Just the word “granite” evokes solid and long-lasting; how reassuring to have such a durable surface in your home, and such a beautiful and natural material, too. No wonder it has become such a popular countertop choice. As the popularity of stone countertops has increased, so have the sources and varieties of stone that are available – some of which are not technically “granite” at all. Not to worry though, they are all beautiful in their own way!
New Hampshire, despite having a long history of granite quarries, does not produce very much countertop grade granite, yet there is still some limited availability. For example, this Vintage Kitchen features genuine NH “Tapestry” granite, which was quarried locally in the Milford, NH area. [link to Tapestry project]
Granite is standard with a polished finish, but it can also be honed or otherwise textured, which can help give it a little more of an ‘antique’ look if you are thinking about granite for your older home.
Like wood, stone is a natural product that varies from piece to piece – some stone varieties tending to vary much more than others. For this reason, we have adopted a protocol of inviting every client to inspect the actual slabs that have been set aside for their project prior to fabrication, so we can all be assured of the final appearance of the counter.
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The curved beadboard cabinet at the right-hand end of the kitchen was inspired by an antique sink base in the historic Castle Tucker house in Wiscasset, ME.
The arch over the cherry island is reflected in the family room mantel.
A generous island, with room to work and a place to sit. All the knobs and drawer pulls are cherry.
The island includes a seating area at the end with an attractive pedestal for support.
The island is an asymetrical curved shape, with a sleek modern leg support and contemporary stools.
The original windows were important to the integrity of the symmetry of this historic home -- of course we worked around them!
The Vintage Custom Cabinetry tiger maple island is topped with a Vermont Verde Antique countertop.
A generous-sized island serves both the cook and as a focal point for entertaining. From this view you can really appreciate the grain patterns found in this local NH "Tapestry" Granite.
The sink was custom fabricated in traditional style using the same granite as the counters.
Vermont Verde Antique was used for both the countertops and the traditional slab front sink. Vermont Verde has the look of green marble but its hardness is closer to granite, making for a beautiful and practical kitchen counter.
The bridge style faucet has a traditional un-laquered finish that will age fittingly to this historic house.