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The Latest Trends in Counter Surface Products

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

While granite continues to be one of the most popular products for kitchen countertops, new quartz and laminate designs and a resurgence of interest in wood counters are the latest trends in counter surface products among both homeowners and kitchen and bath designers.

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Topics: Countertops

The Latest Trends in Laminate Countertop Products and Edge Options

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Countertop surfacing is often a big cost item for a kitchen or a bath remodeling project. While homeowners have a wide range of countertop options, one of the latest advances in counter products is laminate surfacing. Laminate is being talked about by kitchen and bath designers and home magazine writers because of the colors, patterns, finishes and the quality of products that manufacturers now offer.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

4 Tips for Selecting Quartz Surfaces and Countertops

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Quartz surfaces and countertops are rapidly gaining popularity among homeowners as well as kitchen and bath designers. Quartz is easy to maintain and is available in a wide range of colors, patterns and even textures. While primary uses of quartz continue to be kitchen and bath counters, it can also be used for backsplashes, shower stalls, shower entries, tub decking and even fireplace surrounds.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

Kitchen Countertops 102: Time-tested Countertop Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the new types of kitchen countertop products on the market. This week, we’ll talk about traditional kitchen countertop products. Granite continues to be the most popular product selected by our customers. Quartz is a close second. New laminate products are also getting a lot of attention.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

Kitchen Countertops 101: New Countertop Products on the Market

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

We are often asked about kitchen countertops, including new products to the market. If you are remodeling or replacing kitchen countertops in your home, new products to consider include wood, PaperStone, copper, glass, concrete and products made from recycled materials.

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Topics: Green Products, Kitchens, Countertops

7 Creative Ideas for Kitchen Islands and Peninsulas

Posted by Vince Petralito on Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Kitchen islands and peninsulas can be designed to address a number of functions and add style to the room. We’d like to share some photos of recent projects that demonstrate some of the creative ways islands and peninsulas have been used in Central New York homes for preparing meals, storage, dining, entertaining and aesthetics.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

Project of the Month: Onondaga Hill Kitchen Makeover

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Feb 4, 2014

Small changes can make a big impact in a kitchen. Adding new counters or appliances, a sink, a backsplash, cabinet hardware, updated light fixtures and other minor renovations can create a more functional, user-friendly and attractive kitchen for preparing meals, informal dining and entertaining. Homeowners like "makeovers" because they can be done in a short period of time, they’re not too costly, there is minimal inconvenience and they can really revive a home.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops, Projects of the Month

5 Tips for Selecting Granite

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

Granite is one of the most popular products used in homes because of its beauty and durability. It is expensive but also adds value to a home. 

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Countertops

Tips for Choosing Marble or Marble-Look Countertops

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Apr 9, 2013

One of the hottest looks in today’s kitchens and bathrooms is marble counters. The white and gray tones of marble complement almost any style of cabinetry and a multitude of finishes. While the look is hot, quarried marble is more porous than other popular stone surfaces (granite and quartz) and requires more TLC. 

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Countertops

Which is Better? Granite or Quartz Countertops

Posted by Donn Schuldt on Tue, Jun 5, 2012

When we meet with homeowners to discuss a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project we are often asked our opinion about countertop options. Countertops can be a costly item. Two of the most popular are granite and quartz. Here’s how they compare:

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

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