While you are shopping for a new granite installation, keep in mind there are things to consider other than price. Consider the installation and quality of the service or product.
Have a look at the following nightmare of a video and realize some of these homeowners only saved $100 only to have someone else rip it out and re-install. All of the installs in this video were actual jobs and from companies that billed themselves as professional. Frightening to think what would happen on a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel. When choosing a company for granite or any renovation choose someone you can trust someone that has been around for a while and someone that has regular business hours with a good reputation and a priority on customer service.
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, countertops, sinks, faucets, backsplash 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 Sinks, Backsplash-Travertine,stone,glass and slate.
With the Holidays fast approaching-Consider New Countertops Now
Halloween is just around the corner, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it. At this time of the year, many people consider Installing New Granite Countertops.
Fireplace and Granite not only offers the best prices in Charlotte and surrounding areas but we also have the fastest turnaround in Kitchen and Bathroom remodling projects. We can promise a quick installation because we handle every step of the process, from Sales and Designs to Granite and Tile Installation.
With this promise of a quick Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel, we still recommend, Now is the time to consider giving us a call, if you are considering a Beautiful Makeover in time for Holidays.
Here are a few things to consider that will help make this process go even quicker:
Granite is a natural product and depending on the selection, may vary from slab to slab. We recommend veiwing granite slabs to see the true beauty granite has to offer. We have a wide selection of granite slabs available for veiwing at our Concord location. We also work in conjunction with several Granite suppliers located in the Charlotte area.
Quartz is a man made product, with a repeating pattern, usually a small sample will give you an idea of how the completed project will look. Quartz has come a long way in duplicating the unique designs that Granite has to offer. You can view many of our Quartz samples at both our Concord and Charlotte Loacations.
Once you’ve made your Granite or Quartz selection, here are a few more thigs to consider.
Edge Options-seems like a small thing but conside this the icing on the cake. What edge you select will give your granite or quartz that finished look. Visit our edge page for more information and ideas.
Sink Selections-A major consideration, remember, 90% of the time spent in the kitchen or bathroom is at the sink. Thinking about a farm sink or even a vessel sink. Farm sinks must be installed before we can template the kitchen area to ensure a proper fit of the countertop. Vessel sinks must be pre-ordered in order to cut the exact drain and faucet placements. Stainless Steel sinks-Single bowl or a 50/50, 60/40, 70/30 or even a small prep sink. We carry a wide selection of sinks, visit our sink page to learn more.
Faucets-Where would the sink be with out the faucet. Pre-selecting the faucets allows us to CNC or computer custom cut the exact holes for the faucet placement.
Countertop Supports-Will your kitchen include an island or a countertop bar area that require supports. How much of an over hang requires supports. Are you looking for hidden supports or decorative Corbels. Visit our Supports page to learn more.
Sealer-For most Granite colors our Installers apply a granite sealer after the countertops have been installed. In the case of light to white granites, we recommend using Hydroshield, lighter granites tend to be softer and more porous. Learn more at our Hydroshield page.
Backsplash-Considering a standard 4″ Backsplash or looking to complete the remodel with other backsplash options like tile, glass, slate and even stone. Here the design can be a simple 4 x 4 Travertine tile accented with mosiac tiles to a complete Slate backsplash.
We have the most talented tile installers that will complete you kitchen or bathroom, usually the day after the countertops are installed. For this reason, we recommend checking out some of our completed projects on our Before and After page, you can also Visit us on Google Plus, Facebook, Houzz and Pinterest.
As always our Sales team are also a great source for ideas
Warranties and Documents-Completed and Signed Documents and Warranties, this is probably the most important step in the process. We WILL NOT proceed with projects until you completely understand and sign all contracts, warranties and material information documents. This is for your benefit as well as ours. If you have any questions about any information contained in these papers, feel free to call our customer service staff at 704-721-0001
Considering all that is involved and selecting your options may seem a little overwhelming, but we are here to help. Our Sales Staff have years of experience and each sales associate is back by the friendly office personnel that are available to answer any of your questions.
Are you a “natural stone person” or are you an “engineered stone person”? Written By: Bob Faust
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).
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.