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Countertop Styles

Kitchen countertops and bathroom vanities come in an amazing variety of shapes and edge profiles. A few decades ago, when materials like laminate and acrylic ruled the day, and kitchen design was based on catalogs and templates, without much customization – basic edges were the norm. Straight edge, half-round and full-round (also called “half-bullnose” and “full bullnose” or just “bullnose”), were pretty much the only option.

With the rising popularity of granite and marble countertops in the 1980’s and 1990’s, as well as the advent of computerized design, more complicated edges became standard. Ogee, Waterfall, Dupont, French Cove, Cole Smith, and many other profiles captured the imagination of kitchen designers and homeowners. These combinations of rounded and angled shapes were the go-to for millions of homes throughout America and the world.


Countertop Styles

The Waterfall Edge

One of the more dramatic ideas in kitchen design, the “waterfall edge” uses a miter-cut stone slab to create a 90-degree angle “falling” to the floor. This instantly adds dimension to the countertop, and showcases the color & texture of the stone from additional angles. However, to create the seamless look, the stone slab must be carefully measured and cut, with edges perfectly aligned, joined, and polished. The skilled craftspeople in our fabrication shop can create this illusion of “bent stone”, which will impress and delight your family and guests for years to come.

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The Miter Cut Style

How can we make a kitchen island look like it’s made from a solid, thick, slab of stone – without it costing tens of thousands of dollars and requiring specially reinforced floors? With the ability to cut stone slabs at a precise angle, and perfectly match the stone texture around the angle, we can use thin slabs of stone and create a “shell” that looks like a single solid piece.

This isn’t so much of an “edge profile” as a completely new approach to kitchen island design. Free from the constraints of a single surface, now we can create an incredible variety of styles, shapes, and combinations of materials. Check out the “Mitered Edge” section in the gallery below for a selection of ideas.