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Grey Quartz Countertops to match your Aesthetic

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Grey Quartz countertops are a popular choice for homeowners looking for something a little different. Quartz countertops are durable, making them ideal for kitchen surfaces and bathroom vanities. They’re also easy to clean, which makes them perfect for any household with kids or pets! But you’ll need to find the right grey quartz color that matches your aesthetic. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite selections:

 

Take a look at these gorgeous grey quartz countertops!

Quartz countertops are a great option if you’re looking to update your kitchen or bathroom. Quartz is a durable material that will resist stains and scratches better than most other types of countertops. It’s also easy to care for—you can wipe it with soap and water without damaging its surface.

Quartz comes in many different colors, including grey quartz, white quartz and black quartz. Grey quartz has a subtle sheen that’s perfect for any style of decorating (whether you’re going for traditional or contemporary). You’ll find light grey options that have just enough color variation to make them interesting but not so much as to overpower your kitchen space; dark grey quartz offers more contrast against surrounding surfaces; medium grey gives off an industrial vibe; and charcoal grey gives kitchens a sleek look without being overly bright or shiny.

 

Poblenou

Poblenou quartz countertops are a light grey quartz with white undertones. If you’re looking for quartz countertops that will complement your modern aesthetic, this is a great choice. Poblenou is also perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and other areas where you want to create an airy space. It can be used as a kitchen island or bathroom vanity top; it’s even great on walls!

Naturally resistant to stain damage, this quartz has all the beauty of natural stone without any of the upkeep.

 

Babylon Gray Concrete

If you’re searching for a dark gray quartz countertop with a modern look, you’re bound to fall in love with Babylon Gray Quartz in Concrete Finish. Featuring a smooth, velvety texture that can be both seen and felt, this handsome quartz adds interest and detail to your space. Boasting a 100% non-absorbent surface and a trendy brushed-like finish, it offers care-free convenience that’s perfect for countertops, bar tops, backsplashes, kitchen islands, and other features throughout residential and commercial properties. 

 

 

 

Desert Silver

If you’re looking for a light grey quartz countertop, Desert Silver is the perfect choice. This cool-toned grey quartz has been trending all over Instagram lately and has an elegant look that will work well with almost any kitchen design. Onslow Stoneworks carries this beautiful quartz in their showroom right now and would love to help you find the right countertop for your space!

 

Cygnus

Cygnus is a beautiful grey quartz countertop that has a blue and gray mix. This color is great for modern aesthetics, as it’s cool-toned and matches well with whites, blacks, and greys.This shade is perfect for modern aesthetics because it is neutral enough to go with any style but bold enough to make an impact when paired with bright white cabinetry or black appliances. This combination will give your kitchen an airy feel that works well for both small spaces and large open layouts alike!

 

 

 

 

Vena Carbona

Vena Carbona is a grey quartz countertop that is a cool grey with a hint of blue. This stone is great for those who love the modern aesthetic, but it also goes well in more rustic kitchens as well. It’s perfect for anyone looking to add some color without going overboard, and it goes especially well with other shades of grey and even white cabinets!

Vena Carbona has some really nice visual depth when placed in natural light. The combination of these two factors makes Vena Carbona a perfect choice for any kitchen space where there are plenty of windows or skylights that allow light to shine through from above.

Another thing you should know about this shade? It pairs beautifully with copper accents like faucets and appliances!

 

 

Grey is the new White

We know that choosing the right quartz countertop can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you find the perfect one for your home. Whether you want something classic and timeless or edgy and modern, there are so many options out there for every taste! We’re happy to share our expertise with you—and if none of these look like what you had in mind, no worries: we have more than 30 colors available too! Contact us today to see how Onslow Stoneworks can best help you achieve your dream kitchen. 

 

 

North Carolina’s Best Countertop Selection

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When it comes to countertops, Onslow has it all. We hand select from the finest distributors, and naturally provide the best countertop selection North Carolina has to offer. From natural stone, to quartz, recycled stone and ultra compact stone, we are sure to have something fit for your needs.

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The difference between Quartz and Granite

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One of the biggest questions we hear in our showrooms is “what’s the difference?” And we get it- with so many options to choose from, knowing what sets them apart is the first step towards choosing the right material for your lifestyle. At Onslow Stoneworks, we have the answers. Starting with Quartz and Granite, we can tell you anything you might need to know when it comes to the appearance, durability, and maintenance of each material.

Appearance

Granite is a natural stone, while quartz is man-made. This means that granite comes in a variety of naturally beautiful colors and patterns that are more uniform than quartz, which has a wider range of colors. Granite also has a more natural appearance: looking at it closely, you can see unique textures and veins within the stone. No two granite slabs will be identical. Quartz will have an even-toned color throughout its surface (which makes it easier to clean), and can easily replicate patterns like marble. Because it is man-made, it can be easier to find the right slab of material compared to granite, as you can easily customize quartz to your liking.

Durability

Both quartz and granite are extremely durable, but granite is more heat resistant than that of quartz. Granite is also resistant to scratches and staining, but when it comes to comparison, quartz takes the cake.
Quartz is much harder than granite, so it is much more resistant to stains and scratches. Unlike natural stone, like granite, because of quartz’s non-porous nature, it is able to protect itself from liquids seeping into the surface which helps fight stains and other unwanted bacteria and odors. Although quartz is very tough when it comes to stains and scratches, you might want to keep those heat pads on hand and never place hot cooking materials directly on your quartz countertops, as these surfaces are not as heat resistant as granite countertops!

Maintenance

Granite is easy to maintain, just clean with warm water and mild soap. We do recommend granite be resealed every few years, as doing so will help keep the countertops not only shiny and polished, but its porous nature to be protected. Quartz requires little to no maintenance nor sealant as it is a non-porous stone that does not absorb stains or odors.

The main difference between the two materials really comes down to your lifestyle and what you need out of your countertops. We’re happy to help you with your next home project, so make sure to contact us with any further questions!

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Re-invest Your Tax Return Into Kitchen Remodel Countertops

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Can new kitchen countertops enhance property value? We all understand how long it takes to plan and save for a kitchen remodel. In reality, there are numerous aspects to a renovation project to consider. Any practical home repair project requires patience. Maybe you’re one of the many individuals receiving a tax refund this year, and you may be considering your options. A sensible investment will make you more money. Your ROI is crucial since you want to see more money afterward.

One of the most acceptable ways to do this is to invest in your land or property, which will increase the value of your home. Investing allows you to obtain more when you decide to sell your house. Making house upgrades increases curb appeal, property value, and the likelihood of a faster sale. If you want to improve your home, start with the kitchen. See how Onslow Stoneworks can help you update your kitchen with your tax refund.

Granite Countertops

Granite is a terrific stone for a more traditonal appearance. Adding natural stone to a kitchen makeover is fantastic for maximizing return on investment. A few fundamental changes to your home include granite countertops, sinks, appliances, and more. You can use the same procedure in your bathrooms. Investing your tax refund in granite counters is a great idea! You will receive low costs, high quality, and longevity.

 

Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are noted for their unique veining, distinguishing them from other countertop materials. Marble is a luxurious natural stone that will enhance any interior design. Marble can boost the market value of your home or business. This classic stone is worth the investment. According to kitchen remodelers, a 15% investment in your home’s worth might yield an ROI of up to 80%. If you stay within your budget, your chances of success with a kitchen makeover are 98.5 percent.

Quartz Countertops

According to Caesarstone, home buyers will likely choose properties with quartz countertops over other materials even if the price of the home is slightly higher. Different from natural stone, quartz is a non-porous stone that is durable, resistant to many damages, and requires little maintenance. Because it is a manufactured product, quartz offers a wide range of hues, several finish options, and its final appearance is rich and luxurious. 

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In the end, there are many different ways that you can spend your tax refund. But it is wiser for one to make investments that will increase their ROI. Making home improvements are a great investment because the real estate market is constantly growing. The more updates you make to your property, the more value you add which means the resale price only increases.

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

Everything You Need To Know About Recycled Surfaces

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According to Insider.com, conservation and reused materials were both big themes at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show! With sustainability being one of the key trends at KBIS 2022, it’s safe to say that going green isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Customizable and eco-friendly, recycled countertop surfaces are easy to maintain and look great in any space.

Perks and Benefits:

These unique surfaces are composed of recycled glass and quartz and bound by resin. By choosing recycled surfaces you are not only cutting down on our planet’s waste, but you are also choosing a surface that will benefit your family and their health. Similar to quartz countertops, recycled surfaces are non-porous, making them a top choice for keeping bacteria away. These eco-friendly surfaces are also very durable as they are heat and stain-resistant.

Care

Not only are recycled surfaces well-loved because of their durability but also because of their low maintenance! Routine cleaning requires only a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. Although this countertop material is stain resistant, it’s not completely stain-proof. To prevent stains, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. For stubborn stains, you can use a non-abrasive brush. Always remember to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards, and coasters for additional protection to ensure the longevity of your countertops.

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Sealing and Finishes

As mentioned above, recycled surfaces are non-porous and do not require sealing. Like other countertop options, this material can also come in different finishes. Finish options include gloss, semi-gloss, and leathered. 

 

Applications

Recycled Surfaces are available in a variety of designs and patterns that elevate the look of any room. A great choice for residential and commercial spaces, these surfaces are commonly used indoors as countertops, vanity tops, bar tops, fireplace surrounds and tub decks, wall cladding, entryways, and shower surrounds.

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Recycled surface countertops offer many benefits and a vast array of beautiful and fun design choices. The added bonus is that they are eco and budget-friendly. Let’s make your home sustainable and install recycled surfaces with Onslow Stoneworks!

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

 

Four Home Renovations to Consider in 2022

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New year, new home improvement renovations! As we kick off 2022, you may be thinking of putting your home on the market and eager to boost its value — or maybe you’re just ready for an upgrade!

With so many changes in the past couple of years, many homeowners have been faced with the need for more space. Keep reading to learn more about the leading home renovation projects for the upcoming year, according to experts.

1.Update Your Bathroom

According to a study conducted by Zillow and Realm, bathroom remodels are the most popular project homeowners are looking to tackle. A Houzz 2021 bath trends report also states that sinks and faucets are the most popular bathroom upgrade.

Updating your vanity is one of the quickest ways to change the look of your bathroom without undertaking an entire remodel and it’s budget-friendly. Customize your vanity with marble countertops to really turn your bathroom into a spa-like oasis!

2. Add More Storage

Doesn’t it feel like we’re always looking for additional kitchen storage? Increased kitchen storage is an absolute necessity in 2022. In the last few years, butler pantries have established themselves as one of the must-have items in modern homes. Upgrade your current kitchen pantry to include custom countertops, shelves, and drawers to create a functional and well-organized space.

Kitchen islands also work best when designed to your specific needs. Consider including built-ins or cabinets that allow you to get the most storage! Pair it with a natural stone or quartz countertop from Onslow Stoneworks to maximize your kitchen’s functionality!

3. Modernize Your Kitchen Appliances

When searching for a new home, most prospective homeowners say that they would spend more on a house with updated appliances. The trick is to go for quality pieces instead of focusing on trends.

Kitchen appliance trends may come and go, like air fryers or stand mixers. Focus on investing in the big appliances — your stove, fridge, dishwasher, etc. — before you splurge on the fun stuff.

4. Upgrade Your Lighting

New lighting is a simple way to refresh your outdated space. Statement lighting that focuses on unique designs, shapes, and sizes is big for 2022. Look for interesting pendant lights, retro Edison bulbs, or even think about putting in a chandelier.

 

 

More Home Renovation Ideas

These ideas on how to update your bathroom, kitchen island, appliances, and lighting are sure to inspire you. Upgrade one area of your home or use all five tips and re-imagine your entire space.

Need help finding the right resources to make all of your renovation ideas come true? We’re here to connect you with everything you need — contact us today!

Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Safe This Holiday Season

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As the holiday parties commence and you scramble to prepare meals and feed guests, your kitchen is going to be working overtime this month. With more cooking, baking and people coming in and out of the kitchen, it’s crucial to ensure your space is as safe in order to avoid any accidents. Check out these 6 simple tips on how to keep your kitchen safe and your holidays happy!

 

1. Test Smoke Detectors

Before you start baking your holiday treats or signature dishes, make sure your smoke detectors are working properly and that the batteries have been replaced. Not only will this keep you and your guests safe from a potential fire, but you’ll also avoid hearing that annoying beeping sound during your party!

2. Unplug Appliances

Even when not turned on, small appliances continue to draw electricity when plugged into an electrical outlet. It is best to unplug any small appliance like toasters, coffee pots, slow-cookers and air fryers when they are not being used to avoid any potential hazards.

3. Dress the Part

When cooking, it’s best to wear close-fitting clothing that cannot easily get caught on handles. Use oven mitts if you are handling hot pots and pans. If you have long hair, be sure to keep it out of your way. Also try to avoid wearing loose jewelry, for extra precautions!

4. Be Mindful of Children

If children are included in your holidays, make sure to keep them away from the kitchen during cooking times. Hot stovetops and ovens, high-temperature foods, matches, lighters and candles are just a few of the potential dangers if not properly stored or managed – especially for children. These precautions should be extended to adults, too.

5. Invest in a Fire Extinguisher

Owning a fire extinguisher and keeping it close in your kitchen will prevent an unexpected kitchen fire from escalating too quickly. Store your fire extinguisher in a place that has easy access and let your family members know where it is located and inform them on the proper way to use it.

6. Stay Clutter-Free

Be sure to clean your cooking areas throughout the day, keeping them clear of food debris, utensils, dish towels and other materials that are easily flammable.

So next time you are in the kitchen prepping for friends and family to gather around in the kitchen, implement these easy tips to keep your holiday festivities disaster-free!

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How To Budget for a Kitchen Remodel

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You have taken your time perusing through design magazines and websites, creating images of your ideal kitchen in your mind. Now you have a mental picture of the kitchen you want, but then comes the elephant in the room: Budget. Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is not as enjoyable as choosing the best remodeling design, but poor budgeting can cause financial carnage. Here is how to successfully budget for a kitchen remodeling.

Setting the Budget

As per remodeling magazine 2005 cost versus value report, a high-end kitchen remodel can cost you an average of $82 000. However, this figure could go up or down depending on specific factors influenced mainly by your needs. When you have a design in mind, the first step is having an honest assessment of your finances and knowing how far they can take you and what design they can comfortably see-through.

Budget for the Unexpected

In your remodeling budget, have room for unseen or unexpected issues that may crop up. There are issues that may come up in a remodeling process, such as areas that will need repair but were unbudgeted for. After completing a draft budget, set up a percentage of it as miscellaneous expenses.

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Kitchen remodeling is an excellent way to make your kitchen more elegant and comfortable. Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is not an easy task but as a basic rule, draw a budget that can sustain the entire remodeling you want. Decide whether to do a complete overhaul or facelift depending on how long you wish to stay in the home, and always be careful not to overdo it.

Kitchen remodeling can not only give your kitchen a facelift, but it can also improve the value of the entire house. However, this is only if it is done right. Contact us for any queries on excellent kitchen remodeling.

 

 

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Natural Stone

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and natural stone countertops can turn this hub into a beautiful gathering space for friends and family. Natural stone lasts a lifetime when properly cared for. Its durability can stand up to a well-lived life and busy household. Granite. marble, quartzite and more also come in a variety of colors and styles which makes it more than just a countertop,  but also a statement piece.

When you visit our showrooms, our goal is to find the stone that will work best for you. Keep reading to view the five things to consider that will help you choose the best countertop material depending on lifestyle and budget preferences.

 

Does my lifestyle affect what countertop material I should choose?

Your lifestyle is a big factor when it comes to your choice of stone. When you visit our showroom to browse our selection the goal is to understand the dynamics of your household and where the stone will be placed. Granite is a great place to start due to its high durability and variety of colors. If you are planning on installing the stone in your kitchen or in a space that is prone to spills or if you have children and entertain guests often, we suggest a mid to darker color to minimize the risk of staining.

 

What kind of maintenance and care does natural stone require?

Natural stone often gets the reputation of being indestructible which is not entirely true. Although it is extremely durable, natural stone will only last a lifetime if the it receives the proper care. We strive to match the right material to your comfort level of maintenance so that you’ll be happy with choice for the years to come.

Most stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soap made for natural stone or a mild liquid detergent. Some types of natural stone such as marble require a little extra love and attention.

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In addition to regular cleaning and maintenance we also highly recommend sealing your natural stone countertops annually. Having your countertops properly sealed prevents liquids from being absorbed into the pores of your countertops and bacteria to form. If you’re ever in doubt on when it’s time to reseal your countertops, we have a quick test you can do! Simply place a small drop of water on a highly used area of your countertop and if the water is absorbed then it’s time to reseal.

What’s the next step after choosing a stone material?

After you have found the right type of stone that fits your lifestyle you will choose a specific slab to work with. Natural stone is unique and each slab can have different veining, pattern and color so it is important that you choose the slab you want for your project.

 

What finish do you choose for your countertop?

Natural stone is available in a variety of finishes, and each offers its advantages. Polished is a more popular choice and a little bit easier to keep looking as nice as install day. But we always encourage you to pick the finish you will be happy with the look every time you walk into the room! Visit our countertop showrooms to see and feel these finishes in-person! 

 

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation. Visit our showrooms in Swansboro and New Bern to further discuss how Onslow Stoneworks can make your new countertop purchase stress-free from beginning to end!

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Save Money: Buy Instock Quartz For Your Next Countertop Project

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Installing countertops in the kitchen and bathroom is an excellent means of enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of these spaces. If you’re planning on upgrading your hard surfaces, Onslow Stoneworks is your trusted and knowledgeable partner for your countertop needs. Our product portfolio comprises various materials, including natural stone, quartz, granite, and recycled options. Visit our showrooms and discover wide-ranging designs, styles, textures, and colors that you can also use beyond your home’s interior. But not always will you find these materials in stock at Onslow.

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Featured: MSI Calacatta Laza 

 

What is In-Stock Quartz Material?

When speaking of in-stock material, it means Onslow has it readily available for purchase now. Granted, customers can visit our countertop showrooms to browse through the collection and purchase slabs that represent their personalities and integrate well with the overall home designs. While other materials in our online store need to be ordered, in-stock colors are readily available. You can be guaranteed that we’ll meet your remodeling in a timely manner.

 

Why Buy In-Stock Quartz Countertops?

If you’re confined to a limited budget, it’s understandable to look for ways to save in your countertop renovation project. Investing in in-stock countertop materials offers cost-saving opportunities, transforming your kitchen and bathroom at a fraction of the standard cost.

Typically, quartz and granite manufacturers sell whole countertop slabs. Hardly do remodeling projects use up the entire slabs. Large, usable portions will remain. Picture this: If your kitchen needs only 1.3 slabs, a fabricator will lose 70% of the costs after installation. But no fabricator wishes to incur such losses. That’s why we keep the remnants in stock for any customer who’d like to use the same material in their home makeover projects. Instead of purchasing entire slabs, you can choose in-stock countertops and only pay for the square-footage you require; no more, no less. Not only will you save on waste, but your overall remodeling costs significantly plummet.

Featured: Silestone Pearl Jasmine

By purchasing our in-stock countertops, you invest in the trending colors, styles, and designs that we sell often. Contact Onslow or visit one of our showrooms today and we’ll help you choose the right countertop material, color, and style for your kitchen or bath. 

 

 

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Understanding the Countertop Installation Process

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What to Expect During Your Onslow Stoneworks Countertop Installation Process

Starting a new countertop project can be overwhelming. When shopping for a new countertop surface, it’s important to understand the steps included in the installation process to be fully prepared for what lies ahead. When you choose to purchase new countertops and visit any of our Onslow Stoneworks showrooms, you will have the opportunity to look at various countertop materials and design options. With the help of one of our experienced countertop experts, we’ll make the process easy and exciting!

We know your design project is an investment and we want to ensure that each customer receives the red-carpet treatment. In this blog, we’ll go through the process of how our professional countertop installations work and guide you through the process to help you prepare for you dream countertops.

 

 

 

Step 1

At our countertop showrooms we have a large selection of countertop products to choose from such as granite, marble, quartz and other surfacing materials to fit any style. After choosing the material that best suits your space, we’ll work with you to create an estimate for your unique project. 

Step 2

In order to cut your selected slab to the right size that will fit perfectly on top of your cabinets, we first have to create a digital laser template. During your select template date, our skilled technicians will come to your home to precisely measure for your new countertops.

Step 3

Upon review, you’ll sign a contract that guarantees your materials, products and installation scheduling. You’ll also have the opportunity to view the slab you selected and approve the stone and layout templates. Once approved, your project will be submitted and installation will be scheduled. 

 

 

Step 4

Your template will then be digitalized and any adjustments will be made. Your selected material is then cut with our state-of-the-art technology to ensure precise detail and accuracy. Once cut, the countertop material is edged, polished and quality checked.

Step 5

The day you have been waiting for is finally here! Our highly experienced installation team will arrive at your home during the specified time to safely install your countertops and review important information regarding the care of your new surface. The job site is then prepared, countertops are installed, and the area is cleaned thoroughly. You’ll then be able inspect and approve your countertops and receive any warranty documentation. 

 

Step 6

For the final step of your countertop installation process, someone from our team will reach out to ensure all of your expectations are met. 

The amount of time it takes for professional countertop installation will depend on the size of your project, edge details and material. It will also depend on your space, accessibility and if they’ll need to disassemble and removal your old countertops.

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation. Visit our showrooms in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to further discuss how Onslow Stoneworks can make your new countertop purchase stress-free from beginning to end!

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How To Disinfect Your Kitchen Countertop Surfaces

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Tips to Disinfect Your Countertops

Now more than ever, it’s important that you keep every space in your home clean and disinfected. Studies have shown that your kitchen may be the most contaminated room in your home and can host bacteria from food preparation, trash and more.

Your kitchen countertops are used every day and are continuously being touched so it’s imperative they’re cleaned properly and often. In this blog, we’ll take a look at different ways you can keep your countertops sparkling clean – and free of harmful bacteria.
 

 

Are Your Granite Countertops Sealed?

Even though it’s a durable natural stone surface, granite is porous and needs to be sealed. If unsealed or weakly sealed, your granite countertops can absorb oils and other liquids that could cause staining and lead to your countertop harboring bacteria, mold and mildew. Not sure if your granite is sealed? Leave a few drops of water on the surface. If it beads up, your natural stone countertops are securely sealed. If the water is absorbed into the granite, it’s time to contact Onslow Stoneworks and have your countertops resealed. 

 

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Be Sure To Keep Your Countertops Dry

Bacteria, mold and fungus all thrive in moist environments. To avoid this, take extra precaution when cleaning your countertops and be sure to dry them with a clean cloth after washes.

Cleaning Granite Countertops

Clean Up Spills Immediately

Another way to prevent bacteria is to eliminate spills as soon as they occur. If you let stains and food residue linger on your countertop, you’ll end up having more bacteria around than a simple cleaning can tackle. Clean spills immediately and you will have less countertop disinfecting to do on a regular basis.

 

How To Disinfect Granite Countertops

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends using warm, soapy water to clean your countertops and other kitchen surfaces before and after food preparation. Although this is an effective cleaning measure, it does not completely disinfect granite countertops. We recommend using Granite Gold to disinfect your granite, marble and other natural stone surfaces.

Granite Gold’s Daily Cleaner helps preserve the look and durability of your granite and is also safe to use when cleaning quartz countertops like Silestone, Caesarstone and more. We also suggest using their MonoFoil D Disinfectant & Antimicrobial spray that has been tested and proven effective to kill the COVID-19 virus.

Granite Stone Cleaner

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation and expert knowledge. Visit one of our countertop showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project! You can also utilize our free online kitchen or bathroom visualizers and view our blogs for more information. 

 

 

Countertops 101: A Material Comparison

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Which Countertop Is Best For You?

 

Designing a kitchen or bathroom has become more complex than ever before. New styles are continuously popping up that are different, unique, and fresh. Kitchen and bathroom countertops have evolved into more than just a surface to place food and other items atop; it has become a part of the decor and a statement to the home.

There are many kitchen countertops to choose from: granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, ultra-compact, recycled surface, and so on. Deciding upon a countertop for your home may be difficult. What is the look you are trying to achieve? Is style or maintenance more important to you? These are just a few things to consider and we know it can be overwhelming. So, we have provided you with a countertop comparison guide that lays out everything you need to know before purchasing the countertop that suits you best.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular stones found in American homes. It is extremely durable and resistant to heat and scratching. However, due to its porous nature, granite has the possibility of obtaining stains from acidic liquids if such products are left on the countertop for too long.

PROSgranite countertops near me in north carolina

  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to chemicals and stains – this is true when granite is properly sealed by a professional

CONS

  • Porous material – if not sealed properly, or if sealant wears off, granite can absorb stains that are impossible to remove
  • Cost – depending on the rareness or “level” of the design, cost can be high
  • Chipping/cracking – this is a rare occurrence, but still possible if a heavy object is dropped on a corner or edge

 

Marble

When it comes to marble, style comes easy! It is elegant, shiny, and has a timeless element to it that appears effortlessly beautiful. But be careful – marble is softer and more porous than other stones, making it more susceptible to damages such as chipping, staining and scratching.

PROSmarble countertops near me in north carolina

  • Beauty – classic & timeless
  • Availability – because of its high demand, marble can be found at almost any stone fabricator
  • Smooth surface

CONS

  • Prone to scratching/chipping
  • Susceptible to stains
  • Higher maintenance – in order to prevent damages and stains from occurring, it is important to professionally seal the surface every six months and clean spills/messes immediately

Quartzite

Quartzite is arguably the strongest natural stone option for your countertop; in fact, it is sturdier than marble and granite. It has the same beautiful essence that marble portrays but can withstand a little more abuse. It is a great solution for an outdoor kitchen because it is resistant to UV rays, but be careful, as quartzite is more prone to scratching.

Quartzite Kitchen Countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • UV resistant – no need to worry about fading if placed outdoors

CONS

  • Scratching – use a cutting board and not cut directly on the countertop
  • Damage from heat – use trivets for hot pots and pans
  • Sealing – make sure it is installed and sealed professionally on a regular basis to prevent future damages
  • Limited color options – quartzite contains more neutral colors and less variety of color

Soapstone

If you are looking for a low-maintenance work surface that is 100 percent heatproof for your kitchen consider a soapstone countertop. Unlike other types of natural stone countertops like granite or marble, soapstone does not need a sealer because it is nonporous, which makes it stain resistant—not to mention naturally antimicrobial

PROSsoapstone countertops near me in north carolina

  • Doesn’t require a sealant
  • Heatproof
  • Impenetrable surface reduces the risk of bacterial growth

CONS

  • Darkens over time
  • Can scratch or chip under heavy wear

 

 

 

Quartz

Different from quartzite, quartz is a non-porous stone that is durable, resistant to many damages, and is very easy to maintain. Because it is a manufactured product, quartz offers a wide range of hues, several finish options, and its final appearance is rich and luxurious.

PROS quartz countertops near me in north carolina

  • Very durable
  • Non-porous – there is no need for a sealant
  • Wide range of designs and colors
  • Scratch, chip & crack resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Does not harbor bacteria

CONS

  • Price
  • Receptive to heat
  • Should not be used outside

 

Ultra Compact

Ultra compact surfaces are made from raw materials found in glass, porcelain, and quartz, which are then put under extreme heat and pressure to create an almost indestructible material. These countertops are one of the most durable options on the market today!

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PROS 

  • Durable
  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch, chip, and crack resistant
  • UV resistant – perfect for outdoor use

CONS

  • Limited fabricators and installers – because proper install requires certification, it may be more difficult to find a reliable pro who can do a beautiful job

Recycled

Recycled surface countertops are comprised of large shards and finely ground recycled glass that is bound together with cement or resin. This makes it extremely durable and easy to maintain! 

PROS

  • Distinctive look
  • Non-porous 
  • Easy maintenance 
  • Eco-friendliness 

CONS

  • Limited options – Glass countertops for your kitchen come in a variety of contemporary designs. You are, however, limited in terms of the look you can achieve.

 

All of these countertops are great options for both your kitchen and bathroom. We recommend you list your priorities, such as style and durability, in order to properly choose the best countertop for your home. If you need assistance to further understand which will work best in your house, please contact us or visit one of our countertop showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City. You can also utilize our free online kitchen or bathroom visualizers.

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Why Should You Renovate Your Kitchen During The Summer?

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Reasons Kitchen Renovations & Remodels
Are Better In The Summer

Thinking about updating your kitchen? Then you have come to the right place! The spring and fall can be heavy seasons for contractors and designers with projects, but that may not be the best time to remodel. Summer is around the corner and we’re giving you four reasons to update your kitchen this summer season! Although the interior design, home renovations, and remodeling projects take place all year round we are going to shed light on why it’s better to do it during the summer. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for many. Most families are out on vacation and the kids are in summer school. But, with so much happening, why is this the best time of the year to move forward with a kitchen remodel? It sounds a little bit strange, right? How can we proceed with a kitchen design and renovation endeavor when everybody is caught up with other tasks? Follow along with Onslow Stoneworks to learn why summer is the time to move forward with your remodeling!

Enjoy the Outdoors

Remodeling a kitchen can be hard on your family mealtime routine. Being without a countertop, sink and appliances can be challenging, and eating out costs money. The good news is, summertime is grilling season! Spend some time outdoors and try some simple grilled meals. The busy summertime is also the best time of the year to sit outside and relax. Similarly, it is the perfect season to invite family and friends to your home for a lovely gathering. You can enjoy delicious warm meals outside in nature and enjoy the fresh breeze mother nature has blessed us with.

See where I am going with this? Kitchen renovations are perfect! You can hire the best team of countertop professionals at Onslow Stoneworks and let them do the hard labor! The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to give up family dinners, you can still cook and grill outside. You can count on us to take your kitchen design to the next level.

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Open Schedules & Vacation

Kids are out of school and are free from most extra-curricular activities, which can greatly open up your schedule. Now you can meet with countertop contractors and designers without having to juggle around PTO meetings, basketball practice and the many other activities your children are involved in. Vacation and summer camps can also create ease during a remodeling period. If you are worried about the kids and who can babysit them, think about this. They are most likely going to be out at summer camp, at summer school, or on vacation with other family members.

As a result, summer is the ideal season for kitchen renovations, home improvements, and remodeling projects. If none of these pertain to you, maybe you could even let the kids hang out with the neighbor’s kids and enjoy a movie night while the remodel takes place. They could even hang out in their own rooms at home if you would like. The remodeling does not take too long. In the end, summer is still better than other seasons because people have more time to schedule tasks like these. How nice would it be to return home from vacation with a beautiful new kitchen? Pretty nice, right?

Indoor Kitchen Lighting

Picking out your countertops, cabinetry, and paint in natural light is key during any renovation. Summer is full of bright days to ensure you are making the right choice. Open the blinds and draw in curtains to fill your kitchen with natural light. Also, days are longer in the summer, allowing more daylight for work to take place. With so much light during the summer time and the sun being at its highest, choosing the perfect products is easy!

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Ventilation

While a kitchen renovation is taking place, ventilation of dust and odors can be an issue. During the summer, you can be worry-free and open windows and doors for ventilation without the cold and moisture of the other seasons playing effect. For instance, say you chose to do your kitchen renovations in the winter. This means you would have to deal with the harsh weather which depending on where you live could involve hail, snow, and storms. This makes it very hard for contractors to do the job because they now have to work against the elements.

Do you have to open the windows? Not necessarily, but it can make things easier for the remodelers and installers. This is because they would not have to breathe in all of the bad stuff from the remodel like dust from the countertop installation, paint etc. In our experiences, remodeling during the summer is ideal. Although sometimes life happens and people don’t have another choice so they may have to choose another season. But, no matter what, we can get it done. So no need to worry.

All in all, summer is a great season for many things. Add a kitchen renovation to your summer plans with Onslow Stoneworks. From small upgrades to full updates, contact us to learn how we can assist you with your project needs!

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Coastal Vacation Homes

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Hey North Carolina Costal Residents,

Is your vacation home in need of some updates before the summer season begins? Here are a few fun kitchen and bath design staples that will surely shake things up and leave your beachfront vacation home standing out from the rest!

Kitchen or Bathroom Countertop Updates

Let your countertops act as a vibrant asset to your home instead of cluttering them with décor. Installing new countertops in your North Carolina vacation home is a fun and unique way to set it apart from ordinary vacation homes. Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, your countertop can be a statement piece that evokes good vibes for your guests. 

Tip: Check out Aura by Spectrum Quartz! This quartz countertop brings the coastal feeling right into your home. 

Pops of Color in the Kitchen

Why stick to one color scheme when you can have them all? Play around with your favorite set of swatches to create a beautiful color palette for your kitchen. This will brighten up the room and bring a personal feel to your home design. Adding color to your kitchen can instantly transform it from a cookie-cutter builder project to authentically YOURS.

Tip: Make sure not to clash with the beautiful array of colors by picking a neutral-colored countertop such as Calacatta Classique.

A Bold Bathroom

There is something so thrilling about a unique bathroom. It is uncommon, yet highly valued. Our opinion? You can’t go wrong with color and texture in this space! Pick a color and get creative! From tile to wallpaper, there are a variety of options.

Tip: Check out our classic granite selections, which come in a variety of colors from neutral to bold and will blend great with any accent color. Granite countertops are a timeless choice, despite your other design choices.

These concepts are a wonderful way to bring a new, fun flare to the typical vacation-style home. If you are located in the North Carolina area (Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City), make sure to keep these ideas in mind when renovating your beachfront home! Our experts here at Onslow Stoneworks are available to discuss the best material for your project and can help you make design selections that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

For more design tips and countertop information follow along on our blog!

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home where many messy and wonderful memories are made. It is important to keep this space clean throughout all the activities that occur so that your kitchen can function to the best of its ability. Here are 5 quick and easy kitchen cleaning tips that will help you achieve a cleaner home this Spring!

Clean Your Countertops

For quartz surfaces use a soft cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water, or a quartz cleaner such as Granite Gold. For tougher stains, scrub gently with a soft non-abrasive bristled brush. Wipe down with a clean damp cloth, and towel dry to prevent spotting.

If you have natural stone countertops, simply clean surfaces with a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water, or a natural stone cleaner. For stubborn stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly. Be sure to rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent spotting.

If you have Ultra-Compact countertops we recommend the use of neutral soap and water with a sponge or scouring pad. In the case of aggressive stains, either from products that are resistant to normal cleaning agents or because they have remained on the countertop without being removed, we recommend using more specific products such as: cream detergents with abrasive particles or solvents.

Polish Your Appliances

Give your oven, stove, and fridge a good scrub and polish. Deep clean the fridge by taking out the drawers and wipe down the inside. Give those burners a new life by getting off all of that baked-on gunk. You’ll feel like you have a brand new kitchen afterward!

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Declutter Drawers

Now that you tackled your kitchen countertops and appliances move on to decluttering your kitchen drawers. Though we may not want to admit it, we all just dump things in our drawers every once in a while. Out of sight out of mind is often the mindset when trying to clean quickly. It’s time to go through those drawers and throw away all the junk. This is also a good time to clean your utensil drawer organizers. The amount of crumbs that can fall from your counters into your drawers is shocking.

Organize the Tupperware

Let’s be honest, we all hate opening this cabinet because no matter how many times we reorganize and match the lids to containers there seems to always be an avalanche of plastic. There are many ways to organize your tupperware from manufactured closet systems to DIY resources. Some DIY things to keep those lids in place are baking cooling racks, dish drying racks, or large bins to help keep that plastic tamed.

Finish With The Floors

As homeowners we sweep and vacuum the floors regularly but now is a chance to deep clean and disinfect. Gather all your rugs that need to be washed and get out the mop. Be sure to pay attention to cracks, corners, and the grout in your flooring.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to clean it all in a day. Take it step by step and soon your home will be in tip-top shape for the Spring season! 

For more information on how to care for your countertops visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City.

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Marble Countertops – Polished vs Honed

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Polished vs Honed Marble Countertops – What’s The Difference? 

Are you interested in installing marble countertops in your North Carolina home but don’t know what the difference between polished and honed is? When choosing natural stone such as marble for your countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From the color to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the marble and the overall look of your space. We have had a lot of questions in regard to what finish to choose when adding marble to your home, so here is the low-down on polished vs honed marble!

Let’s start off by defining what polished is. A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now honed is when the stone slab has been grounded to a smooth, flat consistent surface. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing, leaving the stone with a non-shiny, matte look and velvet-like touch. 

Polished Marble Countertops

Characteristics: 

Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. But due to the glossy finish, it is highly reflective making scratches more visible. Because polished marble is a smooth surface it can be a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because it can potentially be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Summary: 

  • Look: Glossy & Shiny
  • Feel: Smooth
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain-resistant.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.

Honed Marble Countertops

Characteristics:

Honed marble is a matte finish so it is more resistant to scratches. Scratches on hone marble countertops are less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. Honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Because it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a better choice for flooring than polished.

Summary:

  • Looks: Matte
  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.
  • Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.

For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, and more visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City. We also offer services to cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!

2021 Design Trends For Your North Carolina Home

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Color Trends

Although traditional all-white kitchens remain popular amongst homeowners, warm beige colors and varied green hues that reflect lush gardens or other natural elements are expected to trend in 2021. 

Check out these popular colors for 2021 from several top paint companies:
  • Sherwin-Williams: Urbane Bronze – gray paint color that has deep brown/bronze undertones in it
  • Benjamin Moore:  Aegean Teal – a blend of blue-green and gray
  • Behr®: Smoky White – a soft and serene color and really sets a peaceful vibe for the room
  • Pantone®: Ultimate Gray – emblematic of solid and dependable elements
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Countertop Design Trends 2021

Countertop Trends

If you are thinking about renovating your home in North Carolina in 2021, consider quartz countertops! Quartz is a favorite among types of kitchen and bathroom countertops because it comes in many colors and patterns. Quartz is at the top of most North Carolina designers’ lists for nearly any kitchen or bathroom renovation due to its lasting beauty, durability and easy maintenance. More specifically, light colored quartz is trending and is currently the most popular style of countertop on the market. Cambria and Viatera  countertops are two of the top quartz brands and both offer a wide array of different styles. 

Other countertop options include natural stone like marble and granite, although these materials require a little more maintenance than quartz. If necessary, you can have a countertop specialist from an Onslow Stoneworks near you come in and repair any damages to your countertop should the worst happen.

Cabinetry Trends

Cabinets are a major piece of your kitchen or bathroom design and have a huge impact on the final look of a space. It’s important to always select cabinet finishes that complement your wall color and countertop, whether a similar shade or a contrasting color.

 

Sticking with the latest color trends in 2021, light colored cabinets are not losing their popularity any time soon. With a wide range of shades to choose from, our Design Consultants at Onslow Stoneworks are experts at helping you choose the perfect shade of white, cream, beige, or even gray to help bring your kitchen or bathroom vision to life.

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Appliance Trends

Stainless steel appliances will likely always be a popular choice amongst homeowners and designer and are another popular trend we’ll see continue into 2021. The light gray color of stainless steel appliances goes with every cabinet, wall, and flooring color you can come up with and often gives off a stylish appeal.

We can’t leave out another trend that has emerged in recent years though that we don’t see away any time soon, colored appliances! Maybe you are looking for a pristine look in the kitchen but want to add a pop of color by using an appliance manufacturer that puts out a whole set in hunter green or matte black. You can find alternative options to the standard stainless steel at popular appliance manufacturers like KitchenAid and Sub-Zero.

Make The Most Out of Your Next Renovation With These 2021 Design Trends

There are a lot of choices available when you decide you want to redesign your kitchen. You can do a complete overhaul down to the bare bones, or you may choose to do your redesign in phases, such as refacing your current kitchen cabinets then upgrading your countertops. Your decision can be solely based your needs, wants, and budget.

For more information on how to start your 2021 kitchen or bathroom renovation or how to incorporate some of these design trends in your home project contact us or schedule an appointment to visit us! At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City. We also offer services to cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!

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Onslow Stoneworks Teams Up With Empty Bowls New Bern, NC

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Proud To Sponsor

Onslow Stoneworks is proud to be a Diamond sponsor for Empty Bowls New Bern, NC 2021! Now more than ever, we understand the importance of coming together in order to make a difference in the lives of others and supporting our local communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of sponsoring this event which helps raise money for local stop-hunger and arts programing in Craven County. 

About Empty Bowls New Bern, NC

Empty Bowls New Bern, NC is a partnership between Religious Community Services and Craven Arts Council and Gallery. This uplifting event unites businesses, religious and civic groups, professional and amateur potters, restaurants and others, as we use our collective creative energies to make a difference in the lives of others.

With each ticket you will receive:

  • Your choice of one handcrafted bowl from hundreds donated by local potters
  • In order to maintain social distancing, A $5 coupon to participating restaurants will come with each ticket instead of hosting the traditional Empty Bowls event.
  • The great feeling of knowing you helped better your community with your purchase

 

 

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Join Us In Fighting Hunger!

If you would like to learn more about Empty Bowls New Bern, NC or support the event by purchasing tickets, you can find additional information below! We thank you in advance for your support as we unite the community to make a difference in the lives of others. 

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