Category Archives: Granite Counter Tops

Approving the stone for your countertops

Approving your material is a critical decision point in your countertop project. Most schedule delays are associated with material procurement. To avoid delays with your project, follow these simple steps to select your stone:

  1. Samples are a good place to start, however with natural stone colors and patterns vary from slab to slab and even within a slab. Keep in mind that granite samples are a representation of the stone and likely not an exact match of what will be installed. Quartz samples are much more consistent and a very close representation of what will be installed. So, start by narrowing your choices with samples.
  2. Make an appointment to view the slab(s) of stone. You want to give yourself enough time to allow you to change your mind if need be, and potentially order material that may not be in stock. If the most important thing is to get the exact stone you want, then extra lead time may be critical. If you have a pressing schedule, you will want to limit your viewing to stone that is available and ready to go. Communicating these priorities is important so that we can help you select a stone that is beautiful and meets all of your needs.
  3. When you are viewing your stone, take your time and look carefully. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to look at and touch the stone – it will be around for a very long time and we want you to enjoy your choice. We encourage careful inspection of the movement, vein and grain of the stone. Pits, fissures and inclusions are normal occurrences and not considered to be defects. If there is anything about your stone that you are unsure of, now is the time to ask and get clarification.
  4. Sign the approval after your viewing – and plan to live happily ever after with your natural stone countertops!

If you have a stone with a lot of variation and movement, you want to consider a Slabsmith viewing. This is your chance to see your kitchen layout on your stone slab before anything is cut. You will see the seam locations as well as how the movement in the stone looks across all of the pieces. Depending on which granite you choose, there may be an extra fee for this – talk to your project coordinator and see if it makes sense for your project!

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With Slabsmith each piece is shown on the slabs prior to cutting.

the kitchen layout shows how the grain and movement will flow across the countertop pieces

The kitchen layout shows how the grain and movement will flow across the countertop pieces.


Start planning your new stone counter tops at one of our showrooms

We now have two showroom locations to make it easy to start planning for your new stone counter tops! Our original showroom is located at 95A Sheep Davis Road in Pembroke NH. Our new showroom is location at 714 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack.

Both showrooms offer an attractive, comfortable, well-lit environment featuring counter top vignettes, edge profile displays and large material displays. You are welcome to browse the over one hundred 20-inch by 20-inch samples of granite and quartz. Our knowledgeable staff can assist with helping you select the right stone for your project, as well as discuss the necessary details required for a smooth and timely installation. For directions and hours of operation, please visit .

Planning in advance is the best way to ensure your counter tops arrive when you want them too – and minimize the amount of time that your kitchen is in chaos. The best time to order your counter tops is the same time that you order your cabinetry. The other key factor in your timeline will be selecting and approving your stone. So, don’t delay – plan to stop by soon to start planning for your new natural stone counter tops.

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view more than 100 samples of granite and quartz

Color Trends in Granite Countertops

We tend to the think of the natural stone countertop in a kitchen as the gemstone in a ring setting. Basically, you are buying a big piece of jewelry for your house! So, it may be of interest to note what we are seeing in terms of popular colors these days. Regardless of what color you pick, it is important that you view and select the actual slab of stone that will be installed in your house. There is too much variation in natural stone to pick based on a representation or a sample. Your granite countertops will last a life time and you should enjoy them every day!

For granite counter tops, three very popular colors right now are Delicatus, Blue Flower and Super White.

Delicatus is a classic looking black and white granite often with grey shades and swirls. What can cause a slab of Delicatus to look very different is the presence of taupe, caramel, peach or rust tones. Depending on your preference and project, you will want to select your Delicatus based on the appeal of the extra coloring. Houzz has a nice gallery of kitchen pictures featuring this granite with a variety of cabinetry and kitchen styles – check it out here:

Blue Flower granite is also coming on strong these days – this creamy grey/blue granite features black/gray background with pools of iridescent blue as one would expect. Again here is a nice gallery of this color featured in a variety of settings:

Super White granite is popular granite with gray shades and veining.  Some customers prefer Super White granite to varieties of white marble for kitchen applications due to its increased durability and stain resistance.  We see it being installed in kitchens as well as bathroom vanity applications.   You can see it here: