Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Slab by Slab: The Granite Countertop Selection & Installation Process

| | Granite, Kitchen Countertops, Tips

Congratulations! So, you have decided to update or remodel your kitchen. The first step? Selecting new, beautiful kitchen countertops. The countertops are the focal point of your kitchen, effecting both the overall style and value of the room. But, where and how do you begin? As an expert fabricator and installer of kitchen countertops in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide a complete rundown of the selection and installation process to help you on your way.

We understand choosing new kitchen 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 kitchen countertops!

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Start By Doing Some Research

The internet is not only a good place to learn about which materials work best in given areas of the home, but it is also a good place to start viewing materials. Our Stone Types page describes many types of stone and where they are generally used in the home.

Visit the Showroom

After you’ve done a little research online, stop by our showroom to see the stone slabs 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.

Get Your Free Estimate

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.

Once you receive your quote back from us, review it carefully to ensure that it reflects what you want.

Down Payment

Once you have made your final stone selection and received our updated quote we are ready to proceed with production of your kitchen countertops. All we need before templating and fabrication begins is a signed quote and down payment from you. Upon receiving both of those items, we will put your project into production and you will be enjoying your new kitchen countertops within two weeks!

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Other Considerations

While all of this is going on, you should also be selecting your new sink, faucets, backsplash, etc. We will need to know how many holes to drill in the granite, and may need to see a specification sheet on the faucet and sink you choose. Also, decide if you would like to have a granite backsplash or new kitchen island to match your kitchen countertops.
We will walk you through everything, step by step.

Ready to get started finding new kitchen countertops for your Plymouth area home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote!

The Many Sides of Granite

| | Granite

Everyone knows granite makes a great choice in countertops. Granite is one of the most durable, versatile materials that you can have in your home. And, over the years, granite countertops have become the most popular and most coveted material in kitchen and bathroom countertops. That’s why, when looking to install new countertops, granite should be at the top of your list. But, maybe you’re interested in a specific look like a farmhouse style kitchen or a mid-century style charm. Granite countertops come in many colors and styles, providing many different looks, styles and trends. As experts in granite countertops for Minnetrista and the surrounding areas, we know a lot about the many facets of granite. And, we’d like to tell you more about it and why we think it can be the right fit for your kitchen.

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Did you know that granite is often described as the chameleon stone? The appearance of your granite countertops can shift slightly to reflect any décor you add or replace in your kitchen. The counter will look different against a stark white backsplash than it will against a dark tile one for example.

Granite countertops come in an incredible variety of colors including, browns, tans, greens, blues, white, black, beige, red, gold and more. And, it is important to remember that granite in the showroom can look different than granite online or in your home.
While most people are familiar with the little flecks of color in granite countertops, many homeowners do not realize that granite is actually available in a few different patterns including:

Marbled. Get that farmhouse look with marbled granite! Marbled granite looks just like marble. It has smooth variances and different colors and textures that sweep through the stone.

Solid. Go for sleek and modern or mid-century with solid color granite. These granite countertops are just as their name suggests, a solid color like black and offers a clean look you’ll love.

Speckled. This is what most people think of when it comes to granite countertops. Speckled granite usually has a variety of colors within it making it pair nicely with stainless steel appliances and hardwood cabinets.

With so many choices, it might seem difficult to make a decision. But, with help from Northstar Granite, we can help you find the right granite countertops for your unique home!

Ready to get started finding new granite countertops for your Minnetrista home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote!

The Top Quartz Countertop Trends for 2018

| | Kitchen Countertops, Quartz

When deciding on new countertops for your kitchen, it is essential to be well-versed in the top kitchen trends approaching on the horizon. Staying ahead of the trend curve can ensure your home décor is up-to-date, looks great and is a hot commodity on the market when you’re ready to sell. You also want kitchen counters that are durable and can last for years to come. That’s where quartz kitchen countertops come in. Quartz, which is an engineered material, provides homeowners with a vast array of color and pattern options while remaining a cost-effective, sturdy, and unique countertop type.

As experts in quartz kitchen countertops for Wayzata, we have put together some of the biggest trends in quartz kitchen countertops for 2018. And, when you’re ready to to install one of these wonderful trends, don’t hesitate to contact the experts here at Northstar Granite.

White & Grey

White quartz kitchen countertops featuring grey veining is evocative of the farmhouse kitchen trend that will be all the rage in 2018. White has always been a favorite among homeowners, so whether you try to keep your kitchen traditional or more contemporary in design, white quartz kitchen countertops will fit easily into your plans. Stop by the Northstar showroom and allow our quartz experts help add interest to your kitchen with quartz kitchen countertops in white and grey.

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Black with Shimmer

Choose black quartz kitchen countertops featuring shimmering flecks throughout. This shimmering black hue countertop is the perfect way to brighten up a space and create a stark contrast between your cabinets and countertops.

Soft Neutrals

Brown, beige and soft grey are all major trends in quartz kitchen countertops for 2018. First of all, brown quartz stands out in a unique way and merges well with any kitchen design. Brown also adds elegance and a contemporary, softer feel to any room in the home. Beige quartz kitchen countertops offers unparalleled elegance and a wonderful contrast with darker tones in the kitchen. It also looks great with multi-colored tiles for a mid-century look that will be sure to hit the scene in 2018. And, soft grey quartz countertops maintains a neutral style and look that’s charming in any kitchen space.

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

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

Marble Countertops: The Return of a Major Trend

| | Marble Countertops

There are quite a few popular trends in interior design for 2018 but none as beautiful as this classic returning to the scene; marble countertops. Interior designers are obsessed with marble for the whole home and, of course, for the kitchen. Marble countertops, for some time now have been seeing a rebirth of its presence in kitchens all over the country. 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 for farmhouse style kitchens and other popular design trends. As experts offering marble countertops for Medina and the surrounding areas, the professionals here at Northstar Granite would like to discuss what makes marble the huge trend returning this year as well as tell you a little more about it.

marble countertopsWhy are marble countertops such a beloved choice?

Although the other choices are beautiful in their own right, once you’ve gotten your heart set on genuine marble, nothing else will do. It offers a unique look unlike any other.

Are marble countertops durable?

Yes and no. Marble is actually very soft in comparison to granite and quartz.  It is therefore much more likely to chip and scratch. It is also very prone to acid etching.  Leave a lemon cut in half face down on polished marble for 5 minutes and it will leave a round, flat-looking etch in the stone. Marks like this are permanent and only removable by complete restoration of the tops.

This is also what makes marble so desirable to some. Scratches and etching tend to “blend in” somewhat over time due to the patina effect that takes place.  This patina effect is what people describe as the “Old World” look of marble, and one of the reasons it is truly loved.

What do marble countertops cost?

Cost 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. A properly maintained marble countertop may last for decades.

Is it necessary to commit to an entire kitchen installation?

Not at all! If you love the look of marble but are looking for a more affordable solution, you could also install marble on only part of the counter surface, such as a center island or baking station.

Are marble countertops difficult to take care of?

Unlike quartz or other manufactured surfaces, marble needs some extra care to keep it looking its best.

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

 

Thank You and Happy Holidays from Northstar Granite Tops

| | News

With the end of 2017 almost here, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. Since 2002, we have been serving the Twin Cities with quality fabrication and installation of granite, quartz, marble, soapstone and more. We are thankful for another year in business, and it is because of the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing Northstar Granite Tops for your countertop, vanity and natural stone needs. We hope you will trust us with all your future projects!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year