored? Is there enough space to handle the volume of daily waste?  Is there an adequate amount of hand sinks throughout the kitchen?
  • Space Do you have wide, obstruction-free walkways? Is there enough space to avoid hazardous working conditions? Do you have adequate aisle space in front of cooking surfaces?
  • Lighting Is the lighting bright enough to allow staff to properly and safely complete their tasks? Is there enough lighting in both the front and the back of the house?
  • Flooring and Kitchen Surfaces Is the flooring strong enough to support heavy equipment such as refrigeration and cooking equipment? Is the flooring able to avoid water from building up on the floor? Are there enough floor drains? Floors, walls and ceilings should be smooth, non-absorbent and easy to clean.

These eight elements are critical to efficient commercial kitchen design. Making sure you factor in all of these items will help optimize productivity in your restaurant.

5 Design Trends for 2015!

design trends pic 5 Design Trends for 2015!Marjan Stone would like to share the latest trends in home decorating that define modern ideas for creating unique, rich and beautiful decorating. This collection of home decor accessories and lighting fixtures demonstrate the latest trends and offer inspiring items for creating attractive and stylish interior decorating.

1. What’s That Up There?

It’s that one ‘wall’ above that most people neglect. This year, experience color in a way you might not have thought possible by including the ceiling in your design plan.

Bright colors are on trend for 2014. Kill two trends with one stone and add a pop of color on your ceiling.

If committing to a super intense, bright color isn’t your thing, you can try the ways of our ancestors and add a tin ceiling or maybe a low-key graphic wallpaper.

2.  Bright Cabinets

Kitchen renovations yield the highest dollar return on the sale of a home.

Changing your kitchen cabinets to a more brighter hue will not only make your home stand out among the rest, it’ll create a happy, colorful environment.

3. Techno-riffic

The U-socket is the universe’s gift to the iDevice(s) in your home.

This year make your life and that of your iPhone’s even better by replacing some of the outlets in your home with one of these little gems.

4. Resort Style Bathrooms

If you’ve ever gone on vacation and wished your bathroom was exactly like the zen retreat you just walked into, you’re not alone.

This year people are ditching vintage and modern styles for resort style bathrooms. Curb-less showers and stand alone tubs are some of the design choices homeowners are opting for.

Now, all you need is the perfect view.

5. Don’t Forget About The Furry Ones

Sure your name is on the mortgage statement, but who are we kidding, it’s your pet that owns the house. They may be small in stature, but they deliver big in our hearts.

This year, reward your pet for bringing you an endless stream of entertainment, love and affection by keeping them in mind during your renovation.

Countertop Types: An Overview


clean granite pic v2 Countertop Types: An OverviewThose of us who love watching home renovation shows often fantasize about the dream kitchen.

The giant, cutting-edge fridge. The sleek Viking oven. The kitchen island — and above it, copper pots and pans hung from the ceiling like a culinary chandelier.

But what sort of countertop should you have installed?

Countertop material comes down to about six different types. Here’s a brief description of each:

  • Solid surfaces are made of acrylic, polyester or a combination of both. They’re resistant to stains and scratches and easy to repair.
  • Plastic laminate might be more familiar to you by the name Formica. It’s a durable material available in many colors, textures and patterns.
  • Ceramic tile isn’t used as often as it was in the past because most people prefer a seamless countertop.
  • Wood has also fallen out of popularity, due to the mistaken perception that it harbors bacteria. These countertops also require a lot of maintenance.
  • Concrete countertops resemble slabs of natural stone, and can be precast and cured at the manufacturer.
  • Natural stone is a very popular trend among homeowners and will continue to be timeless. It includes granite, marble, soapstone, and quartzite.
  • Quartz is currently one of the most popular options, given its durability and non-existent maintenance.

Once upon a time, granite was only found in very high-end kitchens. It’s still not cheap, but not as expensive as it used to be, due to its popularity and availability. People love granite because no two pieces are alike. It comes in all different mottled colors, both bright and deep, with variegated streaks and stripes.

Are you thinking about having granite countertops installed in your kitchen? Or are you hesitant because you’ve heard granite countertops are high maintenance?

Well, they’re not, really. Just follow these steps to keep your granite countertops clean, and you’ll be admiring your investment for years to come.

Cambria Quartz Countertop Benefits

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Benefits of Cambria

If you’re considering granite or other stone surfaces for your kitchen or bath, take a closer look at the benefits of Cambria.

  • Strength & Durability- Cambria Natural Quartz Surfaces™ are stronger than granite. Cambria is a surface that is truly everlasting.
  • Maintenance Free – No sealing, polishing or reconditioning is needed. Simply wash with warm water. It’s that simple. Plus, unlike granite, Cambria will resist stains from common food items such as wine, coffee and tea.
  • Food Safe – Unlike granite, Cambria has been certified by NSF International as safe for use as a food preparation surface. Cambria is nonporous; therefore, food and moisture cannot penetrate the surface — the main source of growth for harmful bacteria.
  • All Natural – Cambria is created from pure natural quartz, an extremely hard stone. In fact, quartz is the hardest non-precious stone that can be found in the earth’s surface.
  • Everlasting Value – With its beauty and performance advantages over granite, a Cambria kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity will add value to your home.
  • Guaranteed – As the only producer of quartz surfaces in the United States, Cambria is covered by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
The closer you look, the more you’ll discover the benefits of Cambria over other surfaces. With Cambria, you’ll add warmth and beauty plus the strength and durability that can only be found in natural quartz. Your dream home begins with Cambria!

 

ASID Conference

100 6257 300x200 ASID ConferenceOn March 22nd, Marjan Stone partnered up with Cambria to host the 2014 ASID (American society of Interior Designers) conference at our facility. Attendees included students and professionals for the interior design industry.

Cambria is a company that offers Natural Quartz Surfaces for any kitchen quartz countertops and bathroom quartz countertops, fireplaces or showerwalls. The natural Quartz product is durable and guaranteed 15 year warranty. Cambria has a selection of more than 100 colors.

The morning started off with Keynote speaker Robert Wright, a prominent figure in the field of interior design.

100 6251 300x200 ASID ConferenceHe discussed the state of the current design industry and linked it to the services that Marjan Stone provides. The services include kitchen and bathroom countertops, showerwalls and fireplaces.

The day started with continental breakfast and after the keynote speaker and some roundtable discussions the group was treated to lunch. Followed by a tour of the Marjan Stone facility by the Owner Hikmet Pauls, General Manager-John Grossaint and Cambria sales rep.- Alex Perez. The Marjan Stone facility includes a large slab yard with granite slabs and a 18,000 square foot facility.

The event was such a huge success that there is talk of Marjan Stone hosting next year as well!

Certified Fabricators of Dekton Porcelain Slabs

As certified fabricators of Dekton Porcelain slabs, Marjan Stone has built a new workstation in their showroom. Dekton color “ Danae” from their Natural collection was used for the tops. And a new product from Cambria called “Bradshaw” was used on the front face.

Dekton Porcelain slabs by Cosentino is a new product in the market and very contemporary. It is manufactured from Sinterized Particle Technology, a high tech innovative process. Being a recently new product, Cosentino offers a selection of ten new colors, with more new colors to come.

Stop by our showroom and see this amazingly durable material from Dekton and the color rich Quartz supplied by Cambria. Along with our granite slab yard, our showroom contains quartz from numerous companies: Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, Pentalquartz, and MSI.dekton Certified Fabricators of Dekton Porcelain Slabs