• From The Quarry To The Kitchen -Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 2

    We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite travel from quarry to your kitchen.

    The first thing to do is to get accurate measurements in your home by creating a template so your countertop will fit perfectly. This process takes into account everything from sink location to imperfections in the walls. Some templates are created by documenting measurements manually or by using thin wood or plastic strips that are glued together to produce a perfect replica of the area to be covered by the stone.

    In the fabrication facility, the measurements are either entered into computer or the templates are placed on the selected piece of natural stone and adjusted to get the desired results prior to cutting. With advancements in technology, many stone contractors are now producing templates digitally with increased efficiency and accuracy. The digital template is created by electronically mapping strategic points on the countertop surface. This precise information is then downloaded into a laptop or tablet to create an electronic template. Using a computer back at the fabrication facility, the digital information is made into an actual photograph of the selected stone slab for the job.

    Whether a manual or electronic template system is used, the end result is an ideal match of the material and the measurements of the countertop in your home. The stone is then cut with an automated sawing system which ensures that the cutouts for stovetops, sinks, faucets and other kitchen appliances are correct. The pieces of natural stone are then edged either with automated equipment or by hand. There are several common edge profiles available. Consult with DTK Stone Works friendly staff to choose the right edge for your project. Decorative edges are put only on the visible edge not on the join edge. Most edging is done with powerful diamond routers using specific bits to profile the desired edges.

    The final step is finishing the edge. When all of the pieces are cut, edged and finished to specification, the granite countertop has made its final trip to your home. DTK Stone Works skillful craftsmen install the countertop and other components making sure that all elements of your kitchen or bathroom are fitted perfectly. In the field, installers glue pieces of natural stone together using polyester resin in the joints. When finished, the resin has a polished look similar to the polish of the natural stone.

    Sealing is a common step taken on some stone as an extra precaution against staining. In fact, sealing products used in the stone industry are impregnators which don’t actually seal the stone but act as a repellant. Sealing doesn’t make the stone stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant. When consulting with DTK Stone Works you may find that many stones don’t require sealing. However, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.

    From the quarry, to slabbing, templating, cutting, edging, finishing and finally to installation, DTK Stone Works strives for enhancing the beauty of granite, marble, and quartzite through craftsmanship, perfection and precision and achieving your ultimate satisfaction.

  • From The Quarry To The Kitchen -Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 2

    We are continuing our story about how the exotic granite, marble and quartzite travel from quarry to your kitchen.

    The first thing to do is to get accurate measurements in your home by creating a template so your countertop will fit perfectly. This process takes into account everything from sink location to imperfections in the walls. Some templates are created by documenting measurements manually or by using thin wood or plastic strips that are glued together to produce a perfect replica of the area to be covered by the stone.

    In the fabrication facility the measurements are either entered into computer or the templates are placed on the selected piece of natural stone and adjusted to get the desired results prior to cutting. With advancements in technology, many stone contractors are now producing templates digitally with increased efficiency and accuracy. The digital template is created by electronically mapping strategic points on the countertop surface. This precise information is then downloaded into a laptop or tablet to create an electronic template. Using a computer back at the fabrication facility, the digital information is made into an actual photograph of the selected stone slab for the job.

    Whether a manual or electronic template system is used, the end result is an ideal match of the material and the measurements of the countertop in your home. The stone is then cut with an automated sawing system which ensures that the cut outs for stove tops, sinks, faucets and other kitchen appliances are correct. The pieces of natural stone are then edged either with automated equipment or by hand. There are several common edge profiles available. Consult with DTK Stone Works friendly staff to choose the right edge for your project. Decorative edges are put only on the visible edge not on the join edge. Most edging is done with powerful diamond routers using specific bits to profile the desired edges.

    The final step is finishing the edge. When all of the pieces are cut, edged and finished to specification, the granite countertop has made its final trip to your home. DTK Stone Works skilful craftsmen install the countertop and other components making sure that all elements of your kitchen or bathroom are fitted perfectly. In the field, installers glue pieces of natural stone together using polyester resin in the joints. When finished, the resin has a polished look similar to the polish of natural stone .

    Sealing is a common step taken on some stone as an extra precaution against staining. In fact, sealing products used in the stone industry are impregnators which don’t actually seal the stone but act as a repellant. Sealing doesn’t make the stone stain proof; rather it makes the stone more stain resistant. When consulting with DTK Stone Works you may find that many stones don’t require sealing. However, applying an impregnating sealer is a common practice.

    From the quarry, to slabbing, templating, cutting, edging, finishing and finally to installation, DTK Stone Works strives for enhancing the beauty of granite, marble and quartzite through craftsmanship, perfection and precision and achieving your ultimate satisfaction.

  • White or off-white kitchens with matched white or dark granite countertops are coming back to fashion

    White and off-white kitchens with matched white or dark granite countertops are crisp, timeless and suit all styles of decor not to mention bringing a sunny feel to the room even on a winter’s day.

    It’s no coincidence that when you walk into a kitchen showroom you will almost certainly find your eyes drawn to a white or creamy kitchen . People like white kitchens because they give a fresh feeling, are neutral and don’t really date. Pure white all over certainly looks stunning in a kitchen showroom or the pages of a magazine, but in real life can you have too much of a good thing? To avoid the kitchen looking sterile, cold or dazzling, the interior as a whole must be given consideration throughout the kitchen design process.

    As long as the white kitchen is flanked by texture and colors on walls, as well as floors and furnishings, then it won’t be dazzling. Alternatively, mixing different tones and hues of whites and creams and different textures can achieve a layering effect. What we do with a lot of our kitchens is to use a selection of whites from the same palette but with different degrees of intensity.

    So it’s lovely to have the lighter tone of white on the walls and a tone darker from the same palette on the furniture. It keeps it very fresh but gives it a bit of interest.

    White glosses and mates can be the exclusive same color but they read differently because of how they react to lighting. A gloss white kitchen reflects what is around it, so it’s never completely white. Silk lacquer is popular but it still has a light reflective sheen.

    When using a limited or restricted color palette such as only black and white include lots of different textures to give an added dimension. Go for contrast, mix rough with smooth, matt with shine and soft textures with hard one. A totally matte surface tones that down another notch so you can control how the light and color behave.

    Good design makes all the difference. People love the look of glossy handleless kitchens, but handles are there for a reason without them you can’t help but get sticky fingers on the doors, and there are very few appliances that will integrate without handles.

    The glossier the lacquer, the more likely it is to eventually lose some of its reflective qualities in patches that are constantly handled. Hand painted or spray painted wooden finishes can create a gloss, silk or matte look and can be extremely hard wearing, depending on the paint finish that is chosen and the number of layers that are used.

    At the very top end of the market, glass is impervious to staining and hard to scratch but could chip or crack if you dropped your casserole on it, while solid surface materials vary in their resilience.

    The toughest of all surfaces, according to many designers are solid surface material such as Arcobaleno , White Ice , Calcatta , Silver Sparkle . White Ice is particularly bomb proof as it is nonporous and therefore nonabsorbent, any stubborn marks will effortlessly disappear with some diluted cleaner, and in the event of someone taking a hammer to an edge, it can be seamlessly repaired.

    We, at DTK Stone Works carry a wide variety of tough surfaces that will satisfy your design needs. Whether you set your eyes on white or off white color, we will make sure that we have achieved your ultimate satisfaction.

    Call us and schedule your visit to our showroom for great ideas, huge selection and always ready to help team of professionals.

  • From The Quarry To The Kitchen – Where Exotic Granite And Marble Come From – Part 1

    Today we start a series of publications explaining almost everything about the exotic granite and marble – how they are quarried, cut, fabricated, installed and maintained. Make sure to bookmarks us so that you don’t miss anything that will expand your view about the countertop in your kitchen and make you realize how many people are involved before that beautiful piece of art work landed in your home.

    From thousands of years ago when man first started building things they use of natural stone has been a constant. Cultures from ancient to contemporary have used natural stone to build structures to worship their gods, celebrate their beliefs, memorialize their dead, entertained their people and house their institutions of government. Today thanks to new technology the use of natural stone has expanded broadly beyond its traditional use of interiors and exteriors of major buildings.

    Today natural stone is becoming a staple in homes of every size. Consumers have discovered the beauty, luxury and sustainability of this unique all natural material for countertops, floors, and other applications. They like it because it’s the real thing – it cannot be duplicated in a factory or laboratory it’s nature zone. It comes literally in thousands of colors and no two pieces are exactly the same. Nothing approaches the uniqueness, durability, serviceability of natural stone countertops in kitchens, bathrooms and other locations in the home.

    There has always been a special allure to naturals stone. But what makes it particularly appealing now is the drastic reduction of prices over the last two decades. The result of quantum advances in quarry and fabricating technologies. The journey from the quarry to the kitchen can begin right here in North America or in quarries around the world. There is an enormous supply of natural stone and more is being discovered every day. This combination of supply and technological advancements makes natural stone very competitive with man made materials. From quarries, giant blocks of natural stone are carved out of the earth with diamond cutting systems which have drastically reduced the effort previously required to achieve this task.

    The newest technology is the diamond segment multi wire saw which can slice a block of granite into slabs at a rate of 12” to 15” per hour or complete block in about 6 hours. This compares to the ¾” per hour cuts made by older gang saw technology in which a block is slabbed in 40 to 50 hours. The slabs are then polished on high speed lines that feature multiple heads. Some of the stone may be cut into tiles or other cut to size pieces. Once completed, the stone is then shipped to distributors and fabricators like DTK Stone Works. Many stone contractors as well as design professionals travel the world to hand select material in block or slab form. The same way you select the stone for your home. Because every block or slab is unique it can be a very daunting task.

    Once you’ve selected the material that’s perfect for your home, DTK Stone Works will do the rest, of course with your input. Make sure you read and watch us next time. For more information do not hesitate to call us and schedule your visit to our showroom.

  • Why You Should Get Granite Countertop in Your Kitchen From DTK Stone Works

    There is no doubt that a kitchen granite countertop is such a sight to behold. It makes the seemingly boring kitchen suddenly come alive and bring endless inspiration and enthusiasm to someone who is responsible for providing succulent fares on the table for the family. It exudes elegance and timeless beauty and anyone who sees it will definitely love it and might not even want to part from it.

    Like most things in this world, there are advantages and disadvantages in having a granite countertop . It is prudent to know them first to avoid any regrets later.

    Granite is amazingly durable that even if you place hot items on it or even cut something on your granite countertop . You don’t need to worry about anything because nothing will leave their mark on your granite – they can’t even if they want to. Granite is tough on scratches and any unsightly marks.

    It adds beauty to your kitchen. Add a granite countertop and see your kitchen turn into something else right before your eyes. It exudes a certain charm and appeal that no one can deny.

    Once it has been sealed, it is already stain resistant. It is also non-porous that’s why you can be certain that when you clean your granite countertop , it is totally clean.

    It only requires low maintenance and cleaning is a breeze. You don’t need to spend so much time brushing it because a simple wipe in one passing can clean all the dirt.

    No two kitchen granite countertops are the same and that is an assurance that you will never see the same granite countertop in someone else’s home. They might look similar but they are definitely not the same.

    The color of granite never fades with time; it stays the same the first time it arrived in your home especially if you properly maintain it.

    The granite countertops add value to a home. If unfavorable circumstances made you decide to sell the house, you can be certain to get higher value for your property because of the granite countertop .

    We at DTK Stone Works carry a great variety of granites . We have colors, patterns, thickness and edges that will satisfy any taste and every designer’s whim. On top of that our professional installation will leave completely satisfied and happy with your new kitchen countertop . We’ll show up on time, take precise measuring of the kitchen and the island, give you a free estimate and when you are ready, we fabricate the countertop and install it at a convenient time for you without any hassle. And at the end, you will thank us for the great job we have done. That’s a promise!

  • How to pick out granite countertop for your kitchen

    It would be helpful if you decide beforehand whether you like granite “with movement” or the granite that is a more static pattern or even a solid color like Absolute Black.

    It’s a matter of personal taste, but it is likely you will be overwhelmed with the selection at the granite yard, and if you could narrow it down a bit even before you get started, it will help you.

    Also keep in mind that some granite yards talk about “Grade A” , “Grade B”, etc. granite. Typically they are not discussing the quality of the granite, but the rarity. The more rare, the more expensive. The yard may have dozens of slabs of one granite, and only two of another, and that will affect the price. But the rarity has nothing to do with the quality of the granite, or whether it will or will not stain or etch, etc.

    Also, be prepared to take samples home, for two reasons. One, is that the granite will look different in your house than at the granite yard, so you need to see the ones you like at your house in order to choose one. Another reason is that it is often helpful to have a sample to “experiment” with. I.e., spill wine on it, or oil, and see what happens. Although keep in mind that the granite will behave differently once it is sealed, it is still helpful to see what happens when you spill stuff on it.