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“We can't thank our designer enough for her attention to our needs and keeping our project within our budget along with creating great “wow factor." It is truly amazing what a good designer can do with three spaces that didn't work at all. She made use of every inch in putting in features that were so practical. But the spaces are truly beautiful, too. She totally understood our unique home and the "natural" contemporary look we wanted. Also, Karl and Matt were super to work with. They ran into all kinds of things in this unique building and had to do a large amount of structural work along with the install.”

Chuck and Gail Ellenbaum
Geneva, IL

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Kitchen & Bathroom Surface Materials

In the case of your Chicago home renovation, what’s on the surface counts just as much as what’s underneath- maybe even more so! At our Glen Ellyn studio, we showcase surface materials for counters, backsplashes, flooring, and wall coverings. Our designers know how to mix materials to add texture and eye-catching visual dimension and color, giving you a wide array of Chicago bathroom or kitchen counter options.

Granite is recommended for use in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms, flooring material, and backsplashes.


Marble is most commonly used as surface material in bathrooms, backsplashes, flooring, and fireplace surrounds.


Like granite, quartzite is used most often in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and backsplash surfaces.


Quartz is easy to maintain and clean, requiring only soap and water or cleaners like Windex, and quartz maintains its sheen and color with little effort.


Wood surfacing is found in kitchens, furniture, and island counter or eating bar tops.


Like marble, soapstone is most commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, bars, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds.


Glass surfaces are recommended for kitchens, bars, eating areas, appliance panels, decorative accents, and cabinet doors. All glass is recyclable, making this an eco-friendly option.


Recycled glass is a type of quartz and is primarily used as a part of a contemporary design plan.


Stainless steel is mostly used in contemporary and transitional kitchen and bar spaces, especially on countertops and backsplashes.


Pewter is recommended for kitchens and counter or table tops, and with a much warmer golden tone than stainless steel, pewter is more suited towards traditional design options.


Copper is often used in bar tops and butlers’ pantries, and its colors vary from a bright “penny” color to acid and weather-etched options, creating unique finishes and designs.


Like pewter and stainless steel, zinc is used in kitchens and countertops.