Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite Countertops

Aria Quartzite has a creamy white background that features deep black and grey veining. The neutrality of this stone can complement contemporary or traditional designs. It is an excellent option for homeowners that desire the look of traditional Marble but want the strength and durability to hold up to daily use. These Aria Quartzite kitchen and bar countertops were fabricated by Surface One for Byrom Buiding for a home in The Preserve in Hoover Alabama.

Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is formed through a process of pressurizing and heating sandstone. It is extremely durable and harder than granite, making it an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms. It is often confused with Quartz which is an engineered material that is manufactured by combining mineral quartz with resins and binders to create a solid surface. Traditional coloring is white to grey, with some variations including pinks and reds from iron oxide in the stone.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Quality designs require an expert fabricator to execute consistent cuts and profiles while maintaining the integrity of the stone. Today’s discerning buyer wants to know what the final product will look before making their final decision. Surface One has invested in state of the art equipment and software to create complex custom designs. We can digitally show you exactly how your slab will look in your home or business before a single cut is ever made–veining, seams, everything! We are one of the few fabricators in the Southeast to invest in robotic equipment for precision-based fabrication. 

Waterfall Edge Countertops

Waterfall Edge Countertops

Waterfall edge countertops are a popular choice for kitchen islands and bathroom countertops. A waterfall edge is defined as a seamless countertop edge that continues the countertop material across the top of the surface and down the side of the cabinetry to the floor. It breaks away from the typical, expected horizontal countertop. The waterfall panel creates a connected feeling between the countertop, the cabinetry and the flooring. Waterfall edges, also known as risers or waterfall end panels, combine contemporary and traditional styles to create a clean look. 

Waterfall Edge Countertops Design

Waterfall edge countertops are most popularly added to kitchen islands, but can also be used on corner cabinets, and in bathrooms. The waterfall end panels are useful to hide appliances that are placed at the end of counters. The designs of waterfall end panels can transform a contemporary kitchen to a modern, luxurious style. The most popular materials used to create a waterfall edge are marble, granite, and quartzite.

Surface One fabricated the waterfall marble island in the featured image for Byrom Building Company. This 2016 GBAHB Parade of Homes award winning home is located in the Preserve in Hoover, Alabama. The kitchen features a custom designed waterfall edge countertop made of Alabama White Marble.

Surface One can finish waterfall countertops with a seamless edge so the countertop appears to be one continuous slab that runs horizontally across the top of your cabinets and flows vertically down to the floor. Surface One utilizes specialty equipment to fabricate a 45-degree mitered edge to create an almost invisible joint line for a clean, seamless look. The clean edges are a beautiful way to showcase sophisticated countertop materials. For more examples of Waterfall Countertops read this article on Houzz, “Kitchen Design: 8 Ways with Waterfall Counters“.

 

Waterfall Edge Countertops Alabama White Marble Surface One

Surface One

Turn your kitchen island into a focal point by adding waterfall edge panels that cascade to the floor. Surface One can add waterfall end panels to your countertops and create the perfect statement piece for your kitchen. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you choose a waterfall design and material for your home or office.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Super White Quartzite and Blanco Maple Silestone in Preserve Home

Surface One fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite, Blanco Maple Silestone, Volakas Marble, and Leathered Uba Tuba Granite in this home located in The Preserve in Hoover.

This luxurious home is located in The Preserve in Hoover and was built by Byrom Building Company.  The spacious kitchen has vaulted ceilings with wooden beams that span the kitchen and eating area. Surface One custom fabricated and installed Super White Quartzite on the kitchen counters and the large kitchen island. Quartzite is a natural stone that is popular for kitchens because it is strong, durable and stain resistant. The color variations can give the elegant appearance of Marble with durability that is comparable to Granite.

The natural gray and white pattern of the Super White Quartzite adds a sophisticated look that complements the custom white cabinetry and white subway tile backsplash. The island countertop was custom designed and fabricated to house a large white farmhouse sink. With dark wood flooring and lots of natural light from the breakfast nook windows, this kitchen has an open and comfortable feel.

This home also features a butler’s pantry where Surface One installed Blanco Maple Silestone countertops. Surface One custom fabricated a curve in the edge of this countertop to meet the needs of the client. Silestone Quartz is a durable man-made surface manufactured by Cosentino with a wide variety of colors and textures.

The master bathroom features Volakas Marble on the vanity countertops. Volakas Marble is a natural stone that comes from the mountains in the Drama area of North Greece. The light grey and white pattern adds elegance to any room.

In the upstairs bathroom, a leathered Uba Tuba Granite was selected. Leathered granite is becoming a popular finish for granite that has a natural textured look and feel. Leathered granite is a smart choice for bathrooms because it can add unique style to smaller spaces, and it hides water spots better than many polished surfaces.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Surface One installs Zodiaq Quartz in Sewell-Thomas Stadium

Surface One installs Zodiaq Quartz in Sewell-Thomas Stadium

The “Joe”

Surface One is excited to have been a part of the birth of the new “Joe”.  The newly renovated Sewell-Thomas Stadium is a state-of-the-art baseball facility that seats 5,500 with several new upscale club and dining options. Surface One installed Zodiaq Quartz countertops and bar tops in the .525 Club and the Home Plate Club.

The University of Alabama baseball stadium was originally constructed in 1948 as the Thomas Field. It was named in honor of Frank Thomas, a former Crimson Tide head football coach. In 1978 the University of Alabama baseball stadium was renamed Sewell-Thomas Stadium to recognize former Alabama baseball player and head baseball coach Joe Sewell. Joe Sewell had just been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Over time, the stadium has been through many renovations and is fondly referred to as the “Joe”.

The .525 Club

The .525 Club is a new upscale seating and hospitality area on the first base side of the field. Seating is covered. The hospitality area is climate controlled with a view of the field and includes flat screen televisions throughout the club.

The .525 Club features a long Zodiaq Quartz countertop in the bar and beverage area. Surface One fabricated Zodiaq Quartz laminated edges to create a seamless transition between the bar top and the counter top. Surface One also fabricated and installed Zodiac Quartz drink rails along the walls facing the field.

The quartz countertops in the .525 Club are all Zodiaq Cloud White and feature a smooth 2cm full bullnose edge.

The Home Plate Club

The Home Plate Club is a plush club area located behind home plate underneath the seating bowl. The sports bar atmosphere features bar and table seating with flat screen televisions through out the club.

Surface One fabricated and installed Mystic Black Zodiaq Quartz countertops in the kitchen and bar area of the Home Plate Club. The focal point of the Home Plate Club is a long seated bar with Mystic Black Zodiaq Quartz. The bar is framed by large columns coated in brilliant crimson red mosaic tile. The food preparation and serving area behind the seated bar also feature Mystic Black Zodiaq Quartz backed by crimson red mosiac tile wall accents.

Zodiaq Quartz

Dupont Zodiaq Quartz countertops are nonporous, durable and easy to clean. The Zodiaq surface is scratch-resistant, heat-resistant and tough enough to withstand the bumps and spills that are common in food service areas. Zodiaq Quartz is GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Certified® for children and schools.

Zodiaq Quartz is an excellent choice for serving counters, bar tops, food preparation areas and other public venues. Zodiaq Quartz is available in  a range of beautiful colors without the need for sealing or polishing.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.

Which Granite Finish to Choose

Which Granite Finish to Choose

Once you have selected the perfect slab of granite for your home how do you choose the best finish?  There are three main categories of granite finish, Polished, Honed and Leathered.  Each finish has its own style and use benefits. In most cases, the decision comes down to design and style.

Polished Granite

Polished is the most popular choice for a granite finish. The finish is achieved by grinding the stone with fine abrasives to achieve a shiny appearance.  Polishing enriches the color of the stone and darkens it from its original state thus adding depth to the design. Enhancing sealers can be used to bring out more nuances of the natural stone. By following a simple maintenance plan, a granite surface will keep this high shine for many years. If for any reason the surface becomes dull, most granite can be buffed and polished again to regain the shiny appearance.

Honed Granite

Honed granite is not buffed to a high shine like polished granite, resulting in a satin or matte finish that is not glossy in appearance. Honed granite is non-reflective and therefore more subdued than polished granite.

Honed granite is an excellent choice for kitchens or bathrooms that already include reflective materials or metallic surfaces. Honed granite is just as durable as polished granite and can benefit from periodic resealing.

Leathered Granite

Leathered granite, also referred to as ‘rough finished granite’, is created when fabricators move diamond-tipped brushes across a honed surface to create the look and feel of textured leather. A leathered finish offers a degree of texture that many find appealing. You will probably catch your family members and guests running their hands along your countertops to feel the surface, time and time again.

The leathered finish is also slightly lighter than a polished finish, meaning that a stone that looks jet black when polished may appear as more of a dark grey when leathered. Leathered countertops also hide fingerprints and water spots much more effectively than a polished surface, and they are not reflective. Despite the texturing, the surface is still mostly flat and will not be inconvenient as a surface for dishware.

Making the Right Decision

There is no wrong selection and each granite finish can be used in any room of your home. Some homeowners choose to use a high shine polished granite on an island or bar top as an accent and incorporate a honed stone on other surfaces in the room. Leathered granite is a popular choice for bathrooms because it hides water spots. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you select the perfect granite color, edge profile and finish for your home.

If you are interested in learning more about granite countertops read our article, “How Durable is Granite?”

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standa

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