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What's Your Stone Personality?

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You're standing in the showroom, temporarily stunned by the sights before you. Slabs of natural stone are arranged in long aisles like beckoning, stone-clad hallways. As you wander down the aisle you pause to absorb the differences in each slab. Some are bright and sparkly, while others are gritty and moody. Some are sleek and serene ...   read more>>>

Using Stone For A Healthier Home

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Earlier this year, Dior Builders opened its doors to Healthy Home 2018 in Inverness, Illinois, as part of a tour and in partnership with the American Lung Association Health House™ program. Healthy Home 2018 is the first home in the country to be built ...   read more>>>

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What's Your Stone Personality?

by Karin Kirk


You're standing in the showroom, temporarily stunned by the sights before you. Slabs of natural stone are arranged in long aisles like beckoning, stone-clad hallways. As you wander down the aisle you pause to absorb the differences in each slab. Some are bright and sparkly, while others are gritty and moody. Some are sleek and serene, and others are vibrant and full of life. The idea of shopping for your countertop had sounded fun and easy, but now you realize this is going to be a tough choice.

Where to start? You've got three factors to consider: price, performance, and looks. Price is a personal decision. Some people start out with a firm budget and then throw that out the window when they meet their perfect stone. Others see stone as an investment and know that it's worth it for them. There are also regional differences in prices. But I'm a geologist, and while only you know your budget, I can be more helpful when it comes to sorting out how stones look, feel, and behave. Wrapping your head around all the variables can be daunting. That's why your stone personality matters!

Is marble right for me?

O' marble, how we love thee. As beautiful as it is, marble etches from acids and can get scratched from metal utensils. But hey, it's gorgeous right? The lust for marble is emotionally complex, so I boiled it down to this simple flow chart.


Okay, so I'm not compatible with marble. But I want marble. Is there a way around that? Sealer? Saran wrap? Polishing out the etch marks? Following guests around with a dishtowel?

Trying to make marble something it isn't is a recipe for discontent. Why not choose a stone that will work for you just the way it is?

Quartzite is a natural metamorphic rock that in some cases looks a lot like marble. However, it does not etch and is hard enough to withstand everyday kitchen abuse. Look for well-known quartzites like Elite, Florencia, or Taj Mahal.

There are also some beautiful white granites. Check out Colonial White, Dallas White, Ice White or Fantastic White.

Alrighty, so we've resolved the dilemma of marble vs. not marble. Let's move on to other factors of your stone personality.

Please describe how you feel about dust and crumbs hanging around on your countertop.

My skin is crawling just thinking about it. There shalt be no dust and no crumbs in my kitchen. Shudder.

I admire your commitment to cleanliness. In that case, you may want to steer away from multicolored patterns, which tend to hide dust and crumbs. It's hard to clean what you can't see. Black, on the other hand, reveals every particle on it. Perfect for the OCD among us.

The "lived in" state of my kitchen just helps my friends feel better about their own cleaning habits.

Yeah, we're all human and most kitchens aren't meant to be showplaces. If you are somewhat lax on your cleaning routine, then avoid all-black stones, which seem to amplify dirt and dust. You might like a busier granite pattern because it can make crumbs nearly invisible on the countertop. Is that a good thing or is it just gross? Only you can say.

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Using Stone For A Healthier Home

by Megy Karydes



Earlier this year, Dior Builders opened its doors to Healthy Home 2018 in Inverness, Illinois, as part of a tour and in partnership with the American Lung Association Health House™ program.

Healthy Home 2018 is the first home in the country to be built under the American Lung Association's revised Health House™ guidelines, featuring everything from energy-efficient products and innovative technologies, to green building materials such as natural stone and non-toxic furniture and accessories.

Stone: A Healthy Option


Among the many building decisions made for the new home, using natural stone was among them. Unlike other building materials, natural stone contains no harmful chemicals or toxins, making it an ideal healthier choice for a home's interior.

The builder chose Fond du Lac natural stone from Wisconsin-based Halquist Stone for the exterior facade of the home. The Princeton custom blend hit all the checkmarks, from being a sustainable material to the aesthetically-appealing hues, shapes and sizes to create an attractive curb appeal, according to Mike Slagle, the salesperson with Halquist Stone who worked with the builder on the Healthy Home.


There are several things homeowners need to consider when choosing natural stone for a home's exterior, says Slagle. While his company offers clients 120 natural stone blends, he says most clients have a relatively clear idea of what they're drawn to, whether it'd be a specific color or texture, which makes it easier to narrow down selections. Sometimes the size of a project will dictate options. For a large exterior facade, clients will need to consider options where a particular natural stone will be available to complete that project, for example. "There are limits to anything that is natural," he says.

He's grateful to have been part of the Health House project as it's a great opportunity to remind clients that natural stone is an eco-friendly building material. He notes that all of the natural stone the company quarries is used – nothing ever goes to waste – adding to the sustainability of the product.

Natural stone was also used as part of the interior of the home.

Natural marble surrounds the DaVinci fireplace indoors and a marble top graces a 1920's dresser that was converted to a vanity for the formal powder room.

Building A Healthier Home


Building a luxury home of this caliber may not be within reach of many homeowners but everyone can help make their current home healthier, says the builder.

"We can't all do everything, but we can all do something." Using natural stone whenever possible is one way, but Dior also recommends limiting wall-to-wall carpeting, taking off shoes at the door and opening windows, even for a few minutes a couple of times a week to improve indoor air quality.

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