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Aug 20

Mind the Gap

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: tile, remodeling, kitchens, handyman, cracks, countertops


We have remodeled our kitchen and are to

Aug 19

Cultured Marble Repairs

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: repairs, countertops



We have a cultured marble countertop in our bathroom, bought from a home center less than two years ago.  Some visible marks

Jul 19

Chic Coutertops for the Granite-Averse

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: remodeling, kitchens, green, granite, design, countertops

I went shopping today with a client that was disinclined to use granite tops in her new kitchen.  As my readers may know, I am a huge

Oct 13

Rock, paper, PAPERSTONE!

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: value, green, countertops

What can you tell me about Paperstone? I'm interested in it for use as a work-top in a garage, and in my laundry room with my washer and dryer below.

How durable is it? Can it get wet? How does fragility or strength compare to other solutions? What about price? Availability around here?

Obviously, I'm interested in its green/sustainable characteristics, and it just sounds kind of cool ... Thanks! Great blog, btw. Your answers are more thorough than many of these things.

Jeannie S.



Thanks for the complimentary remarks on the blog.  It's fun and challenging for me.  Thanks for thinking of

Sep 08

Granite Countertops Safety Scare

Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: safety, kitchens, granite, countertops


I have read and seen a lot in the media recently about the dangers of radiation from granite countertops.  I have always thought that stone tops would be a great improvement to my own kitchen, but now I am concerned.  What do you think?

Lisa C., Richmond, VA



I recall way-back-when, we made fun of the saccharin / cancer scare.  How many pounds of sweetener could one possibly gorge a lab rat with, and did that have anything to do with our own use?

Well, I have not dedicated years of my life to the type of scientific research that generates these assertions, so my opinion is based on

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