Archive for September, 2013

Countertops: Granite vs. Quartz vs. Marble

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Over the course of my career as a home remodeling contractor in Los Angeles, I have been lucky enough to redesign many a bathroom and kitchen. And one of the things almost all of these remodels have in common is the homeowner’s desire for more modern countertops. These days, that often means going with quartz. However, when clients ask me specifically about quartz countertops, I also like to let them know that there are a couple other options that may work for them, such as granite and marble. Then, we discuss all of the pros and cons of each, figure out a budget, and make a choice. I do it this way because, to me, each client has different design tastes, and I always want the homeowner to go with what fits them, not just what most other people are doing.

Here are some pros and cons of quartz, granite, and marble countertops. If you have any more questions, feel free to give me a call at (213) 232-4783 to discuss them further.


Quartz Countertops

Over the past few years, quartz has become the go-to for a lot of homeowners looking to re-do their kitchen and bathroom countertops. And of the three types of countertops here, quartz is the only one that is actually “man-made.” However, that wouldn’t bother me at all as a homeowner since it is still made out of natural stone. What I love about quartz as a countertop material is that because it’s manufactured, it comes in wider range of styles and colors than either granite or marble. And some might even say that quartz countertops have the richest finish of any surface available today, giving off the contemporary look that many homeowners love. Add that to the fact that it’s just as durable and easy to maintain as granite (if not more), and quartz countertops are a great option in almost any home. The only real con to quartz is that it may be a bit more expensive than granite. But I think that if you love the look, it’s definitely worth the price.


Granite Countertops

When it comes to renovating the countertops in your home, granite is a pretty awesome material. It can give your home a great modern look, without much hassle or upkeep. That’s because granite is extremely durable, resistant to most temperatures, very tough to scratch, and very easy to clean. It is also available in a ton of different colors, so you can always find one that matches your style preference. The only major con is that it is not always cost-effective for every homeowner, but its rise in popularity has led to some more budget-friendly options that might suit you. To me, granite is a very safe and modern option that I’m always pretty sure a homeowner will be happy with.


Marble Countertops

Of the three options on this list, marble is, believe it or not, the least expensive. But depending on your style preference, it could easily be considered the most beautiful.  I have always thought the unique veining in each piece of marble was an incredible, natural wonder, and it is certainly a surface I think any homeowner should seriously consider for their kitchen and bathroom countertops. It is perfect for any homeowner who is looking for a more classic look, and it ages really, really well. On the downside, marble is the easiest of these three materials to stain (because of its porousness) or scratch, so homeowners with young kids may want to keep that in mind. And if either of these problems occur, it is likely that you may have to replace the entire countertop.


To learn more about these and other countertop options from an experienced Los Angeles contractor, give D.C. Keeton Home Improvements a call at (213) 232-4783, or contact us here.

You can also visit Google ‘Images’ and search for “Quartz countertops,” “Granite countertops,” and “Marble countertops” to see a bunch of amazing examples of these countertops in action.

“How to Create Your Dream Home Without Losing Your Mind or Your Wallet”

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Spend an afternoon with 4 design-build professionals at Cisco Home in Brentwood for a

panel discussion on how to create your dream home from remodeling to furnishings. Gain an

insider’s grasp of how to avoid irritating, time-consuming & costly remodeling mistakes from

an outstanding panel with over 97 years combined mastery of Feng Shui, Construction,

Interior and Architectural Design. Moderated by an elite Real Estate, professional that knows

what will maximize the value of your home. This is a unique opportunity for those who

demand excellence to tap into the creative talents of these accomplished professionals who

have created more than 500 dream homes with remarkable results. Let this brilliant panel

take the guess work out of having a cost-efficient remodel with a flair for sustainable, ecofriendly

design. You can turn to them with confidence to create your dream home that suits

your lifestyle.



The presentation will be followed by a reception where you will have a chance to speak to the

panelists and moderator and see the sustainable furnishings Cisco Home offers.

Please RSVP to Abby at Cisco Home via e-mail to or call Abby at

(310) 476-7126.

For questions about the panel or panel topics, please contact any of the 4 Panelists:

P.K. Odle, internationally respected Feng Shui instructor of The Feng Shui Advantage,

(626) 288-1669 /

David Keeton, super service general contractor (Angie’s List), of D.C. Keeton Home

Improvements, (213) 232-4783 /

Beth Devermont, ASID, one of L.A.’s top interior design talents, of Devermont Design

Group, Inc., (310) 472-6449 /

Richard Blumenberg, AIA, LEED AP, award-winning architect of RLB Architecture,

(310) 459-0244 /

 Moderator: Barbra Stover, highly successful Rodeo Realty real estate luxury property

specialist and TV personality, (310) 902-7122 /

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, October 5th at 2:30 p.m.