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Turn on any television lately, and there are a myriad of programs to inspire homeowners. Whether the program is a total home makeover, a celebrity kitchen makeover or an educational program that objectively weighs the pros and cons of surface materials, one product has received more air time than any other—Silestone by Cosentino.
Made from quartz, Silestone has obtained rock star status for good reason, having been featured on over two dozen Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, five recent HGTV Dream Homes, highlighted on the Discovery Channel, selected for the Dream Kitchen Makeover by Rachel Ray and most recently featured on Good Morning America.


This award-winning countertop has garnered the attention of celebrities and design professionals alike, for its durability, beauty and affordability. For HGTV, Silestone, was a proud sponsor of the 2010 Dream Home Giveaway in New Mexico. There they collaborated with the HGTV house planners and designers to incorporate Silestone throughout different areas of the home. This year’s HGTV Dream Home featured stunning handpicked Silestone products for the kitchen countertops, master bath vanities and walls; as well as Eco by Cosentino recycled surfaces for the secondary bathrooms.

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For more information, call Stone System of North Carolina at 704-238-1659 or visit them on line at www.stone-systems.com or www.cosentinonorthamerica.com. Silestone quartz is available nationally in over 65 colors and offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

When Bill and Nancy Flango decided to build a house locally – while
still living out of state – they interviewed several custom builders. One
stood out immediately, and a successful partnership and lasting friendship
came to be.
“The project was very challenging because being in New Jersey we
could not personally oversee the progress,” Bill says. Nancy agrees, adding
“We needed a builder we could trust and Zar Custom Homes repeatedly
justified the trust we placed in them.”
Led by Russell Zavatsky, owner/president, and his wife Lisa, vice president/
design consultant, the process for the owners from afar began; the
results of the Lake James house delighted the Flangos, becoming a reality
with only two visits during the process from the homeowners. How so?

Through Zar’s attention to every detail and commitment to constant communication while building a lasting relationship with clients.
“While other builders talked about which type bricks they would use, I focused on facilitating an enjoyable relationship along the way and made
this clear to the homeowners,” Russell says. At Zar, the commitment starts at the design phase and continues throughout the onsite supervision
of construction. “They treated us as if we were building an extreme value home even though we had a modest budget,” Bill says, touting Russell’s advice on materials and accents accompanied by Lisa’s expertise in choosing countertops, colors, finishes, and tile as services they could not have done without. “They truly wanted us to love the house, and it happened on budget and ahead of schedule,” Nancy says. “We couldn’t be more pleased; the house literally took our breath away; the craftsmanship is superb, and the details superior – the masonry that went into the fireplaces, the stone columns, the front porch, the wood floors, the tile throughout – the house is full of unexpected details.”

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For more information on Zar Custom Homes, call 704-843-8447 or email lisa.zavatsky@zarcustomhomes.com. You may also visit
www.zarcustomhomes.com.

    Interior designer Cindy Meighan of Designed Interiors in Charlotte recently found the kitchen design project she’d been waiting for. As soon as she walked into the kitchen of Charlotte homeownersSuzann and Steve Yarborough to discuss a major kitchen remodel, she knew the space was perfect for a dramatic granite backsplash.
    Granite countertops are one thing, but creating a granite backsplash is more of a challenge. “You need the veining to flow from the countertop straight up the wall,” says Cindy. “First you determine where the strong points of the granite are; that’s what you want to showcase on the backsplash.”
    With the fabrication and installation so critical on this project, Cindy turned to professionals who would not only meet, but also exceed her expectations.
She went to Tile Collection and collaborated with Joslyn Byrne, one of the in-house
interior designers.

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Visit the Tile Collection showroom at 11200 Carolina Place Parkway. Call us at 704-541-8453 or visit us online at www.tilecollection.com.

Modern bathroom designs involve an elegant simplicity that creates a mood of comfort and ease.  There are five major bath trends today that seem to be dominating the desired design aesthetic:

1. Longer and wider cabinetry-helps to elongate a small bathroom

2. Environmentally conscious products- these may include energy efficient products,etc.

3. Accessibility systems:  organizational systems are vital and allow for efficient storage of items

4. Counter-tops of differing heights:  accommodates people and guests of all heights and sizes

5.  Multiple sinks: allows for multiple people to be in a bathroom area at once, completing different tasks

For more information please visit vithouse.com.

What man throws away, we recycle into a beautiful natural composite that is superior to natural stone.  If there are two rooms in your home conditions, it has to be the kitchen and bath.

When it comes to the bath, many consumers want to create a spa-like oasis, but the problem can be finding materials for surface areas that can withstand daily abuse, cleaning chemicals and soaps, yet still look luxurious.

Previously, the look and elegance found with marble was either cost prohibitive or not practical for the bath area, but now, a new product from Cosentino aims to bring style and durability to the bath…

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For more information, visit stone-systems.com or call Stone Systems of North Carolina at 704-238-1659.

Why would a well-established local business choose to change their name? In the case of Queen City Countertops, a name change was needed to better represent their expanded service offerings. They recently broadened their scope of services from countertops to include complete renovation services, becoming Queen City Kitchen and Bath.

They now offer turn-key kitchen and bath renovations and project management to act as a liaison between the various subcontractors that are involved in a kitchen or bath remodel.

“Because we run the entire project in-house, this ensures on-time delivery and high quality workmanship, alleviating unnecessary homeowner stress,” says Dee Grannan, their in-house kitchen and bath designer.

In business since 2003 and family-run, the attention to detail and personalized service has been a critical component to this businesses success and repeat business…

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For more information on Queen City Kitchen and Bath, call 704-296-0040 or visit their new showroom at 3015 Chamber Drive, or visit www.queencitykitchenandbath.com

If the recession has taught us anything, it’s that bigger isn’t always better. Even when it comes to our kitchens, we’re downsizing; the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) design trends for 2010 included  concealed kitchens and space efficiency.

In this aspect, Europe is decades ahead of us. The European kitchen is the model of efficiency and beautiful minimalist design. Cooking in Europe is viewed differently than in the US with fresh ingredients and depends less on stored and pre-prepared food. Space is usually at a premium so appliances are smaller and storage is paramount.

Charlotte homeowners are in luck because Nolte Home Studios, maker of Europe’s most innovative kitchen and bedroom designs, has recently opened its first US showroom in Pineville.

Nolte is a German manufacturing company (second largest single label in the world) that has been designing and producing high-quality kitchens for more than 50 years. Their innovative space-saving designs keep everything in your cabinets organized and close-at-hand while using every inch of space available.

But those are the things you don’t see; the exterior of a Nolte kitchen is a work of minimalist art with clean uninterrupted lines and a streamlined elegant look….

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Visit the Nolte Home Studio showroom at 11523 Carolina Place Parkway in Pineville, or call 704-542-4640. Visit them online at www.noltehomestudio-usa.com.


Imagine a home filled with rich colors and comforting textures – the warm honey tones of well-polished wood .. . the soothing brushstrokes of chocolate. Now, imagine that you can have all it without doing any damage to the world in which we live.

This spring take the natural approach to interior and exterior design with the stunning Urban Timber and the Horn Tile series found at Tile Collection. Whether you’re updating a kitchen or bathroom, adding an element of interest to living spaces or find yourself redefining your outdoor oasis, these sumptuous selections add easy elegance without acute care.

Rich and sensual, the veining of the Horn Tile series adds interest to any application. These generous tiles carry a slightly satin finish for a luxurious, enveloping atmosphere. Urban Timber has the look and feel of real wood — thanks, in part, to their unique dimensions. With distinctive color gradation and precise texture, these stylish tiles add warmth without work.

Available in four finish stains and two sizes (6” x 24”and 6” x 35”), these exciting new tiles are certified for outdoor use, making them ideal for breathing new life into patios and pool surrounds. Jennifer Creasser explains, “In order to withstand our area’s extreme temperature differences our installers take the extra steps needed to install weatherproof membranes for outdoor applications.”

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For more information on the Horn series or Urban Timber, visit www.tilecollection.com, call 704-541-8453 or stop by the showroom at 11200 Carolina Place Parkway.

Finding a balance between price, style and being environmentally conscious, can be difficult when selecting high-end building materials.

But recently the ECO™ line by Cosentino, a revolutionary new line of sustainable countertop and surfacing materials, was the beneficiary of multiple industry awards in innovation and sustainability.

Selected by a distinguished panel of judges, editors, industry leaders, and consumers, ECO™ by Cosentino has won the 2009 Building Products Green Product Awards, Multi-Housing News Green Initiative Awards, Interiors & Sources R eaders Choice Awards. Additionally, it was awarded the Innovative Product of the Year at the 2009 Stone Expo and was recognized as the Best Product at CONSTRUMAT, the leading international construction fair in Barcelona, Spain. The product is carried locally by Stone Systems of North Carolina.

We are thrilled by the industry’s overwhelmingly positive response and are proud to deliver a categorically innovative and beautiful product, said Lorenzo Marquez, vice president of marketing of Cosentino North America. These industry awards and recognition are an important indication that this countertop line is helping to fill a void in the market by providing a sustainable surfacing material that does not sacrifice design or performance…

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For more information, visit www.ecobycosentino.com. With 11 manufacturing lines, Cosentino is the largest manufacturer of natural quartz surfaces in the world. It is available locally through Stone Systems of North Carolina. Call them at 704-238-1659.


Now’s the time for your home to shine with the incorporation of tiles in colors and patterns that flow beautifully from room to room, truly transforming your house into a home.

Spotlighted as a new choice for homeowners is Crossville, Inc.’s debut of the Urban Renewal line. “This is a metallic, decorative line with designs inspired by architectural details ranging from traditional to contemporary to deliver a look that fits your home,” says Kirsten Urke, showroom designer. “This has recently become available on the market, and so far the series is off to a good start.”

Four finishes are available within Urban Renewal’s line: antique bronze, blacksmith iron, aged bronze, and bronze verde stain “Probably the antique bronze is still the most popular because it works well with many designs,” says Kirsten, “However, aged bronze is really unique and expected to do very well…”

Click here to view the entire article or visit Urban Home Magazine’s website to learn more about Crossville Tile and Stone.

For more information on Crossville Tile & Stone, call 704-927-8453. You can also visit the showroom at 927 Pressley Road, Suite B, or online at www.crossvilletileandstone.com.

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