Full Kitchen Remodel: An Incredible Before & After

Full Kitchen Remodel: An Incredible Before & After

Are you dreaming of a kitchen space that exudes elegance, functionality, and style? Today, we take a deep dive into one of our most recent and exciting kitchen remodel —a project that we, at Absolute Stone Design, had the privilege to work on with Cori Ashlyn Design. The designer seamlessly pieced together the design components, while we brought those visions to life with our specialized stonework.

The “Before” Scenario in this Kitchen Remodel

The customer’s kitchen was reminiscent of designs we’ve all seen in older homes: outdated cabinetry, worn-out countertops, and a disjointed layout. It was craving a breath of fresh air!

Why Quartz and Quartzite?

Before we delve into the mesmerizing after story, let’s talk about why Quartz and Quartzite were the picks for this transformation.

Quartz: The Modern Touch for a Huge Island

Quartz has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason:

  • Durability: Known for its resistance to scratches, stains, and heat, quartz can withstand daily wear and tear—making it ideal for high-traffic areas like the kitchen island.
  • Uniformity: Its consistent color and patterns give a clean and sleek appearance.
  • Maintenance: With its non-porous surface, quartz requires minimal upkeep, a quick wipe-down, and it shines anew.

Blue Tempest Quartzite: Elevating the Range Wall & Perimeter Countertops

Now, if you haven’t heard of Quartzite, prepare to be entranced:

  • Natural Beauty: As a natural stone, Quartzite offers mesmerizing patterns, giving each slab its unique charm.
  • Strength: Just like quartz, Quartzite is known for its durability. It’s a match made in heaven for kitchens where spills and splatters are all part of the daily narrative.
  • Heat Resistance: Perfect for the range wall where there’s always some action!
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The Transformation

With a clear idea in mind, Cori Ashlyn Design envisioned a spacious, light, and elegant space. And we were all hands on deck to achieve this!

The Stunning Island in This Kitchen Remodel

At the heart of this kitchen is the expansive island. By choosing a light-toned quartz, not only does it serve as a functional workspace, but it also becomes a statement piece, reflecting light and creating an airy ambiance.

The Alluring Range Wall & Perimeter Countertops

The range wall now boasts the stunning Blue Tempest Quartzite, creating a dynamic focal point. The beautiful natural patterns of the Quartzite juxtapose beautifully against the modernity of the appliances and the sleekness of the cabinetry. This balance between contemporary and organic elements is what makes this kitchen so captivating.

The perimeter countertops, while complementing the island, carry the same Quartzite, ensuring harmony and flow throughout the kitchen.

Benefits of Merging Quartz and Quartzite

By integrating both Quartz and Quartzite, this kitchen:

  • Tells a Story: The modern quartz island hints at contemporary design, while the Quartzite walls and counters transport us to the timeless allure of nature.
  • Offers Robustness: Both materials are built to last, ensuring that this kitchen remains ageless for years to come.
  • Makes Maintenance a Breeze: Thanks to the nature of these stones, cleaning up after a sumptuous meal becomes less of a chore and more of a swift routine.

The “After” Picture of This Kitchen Remodel

Imagine a kitchen that’s light, spacious, and brimming with personality. The before-and-after photos reveal a space that’s undergone not just a physical transformation, but a complete identity metamorphosis. From cramped and outdated, it now sings a song of elegance, warmth, and style.

Your Kitchen Awaits its Transformation!

Every kitchen has potential. It’s about vision, the right materials, and expertise. And with industry-leading experience in stonework like us, you too can achieve your dream kitchen.

We believe in the magic of transformation. If you’re feeling inspired and are considering a kitchen remodel, reach out. Let’s create spaces that tell stories.

Ready to start your project?

Absolute Stone Design | 11200 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 23059 | 804-752-2001

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Fantasy Brown Granite: Upscale Your Kitchen!

We all know the kitchen is more than just a place to cook; it’s the heart of the home. If you’re contemplating an upgrade, may I introduce you to the splendor of Fantasy Brown Granite? This natural stone is the epitome of luxury and durability, and let’s face it, it looks drop-dead gorgeous.

What Makes Fantasy Brown Granite So Special?

Unique Patterns and Colors

Where to begin with the natural art that is Fantasy Brown Granite! Each slab is a work of art, with swirls of gray, brown, and even a touch of blue or green, depending on the light. It’s a neutral but exciting palette that will complement almost any cabinet or floor style you pair it with.

Durability and Resilience

Kitchens see a lot of action—chopping, boiling, spilling—you name it! Fantasy Brown Granite isn’t just a pretty face; it’s strong enough to withstand everyday wear and tear, making it a practical choice as well.


From traditional to modern and everything in between, this stone can adapt and dazzle. Think of it as the “little black dress” of kitchen surfaces. Whether you’re into classic, rustic, or ultra-modern aesthetics, this granite has got you covered.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Incorporating Fantasy Brown Granite Into Your Kitchen


Start with accurate measurements and perhaps even consult a professional designer. Sure, we all love a DIY moment, but when it comes to something as important as your kitchen, a little expert advice can go a long way. We are here to help!

Selecting Fantasy Brown Granite

Quality counts. Visit Absolute Stone Design to choose your slab in person. Take your time and get a feel for the pattern and color variations to find the one that sings to you.


This is where we come in! As a stone fabricator, let us tell you that craftsmanship matters. From cutting to edge profiling and finishing, each step is vital to bring out the beauty of your chosen slab.


Prepare the kitchen space and ensure you’ve hired us, skilled professionals for the installation. Trust us; you don’t want to skimp on this part.

Maintenance Tips

Use pH-balanced cleaners, and avoid harsh chemicals. Wipe spills immediately, and consider sealing the granite every few years to keep it looking brand new.

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It’s Not Just a Stone, It’s a Lifestyle

Fantasy Brown Granite is an excellent choice for a sophisticated, long-lasting, and utterly captivating kitchen. At this stage of life, you deserve a space that’s as elegant and multifaceted as you are. Why settle for anything less?

Interested in taking the next step?

Absolute Stone Design | 11200 Washington Highway, Glen Allen | 804 752 2001

Shop Now: Marble for Every Style and Project!

If you’re anything like us—loves timeless elegance—you’ve probably found yourself swooning over marble countertops, flooring, or even a chic marble coffee table. And why not? The stone is the epitome of luxurious living, and today we’re diving deep into this amazing natural stone that can make any space look like a million bucks. As a stone fabricator with years of experience in natural stones and quartz, we are excited to share our expertise with you.

Why Marble? A Romance in Stone

Natural Beauty

The natural stone has this innate ability to take your breath away. Its natural veining and spectrum of colors turn every slab into a unique piece of art. No two pieces are ever the same!


Marble can last a lifetime—or two! The Romans knew it; they built the Pantheon with it, and it’s still standing after nearly two millennia. The stone is an investment in your home that will pay off in longevity and style.

The Luxe Factor

Whether it’s a marble countertop in your kitchen, marble tiles in your bathroom, or even an accent table in your living room—wherever it is, marble screams luxury. And let’s be honest; who doesn’t like a little bit of luxe in their life?

Considering Lifestyle & Design Preferences

Your home should be an extension of you. So before you get swept up in the sea of marble possibilities, take a step back and think about your lifestyle and design preferences. Are you a clean freak or more of a ‘lived-in charm’ kinda person? Do you lean toward traditional decor or is contemporary more your speed?

The Art of Aging Gracefully

We understand that beauty deepens with time, and guess what—so does marble! It develops a patina, a natural finish that evolves with age, adding more character and texture to the stone. Just like a fine wine, marble gets better with age. So, when you choose this type of stone, you’re investing in something that will age as gracefully as you do.

Featured Types for Every Style

White Moura Premium: For the Modern Minimalist

Love clean lines and a monochrome palette? White Moura Premium is your best friend. Its pure, almost icy-white background offers a sleek look that’s perfect for modern homes.

White Sand: The Queen of Subtle Elegance

If you love nuances and subtlety, this is a dream come true. White Sand has faint veining that offers a whisper of design, letting your furnishings and fixtures take center stage.

White Carrara Venatino: The Timeless Classic

For those who appreciate timeless elegance, this marble is a hands-down winner. Its delicate veining and bright background make it the little black dress of marbles—always in style and incredibly versatile.

Portinario Marble: Harmony in Nature

Portinario marble is for those who love to bring the outdoors in. Its earthy tones and beautiful patterns offer a serene, grounded presence—making your home a peaceful oasis.

Customization: Make It Your Own

The beauty of marble doesn’t stop at its natural form. With custom fabrication, you can create countertops, backsplashes, and even furniture that perfectly fit your space and style. Want a waterfall island in your kitchen? Done! A herringbone pattern for your bathroom floor? Absolutely possible!

Practical Tips for Marble Care

Yes, marble is a bit more high-maintenance than some other materials, but taking care of it is simple if you know what to do. Regular sealing and avoiding acidic cleaners can go a long way. And hey, you can always use that as an excuse to keep the kids from running wild with their Kool-Aid!

As we always say, style has no age limit, and the same goes for creating a home you love. Whether you’re renovating or just dreaming for now, we hope this guide inspires you to consider marble as a lifetime style companion.

Absolute Stone Design | 11200 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 23059 | 804-752-2001