7th Annual HomeAid BBQ for Builders and Friends

Granite Source had the opportunity again this year to be a part of the Annual HomeAid BBQ. As both a Trade Partner and Sponsor, Granite Source is able to help families shelters throughout our community through the HomeAid program. During the year, Granite Source is able to provide countertops in newly renovated or built homes to help provide a fresh start to those in need.

HomeAid works as a non-profit organization that works on renovation homes and shelters through the Northern Virginia area. We are proud to be included in such amazing work benefiting so many families in our community.

Interested in learning more about HomeAid and the work they do? Follow the link below and find out how you can help out the community and families in need.

 

http://www.homeaidnova.org/

June 28th, 2016

Nelsonite Becomes Virginia’s State Rock

Ever wonder what Virginia’s state rock was?

Governor McAuliffe signed a bill on Friday the 1st naming Nelsonite as the state rock of Virginia. This will become official on July 1st of 2016. Virginia was one of only a few states that did not have a state rock.

Nelsonite, named after Nelson County near Charlottesville, is one of the only rocks named after a county. This rock was mined primarily in Nelson County in the early 1900’s and was a major boom to the surrounding economy. Nelsonite can be used to make steel, paint pigments and dye, fertilizer, and even artificial teeth!

While this stone is no longer mined in Nelson County, the name of the stone is still used across the world.

For more information, please click the link below about Virginia’s new state rock:

http://wtop.com/virginia/2016/04/nelsonite-to-become-virginias-official-state-rock/

April 6th, 2016

MSI Introduces New Colors for 2016

New this year, MSI has introduced new colors to its quartz line that open up more options for customers. Colors such as Cashmere Oro, Calacatta Vicenza, and Calacatta Classique provide a marble look with the durability of a quartz and others such as Babylon Gray, Chantilly Taupe, and Pacific Salt provide a natural stone look with no maintenance.

Take a look over the full line of Q Quartz line below:

https://www.msistone.com/quartz-collections/

Interested in an estimate? Contact John Kosut at 804-972-8688 or john.kosut@granitesource.net to set up a complimentary measurement or an appointment in our showroom.

March 1st, 2016

Caesarstone Opens Factory in USA

Following the increased demand over the past few years, Caesarstone has recently built its first factory in the United States. The new factory located in Georgia will help keep up with the demand of Caesarstone products across the country as well as providing jobs to the surrounding community.

Interested in Caesarstone for your next project? Please contact John Kosut at 804-972-8688 or john.kosut@granitesource.net to set up a complimentary measurement or appointment.

Check out the video in the link below for more information on the new factory:

http://www.caesarstoneus.com/en/About-Us/Pages/factory2.aspx

February 18th, 2016

Cambria Releases New Colors

Deep and mysterious like the waters off a rocky coast, Galloway lures furtive glances. It is a mix of sea, sand and time and shines like a luminescent pearl inside a rough and blackened oyster shell.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GALLOWAY
VIEW GALLOWAY IN A LARGE SLAB

Cambria also has an innovative new paint matching tool to help you choose the perfect color for your kitchen or bathroom walls.  Here is a link.  http://www.cambriausa.com/en/Designs/Paint-Match-Tool/ 

March 23rd, 2014

Silestone Launches New Collection

 

Silestone’s most natural appearance
Nebula Code is a new technological discovery by Cosentino that features unique patterns, harmonies and unparalleled movements in a quartz surface to create uniquely original slabs. Each vein is different. Each slab is different.

The Nebula Code series represents the beauty of irregularity, the randomness of nature applied to a product manufactured with the guarantee of Silestone in terms of hardness, resistance to impact, and scratching, bacteriostatic protection and extremely low absorption.

Daria

Uniform sophistication
Light browns verging on beiges are showcased in Silestone’s perfect example of discreet simplicity. Daria is the essence of subtle harmony for surfaces that can be adapted to an extensive palette of environments.
View Color Sheet

Helix

Bright and familiar
Helix balances its dominant off-white colour with the natural suggestion of the vein. The careful construction of these patterns is offset with multiple shades of grey, giving it a classic, pure appearance.
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Pulsar

Brightness with a hint of colour
The colour Pulsar by Cosentino adorns the white of pure quartz with veins that combine conventional and delicate greys with a hint of colour ranging from beige to mustard hues. A classic option with a hint of sun.
View Color Sheet

Istmo

Environmental Reflection
The high chromatic adaptability of Istmo, its soft brown veins and its reflection of nature make it an indisputable choice for beautiful environments.
View Color Sheet

Dreis

Elegant style
Dreis is the result of Silestone’s quest to seek out the serene warmth of browns. With predominant dark shades as a foundation, the original and natural veins provide the clarity needed to provide a stylish and unique contrast.
View Color Sheet

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Here is a link to the full site:  http://www.silestoneusa.com/colors/series/nebula-code-series/

March 13th, 2014

Strategic Granite Reserve!

So I could not resist posting this story.  Yes, it is not our ‘kind’ of granite.  Yes it is not this country.  But I LOVE that somewhere in the world there is a government minister tasked with managing the ‘Strategic Granite Reserve’!  Here is the text with a link at the bottom.  Enjoy!

SINGAPORE: The government will release the national granite stockpile from Wednesday to main contractors who have on-going projects that require granite for concreting works.

This comes after a temporary disruption in the supply of granite from Indonesia. The Building and Construction Authority said in a statement on Tuesday that it has briefed various industry groups about the situation.

The release of the national stockpile will tide the industry over as supply from other regional sources is ramped up. The BCA also urged the industry to continue to diligently look for alternative sources and diversify.

Link to article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/govt-to-release-granite/979106.html

February 5th, 2014

Sink Inventory Clearance

Due to the large volume of sinks we receive, inventories usually reveal an orphan or two that we are happy to discount in order to clear out our storeroom.  Pricing is 50% off retail.

Here is a list of current opportunities.

Blanco 441020

Blanco 441023

Blanco 441024

Blanco 441025

Blanco 441026

Blanco 440169  (4 of these in stock)

Houzer 3120

Houzer 2318

Artisan 2318

 

Kohler Sterling 442004-0 (DROP IN) (7 Of These)

February 3rd, 2014

Slab Wire Saw Cutting – Amazing Shapes!

Here are some great photos of what new technology is producing from solid slabs.  3 axis, 4 axis and now 5 axis CNC machines are changing the way we use and produce our materials.

You know what they say…  If you have to ask how much….

Click the ‘Read More’ link below to see the photos..

Here is a link to the original article on Core 77.

January 18th, 2014

Quarry Flooding

Heavy rains have recently flooded many areas of northern Brazil.  In this picture, you can see the Bianco Romano quarry which now expects to see material shortages and delays of up to two months before returning to normal production.  Stay tuned for local impacts here in the US.

January 9th, 2014

Minimalism

Here is another blend of materials.  Stained concrete floor with an Icestone White Pearl boxed island and an integrated wood back bar.  Note the flush cooktop downdraft to complete the look.

January 9th, 2014

Great Full Height Backsplash

Sometimes the most memorable thing about a project can be the smallest of details.  This photo shows a stunning kitchen with a perfectly matched walnut wood island from Grothouse Lumber, but the thing that stands out is the craftsmanship in the full height backsplash.  Look closely and you will see the way they made shadow boxing out of stone and built depth and detail into an area that is normally very two dimensional.  Great design and perfect execution make a stunning combination.

January 9th, 2014

Blending Materials (Quartz and Glass)

Modern kitchen designers increasingly focus on blending materials within a space to create balance.  This photo is a great example of materials that work well together in style, form and function.  The white countertop is White Platinum quartz and it is installed flush adjacent to a clear glass eating area top.  In our experience, the man made materials blend well together like quartz and glass, and the natural materials work together as well with wood or marble islands mixed in with granite countertops around the exterior or a butcher block.  The most challenging combination is to use a man made material and a natural material in the same space.  It is certainly possible and the final look can be stunning, but it requires more diligence in sampling and conceptualization.  The possibilities are endless!

January 8th, 2014

Island In Silestone Carbono

Here is a great shot of a playful island in Carbono by Silestone.  The vertical pieces were mitered and mechanically fastened to a hidden support structure to give the impression of a floating eating area.  The design opens up a third space within the kitchen between the islands that would not exist with a more normal design.

January 8th, 2014

Concetto Semi Precious Countertops

CaesarStone’s inspirational new masterpiece collection, the unique Concetto range, is an unmatchable collection of extraordinary surfaces hand-made from individually cut and bound semi-precious stones. A harmonious blend of art, nature and technology Concetto is created by fusing nature’s hues and designs with individually cut semi-precious stones to form the ultimate luxury stone surface – a dream for designers and architects alike.

Some of the semi-precious stones in the Concetto Collection are breathtakingly translucent and can be backlit for added effect. With its vivid colors and awe-inspiring designs, the Concetto range brings out the innate brilliance of the stones while enhancing the luster of their natural hues and shades.

Highly heat, stain and scratch resistant, Concetto offers high quality and low maintenance. Created with dimensions of 119 x 55.5 inches (Net) and a thickness of 3/4 inch (141.5 x 302 cm and a thickness of 20 mm), each unique Concetto piece is made from completely natural stone that enhances its unique shadings and inherent patterns.

The Concetto Collection can be used for a variety of applications including furniture, vanities, kitchen & bathroom surfaces, work surfaces, countertops, floors, walls, special features and more.

Learn more online at: http://www.concettous.com/the_collection.aspx

January 2nd, 2014

ECO Recycled Countertops

Granite Source recently completed another branch location for one of the country’s largest banks and it made us realize how surfaces have changed in the last ten years.  These are complicated pieces with laminated edges up to 8″ thick and precise waterjet cutouts for deposit slips and pen inserts, and they are being done with recycled materials on a consistent basis!  This is a huge step forward for our industry and I think a glimpse into the future.  You can learn more about ECO by Cosentino here. http://www.ecobycosentino.com/usa/

December 30th, 2013

New SawJet Arrives!

We are thrilled this week to be installing our second Fusion SawJet from Park Industries in Minnesota!  It is a massive 55 foot long computer controlled saw and waterjet combination machine that allows for precise cutting and fabrication of countertops in a multitude of materials such as quartz, granite and marble.  Feel free to ask your account manager for a tour!

You can see a video of it at work here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acK7di8ZqPM

 

December 19th, 2013

Glass – The Next Big Trend?

Got Glass?   An Exciting New Material for Today’s Inspired Homeowner
By Jennifer Croy Bostic, Design Coordinator
Are you looking for something beautiful, perhaps unique or even a bit trendy for your new home or renovation?  Are you considering an update to your kitchen, bathroom or other area? If so, then look no further, actually right through my suggestion, glass– yes, glass for your next project.  A sturdy but pliable material that lets you personalize your home in ways you may have never imagined.  When dreaming of your new kitchen countertops and backsplashes, don’t forget to consider this exciting new design option.

Glass combines beauty with function because of its maintenance free and durable surface that pops in a broad range of textures, colors, and custom features.  Clear, textured, or frosted are just a few choices to incorporate, even your favorite photographs can be showcased.   One can be adventurous, bold even– begin to think outside of the design box with an architectural piece!  Shower doors, room dividers, wall art, doors, water features and more, glass brings about unlimited potential and exciting new ideas.

On HGTV’s website,  Farima Alavi  writes that ”aside from its sleek, clean appearance, glass countertops have many benefits. Glass can be cut into any shape and texture and can be stained in any color. Even though it’s a pricier option, it’s becoming increasingly more popular because of its modern look. It’s easy to keep clean and its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available…”

HGTV, Danenberg Design, E. Palo Alto, CA 94303
Angie’s List Ellen Miller highlights a kitchen and bath remodeler that says, “about 5 percent of his customers choose recycled glass countertops by IceStone, Vertrazzo and Geos, while most […]

December 5th, 2013