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The Importance of Stone Sustainability

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Using natural stones on countertops is an elegant way to design your interior, and they come with numerous benefits, like an enduring life-cycle, easy maintenance, and durability just to name a few.  However, the reason why natural stones have been increasingly used as building materials of late is largely credited to their sustainability.

Sustainability is a crucial factor in any process, as it yields long term financial benefits.  It also establishes a smooth and well-structured system unlike the ones lasting for a short span of time.  A sustainable process facilitates a better understanding of the requirements of the end user, builds credibility in the market, and improves overall process through implementation of effective measures.

Natural stone is one of the materials that provides energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, and reduces waste and pollution.  Well-known quarries where stones have been processed for many years have a better understanding of the process and hence, importing stones from these quarries has become a regular practice.

It has already been established that granite, limestone, marble, sandstone, travertine or slate improves the sustainable level in architecture and design.  Natural stone has a longer life cycle as they can endure many variables such as water, heat, cold, and dust– another reason why it’s considered an environment-friendly material.  It reduces energy consumption and emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Using natural stone as building material has been preferred over brick or wood as of late owing the reason to various favorable factors, such as their unique character, elegance, durability, and variety.  Natural stones come from the earth, so there would never be any dearth of resource when they are required.  There are numerous other benefits associated with the use of natural stones as building material which is why we see more and more homes and offices are designed with them.

All in all, sustainability supports your purchase as more of an investment. It is one of the most significant factors to consider when choosing a countertop for your interior.

Choosing Imported Stones For Your Home

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Interiors designed with stones can transform the appearance of a house and take the overall quality of the interior decor up a notch.  Stones come in various colors and shapes, giving you the flexibility to design your home or office according to your taste and preference.  Apart from their elegance, natural stones also last for a very long time as they’re virtually indestructible.

Over the years, the use of natural stones has significantly grown in popularity.  Wood and brick designs, as a result, are giving way to stone designs for their elegance, durability, resistance, and strength.  Hence, the demand for natural stones has grown manifold.

Stones are found in many parts of the world; however, their quality and appearance vary to a large extent owing to natural factors and processing.  Some of the sources are considered to be better than the rest.

The other factor to keep in mind while procuring stones is the cost of processing.  A few sources have a longstanding history of using natural stones as building materials and hence, have an established system of processing and quarrying them.  Inevitably, the cost of production at these sources is also less.  Many prefer to get the stones shipped from these locations for a cheaper rate.

The primary factor that influences the cost of stone is the denseness because the processing cost for such stones is higher.  The other factor is the method of quarrying.  If stones are quarried above the ground then the cost involved in the process would be less.

Stones are quarried all over the world and one can get the stones of desired quality and appearance by importing them from the locations where they are processed.  After all, no one wants to compromise on the quality, especially when it’s a long-term investment as you do not need to tinker with the interior every now and then.

When you’re making a decision on which stone to use in your interior, consider your favorites and then do a little research on the best places in the world to find them. Then, consider the weather patterns of these places. Details such as these can play a big role in a quality of the stone as well as steer you in a direction to make an educated choice. 

Market Trend: White Stones

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White stones

Interior design mavens are showing a lot of love to white stone counters in Colorado and beyond. Here’s a look at some of the gorgeous ways savvy professionals and design-conscious homeowners are turning this design trend into one that’s here to stay.

Why White

White is instantly covetable with so many emotional connotations and design cues from the world over. Depending on where you live, white counters can channel country chic or laid back beachy, while still being ethereal and subtly luxurious. That’s exactly why so many design houses are backing this trend across the United States, including right here in Colorado.

Instant Boost

White stones on counters can give a home an instant boost. As interior design ideas go, this is one trend that has remained a timeless classic and with good reason. Picture walking into a home with a glistening white stone counter. It immediately opens up the space, gives a feeling of light, and puts you at ease. Because white has always been the preserve of those lucky enough to have people to keep it looking sparkling, it also connotes luxury on many levels. Yet, the beautiful finish of white stone counters means that you can keep it pristine with minimal effort, not unlike what you would do with other kinds of counters.

Modern Effect

Modern minimalism and classic modern both meld well with white stone counters. Steel finish appliances are beautifully offset by white stones on the counters. Pick from a variety of gorgeous white stones, each mirroring your personality and your home.

Beautiful & Affordable

The allure of white stones for counters is that they give the interior design effect of a more expensive marble but still fit within a budget. That makes this a promising trend in times where many are jittery about taking on huge expenses with the economy just getting back on its feet.

Versatile

White stones adapt well to almost any design and decor sensibility. Whether your cabinets are antique or modern, whether you’re looking for something to make your counters look brighter,  or whether you hope to make the  island stand out in your open plan kitchen, chances are you will find that white stones work beautifully in any case. 

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