Expert Q&A: Lee Barefield of Barefield Counterstone discusses stone and sink trends


AGHS: Lee, tell us a little bit about your business, Barefield Counterstone.

LB: We offer stone countertops in Granite, Marble and Quartz and sinks for kitchens and baths. I have been in this business since 1993 and we will walk you through the process of selecting a new top, templating your stone and installation, including removing your old tops.


AGHS: What are some trending stone choices you are seeing now?

LB: There is a lot of interest in Quartz countertops for both kitchens and bathrooms.  People seem to be interested in refreshing their rooms with brighter countertops and there are so many patterns with interesting veining.  Granite is always popular as well with so many unique patterns and color variations to choose from.   There are also some Leather and Honed finish options that can add an interesting spin on the finished look!


AGHS: Do you recommend granite or quartz?

LB: Either is a great countertop material if cared for properly.  I believe people need to see both and select what best suits their personal taste and the goal of the overall look of their individual project.  Granite slabs are natural stone and tend to have a lot of character and often busier patterns.  Quartz slabs are engineered and often made to look more like marble with varied shades of white backgrounds and veining in various colors.

It is good to consider how each material needs to be cared for as well when choosing a countertop. Granite is a natural stone that resists heat, stains and scratches, but it is porous and needs to be sealed on a consistent basis. Quartz is made up of crushed quartz and polymer so it is non-porous, antimicrobial and low maintenance. Quartz doesn’t tolerate high temperatures as well.

AGHS: Talk to us a little bit about kitchen sink options.

LB: There are lots of different options for kitchen sinks. There are single bowl and double bowl – with different configurations for the double bowl. There are material options like stainless steel, porcelain, and composite. There are also many different sizes and shapes – think of a bar sink vs. a kitchen sink.


AGHS: Lee – is there anything else you want our customers to know?

LB: Sure. Please look up our company online to learn more about our products and the process of replacing your counterstone. Or I can be reached at (252) 717-8775.