August is synonymous with back-to-school activities: parents purchasing clothing and school supplies for their children, teachers returning from their summer vacations and schools preparing to start the new school year. August also serves as a subtle reminder that summer is ending soon and fall is just around the corner. With change in the air, the last full month of summer is the perfect time to begin an indoor renovation projects. In fact, some homeowners are using something “old” to try something new in their homes—stone. What makes stone an appealing choice? Its variations in hues and patterns form distinctive patterns that make each application unique. The veining, colorful flecks, and other natural elements ensure that no two stones are alike, something that cannot be said for commercial mass-produced home improvement products. A simple way to enhance kitchens The most obvious choices for remodeling indoor living spaces are kitchens and bathrooms. Along with dens and family rooms, these are the areas of the home families use most. One of the simplest ways to improve a kitchen is to replace the kitchen countertop. Many homeowners are choosing granite for their stone countertops. As one of the hardest stones available, granite is strong and durable—and sure to withstand food preparation, eating and other activities associated with kitchens (like doing homework or conducting amazing science experiments). In addition to its resilience, granite is naturally heat and stain resistant. Quartz is another stone used for kitchen countertops. Quartz is non-porous, which makes it easy to clean. It has anti-microbial properties that can inhibit the growth of germs, mold and mildew. Marble is an upscale alternative for discerning homeowners, and slate, marble and soapstone provide more cost-effective options for renovation projects with a limited budget. Anyone completing a more extensive renovation may also consider replacing their islands and backsplashes to complete their visual kitchen masterpiece. The variety of stone available makes it simple to select one to meet any homeowner’s needs. Beautify bathrooms with stone Since vanities are the centerpieces of bathrooms, replacing a vanity top can transform any this living space from ordinary to extraordinary. When looking for a bathroom vanity, it is important to have precise measurements so that the top isn’t too small or too large. Fortunately, the same types of stone used for kitchen countertops are available for bathroom vanities. One great feature of stone is that different types can complement each other. Stone flooring made of travertine or marble can blend with a vanity top made of slate or soapstone. Homeowners should consider how often people use the bathroom when looking for the right type of stone. A guest bathroom used sparingly may benefit from the installation of a marble vanity top. Granite is an excellent choice for master baths and family bathrooms since they are used on a daily basis. Back-to-school is a time to prepare for a brand new year in education and learning. As children head off to school, it may be time to take an innovative approach in home living spaces by making plans to renew kitchens or bathrooms.