Accent your New Kitchen with Multiple Stone Countertop Combinations

A recent new home installation by ESF featured both natural and engineered stone products for both the kitchen and living room. The homeowner chose Indian Black Pearl Granite for the island to help accent the kitchen. The countertop perimeter and backsplashes were done in MetroQuartz Luce Lumin. This is an engineered stone. The MQ Luce […]

Kitchen Countertops, Design Trends & Predictions

When it comes to kitchen and bath remodeling, the trends are always changing. If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen or bath here are some great ideas to get you going. Let’s start with the key takeaways from the 2021 U.S. Houzz & Home Also, the 2020 takeaway report is full of additional insight and […]

Waterfall Countertops: Everything You Need to Know

The waterfall countertop trend is strong right now. A waterfall countertop is easily recognizable by the fact that it drops vertically down the sides instead of stopping abruptly at the edge of a cabinet or island. Waterfall kitchen countertops are showstoppers. If you want your kitchen to be unique and impressive, this is a great […]

Your New Remodel or Build Project Takes an Elite Team

Are you planning a remodel or a new build project and feeling overwhelmed with the plentiful choices you have for everything from flooring to paint color to cabinets to countertops? Finding the right team to assist with selection, design, and installation makes all the difference in a successful project. Your new dream kitchen or bathroom […]

Quartz Countertops – Upgrades or new Installs

According to “The Spruce” a premier award-winning design publication quartz countertops are one of the latest and greatest synthetic countertop materials, made popular by brands such as Dupont and Cambria. This material is composed of pulverized waste rock plus resins for hardness and binding. Thus, quartz countertops are not solid slabs of quartz mineral but […]

Benefits of Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock composed of talc, quartz, and various other minerals, created when the subduction of tectonic plates causes a dramatic shift in heat and pressure. Most of the soapstone used today comes from India, China, or Brazil. Soapstone, however, has also been found in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, England, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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