Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Transformations: How Granite or Quartz Can Make Your Next Kitchen Renovation

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With increased time spent at home, many homeowners are looking around and seeing areas of their home that could use some improvement. One of the most popular areas to tackle is the kitchen. The first step? Selecting new, beautiful kitchen countertops. The countertops are the focal point of your kitchen, affecting both the overall style and value of the room. But, where and how do you begin? Here at Northstar Granite Tops, we are the experts in quartz and granite for Eden Prairie and the surrounding areas and can help get your next renovation started.

Northstar Granite has customized and fabricated hundreds of natural stone kitchen countertops and we love to see how new granite or quartz countertops can transform a room. Here are some examples of some of our favorite transformations:

As you can see, from classic to modern, the possibilities are endless! Granite and quartz offer many different looks to fit in with a wide variety of styles and décor. Stop by our showroom to see the stone slabs and samples in person! This can help you really envision how your new kitchen countertops will look in your home. You can even bring paint swatches or samples of your cabinets or appliances to make sure everything looks good together.

At our showroom you will be able to see samples of available stones as well as learn about pricing. Of course, the price will differ depending on which stone you choose, the edge profile etc.

We suggest you request a quote once you have identified a color or two. Submitting a drawing is an important part of getting a quote from us, and our Quote Request page walks you through that process. The more information you provide at this point, the more accurate your quote will be.

We understand choosing new granite countertops can seem overwhelming. But we hope, with our expertise, to show you it’s not only easy but can be fun as well! And, when you’re ready to get started, contact the experts here at Northstar Granite and we can help you get started selecting your new, beautiful granite countertops!

Ready to get started finding the very best in quartz or granite for your Eden Prairie area home renovation? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote! We look forward to helping you with all of your granite and countertop needs.

Choosing the Right Quartz for your Kitchen Countertops

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Have you decided that quartz is the right material for your kitchen countertops but are having trouble deciding on the style and color? Here at Northstar Granite Tops, we are the area experts in high-quality countertops and we can help you find the right quartz countertops for your Minnetrista area home. Our years of experience gives us the ability to understand the questions many people have when installing quartz countertops in their home. And, our deep familiarity with the process allows us to convey what you should expect and how to find the right countertops for what you need. 

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We can guide you through the entire process from choosing the right countertops to having them installed. And, we’ll let you know everything you should know about choosing quartz countertops, why finding the right color is so important, how you can find the right thickness, what you should expect for quartz maintenance, and much more.

Choosing the Color and Pattern

This is where most people start; they take a look at samples in order to find the color and pattern that speaks to them. Do you have a certain style or aesthetic in mind? We can help point you in the right direction to achieve the look. 

There are a variety of different colors and patterns available so when purchasing quartz, you want to think about the space it’s going to be in. It can be a good idea to bring in paint samples, cabinet samples and keep in mind your appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

You’ll also want to take a look at the different patterns that are available. There is a myriad of different designs from marble looking designs to speckled styles, which can completely change the look and style of your kitchen. We can help find the right match for your unique kitchen design.

Choosing the Right Size

Along with making sure that the countertop is aesthetically pleasing, we also need to make sure the countertop is the appropriate size and thickness to fit into your space. Determining length and width is simple, as this just requires measuring the dimensions where you want the countertop to go. We can take care of this for you!

For thickness, the typical thickness for one of these countertops is 1 ¼ inch. Depending on the space, how much it’s going to be used, and what it’s going to be used for, we may recommend a different thickness.

Quartz Maintenance

Quartz countertops are relatively easy to maintain. You won’t need to seal quartz in order to protect it from moisture. Instead, cleaning with water and soap should be sufficient for keeping your quartz countertop clean.

For more information on quartz countertops in the Minnetrista area, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us to set up your Free Quote.

Bathroom Vanity Trends to Consider for Your Next Remodel

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With increased time spent at home, many homeowners are looking around and seeing areas of their home that could use some improvement. And, one of the most popular places to renovate, has got to be the bathroom. A bathroom is a place of sanctuary, a personal space where one can relax and finally find a moment to themselves. So, if you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom or just making a few changes, you are not alone. And, one of the best places to make an impact is with the bathroom vanity. As experts in bathroom vanities for Minnetonka and the surrounding areas, we have put together a list of some of the top trends in vanities to help you get started.

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White & Neutral

A lasting, popular trend in bathroom vanities has and will likely always be white. White and other neutral hues like grey go well with virtually all bathroom styles and colors. And, white will help make the space appear larger which is an important consideration if you are space constrained.

Marble or similar-looking quartz counters are some of the most popular trends right now as they help a bathroom appear lighter and brighter. This style seems to work with almost every vanity color. These colors and materials will stand the test of time and if you decide to repaint the walls in a few years, they will still go.

Unique Sinks

On the rise for several years now, vessel sinks can really give your bathroom a unique look. You will often see white vessel sinks paired with granite or quartz bathroom vanity tops for an ultra-luxe look.

Open Shelving

This trend has been growing in popularity for several years now. Combining open shelving with a solid bathroom vanity can help the space appear larger, more luxurious and even spa-like.


The minimalist trend or “less is more” theme is very popular right now and helps a home feel clean and organized. It can be especially important for smaller bathrooms or homes. Choose sleek bathroom vanities and a simple cut edge for your countertop in order to achieve this look. Then, keep your countertops decluttered and allow their simple beauty to shine!

Bathroom vanities can make a big difference, both in style and functionality, so quality matters. Whatever trend you choose, it is essential to choose high-quality materials like countertops from Northstar Granite Tops. For more information about bathroom vanities for your Minnetonka area home call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to Request a Free Quote.

Why Homeowners Love Their Granite Countertops

| | Granite

Granite has reigned as one of the most popular premium materials for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms for decades now. While other trends have come and gone; granite remains steadfast. Trends aside, genuine granite countertops, made from slabs cut from stone blocks quarried directly from the earth, give a natural appeal that can’t be matched by any synthetic material. So as the name in granite countertops for Plymouth and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you more about it and why so many homeowners love their granite countertops from Northstar Granite Tops.

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Are you planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the near future? Some of the best interior designs have incorporated granite countertops. Here are several reasons you may want to consider granite countertops for your home:

  • Granite countertops perform quite well and as they are heat and scratch-resistant
  • They can add value to your home
  • Low maintenance
  • Investment in something unique
  • And more

Granite countertops are able to add value to your home, regardless of whether you’re looking to sell soon or you plan to stay for years to come. Not only do granite countertops add a classic ambiance to any kitchen, but they are also attractive to prospective homebuyers.

For homeowners looking for a countertop surface design that’s completely unique to their home, granite is the material to go with. All granite slabs are unique. Granite comes in many different colors to fit your design preferences and the interior design of your home. Various shades of grey, pink and red are most common, but you can find blue and green granites, as well as nearly pure whites and blacks.

Whatever color you choose, granite countertops will always add an element of luxury as well as natural appeal as a product of the earth. Granite is the timeless choice in countertop material with lasting appeal for any design scheme.

Are you ready to fall in love with your very own unique and lasting granite countertops? We are here to help you every step of the way. Our process begins when we meet with you to plot out your plan, assess your needs and see what you have in mind for the look and feel of your kitchen. From that, we calculate a written estimate and begin the granite selection process. We’ll have you come out to our showroom and see our incredible selection of granite in person. Bring samples of cabinets, tile, paint colors and appliances so that we can help you select up the perfect slab of granite for your kitchen.

To learn more about granite countertops for your Plymouth area home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

The Renewed Popularity of Marble Countertops

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Marble countertops were a hugely fashionable material for countertops in the first half of the 20th century. Then, as cheap laminate and other manmade materials came about it fell by the wayside. Then there was the rise of granite countertops. Well now, marble is back in a big way, and it offers an exciting option for use in the kitchen and bathroom. Here at Northstar Granite, in addition to beautiful granite countertops, we also offer marble countertops for Bloomington and the surroundings areas and so we’ve put together a list of reasons for this renewed trend.

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Fits Other Trends

Both in its classic white and in a variety of colors with striking streaks and unique style, marble countertops offer classic elegance and old world charm essential to complement farmhouse style kitchens, gold hardware and other popular design trends right now. Clean, crisp white is huge in both the kitchen and bathroom so it is natural for marble countertops to be the perfect fit in this trend. 

Kitchens featuring pops of color like olive green, sleek mid-century designs and two-tone schemes are on the cover of every design magazine as well as their marble countertops. 

A Trend of its Own

It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style. If there’s one thing that’s storming the design charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble. Thoughtfully designed, current kitchens are carefully styled with unique, curated looks including marble countertops and even marble backsplashes.

Great Accent

If you find that doing the entire kitchen in marble is more than you’d like, you’ve got other options. A marble countertop on an island can be a dramatic complement to more affordable wood, laminate or solid surface countertops. It can also be used on a wet bar, around a sink or anywhere else it would deliver a distinctively gorgeous accent. Or, choose a quartz marble lookalike countertop! Quartz countertops with a marble pattern or design can offer you that same classic marble look but with all the benefits of quartz including increased durability.

When it comes to cost, it varies based on the type of marble, its thickness, and any additional options such as edge treatments or cutouts for sinks or cooktops. And, initial cost shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision. Properly maintained marble countertops can last for decades. Whatever the reason you choose marble countertops, just remember correct sealing is vitally important. If sealed correctly, marble won’t harbor bacteria in the pores and they can be cleaned up with mild soap and warm water. 

Are you interested in learning more about marble countertops for your Bloomington area home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.