Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Marble Countertops: The Return of a Major Trend

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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

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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

Getting Your Granite: From Fabrication to Installation

| | Granite

A granite counter that gets installed in your kitchen or bathroom goes through a process to transform its naturally occurring appearance into your beautiful, polished counter. What you may not realize is just how much happens during this process and how important it is to getting the most from your granite counter. The process is called stone fabrication and as granite fabricators for Plymouth, we’d like to provide a rundown of the process from fabrication to installation.

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First, a stone fabricator at Northstar Granite Tops will help you choose the material for your unique home improvement project. If you are not sure which kitchen countertops to choose for your home, it is always best to talk to the experts. The countertop professionals at Northstar Granite Tops are ready and willing to tell you all about the many countertop options we carry. While we can’t make the decision for you, we can certainly help guide you in the right direction and give you our expert opinions.

Once you choose the exact slab of granite you love, the slab is laid out to ensure the best appearance of both color and vein texture. Then, the stone is cut to its final thickness. A multi-step process involving ever-increasing grit polish is used to smooth the stone surface; finally, your stone is washed, dried, and sealer base coat is applied. All of this happens before it gets to your home and is ready for us to install it when we arrive. And generally, it only takes about one day to put in your new granite countertops.

How do you know you are choosing the best granite for your bathroom or kitchen counters? Our stone and granite fabricators utilize the best quality control techniques to ensure you get the beautiful countertops you want and deserve.

Although we are known for fabricating and installing granite, we can also do the same for other natural stones like onyx, soapstone, travertine, marble, quartz and so much more. And, did you know that we are one of only 57 Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators in the country and one of only two in Minnesota? So don’t go without the perfect countertops for your bathroom or kitchen any longer, contact our granite fabricators today!

Are you ready to get more information on our granite fabricators in the Plymouth area? Give us a call! We can be reached at 320-963-8677. You can also Contact Us to learn more.

Updates that Renovate: The Top Trends in Kitchen Countertops

| | Kitchen Countertops

Don’t let your outdated countertops cramp your kitchen’s style. If you’re looking to remodel your home, the first key point of renovation is in the kitchen. The one thing that can make your home appear outdated to guests or potential buyers is the countertops. Replacing them with new ones can not only update the look and feel of your entire kitchen, but can even become the very focal point and what you love most about it. Your kitchen says a lot about your home. And, there are many elements that work together to create the style and ambiance of your kitchen. As experts in all things countertops, we’ve put together a list of what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen countertops for Bloomington and surrounding areas.

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When deciding on what will give you the most return on your dollar for your upcoming renovation or sale, consider these top trends:

Kitchen Islands

Islands not only add more counter space, they are a must-have for all activities in the kitchen, from conversation to food preparation. 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 and include them in initial design. Choose granite, quartz, marble or any other material!

Quality Stone

This year and for the foreseeable future, it’s all about quality materials. Not just a trend but a turn in the way Americans consume; trusted and long-lasting is always better. If you’re looking to update your kitchen with a great looking, lost-lasing material, stone is a great choice. Consider granite, marble or quartz for highly coveted, nature-inspired kitchen countertops.

Shades of Grey

This neutral hue is bound to last. No matter what material countertops you choose, grey is making a huge comeback in kitchen countertops this year.


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.

No matter which trend 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 countertops in Bloomington and the surrounding areas, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Quote.

Popular Trends in Bathroom Vanities

| | Bathroom Vanities

Have you been looking into one of the most popular home improvement projects, bathroom remodeling? A bathroom remodel can be a smaller do it yourself project or a larger home renovation done by a professional home remodeling company. Either way, bathroom remodeling, including new bathroom vanities for your Orono home can enhance your décor as well as provide a great ROI when you look to sell. But no matter what the scope of your project, one of the biggest decisions you will face is what kind of bathroom vanities to choose. We’ve put together trending materials and styles to help you choose the right ones for you. And, once you’re ready to install your very own bathroom vanities, contact Northstar Granite Tops for professional fabrication, design and installation.Bathroom Vanity Orono


Homeowners not only want their bathroom counters looking great, but they want to know the durability grade, maintenance requirements of their selection. This makes granite one of the top choices in bathroom vanities. Granite is a popular stone with many luxurious qualities. You don’t have to worry about its durability because it’s resistant to stains, water and heat, and it’s known to last years. At the end of the day, it is a practical material that will also add beauty and value to your home. And, the only maintenance required with granite is to seal it and it will repel greasy hair products, water, etc. Simply wipe with a damp cloth!

Marble is also a popular choice for its attractiveness and elegance. It is a stunning eye-catcher and instantly achieves a high end look. Whether you choose granite or marble, these materials attract buyers at resale and give your bathroom vanities a rich, luxurious look.

Don’t forget quartz! Engineered quartz has come a long way in style and appearance and is becoming increasingly popular in bathroom vanities and countertops in general. Typically composed of more than 90% quartz particles, the nonporous surface won’t scratch, stain or crack. It also comes in a wide variety of colors and style so you are sure to find the perfect one to match your bathroom décor.


When installing new bathroom vanities, you are going to get to choose the shapes and edges you want. One of the biggest trends in bathroom vanities are unique edges. Some of the edge profiles you can choose from include:

  • Bullnose
  • Beveled
  • Ogee
  • Chiseled (Rock face)
  • And more

And, these are just a few of the top trends in bathroom vanities! For more information about bathroom vanities for your Orono home call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to Request a Free Quote.