What is the most important room of your home-The kitchen Remodel

What is the most important room of your home-The kitchen.

The kitchen is the central work zone and most commonly used social place of the home. Consider how many times you use this area during the course of the day.  Breakfast, morning paper, coffee, lunch, sort through mail, going over homework with the kids, before, during and after dinner.  When friends and family come to visit, where do you tend to gather? The kitchen, this is why it is referred to as the heart of the home.  This is also the reason the kitchen is the top remodeled room of a home.


It is used by everyone -Whether it is your gourmet indulging husband or your toaster popping Eggo son, the kitchen is visited by family and friends more than any room in your home. It is the most public and yet personal area in your home. Unlike a bedroom, which is more private, the kitchen reflects your taste in more ways than just food selections.


It has a purpose– Like the bathroom which has a unique function; the kitchen is designed for preparing, serving and storing food.  Even if you are a microwave master, you still need this room for cooking, eating and cleaning up after your meal.


It is a Showpiece– Kitchens are the main focus when buying or selling a home.  They are the most visited and remembered room.  A kitchen, by far, reflects the homeowner’s colors, styles and personality. The first room to receive any type of upgrade will be the kitchen due to this.

It is a must-While many rooms in your home can be used as a replacement of others. A bedroom for example, can be used as a den, office or even as a family room or vice versa. The kitchens along with the bathroom are designed to function for that purpose only. While the kitchen, with larger floor plans and added desktop designs, have the distinction of becoming the most versatile room in the home. It can be used not only as a place for meals, but also as an office, a get together, even a place to watch the evening news.


It is Unique-It is the only room in your home where you have so many options to show off your taste and styles. You can create a dream kitchen by selecting the type of appliances, dining furniture, flooring, decorative trim, cabinets, hardware, lighting, countertopssinksfaucetsbacksplash designs and wall coloring. Imagine what even a little change could make. No other room in your house has so many options for being creative. And what better room to show off your style than the most visited place in the home.


It is Universal-House’s all over the world, have some form of a kitchen, making it into a home. Consider this when reading this article or sitting down tonight for that evening meal. What does your kitchen say about you?  What might you change, a little or a lot?

A lot has change in the housing industry but one thing remains the constant, the kitchen is the main focal point of the home and it is a beneficial place to make any improvements.

We have been in the kitchen and bathroom remodeling industry for over 15 years and have helped homeowners with everything from simple mini make-overs to major renovations.  Are you considering a project but need ideas? Our design specialist can help you; we can show you everything you will need to create that dream kitchen. Flooring-Hardwood and Tile, Cabinets and Hardware, Countertops-Granite, Marble, Silestone, Quartz and Soapstone, Faucet and SinksBacksplash-Travertine,stone,glass and slate.

What is the Process When Shopping For Granite Countertops

The Process-When Shopping for Granite Countertops for your Kitchen or Bathroom Project

  1. Call or visit one of our showrooms to discuss your project.
  2. Select your granite from our on site granite yard.template
  3. We will schedule your template appointment at your convenience.
  4. Here we review radiuses, seam locations, overhangs and backsplashes.
  5. Your digitized countertops are downloaded into our computer.
  6. This program records your edge, sink and cooktop selections
  7. Our CAD program guarantees an accurate layout of your kitchen.
  8. The template information is now transferred to our CNC saw.CNC saw
  9. With this computer generated saw we program in the exact placement of each piece.
  10.  We take into consideration the flow or movement of the stone.
  11. This percision cutting guarantees a perfect fit for your countertops.
  12. THe cut pieces are marked with customer name and seam location.
  13. Now the countertops are transferred to our CNC profiler.
  14. This CNC workstation is a computer controled detailer.
  15. Here the edge is profiled and the sink and faucet holes are cut.
  16. The detailer also polishes the countertop edges.
  17. The finished countertops are then transferred to our final inspectors.
  18. An inspection is done and any final touches are made.install gs
  19. Countertops are now ready for the installers.
  20. The countertops are loaded in the morning.
  21. Our installers arrive at your home.
  22. Old countertops are removed, plumbing is disconnected.
  23. New countertops, faucet and sink are installed, plumbing reconnected.

You have your new kitchen, all in one day!

Fireplace and Granite Distributors created this video to help you understand what to expect when shopping for granite countertops for your home.

-The Process

We have a complete selection of granite at our showroom in Concord NC located at 1749 Trinity Church Rd Concord NC 28027 [704] 721-0001

For a free estimate or any questions you may have.

Contact Us For More Information

We do all the fabricating on site with our computer generated systems. We are with you from start to finish. We also have a New Design Location in Charlotte NC located at 8200-D Arrowridge Blvd. Charlotte NC 28273 [704] 588-8939

-Request a Free Estimate

Watch the video to see exactly what you can expect when selecting Fireplace and Granite for your project! The Process

We have also published a video on this page giving you an idea what to expect when you have your countertops installed.

Customer in South Charlotte Reviews Fireplace and Granite

The reason why we chose granite versus other options.

We chose granite because we liked its natural stone appearance.
We also considered quartz and silestone but their look had a more manufactured, engineered look.
We did have some concerns until we learned how easy granite is to maintain.

Why we went with Fireplace and Granite.

The cost of granite with Fireplace and Granite was also less costly than estimates of granite, quartz or silestone from other vendors.

The timing of our project (how long a wait to begin, then how long from the beginning of project to the end)

After our call to the showroom, a salesperson arrived within a few days to measure and give us a cost estimate.
After that we went to the showroom and picked our granite piece directly on the lot.
Our kitchen was measured carefully to insure that the granite was cut precisely.
After that, an appointment for installation was made.
From decision time to installation time, approximately 3 weeks.
Granite and new sink was installed in 2 days.  Super!!!

Our Installer was polite, efficent and he did a great job.
We were very pleased with the service and final results from Fireplace and Granite.

We would be more than happy to recommend Fireplace and Granite for future customers.

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This South Charlotte kitchen was created with Uba Tuba Granite on the countertops. The granite was fabricated with a half bull nose edge. A 70/30 sink was installed with a Essen faucet. The backsplash was designed with 4×4 light travertine tiles, two rows of tri color travertine and 1×1 hemp tiles. This is what we call our Showroom Design. Let our Kitchen and Bathroom Design Experts help you create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. Total cost of the project $3250




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Visit our wesite at https://www.fireplacecarolina.com to see more examples of granite countertops, granite colors, granite edges and backsplash designs.

Granite countertops Care

granite countertops Granite countertops Care

Granite is a very durable material, making it a popular choice for many homeowners, builders and even rental properties. The lasting quality and beauty of this stone makes it a wonderful material to use in kitchens and bathrooms.

Caring for granite, marble, quartz, Silverstone and other solid surface vary in some degree; this is because some stones are more porous than others. Dark granite colors for example are less porous than lighter granite colors. We will discuss more about this in an upcoming post. Using a general care guide for all stone surfaces you can avoid major care problems in the future.

Wipe up spills has they happen, some liquids like coffee, wine and juices if left unattended can stain the surfaces.

Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away the stains. Avoid abrasive cleaning sponges or cleaners, these can dull the surface of the stone.

Hot water will usually do the trick for spills, use dish soap and water sparingly, although it can be used, it will leave a residue, even when rinsed.

Avoid cleaning product that contains bleach or ammonia. These cleaning products can damage the stone surface.

As a general rule hot water is your best tool for “on the spot” cleaning. There are many granite cleaning products made specifically for these stone. We recommend having at least one of these products on hand, for a weekly maintenance cleaning.

If your kitchen is a busy place and some spills are unavoidable, like grease spills, wipe off the spill with hot water and a degreasing agent, I personally recommend dawn dish soap-the original blue product. Just remember that dish soap products will leave some residue, so rinse well.

We strongly recommend using cutting board when working in the kitchen. Not only will this keep acidic liquids from getting on the countertop, cutting on granite countertops will actually dull the knife blade.

Use hot pads under pot and pans placed on your countertop, you can not burn the stone surface, {unless you’re cooking with a blow torch!} This will prevent foods trapped under the pots or pans from scratching the countertop surface.

As you can see for the most part granite countertops are very easy to maintain. This is one of the best qualities of stone countertops. With a little care, your investment will probably outlast any other home improvement you will do.

Okay, so you’ve taken all the steps to keep your surface free from stains and damage, but you have kids or that husband that just forgets sometimes. In our next post we’ll go over some of the ways to fix problems stains and scratches. Granite sealers will also be an upcoming topic. So please check back often. I would love to hear any comments or questions, please feel free to post those to me.

We at Fireplace and Granite Distributors of the Carolinas have put together a

Granite top and Sink Care Guide” free for downloading.

Just click on the button below.

Granitetop and sink care guide 

Upcoming Post;

How to remove stains on Granite

Stainless Steel Sink Care

Granite-To seal or not to seal

Granite Grades

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The Truth About Granite and Radon/Radiation

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The Marble Institute of America has initiated test on Environmental Health issues in regards to granite.

This updated video discusses the tests results.


As a Granite and Stone Installation company of the Charlotte NC area, we feel the need to present this information to the consumer concerned about rumored radiation levels occurring in natural granite stones. These granites are used for countertops and flooring in many Charlotte homes. This addresses concerns about radiation levels in these granites. Please watch the video and read the brochure published by the Marble Institute of America


Some Questions answered in this Brochure

 What is radon?

How dangerous is radon?

How much radon is being emitted by my

granite countertop?

How can I be absolutely sure my countertop
is safe?

What about food that is prepared directly
on the granite surface?

Is there a chance that
it could absorb radioactive energy, which later
would be ingested by those eating the food?

If you have further questions about radon and

granite, contact the Marble Institute of America

at 440-250-9222, send an email to

miainfo@marble-institute.com, or visit


Real Granite Transforms in Charlotte – WITH REAL GRANITE

Why cover up your old grungy countertops with granite chips and plastic? Real granite is not as expensive as you think. A complete custom cut & Installed 3CM Granite countertop, 50 sq ft with EVERYTHING included — starts at just $2099. That includes taxes. Thats the best granite transformation — REAL GRANITE at an affordable price.

Did you know that some of the glue and materials used in countertop resurfacing is VERY Flammable? Granite is an all natural material. It is rock. It is stone. Fake granite resurfacing scratches VERY easily, while the only thing that will scratch granite is granite itself or something sharper like diamonds.

Don’t believe us? Grab a sample from a local Charlotte ‘granite’ resurfacing company and test it for yourself.  Compare it to a real 3CM rock sample of GRANITE. When we put a flame against a sample of fake resurfacing granite, a black smoke came off — and when we put a simple house key against it, it scratched instantly. This was some damage just within a few minutes with the sample. Imagine years later.

The real 3CM Granite countertop in the video below is over hundreds of years old. This granite was blasted out of the earth, polished, cut into a granite slab, shipped to our shop and then custom cut to fit your kitchen. It did not come in pieces — it is one complete slab. It fits perfectly in your home. This is real 3 CM Soild Granite. Not pieces or chips of material glued together. This has a lifetime warranty through mother nature.

The only way you can really transform your kitchen is with REAL granite. 3CM Granite is not as costly as it used to — and with us, we offer wholesale pricing to each customer. A 50 Sq Ft kitchen, with a new stainless steel undermount sink, custom cut 3CM granite, cut for the undermount sink, installation of sink, choice of any of 6 edge treatments, removal and disposal of old countertops, disconnection of plumbing, one day installation and a choice from several popular granite colors — taxes, materials, installation and labor INCLUDED — would be $2099.


Let us save you money and transform your kitchen with high quality materials and perfect installation.
How can we have such great prices?
Come see the granite slabs we have in stock for yourself.
We choose the highest quality slabs — we turn away any granite slab that we see as ‘unacceptable’.
We have the best installers and granite fabricators in Charlotte.

Charlotte NC

Baltic Brown Granite Charlotte

This beautiful baltic brown granite kitchen was just installed in Charlotte for homeowner Fowler. We also installed the tile backsplash, which accents their granite and floors perfectly.

If you look at the tile, you will notice the new outlet covers the Fowlers also had installed. Usually, outlet covers are an afterthought — most people do not think about replacing them. By replacing the outlet covers with new outlet covers that match the tile, you can add depth and beauty to your new transformed granite kitchen.

Check out the video of their granite installation below, showing their granite bar supports, tile backsplash and a close up on the granite countertop itself:

Granite Charlotte | Granite Countertops Charlotte
The Fowlers also chose to protect their granite with a 15 year granite sealant. This 15 year sealant can be applied after the granite is installed. It has a 15 year warranty directly through the sealant manufacturer. The granite sealant wll protect your countertops and keep it looking new, shiney, and stain resistant. 🙂

Baltic Brown granite is typically a Level II granite color. It originates in Finland, processed in Italy.

Granite Countertops Indian Trail

Check out these granite countertop kitchens we have installed in Indian Trail NC and surrounding cities! This granite countertop was installed in Brandon Oaks community, in Indian Trail:
Granite Countertops Indian Trail
Granite countertops can instantly increase your home value. Do you live in Indian Trail? Many Indian Trail homeowners are frustrated with the value of their home. During the housing boom, many families moved to Indian Trail and into new homes, but due to the decline in building, their home value’s have declined. How can they regain value? How can they sell their Indian Trail home for more?

Once your neighbor has granite, they will be able to sell their home for more — while if you try to sell your own, you will be missing this granite feature and will have more difficulty.

Granite countertops can be an easy solution. We can install granite countertops into your home in just one day — and that includes the removal of your old countertops. There are many granite countertop colors to choose from.

Granite countertops can be installed into your kitchen and bathrooms for a very affordable price. Check out our recent granite sale for more information.

Natural Stone | Engineered Stone

Are you a “natural stone person” or are you an “engineered stone person”?
Written By: Bob Faust

Granite Rock
Actual Photo of a Granite Boulder Rock

Many people have asked me the differences between natural and engineered stone. Both are great choices for your kitchen countertops as they are both hard durable surfaces that should give you a Lifetime of service. Compared to other options, such as Formica or laminate tops, which may only last has little has a couple of years. Even “solid surface ” tops do not last long. Solid Surface countertops are easy to hide the countertop seams, but will appear dull or plastic like and do not hold up to heat and or cutting (which last I checked happen quite often in a kitchen).

Quartz Countertop

Quartz Countertop

Between the  premium surfaces, (Granite or engineered stone and quartz), the costs can be a non issue as some engineered stones are both higher and in some cases lower then exotic granites. The maintenance aspect ,which is almost always highlighted by the engineered and quartz people, can easily be neutralized by the addition of “Lifetime sealer” application which makes both materials comparable.

The biggest difference between the materials is the cosmetic differences. While all engineered materials are uniform in appearance and are manufactured to engineered specifications, natural stones are almost always different. Even from the same block of  granite stone, you will have many different shades and patterns as well has colors.

So when selecting the crowning glory of your kitchen, decide first “What kind of person are you?” If you want uniformity and consistency then perhaps the engendered stone or quartz materials best suited for you. But if you embrace the diversity that only Mother Nature can provide, feel free to consider natural stone, such as granite, for your countertops.

Granite Counter tops vs Concrete Countertops

Recently I had a customer ask about the difference between using granite for her counter tops vs concrete counter tops.  After some research on my part, I found there are quite a few differences between granite countertops and concrete countertops, the biggest difference being cost.  The upkeep with concrete counter tops requires a lot of work as well.


Concrete countertops:


The biggest advantage I can find in using concrete is the wide variety of colors to choose from.


The concrete can be tinted to any color you choose to use in your countertop. There are a few textures to use as well.  After these two advantages, I could not find any other advantage over using concrete rather than granite.


Concrete is one of the most expensive types of countertops you can use. The average cost is $100 per sq. ft.  Compare that to the average granite installation at $45 to $55 per sq. ft., you can see the big difference.  The other biggest disadvantage is the up keep.  You must seal the concrete on a regular basis.  Depending upon your time spent in the kitchen, you may have to seal it every month.  This can get costly depending upon your sq. footage.  Concrete countertops are not usually a few days process.  After the template and molds are made, they must be poured and cured before being brought out to your home for installation.  As far as cleanliness, concrete is the middle of the road.


Granite countertops:


The number one reason for using granite is the look.


If you are selling your home, the fastest way to impress the buyer is with granite countertops.  Besides tile, granite is the oldest material used in building to date.  There are many different types of granite to choose from.  Most granite comes from Brazil, India, and Italy.  Other countries with granite quarries are Africa and China.


The cost of granite varies depending upon the rarity and supply and demand.  The average cost of granite installed is between $45 and $55 per sq. ft.  There are a few texture techniques available for granite.  Leathering, river rocked, honed, brushed, and of course, polished are a few of the finishes available with granite.


Another advantage of granite is that granite is virtually scratch resistant.  You can cut and prepare food right on the surface.  The only two things that scratch granite are granite and diamond.


Remember, if you ask for a piece of granite to use for a decorative piece, you must put some type of protective covering on the underside of it to protect your granite countertops. Granite is also heat resistant.  Hot plates and skillets could be placed right on the surface without damage.  Granite is the most durable and best looking source for your countertops.  The most important advantage, I think, in using granite is that no two slabs are exactly alike so, your granite countertop is a one of a kind countertop.