Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, the United States of America declared its independence. Interestingly, one of the largest battles of the American Revolution, the Battle of Brooklyn, took place at a historic site now known as the Old Stone House. Given the stone’s reputation for strength and solidity, it is not surprising that a structure made from this incredible material has an important place in history.
Every July 4, people attend parades and fireworks celebrations to honor the birth of a nation and proudly wave red, white and blue flags. Since these colors are synonymous with values that Americans cherish, stone makers have sought out various shades of freedom made from granite, onyx, quartzite, and other types of stone. Independence Day is also a day to enjoy outdoor spaces and share traditional meals with friends and family. The backyard has been transformed from “a place to put the grill” into an extension of the kitchen and dining areas of the house. Outdoor kitchens have many of the same amenities as their indoor counterparts, and designers and homeowners choose granite countertops because of the durability and versatility of stone.
The search for a great kitchen countertop begins with deciding which color complements the outdoor space. Xango Red is an exotic granite style with hues of red and earth tone notes that blend well with natural elements. Add a hint of fire with the speckled red beauty of Amber Fantasy, which sizzles with undertones of gold and copper. Gaya’s swirling reds will evoke visions of the setting summer sun and can provide an exquisite backdrop for an evening of outdoor entertainment.
White is the definitive color of summer. Also great for building or remodeling outdoor gathering places. Reflects the sun’s rays and keeps everyone cooler during swimming time and cookouts. When properly sealed, granite is easy to clean and maintain, so choosing white for outdoor dining areas is a viable option. Delicatus White’s polished look offers distinctive elegance, while Iceberg’s freshness brightens up any space. Bianco Antico is a mottled mix dominated by white and dotted with drops of black and brown. River White honors the time of the nation’s ancestors with its classic combination of gold and white.
The pool is not the only place that can reflect the color of the sky. Outdoor granite countertops bring heaven to Earth. Lemurian Premium Blue’s brilliant silver blue and sparkling bronze flecks provide a phenomenal setting for food displays commonly featured during summer outings. Orion Blue’s mottled design is inspired by the deep blue sea in stark contrast to Persa Blue, whose splashes of varied hues give the appearance of the sea crashing against a white sand shore. For homeowners looking for an exotic look, Lapis Blue can turn any garden into a tropical paradise.
During the summer months, people celebrate their release from the cold of winter and the rains of spring by frequenting the outdoors. During July, they also commemorate the founding of the United States of America. Building a new outdoor space or renovating an existing one is the perfect time to show that patriotic spirit by selecting the traditional colors of red, white or blue and the beauty and strength of stone.