When making a decision on the best material to use for new countertops, flooring or stone elements in your home, the wide selection of options to choose from can be overwhelming. Here at AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., we understand how important it is to homeowners to have all the information they need to make a wise, informed decision. To help with this, we would like to share with you a little more about three of the great products we carry: marble, granite and limestone.

Marble
This timeless classic has long been used around the world to bring beauty to ancient as well as modern structures. The delicate veining and lovely color variations in marble never go out of style, and marble countertops can bring elegance to any room. It must be handled with care, however, as it is easily stained and scratched.

Granite
For those who want a material that is more durable and stain-resistant but just as exquisite, granite is still the stone of choice for homes and businesses alike. It’s very low-maintenance, and comes in so many different patterns and color variations that you’re sure to find just the look you’re searching for. In addition, granite countertops add value to any home.

Limestone
Limestone comes in an assortment of textures and colors that vary based on where it came from. It can be used for backsplashes, bathroom countertops and flooring. Limestone must be treated with care because it does stain and etch. This will change the appearance of the stone over time, though some homeowners feel the wear adds character. If you find that limestone appeals to you, go for it, but be aware that limestone is porous and will need to sealed regularly.

If you are ready to upgrade your countertops, flooring or other home element by bringing the beauty of natural stone into your home, give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., a call today at 610-344-7700. We offer a FREE in-home consultation with one of our excellent designers.

Categories : Blog, Kitchen remodeling

AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, Inc., has proudly served the West Chester, Pennsylvania, area for over 30 years. With our outstanding products and our talented designers and remodeling teams, it’s not hard to see why our company has been so successful. To help you learn a little more about us, here are some of the most common questions we get asked by our customers.

How does AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile stand out from similar companies?

At AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, we endeavor to make every job personal by treating your home like our own. We strive to customize our work to fit the needs of each individual customer, and will walk you through every step of the installation process so that you always feel comfortable with us and know what’s going on.

What are some of the different designs and features you offer?

While we specialize in providing exceptional granite, marble and tile, we also provide a variety of other stone products. Having a large selection of stock and custom products to choose from allows us to widen our customer base, individualizing each installation project to meet the needs and desires of the homeowners we work with. In addition to marble, granite and traditional tile, we also offer paver tiles, quartz, travertine, soapstone and limestone.

Why is AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile the best choice for my stone fabrication needs?

When our customers come to us, they are looking for more than just a pretty countertop or fireplace surround. They want to invest their money in something that will make an impact on their home and help create rooms that are beautiful and inviting, where they can relax with family or entertain guests. At AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile, our commitment to quality along with highly-trained craftsmen and a courteous, professional customer support team help make this dream a reality.

If you are ready to let us transform your home into a showplace, just give us a call for your FREE in-home estimate. Contact us at 610-344-7700 to find out more.

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For many people, after several years of having things in their home a certain way, they get bored with the status quo and start to get the itch to try something new. If you have a love/hate relationship with your kitchen, here are a few ways to get things back on track.

Clear Off Your Counters
Cluttered countertops do nothing for your kitchen. They look messy and unorganized, make meal prep a hassle, and even cause the room to look smaller. Relocate items to cabinets or pantries, leaving only essential items like cooking utensils, knives, seasonings, and one or two of your most frequently used appliances. Your kitchen will look bigger and cleaner, and after-dinner cleanup will go much more smoothly.

Reface the Cabinets
If you have kitchen cabinets that are sturdy, functional and well-designed, there’s no reason to spend big bucks on the purchase and installation of custom cabinets just to get a new look. Refacing your kitchen cabinets will give you the same result at a fraction of the cost. Choose a new color or finish and buy some attractive hardware and accessories, and when you put it all together your kitchen cabinets will look like new.

Add Some Under-Cabinet Lighting
The shadows cast onto countertops by your cabinets can make prep work difficult. Installing LED lighting under your cabinets is a great economical solution to this problem. LEDs are very energy efficient, emit little heat and add a nice ambiance to your kitchen. They also work great to light the way when you need a little midnight snack.

Upgrade Your Flooring
In most homes, the kitchen is hands down the room that gets the most wear and tear, so the kitchen floor has to be tough enough to stand up to the abuse. If you are thinking of upgrading your kitchen floor, consider replacing it with ceramic or porcelain tile. While both are good choices because they are attractive, durable, and easy to clean, porcelain is the better of the two. It is denser, so it can handle heavier loads, and unlike glazed ceramic tile, the color goes all the way through, so chips won’t be as noticeable.

If you are ready to love your kitchen again, pick up the phone and give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile a call at (610) 344-7700. We are happy to offer FREE consultations and share our expertise.

If you associate your kitchen only with an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning and washing dishes, resolve to start the new year fresh! These small changes will give you a new view of your kitchen and make it a place of comfort and belonging.

Clean the Slate
With any room transformation, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Begin by giving your kitchen a deep cleaning: scrub down cabinets and countertops, thoroughly mop the floor, and dust the tops of upper cabinets. This is also a great time to get rid of junk that has been cluttering up your cabinets. Splurge a little on some matching dishware or flatware, or if your taste is a little more eclectic, check out local thrift stores to build your own unique collection.

Dress Things Up with Baskets
If you have a lot of open shelving, try utilizing pretty woven baskets for storage and organization. This is an easy way to take care of cluttered counters and shelving. Simply gather up similar items that you want to store together, toss them in a basket, and find a good place to display it. This will help you become more organized while adding nicely to the look and feel of your kitchen.

Add Personal Touches
People have certain ideas about what kitchens are supposed to look like, but if you are going to be the one spending the majority of your time in it, why worry about what other people think? Try adding some personal touches to give the room some personality. If you’re into gardening, place fresh-cut flowers in vases around the room, or start an herb garden on your windowsill. If you are an artist, find the perfect spot for one of your paintings, or use your creativity to spice up an accent wall. It doesn’t really matter how you choose to do it; just make the space your own.

If your kitchen floor or countertops are in serious need of an upgrade, give AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile a call at (610) 344-7700. We offer FREE consultations that will start you on your way to the kitchen of your dreams!

The bathroom is where we prepare to face the world every day. While some may say that how a bathroom looks doesn’t matter, having an inviting space to start or end the day is becoming more important to the average person. Whether your bathroom needs a complete overhaul or just a few changes here and there, let AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile help make 2017 the year you finally turn your bathroom into your own private retreat.

 

Refresh the Room with New Paint
Painting remains one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update a room, and bathrooms are no exception. If you’re tired of looking at your bathroom’s current drab walls, freshen things up with a new coat of paint. Look for gloss or semi-gloss paint, which are more resistant to mold and mildew. Try to avoid bright, bold colors to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. As a rule, softer, more soothing colors will do a better job of creating the atmosphere you’re striving for in your bathroom.

 

Update Your Lighting
It’s essential to have plenty of lighting in the bathroom to brighten up key areas, like in front of the mirror where good light is important for shaving or applying makeup. One light fixture doesn’t cut it in the bathroom, so invest in a few different kinds of lighting. For example, wall-mounted sconce lights on either side of the sink work well for shadow-free task lighting. For general lighting in the bathroom, recessed lights paired with a dimmer switch are a good option that allow you to adjust the brightness for a relaxing bath or a late-night bathroom visit.

 

Invest in New Flooring
A change in flooring can totally change the look of your bathroom, especially if you’re going from worn and torn linoleum or vinyl to something from AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile’s wide selection of tile flooring. Decorative concrete flooring is also an option that has been coming into style as of late. If you are a fan of hardwood floors, bamboo is a reasonably-priced, environmentally-friendly option that looks great in any room. Just make sure that the floor is properly protected and sealed after installation to prevent moisture damage.

If a bathroom remodel is not something you want to tackle on your own, don’t hesitate to contact us at (610) 344-7700. Let AAA Hellenic Marble & Tile help you design and build the bathroom of your dreams.

Another Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, and it is around this time that our phones seem to be ringing off the hook. Why is this? Because all over the West Chester region, families have hosted large groups of friends, relatives and coworkers for festive get-togethers, and all those holiday parties really put our homes to the test. Big holidays are often the time when you learn that you could really use that extra sink or oven, your floors aren’t very good at hiding wine spills, or that you’re simply overdue for an upgrade.

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The modern American home is constantly evolving, and while some trends go in and out of style, others take their place in the design arena and stick around. The trends that last are often those that allow people to live more comfortably and get more use out of their home.

When it comes to home remodeling, kitchen and bath renovation projects still remain at the top of the list for most homeowners. But what are people demanding from these upgrades?

Here are a few trends we’ve seen in 2016 here at AAA Hellenic Marble, (and we expect many of them to stick around!):

  • Light and Shadows – Deep, dark finishes for cabinets paired with lighter shades of tile and countertops were all the rage this year. This dramatic look of light and dark offers an eye-catching, elegant contrast. For lighter shades of countertops, you could try Blanco Romano granite or White Carrerra marble. We also carry many varieties of tile and other materials for the perfect backsplash to match.
  • New Colors for Quartz – Quartz countertops continue to become more and more popular in homes, and for good reason. Quartz is a durable stone that is impervious to scratches and chips, and now there are even more choices available for your next project.
  • Kitchens with Style – Kitchens used to be all function, no form, but recently families have been moving toward creating stylish kitchens that marry the look and feel of the rest of the home.
  • Cool and Calm Bathrooms – Your bathroom should feel like your own personal spa, and there are so many design options available to help you find calm in these rooms. Cool tones for countertops, fixtures, flooring, and bath/shower surrounds were a big trend for bathrooms this year, and we expect to see these trends continue.

When you glance around your home and see spaces that look old, outdated, or simply not the right look for your family’s lifestyle, give us a call. AAA Hellenic Marble has been providing outstanding marble, granite and tile products to customers in West Chester and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. Our team of designers looks forward to talking with you about your goals for home design in the new year.

Give us a call for a free in-home estimate or visit our showroom to see our wide array of options for your next home improvement project!

What a fabulous time of year it is here in the West Chester area! Our town and towns all over Chester County and along the Main Line look amazing from the moment the leaves begin to turn and all through the holiday season. This Thanksgiving we are especially thankful for our fantastic customers, our dedicated staff and great relationships with vendors and business partners here in the Delaware Valley. Speaking of businesses, we would be remiss in not reminding all of you to join us here at AAA and other small businesses throughout our communities for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26th. There is always much to be made each year of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we ask you not to forget your local small business person this time of year! Shop local!

This afternoon and evening, the neighborhoods of West Chester will be filled with vicious vampires and scary spirits all in the name of fun! Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to scare one another once a year, plus when else are you going to have the opportunity to eat half a bag of Snickers without being judged? However, there are many folks throughout the Delaware Valley living with something far scarier all year round. We’re talking about scary kitchens. 

Maybe you’ve seen them. Maybe there is one in your own home…right at this very moment! If your kitchen is lifeless like a zombie or mummified in the long-dead style of another era, then AAA Hellenic Marble has the silver bullet to kill even the scariest kitchen. If you are frightened to the bone of the thought of entertaining friends and family because of your cabinets or countertops, then allow our designers and installers to exorcise the demons of outdated styling from your home.

Our professionals aren’t scared by any challenge. We’ve busted the ghosts of 1960s and 1970s era kitchens for decades and will continue to fight against creaky cabinet hinges and the ghosts of sea foam green for many years to come! If you or someone you love is being continually frightened by a scary kitchen, call our our showroom today to speak with a member of our top notch team!

Nature has given us soapstone in a number of colors and hardnesses. Softer variations of soapstone often contain higher amounts of talc and are used for carving because they can be easier for artisans to work with. For countertops, however, we use hard soapstone which can come in a number of shades of grays and charcoals and even some shades of green. Shades, colors and veining can depend on the parts of the world from which the stone is sourced and the types of minerals that make up the stone.

So why do homeowners love soapstone for their countertops? Soapstone countertops are the favorites of homeowners who are looking for both durability and beauty from their countertops. Serious home chefs truly enjoy being in the kitchen and see the value in quality design and usability. Homeowners who want to place a hot pot on a countertop from time to time without worrying about damaging the surface will understand why professional chefs often choose soapstone in their homes. Soapstone is non-porous which means the wine spills are not going to stain the surface. As far as maintenance is concerned, many homeowners want to ensure that the stone darkens evenly over time. So, while some insist on sealing soapstone, others will simply apply mineral oil from time to time to enhance the natural beauty of this superstar stone.

If you have questions about soapstone for your home, call AAA today so we can discuss your next project.

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