Golden Bordeaux Granite in Austin Texas

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Ah, Yes, Another Bordeaux Granite. Today I did a happy dance, then held my camera up high and tried to stop wiggling for long enough to get a clear shot. The object of my affection? A piece of Golden Bordeaux granite destined for a bathroom countertop. This is going on a zig-zaggy cabinet, a custom […]

Is Granite Recommended for Selling a Home in Austin?

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What Would You Expect a Granite Company to Say? What we want to say: heck yeah, you gotta put in granite! What we’re actually going to say: sometimes granite is recommended for resale, and sometimes it isn’t. It all depends on the neighborhood, and the price-point (market value) of the home. Seriously: do you want […]

Blue Stone

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What is Blue Stone? We had some material delivered to the shop today on North Lamar in Austin that knocked our socks off. It’s called Blue Stone and it is one of those stones that just makes your jaw drop and then you stand there gaping. We’ve been happily cutting it up into kitchen countertops […]

Santa Cecilia Granite: It Ain’t All the Same

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Want Santa Cecilia Granite like Your Neighbors Have? You’ll need to go pick out the exact material for your kitchen to make sure you get just what you want. If you don’t, the Santa Cecilia might be waaaay different than what you were expecting. We can fab almost any thing you pick into the perfect […]

Fitting a Kitchen Faucet on a Granite Countertop: Getting Ready for Granite

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Replacing Older Counters with a Granite Countertop? If your faucet is old, you might not be able to re-use it. Many older counters are thinner than the typical thickness of the granite installed in the Austin area. Most of the granite found in Austin is 3cm thick (3 centimeters, or about 1.18 inches). Many older […]

Granite Seams: The Granite Biz Series

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Getting New Granite Counters? Want seams all over the place, running here and there and everywhere? Didn’t think so. Some Granite Seams Are Unavoidable. One of the signs of a cut-rate (and cut-quality) granite fabricator is counters with a lot of seams – or more specifically – a lot of unnecessary seams. So, what makes […]

Granite Fabrication Explained: The Granite Biz Series

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Confused by Granite Fabrication Terms? In the Austin granite biz, the people that transform granite slabs into granite countertops are called fabricators. The fabricator may be just one person, but it is usually the term for the whole company – the group of people that work together to turn granite slabs into kitchen or bathroom […]

Vintage Austin Kitchen Makeover: The One That Got Away

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Want to See a Vintage Kitchen Makeover? So did we. This vintage kitchen is from a house built in the late 1950s in the Wooten area of Austin, Texas. We tried unsuccessfully to buy it, dashing our fantasies of remodeling this dated house. It’s the one that got away. And yes, we’re still talking about […]

Leveling Cabinets for Granite Countertops: Getting Ready for Granite

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Level Granite Needs Level Cabinets. Planning to have granite installed? If your cabinets are new, they should be level before your granite counters are installed. If your cabinets are old, they should be level before your granite counters are installed. Oh, goodness, that sounds almost the same! The reason is simple: you want your granite […]

Getting Ready For Granite: Accurate Granite Templating (Clear Your Counters)

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Granite counters that fit require accurate measurements Measure twice, cut once. ¬† That is true for granite countertops as well as a lot of other things. Before we cut your counters, we will measure them very carefully. Many counters also require a template so we have a pattern to use when we cut the granite […]

Getting Ready For Granite Counters: Check Your Shut-Off Valves

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Got an Old House that needs New Granite Counters? Do you want to be without water for days? What you say?¬†That’s crazy talk! Here is how it works: for your new granite counters to be installed, the old countertops have to come out. Whether we take them out, or someone else takes them out, the […]

Granite Can Go Around Corners!

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Got a Wall or Post in Your Kitchen That Just Won’t Go Away? Sometimes a wall just has to stay – you know, the pesky load-bearing kind that your contractor says he or she can’t move. When that happens, your granite countertops can usually be cut to fit around the wall. Here is one quick […]

Granite Countertop Ideas: Thinking Outside the Box

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Your Granite Kitchen Counters Don’t Have to Be Rectangles Most kitchen counters you see have straight edges, right? That doesn’t have to be true for your new granite countertops. If you can dream it, we can (probably) make it. Your granite countertop ideas can become your new kitchen counters – in about a week! Curved […]

Pinterest – Where You MUST go for Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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Ah, Social Media – Just when you thought Facebook was eating all of your time, Pinterest came along. It’s like nothing you’ve even seen – like one giant idea board with fabulous, and irrestitible photos “pinned” up on “boards”. Like a giant pin-board design wall in your office, studio or craft room. Only. Better. To […]

Cosmic Black Granite – Capturing The Best of the Slab

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Found a Gorgeous Slab of Cosmic Black Granite? Cosmic Black granite often has large chunks of white and gold, spread across a shimmery black background. Whether or not it looks good depends on how well your granite fabricator (that would be us) can lay out your templates before cutting – bad joints can ruin the […]

Austin Granite Tales: The Day the Big Saw Died

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What would you do if the number one tool you need for your job bit the dust? Which begs the question: what did WE do when that happened last week? We have a big saw, a really big saw. A saw big enough to cut a slab of stone that is over 10 feet long. […]