Here are three options I have pulled together to get a feel in direction for selecting countertops. Option 1 & 2 are granite and option 3 is quartz. Options 1 & 2 are similar in material and markings but different in color. Option 3 is quarts and a completely different overall appearance than option 1 & 2.
Granite vs. Quarts: Granite is a durable material that’s resistant to heat and many other kitchen elements. Due to its porous nature though, there can be some staining if spilled liquids are left sitting and damage can be done if your counter receives a high impact blow. Quartz is actually harder than granite and thus, more durable. In fact, quartz is nearly indestructible, and because it isn’t porous like granite, it’s easy to keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free. Be careful with cooking pans though: Quartz can be damaged by excessive heat, so use heating pads at all times.
Option 1: is going to give you a more warm tone and pull browns from within your home.
Option 2: is going to give you a more cool tone and pull grays from within your home. Pulling from your gray walls and providing a nice contrast from the white cabinetry. It will also look nice with your black stainless appliances.
Option 3: is a more clean line, monochromatic, sleek style. The slight gray veining within this material will help pull grays from within your home. This is a very popular choice with modern farmhouse homes.
Here's what I need: Let me know which of the above you like the most. Remember you are NOT selecting the exact countertop material that will be going in you kitchen. This is only a reference point for making the final decision. Once I know more of a direction I will provide more samples and pull it all together with backsplash options and a style board- so you can get the entire look BEFORE deciding.
Options 3 Selected on 7/17/17- Chad was contacted and made aware of the selection. Sales associate at Cub Creek said the name was White Sand Quartz.