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.

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.

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Charlotte Granite Countertops | Charlotte NC

charlotte granite countertopsSo, you want granite countertops? But you aren’t sure where to start, right? I mean, what is “price per square foot” anyway and “aren’t all granite countertops the same?” There are many misconceptions when buying granite countertops — but I’ve been in the business long enough to help you through some of the loops other companies in Charlotte NC may try to pull over your head. So if you are ready, here are the answers to 2 of our most common questions about granite and the honest to truth answers:

1) Granite “Price Per Square Foot” — why is it so confusing?
Many Charlotte Granite Countertops companies price their granite for granite countertops by the square foot. This is a very common yet very old school way to price out granite countertops. When a granite countertops company buys their granite, they are charged a per square foot price or complete slab price by the granite slab distributor. Charlotte Granite Countertops companies then take that price, add in profits or costs for overhead and then sell the granite slab itself to you at a “price per square foot”. This pricing can be confusing to new granite countertops buyers because although you are buying the granite “per square foot” — typically that is all you are buying. Most Charlotte Granite Countertops companies do not include installation, taxes, fabrication of the granite, custom cutting, sink, sink cuts and more in that price per square foot.

(We are unlike all other Charlotte Granite Countertops companies. We do not use low price per square foot tactics to get your attention — instead we offer 1 price, 1 bottom line all inclusive granite package deal. No gimmicks or upsells, or confusing low prices that add up to 10 times the amount later on. See our all inclusive granite countertops package deal here.)

2) Whats the point in shopping around for Granite? Aren’t all granite countertops the same?
No, all granite countertops are NOT created equal. It is very important to shop around to different Charlotte Granite Countertops companies and investigate their reputation, tools, fabrication shop, references and more. So, the Charlotte Granite Countertops company you got an estimate from has given you a great price, whats next? Ask them what is included in that great price — how is the granite going to be fabricated? Do they have a granite fabrication shop? If so, what tools are they using? Is everything cut by hand, or do they actually have a state of the art granite cutting / planning tool such as a CNC machine?

(Again, unlike all other Charlotte Granite Countertops companies, we use state of the art fabrication equipment, materials and tools to custom cut to perfection your granite countertops. All countertops are measured with a laser templating machine, which gives us the exact, accurate dimentions for your countertops. That information is loaded onto a computer with a custom granite fabrication modules that help design your kitchen countertops — from slab to your home. Then the countertops are cut using our state of the art CNC equipment. See the differences between other shops and ours here.)

Choosing the right granite countertops fabricator in Charlotte NC can be a daunting task. Thats why, here at Fireplace & Granite Countertops of Charlotte, we make things easy for you. We take the mystery or questions out of the purchase — we want you to have the best granite countertops at the best price possible. Come in to one of our several locations to view real 3CM Granite slabs that you can choose from for your own countertop project or Request a free estimate today.

Countertops Charlotte

Mainstream countertop options can be summed up into one of four popular countertop choices:


Solid surface

Quartz (engineered stone)


Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertop, with such brand names as Formica, is the least expensive surface available and is usually done in one of two types: Preform and Custom. The perform countertops are prebuilt, usually in 8 ft lengths and are simply cut to size and installed. Custom laminate countertops are slightly more expensive as the wooden top is constructed and a laminate veneer is then applied. The cost is probably the best feature of this product. Entire laminate countertop kitchens can be done for several hundreds of dollars. The look of a laminate countertop is usually dull and basic, not to mention the visible seams that can be found. It is also not very durable. Laminate countertops cannot be cut on and no heat should be applied.

Solid Surface Countertops

The originator of solid surfaces is Dupont. They created the popular brand called Corian over 40 years ago which they patented. Nowadays there are many solid surface countertops available, some popular brand names are: Formica, DuPont, Staron Surfaces, Wilsonart, Avonite and Karran. This type of countertop costs more than laminate countertops. This is due to the way it is glued together. Solid Surfaces use color matching adhesive so it is easy to make the seams disappear.  The seam material is also the same has the surface material. The main features of a solid surface countertop are the seamless applications and the cost is less then granite and quartz countertop materials. The problem with this countertop material is that it is softer and scratches easily. You should also avoid contact with hot surfaces because it will melt.


Quartz (Engineered stone) Countertops

The most common brands for Quartz Countertops are: Zodiac, Silestone, Hansstone, and Cambria. Quartz Countertops have only available in the US for less than 10 years. It is one of the most durable countertop surfaces available. It looks and feels similar to Granite and it has over 100 colors available. (Granite countertops have thousands of color options). It is comprised of 93-97% ground up quartz and a balance of glue. The glue makes this material a more maintenance free countertop surface, just like solid surface material, as the colors are man-made and it is easier to get the seams to blend in. Quartz is more chip resistant and does not contain any fissures or cracks as a natural surface countertop.The upsides of quartz countertops are low maintenance and more consistent colors, while the downside is higher costs. Most entry level quartz countertop materials cost as much as upper level granite countertop colors.The other downside or upside (depending on your perspective) is the uniform color. This perhaps is the biggest difference between natural and “engineered surface” materials. If you want a very uniform countertop, then you may want engineered stone countertop. If you want a unique countertop, then let mother-nature take you there with granite countertops.


Granite Countertops

An average size kitchen for granite used to cost over $10,000 dollars, but came down in price due to high demand and is now a very cost effective surface for most homeowners. Since it is a natural material each countertop is unique. Ever granite slab has a different color and appearance. Even if you are looking at two granite slabs of the same granite type, the color or pattern in the slab may be different. It could bea different shade of the same color or one slab could have more veining then the other. We encourage our customer’s to pick the granite slab that we will be using to cut their countertop from. It is best to pick your slab because although a small color sample may give you an idea for the color of the granite, but since the granite is coming from a different slab than where the sample came from, there may be a difference in the actual color of your granite countertop. Granite slabs range in a material price from $8/sq ft to as high has $75/ft and therefore is a large range in the installed pricing of this surface. Granite is a very hard surface which will not be scratched by anything other than more granite or diamonds, but could have some issues with chips if it is hit with a hard surface such has a pot or pan. Some Granite’s, being a natural material, do have some hairline cracks called “fissures” and some surface pits are common in some stones too. Most granite should be sealed periodically as well to prevent staining. There are sealers now that are guaranteed for 15 years to “Lifetime” which may give you more peace of mind with your investment. Maintenance and chipping are probably the biggest downside and with natural materials making seams disappear is difficult. Granite has a relative cost and an exceptional natural beauty, which makes it one of the best choices for countertops, currently available.