granite tile makes an excellent countertop
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Countertop: Granite Tile

Even more manageable than this soapstone slab are 12-by-12-inch stone squares, which lay out in a grid just like ceramic tiles. Use unsanded grout for tighter joints and a smoother surface that better approximates the look of seamless stone.

Granite tile looks high-end if you finish the edges with a 1½-inch bullnose. And compared with about $90 a square foot for an installed slab, it's also a bargain. About $25 per square, Benissimo
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