I recently remodeled my kitchen and used Stone Projects for the countertops and backsplash. Rebecca was terrific! She was so patient and spent a long time describing the characteristics of the various materials, so when I went to the stone yard, I had some knowledge about what I was seeing. For years I had been in love with white and gray marble, but she strongly discouraged it because marble is delicate; it etches, scratches and stains very easily. Thus, choosing the type of material — formica, quartz or stone — was the first step. I wanted granite and had already ruled out formica, but quartz, which I assumed was stone, seemed like a good possibility. Stone Projects has sample materials, and Rebecca explained that quartz is a manmade product, engineered to look like granite. When I saw the larger quartz sample, I hated it! At first glance it looks like granite but then you realize there are no variations or flaws, the very characteristics that make stone beautiful; ultimately quartz looked like a plastic fake to me. Thanks to Rebecca’s expert help, I didn’t make a very expensive mistake.
When I went to the stone yard, at first I chose a granite, although it didn’t have the look of the white marble I wanted. I returned to the stone yard several times to look at the slab (they were practically ready to hire me there!) and then I saw it — quartzite! Quartzite — which is not quartz — is a natural stone (unlike the manmade quartz), but it is much more forgiving than delicate marble, though not as indestructible as granite. The quartzite slab was white and gray and looks like the marble I had loved for so long. It was also twice the cost of the granite, and to achieve the effect I wanted, I was doing the entire backsplash and wall as well as the countertop. Ultimately, I couldn’t resist the quartzite, and I’m so glad I didn’t — although super expensive, it’s truly stunning, like a beautiful work of art! Stone Projects did a fantastic job, and when I thought there might be a tiny scratch, Carlos, the excellent installer, cheerfully returned ready to fix it. Turns out it is a natural flaw in the stone, which is perfectly fine, but Carlos was super nice, even though this was an unnecessary trip for him. If you’re contemplating any kind of stone work, you can’t do better than Stone Projects — it’s the best!