Crestwood Cottage Kitchen Remodel with Alabama White Marble

Crestwood Cottage Kitchen Remodel with Alabama White Marble

Remodeling an older home can be a challenge. In this featured project, Lauren Brown, interior designer for Twin Construction, chose to remodel a 99-year old cottage in Crestwood North. Once Lauren had made the necessary structural repairs, she “began to layer the newly open floor plan with a calming color palette accented by playful, eclectic elements.” 

In the kitchen, Lauren chose to create a dramatic contrast by layering Alabama White Marble Countertops over dark blue-grey cabinets. She installed a white herringbone tile backsplash that goes all the way to the ceiling, creating an elegant backdrop for the natural wood shelving and a custom built range hood. Copper accents and lighting fixtures add flair to the high contrast design, while a natural wood island topped with Alabama White Marble pulls the look together and keeps the room feeling light and bright.

Learn more about this project at StyleBlueprint. Article written by Lauren Helmer. Photography by M. Fehr Photography. Countertops by Surface One.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
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.
Powder Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Powder Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Powder Bath Countertop Ideas

Powder Bathroom Countertops are a great place to add bold design with exotic materials, custom cut edges and unique backsplashes. These small rooms let you go wild with color and design. Combine a bold countertop material, with a vintage mirror, eye catching sconces, frame it with bold wallpaper to create a stunning powder bathroom for your guests. Custom cut backsplashes are a beautiful way to display vintage style faucets.

Marble, Quartzite and Soapstone are excellent natural stone choices for powder bath countertops, offering unique colors and patterns to achieve high impact design in small spaces.

These three featured powder bath countertop design ideas can be incorporated into any home, whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

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Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Builder: Twin Construction

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Interior Designer: Hundley Hilton Interiors

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Interior Designer: Tasha B Davis Interiors

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

Whether you are considering building a new home or thinking about remodeling your current home, here are 5 kitchen design ideas that are sure to still be popular in 2019. Ready to get started on a new kitchen? Make an Appointment with Surface One Today!

Open Shelving

Open shelving has become a very popular trend in the kitchen. Homeowners are opting to forgo upper cabinets to open up wall space for windows and open shelving. While this trend may decrease storage space, it provides a great opportunity to use contrasting shelving materials as an accent or focal point, and it provides a great way to display your favorite glassware and serving pieces. For the project below our client chose rustic wood shelving to complement the limestone countertops and white subway tile walls.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Vintage Vibe

Using vintage elements to accent kitchens and bathrooms continues to be a popular trend as we move into 2019. According to Interior Decorator Patrick Ediger on Elle Decor’s website, “We’ll continue to see traditional elements and forms in harmony with modern design in 2019. Think honed, natural stone, organic basalt tiles, hand wrapped rattan furniture and vintage-inspired fixtures and lighting.” In the project featured below, our client combined vintage style light fixtures and rattan furniture with marble countertops and backsplashes to create a dramatic design.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Single Level Island Countertops

Over the past few years single level kitchen islands have become more popular than multi-level islands. According to Decor Mag’s website, single level islands will continue in popularity because they “don’t block light, increase prep space, and create an unobstructed conversation and dining area.” Waterfall edges remain popular in a variety of materials including Marble, Granite, and Quartz.  Using our Slabsmith software and robotic technology we create smooth seamless waterfall edges, like the one below for a Mountain Brook kitchen remodeling project. 

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Quartz Countertops

According to Better Homes and Gardens, Quartz Countertops will still be super popular in 2019. “The shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you’re unlikely to grow tired of it. Quartz countertops pair well with both light and dark colored cabinets, making them easy to integrate into any kitchen design.” The Liberty Park home pictured below featured Silestone Quartz throughout the kitchen and bathrooms of the home. 

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Blue Cabinets

Yes, you read that right, blue cabinets are a thing and according to Better Homes and Garden they will continue to be popular in 2019. Now, we have to admit that blue cabinets are not the right choice for every home, but one of our favorite design projects from 2018 included pairing White Quartz Countertops with Blue Kitchen Cabinets. Pretty stunning, don’t you think?

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

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. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One team would love to help you create a beautiful new kitchen in 2019. 

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.

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