Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Granite Countertops Birmingham, Alabama

Are you considering installing Granite Countertops in your home? Granite is a natural stone thats delivers durability and beautiful aesthetics to any room. Granite is a very hard substance and is resistant to scratches, heat and normal wear and tear. The durability of granite makes it a popular choice for busy families’ kitchens as well as bathrooms and serving bars. Surface One installs granite countertops in the Birmingham area and throughout Alabama.

Natural Beauty of Granite Countertops

Choosing granite for your bathroom adds a distinctive feel of luxury. Because it is a natural stone the color variations are endless, making it easy to find the perfect pattern to coordinate with your flooring, cabinets, backsplash, and paint color. The beauty of the granite countertop is hard to beat, it is a natural product with a timeless aura and appeal. Exotic granite slabs can be used is a powder bathroom to create a focal point in the room. 

Benefits of Granite Countertops

  • Granite doesn’t depreciate in value, it adds value to your home
  • Granite is sanitary, bacterial contamination is not an issue
  • Granite is easy to clean with warm water and a mild detergent
  • Granite is durable and holds up to daily wear and tear
  • Granite is a natural surface with an almost luminous look
  • Granite color will never fade
  • Granite countertops vary because of the various minerals within that create depth and character
  • Granite is stain resistant once it is sealed
Making the Right Decision
Surface One is an expert installer of Granite Countertops in the Birmingham Area. 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 other articles: “How Durable is Granite?” and “Which Granite Finish to Choose?”
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.

3 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

3 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas

Who doesn’t want a relaxing spa-like master bathroom? Here are Moder Bathroom design ideas to add functionality, design, and beauty to your home. All surfaces were fabricated and installed by Surface One. Ready for an update? Make an Appointment with Surface One Today!

Silestone Shower Slabs

Who says you have to use tile on your shower walls? In the GBAHB 2015 Ideal Home, built by Fowler Construction, the Master Bathroom shower featured full-length slabs of Silestone on the shower walls.

The seamless shower design is modern and very easy to clean. A custom cut shower shelf was created from Silestone in keeping with the sleek and modern design. Tone on tone tile flooring in the shower and the bathroom creates a monochromatic design throughout this luxurious bathroom. 

The smooth Silestone surface makes this master bathroom shower very easy to clean and there are no messy grout lines. Framed by glass walls and a glass shower door, the soft white color, and sleek texture creates a relaxing and spa-like atmosphere. 

Learn more about Silestone here.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Marble Tub Surround

The tub is a great way to add elegance to the master bathroom. Marble has become a popular countertop choice for bathrooms and can be used as decking to frame the bathtub. Custom cut backsplashes are another modern touch that can be added to this focal area. Mixing and matching cabinet styles and flooring choices accentuate the design. The possibilities are endless.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Onyx Slab Shower Wall

If you are looking for a bold statement, why not create a focal point in the shower using an exotic stone like Onyx? 

Onyx is a highly colorful stone with unique patterns and a wide range of rich color variations. Onyx is semi-translucent and can be back-lit or under-lit to highlight the beauty of the stone. 

Learn more about Onyx here.

Surface One stocks a variety of unique and exotic stones that can be fabricated for countertops, tub decking, shower walls and many other focal points throughout your home.

If you can dream it, we can cut it. Let our expert designers help you create new modern accents for your home or office. 

Contact Surface One for an appointment today.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
What is a Mitered Edge Profile?

What is a Mitered Edge Profile?

A mitered edge creates a seamless edge between the top of the countertop and a second piece of stone to create a specialty edge or to join a waterfall panel. The mitered seam allows the pattern to “wrap” from the horizontal surface to the vertical surface. The countertop slab material must be expertly cut at a 45 degree angle and perfectly mounted for the pattern of the stone to remain consistent.

How Is It Used?

Mitered edges are commonly used to create a seamless flow from a countertop slab to a waterfall panel that extends to the floor. A mitered edge can also be used to add more stone to the underside of a countertop slab creating a distinguished look through the illusion of a thicker slab.

Mitered edges can be used to hide the support structure underneath an island or to make smooth transitions between different level bar tops.

Mitered edge bar top during fabrication

Where is it Used?

Mitered edges are very common in commercial projects and are continuing to become more popular for residential use. Many fabricators are not comfortable fabricating a mitered edge and they may try to steer you to a stacked edge instead.

Stacked edges are very popular, but you need to be certain that it is the look you want. A stacked edge may often be inconspicuous, but not invisible. Look for more information about stacked edges in our upcoming article “What is a Stacked Edge?”.

Mitered edge bathroom countertop

How is it Cut?

A skilled fabricator cuts the edges of the stone at a 45 degree angle to form a frame of the slab material around the sides to make the slab look thicker. The seam should almost be invisible and the pattern of the material should flow from top to side with little variation in the pattern. It is difficult to achieve a crisp line without the proper tools and equipment, such as edging machinery. Many fabricators and installers choose not to offer a mitered edge because of the complexity of the process. If you wish to have a mitered edge you will want to hire an expert fabricator.

An example of special edging equipment

What is a Laminated Edge?

Laminate edge refers to the process of gluing pieces of stone together to create a variety of edge profiles including mitered edges, stacked edges, and drop edges.

The lamination process can be used to create more sophisticated edge profiles, such as layering an Ogee Edge over a Full Bullnose Edge.  This has nothing to do with traditional laminate countertops. 

Mitered Edge Restaurant Bar Top at Brixx Pizza, Hoover, Alabama.

Making the Right Decision

Many fabricators do not offer mitered edges due to the difficulty and expertise needed to properly miter a stone edge. Surface One has extensive experience with mitering edges for commercial and residential projects. Both natural stone and quartz countertop materials can be mitered as well.

There is no wrong selection when it comes to choosing an edge profile. Contact Surface One and our design team will help you select the perfect countertop material and edge profile for your project.

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.

Quartz Countertops featured in Downtown Renovation

Quartz Countertops featured in Downtown Renovation

“Downtown Looking Up” written by Cathy Still McGowin in the October issue of Birmingham Home & Garden details the exciting transformation of the 18th floor of the John A Hand Building. The building originally was the American Trust and Savings Bank Building and although the building has seen many renovations over the years, the 18th floor still had the typical look of an office space from the 1912 era. Staying true to the historic architecture while transforming this space to a residence was a challenge but Mike Gibson of Appleseed Workshop was up to the task. 

The beautiful living space is a mix of old and new. The home has exposed brick, original flooring and repurposed office doors. Walls of bamboo cabinets for TV, storage and display space, a luxurious soaking tub, and beautiful countertops of white quartz are some of the new elements that blend beautifully with the cool industrial look and feel of the space. The white quartz countertops installed by Surface One are Q by MSI in the color “Snow White”. The stunning views and the location add to the beauty of this lovely space. Surface One was pleased to be part of this downtown Birmingham project.

Montclair Danby Marble in Mount Laurel Home

Montclair Danby Marble in Mount Laurel Home

This beautiful kitchen in Mt. Laurel features stunning gray and white Montclair Danby Marble fabricated and installed by Surface One. The custom made cabinets, the paint palette of white and gray, and the white oak floor stained with a deluded white country stain all pair beautifully with the white marble.  This featured home was brought to life by builder John Freeman and architect Chuck Frusterio. Read more about the home in this feature article “Dream Home: Charmed in Mt Laurel” by b-Metro.

Wind Creek Casino Montgomery Cambria Quartz

Wind Creek Casino Montgomery Cambria Quartz

Wind Creek Casino Montgomery

Cambria Quartz – Guest Services Desks

Custom guest services desks in the newly remodeled Montgomery Wind Creek Casino were fabricated by Surface One using Cambria Quartz. The mitered edges of the quartz countertops create a clean almost seamless design that extends down the sides of each desk to the floor. The deep black pattern of the Edinburough Cambria Quartz complements the vibrant metallic tile that it frames. Cambria Quartz is a popular choice for commercial environments because it is a strong, non-porous material that is resistant to stains and does not need to be sealed.

Mitered Edge Cambria Quartz Edinburough Wind Creek Casino
Mitered Edge Cambria Quartz Edinburough Wind Creek Casino

Cambria Quartz – Bathroom Countertops

These newly remodeled Montgomery Wind Creek Casino restrooms feature Cambria Quartz in Edinburough and Bellingham. The rich black Cambria Edinburough adds style and sophistication while complementing a bold black and white patterned mosaic tile floor. The lighter Bellingham Cambria Quartz combines creamy undertones with darker waves of black and gray, adding a visual focal point to the bathroom. Cambria Quartz countertops are manufactured to be resistant to stains and bacteria. It is an excellent material for high traffic areas, such as commercial bathrooms, reception desks and food preparation areas.

Cambria Quartz Bathroom Countertops Edinburough Wind Creek Casino
Cambria Quartz Bathroom Countertops Edinburough Wind Creek Casino
Cambria Quartz Bathroom Countertops Bellingham Wind Creek Casino

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.

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