Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

The Renewed Popularity of Marble Countertops

| | Marble Countertops

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.

Top Bathroom Vanity Trends for 2020

| | Tips

It’s a new decade! Has your bathroom décor and bathroom vanities been updated with the times or are they a relic of the past? It’s time to update and renovate! As experts in bathroom vanities for Wayzata and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss some of the biggest trends for 2020 you should consider for a bathroom remodel. After all, the right bathroom vanity can make or break a bathroom both in style and function. As professional fabricators and installers of bathroom vanities, we know everything there is to know about the selection and installation process. So, when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom and are looking for beautiful new bathroom vanities, contact the experts at Northstar Granite Tops. Here are some trends to consider:


Marble stone and marble designs are back in full force and will be a major trends in bathroom vanities for the 2020s. Luxurious in style, marble or marble-inspired quartz bathroom vanities are perfect for adding elegance and style to your bathroom. Marble also stands the test of time, looking right at home in traditional and contemporary spaces alike.


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Simplicity is always in style especially when it comes to bathroom vanities. Sleek, clean silhouettes provide a spa-like flair to the bathroom and keep the space feeling fresh. Get the look by choosing modern quartz bathroom vanities with minimalist hardware, clean lines and mid-century modern or industrial design.

Floating Vanities

One of the most contemporary trends this decade will be floating bathroom vanities. They are perfect for creating a chic, modern statement. Keep the look ultra-sleek with a minimalist neutral hue floating vanity, or add visual interest with granite or marble vanity tops. 

Rustic Industrial

While modern designs are still a major trend, there will also be hints of rustic industrial influences in this decade’s bathroom vanities. Reclaimed wood, brass metal hardware and granite or marble countertops create an old world charm sure to add luxury and style to any home.

Ready to get started? Once you choose the style and stone for your bathroom vanities, our expert team will fabricate and install them to exactly fit your bathroom and sink! Not sure which material to choose for your bathroom vanities? We can speak with you about the scope of your project, what benefits work best for you and your family and help you select the right bathroom vanities for you.

To learn more about bathroom vanities for your Wayzata home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.

Why Professional Countertop Installation is Best for Kitchen Counters

| | Kitchen Countertops

Have you ever heard friends telling their horror stories from their recent kitchen remodel? It’s unfortunate, but when people choose to go the DIY route on these important renovations, there are many problems along the way. This is especially true when it comes to the countertops. Installing countertops is no easy task and requires extremely precise measurements as well as cutting and finishing that requires some pretty heavy duty machinery. Here at Northstar Granite Tops we believe it is important for homeowners to be aware of the importance of professional kitchen countertop installation and all the benefits of professional installation. As the trusted name in kitchen counters for Plymouth and the surrounding areas, we would like to offer some essential information for your upcoming kitchen renovation.

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Precise measuring, leveling, cutting, sanding, polishing, sealing and remeasuring are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. And, installation can be incredible amount of work for a DIY handyman to handle. For one, the installation of kitchen counters can be incredibly time consuming for the amateur installer. There is quite a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your kitchen counters.

And, trying to install kitchen counters on your own could even lead to irreversible damage done to the kitchen counters you’ve purchased. Not only can damage occur to the kitchen counters themselves, but most countertop materials are quite heavy and can easily injure an inexperienced installer.

When you hire the professionals at Northstar Granite Tops, our team of installers are trained thoroughly and have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed beautifully and in a timely manner. We can help you every step of the way from the selection of your kitchen counters to finishing touches. There is a wide variety of styles to choose from and professionals like those at Northstar Granite Tops can help you find the right ones to complement your kitchen’s unique style and also inform you of how to best take care of them.

Contact our installation experts today to to schedule the professional selection and installation of your new kitchen counters! We will come to your home for a consultation and to speak to you more about your remodeling project and the type of kitchen counters you are looking for.

Ready to get started? To get more information about kitchen counts for your Plymouth area home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Quartz, a Major Design Trend for 2020

| | Quartz

There’s only one full month left in 2019. So, if you’re planning a renovation or remodel then it is important to be aware of the trends that will be major players in the upcoming year. While all-white kitchen and bathroom design will likely never go out of style, there are lots of design trends for 2020 that will make any homeowner happy. And, one of the trends that will continue into the new year includes quartz countertops. As Bloomington’s quartz and countertop experts, we would like to tell you more about this major design trend. 

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2020 will be the year of the quartz kitchen! Quartz has a strong reputation as a low maintenance bacteria resistant surface. The ability of quartz to repel stains, and the stone’s exceptional strength and durability adds to its up and coming use in the kitchen, and as some designers and home owners would attest it is here to stay! 

When it comes to countertops, quartz is quickly becoming an affordable and low maintenance alternative to beloved marble. There are always new trends in quartz and one of the biggest this year will be quartz with bold veining. Although solid white continues to be a major trend, dark quartz and veined quartz will be two other heavy hitters this upcoming year. 

Another major trend includes natural elements with some pops of color. Keep your quartz countertops and flooring natural with soft neutrals and add a pop of color in your cabinets for perfectly on trend style for your kitchen. 

Or, choose black quartz for a sleek and modern look in 2020. Shimmering black countertops is the perfect way to brighten up a space and create a stark contrast between your cabinets and countertops.

Quartz will also be popular choice for bathroom vanities next year and beyond. They are durable and easy to care for and interior designers love that quartz can mimic granite or marble for a look that matches any style décor. 

Whatever trend you choose, allow the experts at Northstar Granite to help you incorporate it into your unique home décor. One of our specialties is quartz and we know just the right styles to help modernize and brighten up your space.

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

Don’t Forget These Top Features in Kitchen Counters & Kitchen Design

| | Kitchen Countertops

Designing a new kitchen or kitchen remodel? Before you finalize your plans, be sure you haven’t overlooked any elements you’d like to include. After all, the right feature, addition or material can instantly take your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary. As the experts in kitchen counters for Bloomington and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you about a few of them. And, when you’re ready to include the kitchen counters of your dreams, contact the professionals here at Northstar Granite Tops.

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When deciding on what will give you the most return on your dollar for your upcoming renovation or sale, it is extremely important to consider the right material. You should select not just a trend but trusted and long-lasting. That’s why the best materials for kitchen counters are granite and quartz. 

Granite is so hard, it resists scratching, chipping, and discoloration due to heat, making it ideally suited for countertops in your home.  It can be used in virtually any application in your home, including kitchens, baths, bars and fireplaces. And, because granite is a natural product, there are an almost endless array of colors and patterning available.

Quartz is currently enjoying a surge in popularity for kitchen countertops. The biggest reason can be attributed to the many advances in creating the stone’s aesthetic look, like the addition of organic-looking swirls, patterns, styles and variations.

Found your material and ready to install your new kitchen counters? Don’t forget a kitchen island! This is one of the most covetable features in the kitchen and something homebuyer’s search for. Islands not only add more counter space, they are a must-have for all activities in the kitchen. Kitchen islands are becoming more popular as space saving and multifunctional areas become more of a design essential. No longer just an afterthought, many choose to match their island exactly with their kitchen countertops. 

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Don’t forget the kitchen sink! When considering your kitchen counters it’s a great time to think about the shape, material and style of your kitchen sink. The big trend in kitchen sinks and a timeless feature to incorporate is the farmhouse sink. Also known as an apron front sink, farmhouse sinks are a timeless focal point in any kitchen. From a practical standpoint, they’re deep enough to hold large pots, and a shorter person has easier access to the sink.

No matter what feature you go with, it is important to get countertops from the experts! We will help you find the right style for you and your unique home. For more information about kitchen counterts in Bloomington and the surrounding areas, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Quote.