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TREND ALERT: QUARTZ FINISHES

Throughout the past year there has been an increased interest in “rough” or “raw” surfaces in the world of quartz. What is the difference between these surface treatments in comparison to the standard polished and honed? Polished is the most standard quartz surface: easy maintenance, glossy finish and the ability to help open up a

DECORATIVE HARDWARE CHOICES

After weeks of browsing multiple showrooms and deciding what countertop, cabinetry, storage solutions and finishes are essential in creating your dream space; you realize that there’s one more step that has been overlooked. The Decorative hardware! Although it doesn’t seem like an essential thing to keep in mind when picking out various options for your

TREND ALERT: HONED SURFACES

While looking at new countertops in 2019, you’ll probably stumble across more surface finishes then the standard polished as there are a variety of countertop finishes such as: honed, polished, and raw. Although each countertop line may call these finishes different things, they are for the most part, very similar across countertop brands. In this

TREND ALERT: HAND PAINTED GLASS BACKSPLASH

Among the many options of tile and quartz backsplash, there’s a type that’s gaining popularity with kitchen designs as of late; hand painted glass backsplash! Here’s a few reasons to research a little further into this on-going trend. First, hand painted glass backsplash gives you a unique look with a pop of customized color. Glass

LET’S TALK TARIFFS

As of September 24th, 2018 the Chinese import tariffs took place on Chinese Quartz starting at an increase of 10%. As of January 1st, 2019 that will increase to 25%! This information is crucial because we here at AKB do not import Chinese Quartz so there will be no price increase on our quartz countertop

WATERFALL COUNTERTOPS

So after days of contemplating over a plethora of options you’ve finally picked out your countertops to accentuate your kitchen! But did you know that in lieu of the usual path of countertops with standard backsplash, you can also opt for a waterfall countertop? Now what is a waterfall countertop? It’s a continuation of the

CHOOSING A BACKSPLASH

HOW TO CHOOSE A BACKSPLASH Cabinetry and countertop selections, check! After all of the style choices that you need to make during the design process during a remodel, when it comes to your backsplash choice, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Fear not! This part of the design is very versatile and really

TREND ALERT: CONCRETE COUNTERS

While marble-like countertops were, and still will continue to be popular choices for homeowners, one of the most popular choices for 2018 countertop projects is going to be the concrete-type look.  Many like the industrial style with its sleek cool grey feel.  This color tone is versatile and can work in many color schemes.  Countertop

QUARTZ 101

Quartz is becoming one of the most utilized countertop materials in home remodels.  Composed of about 93% natural ground quartz, It is a man-made engineered stone material, that combines the stone with resins, polymers and pigments to produce a unique color selection.  This also increases a manufacturer’s ability to produce consistent looking slabs. When viewing