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Choosing the Stone That Meets Your Budget

So, you’ve done some research. Maybe you’ve spent hours looking at Pinterest inspiration photos or used the ESF online visualizer to put together your dream kitchen. Perhaps you understand the difference between natural stone and engineered stone by now — if not, check out our Stone Material Guide blog post. So now it’s time to […]

Countertop Stone Remnants

What is Remnant Material? A remnant is a small/medium piece of stone that has been cut from a larger slab. Often when we cut a countertop from a slab of granite, marble, or quartz, there are unused parts of the slab that become remnant pieces. These remnants may be used for smaller projects, such as […]

Kitchen Sinks – Part 2

Configuration Before you buy, consider the orientation of the kitchen sink, the number of sink bowls, and the depth and number of holes your sink requires for fixtures. Pro tip: Keep your dishwasher location in mind when shopping for a new sink. The ideal dishwasher location depends on whether you’re right-handed or left-handed. The key is to […]

Kitchen Sinks – Part 1

When buying new countertops most homeowners also want to upgrade their sinks and faucets. It’s a matter of both aesthetics and design. Countertops are probably the number one item that adds to the beauty and comfort of your kitchen. If you’re in the process of redesigning your kitchen, think about which sink style is more […]

New Trends in Kitchen Design Styles 2022

Wow! Hard to believe another year is starting to slip by and 2022 trend articles are popping up everywhere. We have a plethora of opportunities to catch up on these Kitchen Design Styles trends in different industries since the Group of Companies we represent consists of countertops, cabinets, and lighting. We’ll get into that later, […]

Countertop Stone Material Guide

Which stone product is best for your new countertop? It will be something you look at every day and needs to be coordinated with your overall room environment. It’s important to match the surface material with your intended usage. It will also depend on its durability & maintenance requirements and of course your budget. One […]

Fabrication Automation Achieves Stone Countertop Perfection

The beautiful stone countertop that you install in your kitchen or bathroom undergoes an extensive process of fabrication automation at ESF. You will get the most from your countertop for years to come because of this process and attention to detail. ESF transitioned from manual fabrication to fabrication automation in 2014. They have grown this […]

Elite Wrestler Signs Autographs at Elite Stone

No Excuses On Friday, August 20th, Spencer Lee, @LeeSpencerlee36 signed autographs for fans at the Elite Stone selection center in Lisbon. It was a fun day for all including food, selfies, and a motivational address by one of the most accomplished wrestlers in US history. Since many of Elite Stone’s employees are previous wrestlers or […]

The ESF Installation Truck – Branding on Wheels

Remodeling projects often involve new countertops and cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. The US economy remains strong for countertop businesses and Elite Stone and Kitchens by Design are no exception. ESF trucks are a familiar site in northeast Iowa. with their distinctive logo and eye-catching wrap around graphics. Rickard Sign & Design located in Lisbon, […]

Granite & Marble – Elegant Natural Stone

The Amazing Qualities of Granite & Marble Granite and marble occur naturally from magmatic rock formed in the Earth’s crust. It’s a slow solidification process that takes place over millions of years. Each slab possesses a unique natural beauty. Natural stone has been utilized by architects throughout the ages and is a popular choice among […]

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