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The Counter Culture

When it comes to countertops, there are actually a wide range of options available—not only in materials, but also in colors and finishes. No longer is the look and feel of your kitchen dependent on the rainbow-like fan of laminates that once dominated the counter culture. In fact, depending on your style preferences, you could easily have a prep space that looks like a Michelin-starred chef’s dream, even if you’re working on a line cook’s budget.

Appearances aside, one thing to consider is how you use the space and how much time or money you’re willing to invest in maintaining that spectacular surface. Is yours a household that’s prone to staining and spilling? Do you do a lot of chopping, or do you leave all the slicing and dicing to the local takeout place you have on speed dial? If your countertops will be getting a lot of heavy use, it’s wise to choose a solid surface material like granite or quartz that requires less upkeep over time and is resilient enough to stand up for itself. “Granite and quartz are extremely durable, and using them for the kitchen countertops is one of the best ways to update the look of your home that’s beautiful and stylish,” says Amy Gao, manager of National Stone World in Clarksville.

In business since 2005, National Stone World has become an area leader for its level of customer service, the quality of its work, and the range of colors and patterns of the slabs they keep in stock. “People appreciate that we take care of them and that we make sure we take care of the details and get everything right. That’s very important in what we do, from the fabrication and cutting to the installation,” says Gao, who might work for her brother Hong, who owns the shop, but holds enough of her own expertise to know which types of material and which colors will work best in a space. “I look at the color of the cabinets, the colors of the paint in the house, the color of the flooring—all of that helps me suggest which color quartz or granite will look the best in a client’s home, and people appreciate that we can help them make that kind of selection and take the time to learn what they need.” It’s that level of personal attention that keeps their customers satisfied, and their success…carved in stone.

National Stone World is located at 1311 College Street, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040. For more information, call (931) 647-7199.

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