Kitchen

Magma Gold Kitchen Slab

Magma Gold Granite is from Brazil has an ogee bullnose edge with rounded [peninsula corners and scalloped wall backsplash for effect. The streaming black and gold customer fabricated island makes this peninsula a piece impressive for the beholder.

Artistic Stone will custom fabricate slabs from any of our trusted vendors throughout the Bay Area.

 

Honed down bling with flare. Emerald Pearl Granite

Emerald Pearl Honed

The first time I saw honed Emerald Pearl was over several slices of pizza at the Mariott Hotel bar in Washington DC. Since then, I was wondering when we would install it in a kitchen. Finally, we found a savvy couple who happen to enjoy cooking both in lab and in the kitchen.

The counter tops show off honed Emerald Pearl from Norway. We honed the surface at our shop by removing the shine off the surface. The couple complemented this with pearly white 3″x6″ subway tiles.

Happy Cooking!!
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Carrera Marble for a Kitchen

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Bullnose edged Carrera Marble counter tops in a Castro Valley Kitchen. Dark modern cabinets look great with Carrera.

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Vyara Countertops with Brown Glass Subway tiles

Vyara Granite also know as Juparana Vyara from Brazil is an exquisite piece of stones with gray and light tan swirls which weave the countertops together.  This kitchen has an expansive window which allows the movement of the stones to really come through.   The homeowner chose 3″ x 6″ Skylights Cashew glass subway tiles to bring out the beige tones in the Vyara.

Stone Impressions Tile Installed

Stone Impression Mural

The homeowners, Steve and Denise picked Stone Impressions Natural Stone tiles as the kitchen art for their backsplash.  The mural dimension is an 18″ x 24″ Frutettto print on Light Travertine surrounded by 4″x4″ tumbled travertine tiles.  The homeowner also added 2×2 Frutetto accents scattered throughout the kitchen.

We sent our installation teams out to their house to measure, finalize the tile quantities and determine the locations of all the accent pieces prior to ordering.  The Stone Impression tiles took about 2 weeks to manufacture and our installation took 2 days.  The first day was tiling and the second day was grouting.  Below are the pictures of our craftsmanship.

They also ordered matching 4×4 matching accent tiles as coasters with an additional Satin Finish to the tile.  Stone Impression Tiles are simple, and elegance for the all homes.

Although, they have lots of classic themes such as Art Deco and Baroque, they have many modern influences as will. Please check out their website here. http://www.stoneimpressions.com/

Stone Impressions Tiles easily complement any countertop surface such as granite, marble, or engineered quartz.

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Diamond Tiles with Surf Green aka India Typhoon Green

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Our client, Mountain View homeowners moved in several years and did not like their tile counter top surfaces any more. They initially came into our showroom 1 year ago.  A year had passed and they were finally ready to install the tiles and granite in their kitchen.

Rhomboids installation is time consuming because it requires patience to set up an alternating scheme of three diffrent colors.  As you can see, backsplashes are art at home.

Granite:  Surf Green Granite, also know as India Typhoon Green.  And yes it is from India.

Edge: Ogee Bullnose

Tiles: Adex Rhomboids tiles from Spain.

Installation Time: 5 days.

Nogat Quartz Counter Tops

Quartz counters are modern and clean-looking.  At Artistic Stone, we carry 5 lines of quartz, Artistic Stone’s line, Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria, and Pental Quartz.  All lines have similar properties.  The difference is Caesarstone, Silestone, Cambria, and Pental Quartz offer a 10 or 15 year limited lifetime warranty and ours is a 2 year warranty.  The colors are similar but uniquely different.

The Artistic Stone quartz comes all come with a 1.5 inch miter edge making it virtually seamless.  Our quartz has been test for chemical resistance, hardness, bacteria and mold growth, ignition test, stain resistance and absorption by SDS U.S. Testing Company.

Caesarstone has the Good Housekeeping Seal, NSF rating, ISO 14001, and SCS Certified.  This is related to the quality  For more information about USGC and LEED information, click here http://www.caesarstoneus.com/about/environment-first/.

Counter Top Installation Day: Demolition Men!!!

Talk about a Dusty and Dirty job.  We should on be on “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel.  Demolition of the counters is exciting because it is the start of the  install process.  Demolition as you can see in the pictures is not a pretty sight.

Granite, Marble, Limestone, or Travertine (Natural Stone):

Granite removal is the hardest because glue bonds tightly to the plywood and sometimes does not come out as a whole piece. The other natural stones, marble, limestone and travertine are easier to break but no the glue binds equally hard to the surface.  The easiest time to remove stone is with the first 24 to 48 hours of the install because the glue has not fully bonded to the plywood deck.

Tile Counters:

Tile demolition challenges depend on whether it was installed on cement board or floated on cement.  Either way it is challenging.  In the idea world, our teams will remove entire tile sections at once. However, construction is unpredictable because we do no know what the other person did before us.

Solid Surface (Corian, Hi-Macs, Acylic( Cultured marble)

Solid surface such as Corian or acyclic is easier but not routine. The material is often broken into pieces prior to removal.

Laminate Counters:

Laminate counters is the easiest removal but can have surprises also.

Overview:

  • Clear all the counters tops and backsplash area before Artistic Stone’s teams arrive.
  • Remove all the items in the lower cabinets.
  • Take down all pictures or memorabilia adjacents walls. (Vibration from demoltion will knock things down.)
  • Remove furniture, televisions or valuable which may be knocked over.

If you are replacing the backsplash, we will repair the drywall before  setting tile.  This way, we can get things as level the walls as much as possible.  It is also a code requirement.

What to expect?:

  • Noise from hammering and cutting.  We use hammers, crowbars and a reciprocating saw.
  • Walls shaking.
  • Dust staying airborne for 1 to 2 weeks.

How long will tile removal take?

It depends on your total surface area.  A normal removal will take about 1 to 3 hours.  A large demolition will take a full day.

Window Sills in Granite – Countertop replacement projects

This situation occurs mostly to tile counter top replacement projects.  About 99% of the window sills are not the same level as the countertops when we remove the tiles off counters.   This is because the tiles sit on adhesive material (thin set or cement) which was built-up to the same level as the sill.  The first picture shows how tiles are set on counter tops.

Tile counters consist of several layers.  The first layer on top of the plywood is a waterproof membrane or seen as the green laminate. The second layer is the adhesive which is commonly seen as thin set or cement.  The final layer is the tile and the grout.

Source of picture: Quickstep.com found on Google images

The slide show below shows how we installed prefabricated granite pieces on the window sill.

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Apron Front, Farmhouse Sink Installation are all different

Apron Sinks, commonly know as Farmhouse sinks have become very popular in our kitchen today.  One thing to know is that not every farm sink is installed the same way.  Whether you have a 2cm or 3cm stone(marble, granite, limestone, or Caesarstone) material, this will affect the high your sink is installed.  Not all farm sinks are installed the same.We at Artistic Stone Kitchen and Bath, Inc. have included a picture gallery showing how the farm sink installs vary with different granite thicknesses and different edge options. There is no right or wrong way. It comes down to your personal taste.

Farmhouse sinks come in cast iron, fireclay, copper and stainless steel.  Many of our clients like the fireclay farm sinks by Rohl or Kohler.  We carry stainless steel or copper manufactured by Artisan Sinks as seen in Trend Magazine.’