Earth Art Kitchen & Bath https://earthartgranite.com Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:43:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://earthartgranite.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-Earthart-Favicon-32x32.png Earth Art Kitchen & Bath https://earthartgranite.com 32 32 Pros and Cons of Marble Kitchen Countertops https://earthartgranite.com/2022/11/30/pros-and-cons-of-marble-kitchen-countertops/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/11/30/pros-and-cons-of-marble-kitchen-countertops/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 22:43:12 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3461 There are many natural stone countertops from which to choose, and selecting the right one for you may be tough. If marble is what you’re thinking about, here are some benefits and drawbacks to help with your choice. Marble Is Versatile And Beautiful    Most people choose marble installation for their kitchen or bathroom countertops …

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There are many natural stone countertops from which to choose, and selecting the right one for you may be tough. If marble is what you’re thinking about, here are some benefits and drawbacks to help with your choice.

Marble Is Versatile And Beautiful   

Most people choose marble installation for their kitchen or bathroom countertops because it creates a beautiful focal point in any room. Obviously, the cost of marble varies depending on the uniqueness and rarity of the color. However, there is no debate that the right piece of marble can be stunning. In addition, it is easy to find a style of marble that complements other design elements in your home. This versatility and neutrality make Marble a popular choice among homeowners when choosing new countertops.

Marble Is Heat-Resistant  

Even though marble is heat-resistant, it’s still not recommended to leave hot pots and pans directly on the surface. Do not place cookie sheets, or other abrasive items as this could damage the finish. If you do accidentally place a hot pot or pan on your counter and want to remove any potential marks, you can use a poultice.

Marble Is Porous And Soft  

Although marble is technically classified as a stone, it is significantly softer than other types of stones. Furthermore, marble contains pores which make it more susceptible to damage and staining. If neglected, quickly-acting acids like tomato or lemon juice can ruin marble countertops. Even wine can permanently stain marble if left unattended, and belt buckles or chunky jewelry leaving scratches where they make contact. Although highly recommended, regularly cleaning, polishing, and sealing won’t stop physical damage from neglect or inattention.

Marble Stains Easily  

There are a few reasons why marble might not be the best choice for your home. First, it is a porous material, which means that it can easily become stained. If you’re not willing to regularly clean and maintain your marble surfaces, or if you’re simply lazy, then honing the marble may be a better option. Honed marble will have more of a matte finish rather than the shiny look most people want; however, it will also make stains and scratches less visible.

However, even if you take care of it well, marble will need to be sealed at least every six months. This is mostly because porous stones are absorbent and will slowly break down when exposed to various liquids and ingredients over time.

Marble Can Be as Affordable or as Expensive as a Budget Permits  

A lot of people believe that marble is a luxurious building material that only the wealthiest can afford. While in some situations that may be accurate, there are also more down to earth options that aren’t out of reach for the average person.

The main factor that determines both the cost and desirability of marble is the quality of its veining. This is what makes marble stand out from many other types of natural stone, and it is usually why people choose marble in the first place. If you want a piece with pronounced veining, be prepared to spend more than someone who just wants a simple slab for their kitchen or bathroom.

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Everything You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops https://earthartgranite.com/2022/11/15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-quartz-countertops/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/11/15/everything-you-need-to-know-about-quartz-countertops/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:00:50 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3457 Various qualities make quartz kitchen countertops stand out, even among other stone countertop materials like granite. You can find quartz kitchen countertops in many colors—from bright whites to cool grays, warm creams, and rich browns and blacks. Some quartz has veining that makes it look like marble. Additionally, some options contain mirror chips which reflect …

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Various qualities make quartz kitchen countertops stand out, even among other stone countertop materials like granite. You can find quartz kitchen countertops in many colors—from bright whites to cool grays, warm creams, and rich browns and blacks. Some quartz has veining that makes it look like marble. Additionally, some options contain mirror chips which reflect light and cause the material to appear as if it’s sparkling.

Considering quartz kitchen countertops for your home? Here are some facts to know about this material, as well as some quartz kitchen countertops pros and cons.

Quartz Countertops Aren’t Solid Quartz  

The overwhelming majority of quartz countertops are made up of waste granite, marble, and other natural stone products that are crushed up and recycled. A small amount (about 10 percent) of the volume is a binder such as polymeric or cement-based materials. The remainder is composed of recycled industrial wastes such as ceramic, silica, glass, and mirrors.

While quartz countertops do contain some actual quartz, what gives it the look and feel of stone is binders mixed into all of the rock material. In fact, a more accurate name for this type of countertop would be engineered stone or compound stone—terms that describe how these products are created. The industry is slowly catching onto this verbiage as well.

Essentially, quartz countertops can have a small amount of natural quartz in them, but no full slab of extracted crystal. Most importantly, they likely contain other materials too.

Quartz Countertops Are Eco-Friendly  

Although fiberboard gets a lot of criticism, it’s important to remember that no trees are ever cut down purely for this building material. The same is true for engineered stone countertops; the base quartz countertops are made up of 90 percent waste byproducts from other quarrying or manufacturing processes. In other words, no natural stone is solely quarried to be used in these types of countertops.

The resins that make up the other 10% of a quartz countertop have become more natural and less synthetic. Breton’s trademarked term for this ingredient is “Biolenic Resins,” which refers to a combination of artificial and organic resins. The organic resins are derived from non-food vegetable oils.

Quartz No Longer Competes With Granite  

For many years, people could only decide between quartz or granite for their kitchen countertops. Quartz worked to establish itself as a more reliable and easier-to-fabricate version of natural stone slab granite.

Caesarstone is an up-and-coming company that offers quartz materials that look like nothing else on the market. With offerings such as Apple Martini, Blizzard, and Crocodile, Caesarstone is quickly becoming a favorite among consumers who are looking for something unique and modern. Caesarstone’s unique, modern offerings such as Apple Martini, Blizzard, and Crocodile are quickly gaining favor among consumers who desire something different. 

More Quartz Means Lower Granite Prices  

A report from the Freedonia Group shows that quartz countertops are slowly but surely taking over granite’s market share. In years past, homeowners would have chosen slab granite, but now more and more people are choosing quartz, because they are beautiful and durable.

The good news for people considering granite countertops is that prices have decreased due to lowered demand. You’ll be able to take advantage of this trend and get a great deal on granite counters!

Quartz Has Excellent Durability  

Quartz kitchen countertops are nonporous, so they don’t need sealing like granite or marble. This also means that quartz is less likely to get water stains.

Quartz is also resistant to scratches, while granite is prone to scratching. However, both materials can crack under pressure if it is extreme.

Luckily, you can fix light scratches with a little bit of polish and elbow grease. However, if the scratch is deeper, you might need to use an epoxy filler. The best way to avoid future scratches is by using cutting boards whenever possible.

Are There Any Cons To A Quartz Countertop?  

Though quartz countertops are quite beautiful, they have a lower heat resistance than other materials. If you place a hot pan or baking dish on the surface, it can leave behind cloudy white discoloration. Not to mention, if these countertops need repairs, it can be costly. Quartz is generally cheaper than granite. However, it’s not a cheap countertop overall when compared to other options like laminate or butcher block. 

On average, quartz countertops cost $15-$70 per square foot while granite costs around $15-$140, and marble will run you approximately $15-$190. On the cheaper end, laminate typically costs between $8-27/square foot and wood or butcher block averages at about  10-38 dollars / sf. Meanwhile, porcelain or ceramic tiles are also fairly inexpensive options for a countertop coming in at 3-28 and 1-5 dollars respectively.

As the premier countertop experts in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and the DC area, we have decades of expertise pairing families with the best countertop solutions for their projects. Contact us HERE for help deciding which natural stone countertop is right for your needs!

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Kitchen Design Trends Going Into 2023 https://earthartgranite.com/2022/10/31/kitchen-design-trends-going-into-2023/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/10/31/kitchen-design-trends-going-into-2023/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2022 14:37:33 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3451 As we approach the New Year, design choices for your kitchen have become wildly abundant. Generally if you can dream it, and you have the budget for it. You can make it happen. Here are some kitchen design trends that you may want to consider: Smart storage cabinets If you want your kitchen to be …

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As we approach the New Year, design choices for your kitchen have become wildly abundant. Generally if you can dream it, and you have the budget for it. You can make it happen. Here are some kitchen design trends that you may want to consider:

Smart storage cabinets

If you want your kitchen to be more organized and efficient, consider these two storage ideas. The first is to install cabinets and shelves that are better suited to the way you use your kitchen, including things like built-in door shelving for spices and seasonings. But there is another hidden gem that you’re missing out on.

If you’re a fan of minimalism, then this is the design trick for you. Certain appliances can be hidden or partially built into your cabinet design. For example, you can disguise your fridge to look like it’s part of your cabinets while still having the icemaker or tap that pokes through. Ovens and microwaves can follow close behind and appear as if they were built into your cabinets too.

Smart Kitchens

As we continue to progress, more of us are amenable to updating our kitchens with cutting-edge devices. These appliances–which can be controlled via Bluetooth and work similarly to your coffee machine or pressure cooker–are becoming increasingly affordable as they require only user-friendly apps for operation.

Some of the newest appliances that can be controlled with an app include ovens, microwaves, pizzas ovens, and even dishwashers. While you may not be able to tell your appliances to make food for you just yet, only time will tell what might be possible in the future. With increasing internet connectivity, who knows what might be possible soon?

Impressive and Unique Faucets

A few years ago, we saw a bunch of kitchen design trends come and go. These days, everyone wants a kitchen faucet with both style and personality. And as you probably know by now, color is playing a big role in that. We’re no longer seeing the super shiny chrome plated faucets everywhere. Instead, warm natural metals like brass and copper are becoming more popular because of their unique look.

The most recently designed taps are created from a combination of cast metals, giving the user the durability of iron but with more visually appealing colors. These earthy tones provide a warmth that isn’t as cold as polished chrome. The soft and elegant curves display a sink that is both sophisticated and inviting. If you have a sink that goes well with the tap, it is recommended to only get them if they come in set form.

Touch Activated Faucets

Touch-activated faucets are extremely convenient, making it easier to cook and clean. With a quick touch on the spout or handle, you can turn on the water without having to use your hands – making it much easier to cook and clean.

Though these new technologies are both convenient and cool, they might not be practical for everyone. Many of these touch-activated kitchen faucets are still too expensive for the average homeowner, which is likely why we haven’t seen them widely in Arizona yet. If you can afford one, though, it’ll definitely make life in the kitchen easier.

Dining Islands & Breakfast Bars

There’s a new trend in kitchen design this year, and it is the incorporation of the kitchen island into a dining area as well. This means that your morning breakfast nook won’t be the only opportunity to dine in close proximity to the kitchen anymore. The newly redesigned islands are more reminiscent of trendy bar stool restaurants from back in the day. Most islands have enough space to accommodate for at least 3-4 people sitting along each edge.

Many new islands are being equipped with induction stove countertops, where you can cook an entire meal. They’re perfect for family get-togethers or simple daily meal preparation. Either way, the island countertop bar is a great addition to any kitchen.

Slab Backsplashes

A well-done backsplash is attractive and really adds to a kitchen that otherwise might look incomplete. But if you’re on a budget, you may not be able to spend on it, so let’s take that idea a bit further: Slab backlash is a great way to save money while also making the kitchen more refined, too. If you have leftover counter top slab remnants, those are perfect parts for completing your backsplash.

Lighting Accents

In the last decade, lighting has progressed by 150% due to cutting-edge LED technology. This makes it more feasible for any household to install subtle accent lights in their kitchen design. Although this has been a slowly developing trend, recessed cabinet lights are beginning to gain popularity once again. Furthermore, installing LED wall sconces in your kitchen adds a touch of elegance and sophistication.

We are seeing the return of hidden lighting that runs along the rim and underside edges of cabinets. This not only brightens any kitchen, but also helps make floor space easier to navigate. The best part is that many of these new light fixtures can be color-controlled and dimmed with smartphone apps.

Colored Cabinets

There is a rumor going around that more daring and vivid colors are making their way into kitchens! These include earthy tones such as rustic carrot-orange, plum, emerald green, and dark jewel colors. Of course, these shades have the character of natural wood grains with earthy colored stains. Don’t let your contractor talk you into a color that doesn’t reflect your kitchen design vision – the final choice should be based on what you like.

Dark colors in a kitchen can make the room appear smaller, so consider using lightening up your work space with brighter colors. You could add hints of color through flower paintings or accented appliances. Bring your passion for cooking to life by incorporating inviting colors in your kitchen design.

If you need help deciding on your next step with your kitchen remodel, or you are in need of a new countertop surface, give Countertop Solutions a call. Let us help you get closer to your dream kitchen! Contact Us HERE!

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Are You Asking These 5 Questions Before Finalizing Your Kitchen Countertop Choice? https://earthartgranite.com/2022/10/15/are-you-asking-these-5-questions-before-finalizing-your-kitchen-countertop-choice/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/10/15/are-you-asking-these-5-questions-before-finalizing-your-kitchen-countertop-choice/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2022 21:54:55 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3442 Day-to-day, our kitchen countertops see a lot of action. They’re not only able to withstand all that abuse but also have to look good doing it. Searching for the right countertop material for your kitchen can feel like a big decision—but it doesn’t have to be! Before you make any decisions, we recommend asking yourself …

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Day-to-day, our kitchen countertops see a lot of action. They’re not only able to withstand all that abuse but also have to look good doing it. Searching for the right countertop material for your kitchen can feel like a big decision—but it doesn’t have to be!

Before you make any decisions, we recommend asking yourself these five kitchen countertop questions:

What’s your budget?

Speaking of budgets, have you spent much time contemplating yours? Thinking about spending money isn’t the most fun pass time, but it’s important to start your renovation project with a clear idea of how much money you’re willing to spend. Certain materials and specializations obviously come with a higher price tag—but don’t worry, we’re here to help you choose countertops you’ll love on virtually any budget.

How will your countertops be used?

It’s important to be honest with yourself here: Are you more likely to cut on your countertop than to reach for a cutting board? Do you need a super-smooth surface for rolling out pie crusts and pizzas? Or are your countertops more likely to be an aesthetic focal point—nice to look at, but not often utilized as more than a resting place? Getting clear on your family’s lifestyle will help you select countertops that make your everyday life a little easier.

What specifications do you need for your kitchen?

Do you have a general idea of how long or wide you’d like for your countertops to be? Do you know your kitchen features slightly abnormal dimensions? Are you dead set on having a huge island for your baking endeavors? Answering these questions is a great place to start—the size and shape of your countertops will influence cost, and your functionality requirements will influence which countertop material makes sense in your home.

What materials catch your eye?

If you have a favorite type of material, it may help you to choose your countertop. For example, many people are attracted to the sleek appearance of marble, the grainy texture of granite, or quartzite’s durability and pliability. By determining which materials stand out to you personally, you can begin to consider which materials to remove from consideration. We’ve only scratched the surface with the potential materials for your kitchen countertops. These diverse materials each come with their own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to do your research (or leave it to us!) to make sure you’re making the best decision for your home.

How much maintenance are you willing to take on?

Similar to our fourth question, this is a great opportunity to be honest with yourself. You might love the look of marble, but how will you react when your toddler spills red Kool-Aid on your new counter? Are you willing to stay on top of spills and stains, or do you need a countertop that can withstand a little tough love every now and again? Choosing countertops that are durable enough to fit your lifestyle is the first step in making sure your new countertops last for decades to come.

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The Most Affordable Natural Stone Countertops For Any Budget https://earthartgranite.com/2022/09/30/the-most-affordable-natural-stone-countertops-for-any-budget/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/09/30/the-most-affordable-natural-stone-countertops-for-any-budget/#respond Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:08:21 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3433 Although natural stone countertops are regularly seen as a luxurious item in contemporary homes, there are many cost-effective options to choose from. Some homeowners avoid looking into this option altogether because they think it will break the bank. However, by taking the time to explore all of your materials options, you may be surprised at …

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Although natural stone countertops are regularly seen as a luxurious item in contemporary homes, there are many cost-effective options to choose from. Some homeowners avoid looking into this option altogether because they think it will break the bank. However, by taking the time to explore all of your materials options, you may be surprised at how affordable natural stone can be.

Natural stone countertops can be relatively inexpensive on the other hand. While different kinds of stone may have wildly differing prices, we’re pleased to provide alternatives ranging from low to high budget projects. So, even if you’re trying to cut costs on your next project, natural stone counters may still be a possibility!

Here are a few of the most popular types of natural stone countertops, sorted by budget.

Best Natural Stone Countertops For Moderate Budgets: Quartz

For homeowners who aren’t crazy about granite but who still want an affordable, durable option, quartz is a fantastic solution. Though quartz slabs are engineered, they’re still created from natural quartz particles—which gives them an organic feel, with more options for personalization and, if needed, repair. Similarly to granite, quartz countertops are:

  • Durable
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Relatively heat resistant
  • Low maintenance

They’re also more likely to come in a variety of colors and patterns. The price of quartz countertops can vary depending on a number of factors, but in general, quartz countertops may start as low as $55/square foot.

Best Luxury Natural Stone Countertop Material: Marble

Marble has long been held as the king of luxury countertop materials. For homeowners who want to spend a little more to achieve that perfect, elegant, timeless look, marble countertops can’t be beat.

Like it’s less expensive relatives granite and quartz, marble also tends to be:

  • Scratch resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Tough

However, it does require quite a bit more maintenance due to its naturally high porosity. Oil-based stains or colorful spills can mar a marble countertop if it isn’t sealed properly. For this reason, marble is best reserved for homeowners who are willing to keep up with regular TLC over time.

Most Budget-Friendly Natural Stone Countertop Material: Granite

Need yet another reason to love granite? Of all the natural stone types, granite is perhaps the most affordable. Starting as low as $40/square foot in some cases, granite is extremely popular with homeowners looking for a convergence of utility and style thanks to its:

  • Durability
  • Toughness
  • Heat resistance
  • Low maintenance
  • One-of-a-kind natural patterns and textures

While granite countertops do still cost more than most synthetic countertop options, they’re tough enough to stand the test of time—which means they may still save you money in the long run.

As the premier countertop experts in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and the DC area, we have decades of expertise pairing families with the best countertop solutions for their projects. Contact us HERE for help deciding which natural stone countertop is right for your needs!

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The Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops https://earthartgranite.com/2022/09/15/the-pros-and-cons-of-granite-countertops/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/09/15/the-pros-and-cons-of-granite-countertops/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2022 21:10:21 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3424 Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to upgrade their kitchens. And there’s no doubt why – they’re beautiful, durable, and add value to your home. With pretty much everything design there’s always going to be pros and cons. Here are some for Granite: Pros Sustainability Did you know that …

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Granite countertops are one of the most popular choices for homeowners looking to upgrade their kitchens. And there’s no doubt why – they’re beautiful, durable, and add value to your home. With pretty much everything design there’s always going to be pros and cons. Here are some for Granite:

Pros

Sustainability

Did you know that a single quarry site may last for hundreds of years and supply stone for thousands of commercial and residential projects? Granite is also well-nigh finished as a countertop material in its raw state. Minimal processing is needed to ready it for your kitchen after it has been extracted. Engineered materials, on the other hand, have a more complex production process that frequently includes hazardous chemicals and environmental pollutants.

Heat Resistance

Granite countertops are some of the most heat resistant on the market and can withstand exposure to blistering or melting temperatures. You can place hot pans directly on the surface straight from the oven without worrying about any damage. Although, experts do recommend using a trivet with appliances that give off heat for prolonged periods, such as Crockpots.

Scratch Resistance

Granite has a Mohs scale hardness of 7, meaning that it can only be scratched by other granites. Making it perfect for a household with children. We all know kids can be mess makers

Backsplash Options

Granite does not have the same backsplash options as laminate countertops. Granite is not compatible with common coved backsplashes on laminate counters. Full-height granite and mosaic tile backsplashes are popular choices.

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks are a convenient option if you have granite countertops. They make it easy to wipe crumbs and spills directly into the sink without worrying about them getting caught on the lip of a surface-mounted sink. When choosing an undermount sink for your kitchen, you can choose from several materials, including cast iron, stainless steel, or solid surface. Fabricators will cut and polish the hole in your countertop to match the shape of your chosen sink.

Cons

Price

Granite can be expensive. The average price for granite countertops in a typical kitchen is between $3,000-$4,000 per install. Variables include edge profiles, total square footage, and backsplashes. Don’t be fooled by the stereotype that all granite is expensive. Do be careful when comparing pricing between stone slabs. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges. Your final quote should include material, fabrication, and installation.

Sealing

Granite is a porous material—but this is not necessarily a bad thing. If liquids are left on the surface for long periods of time, they will eventually absorb. But just like they absorb, they will also evaporate. Depending on what the substance is that needs to be removed, you can apply different poultices to speed the process along. However, many will evaporate on their own without the use of chemicals or cleaning products. Most fabricators will apply a sealer to granite countertops before they are installed, which will protect them from absorbing liquids too quickly.

Colors Available

With all natural stones, including granite, we are limited to the colors and patterns mother nature produces. You won’t find a lot of solid patterns or bright colors, but both do exist. Also, watch for a large range of color and pattern within the same color of stone. It’s always a good idea to view the exact slab(s) that will be fabricated for your kitchen to make sure they are what you expected to see from the sample. Another factor is that many exotic granites have huge flowing waves, and a small sample will not be a good representation of the whole slab.

Repairs

Granite countertops should be repaired by a professional. It is rare to get a crack or chip in your countertops, but if you do, call the fabricator who installed your countertops to schedule a service call. Most of the time, a color matched epoxy can be used to fill the void and it will be virtually invisible. Superglue can be used in a pinch to fill chips. If you use heavy cast iron pans, be careful when placing them into your undermounted sink. The edge of these cutouts is the most common place to get chips. A more likely scenario, though, is to experience an increased number of broken dishes.

If you’re looking for a company that can help you with any of your countertop needs, look no further than Earth Art Kitchen & Bath! Contact us to get started on your dream kitchen today!

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5 Red Flags in Kitchen Cabinetry And What Makes a Quality Cabinet https://earthartgranite.com/2022/08/31/5-red-flags-in-kitchen-cabinetry-and-what-makes-a-quality-cabinet-2/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/08/31/5-red-flags-in-kitchen-cabinetry-and-what-makes-a-quality-cabinet-2/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2022 15:33:01 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3398 Of course, you want your kitchen cabinets to be aesthetically pleasing. You need storage space, and ideally, they will last for many years. However, what is most important when assessing the quality of kitchen cabinetry? Warping, sagging, and hardware issues can make cabinets seem old long before their time. By making thoughtful choices about materials …

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Of course, you want your kitchen cabinets to be aesthetically pleasing. You need storage space, and ideally, they will last for many years. However, what is most important when assessing the quality of kitchen cabinetry? Warping, sagging, and hardware issues can make cabinets seem old long before their time. By making thoughtful choices about materials and construction when you purchase kitchen cabinetry, you can avoid many of these problems. Here are some factors to consider the next time you need new cabinets:

Undermount, Soft-Close Drawer Glides

Drawer glides are similar to hinges in that most of us don’t think about them until they start causing problems. A squeaking, glitchy drawer that sticks, locks, or gaps open can be very vexing. The best drawer glide mechanism should extend throughout the entire drawer (not just the front half, as many plastic mechanisms do). The smooth, silent drawer is made possible by adjustable glides with a soft-close, anti-slam dampening system. Ball bearings and steel guides provide for smooth operation and long wear. Yes, it may seem excessive, but your glides should be rated to support at least 90 pounds. Inferior ratings often lead to drawers that sag or break after only a couple years of daily use.

Soft-Close Hinges

Hinges aren’t typically at the top of people’s lists when it comes to cabinet features to consider, but a poor hinge can ruin your project. Many problems are caused by bad hinges, including cupboards that don’t sit evenly or won’t close properly. High-quality hinges will keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years and operating smoothly after installation. The nickel-plated, hardened steel hinge on the right side should have a soft-close mechanism. With six ways to adjust it in-out, up-down, and left-right you can be sure that your hinge will still work properly as time goes on and your cabinet doors start to expand and contract due to changing seasons.

Full-Height Back Panels

If you’re like most people, the items you’ll choose to keep in your kitchen cabinets are likely dinnerware. Heavy, fragile dinnerware. imagine coming home to find that the cabinet you thought you’d scored a great deal on has almost disintegrated under the weight of your dishes. Metal rails jutting out everywhere, wine glasses you got as a wedding gift in pieces on the ground … You get the idea.

Back panels that are weak can cause cabinets to fail eventually. You can sidestep this by going with solid, full-height plywood back panels instead. They have a thickness of at least ⅜” and they let you mount the cabinet directly onto studs in the wall. If you need to make any cuts for wiring or plumbing, a good back panel will hold up just fine without needing extra reinforcement.

All Plywood Construction

Plywood is a highly durable and adaptable building material. Unlike its less-quality contemporary, particleboard, plywood boasts a considerable holding power thanks to screws, fasteners, and glue. It’s also much more tolerant of moisture than particleboard (also known as engineered wood, fiberboard, hardboard, substrate or furniture board). Furthermore, because it is made from more solid materials than particleboard (also known as engineered wood), it is much less prone to sagging or warping over time (also known as engineered wood; Fiberboard isn’t the same thing).

I-beam Construction

Stretchers, also known as I-beams, are ½” wide stretchers that are utilized in base cabinet construction. I-beams, which are secured to the top of base cabinets, provide strength and keep your cabinets looking great during the shipping and installation processes because they’re more durable and dependable than less expensive choices like gussets and braces. The less expensive alternatives are merely stapled to the cabinet’s sides, so they don’t provide extra strength or support. As a result, cabinets made without I-beams are more likely to distort or bend over time.

When it comes to choosing your cabinetry, quality really does count!

If you’re concerned about choosing kitchen cabinets that will serve your family for decades to come, give us a call or contact us HERE. We offer top of the line, durable, attractive cabinetry for your project.

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3 years ago on this date we posted an article on what we thought were 5 Unique and Eye-Catching Stone Slabs for your kitchen or bathroom. Today we are highlighting 5 more unique stone slabs that you might want to consider for your kitchen or bathroom project.

Panda

Panda is a granite based slab with a beautiful blend of black, silver, and white colors. Perfect for a center piece to a custom made kitchen or a bathroom vanity that’s a bit fancier then average.

Lightning

Lightning is a quartz based slab that is almost entirely white, but with grey/silver naturally formed lines that look exactly like lightning bolts crashing through the sky!

Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo is a Silestone based slab that has a wide array of brown, tan, grey, white, and black specks. This is a great slab to use if you are looking for a stone that has a lot of natural characteristics.

Fantasy Brown

Fantasy Brown is a marble based slab that has a lot character. With natural colors such as brown, white, and black. This slab is perfect for an entire kitchen remodel at a fair price.

Blue Agatha

Blue Agatha is a Gemstone based slab that is one of a kind in our book. Made by combining hundreds of small stones, you won’t find a slab more intricate looking and downright cool as this one.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at Earth Art Kitchen & Bath if you are interested in an amazing countertop for your home!

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These Practical Countertop Materials Are Perfect For People With Children https://earthartgranite.com/2022/07/31/these-practical-countertop-materials-are-perfect-for-people-with-children/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/07/31/these-practical-countertop-materials-are-perfect-for-people-with-children/#respond Sun, 31 Jul 2022 20:25:33 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3381 If you’re concerned about what kitchen countertops can endure in terms of spills, splatters, and harsh treatment that children provide, worry not. It is feasible to have attractive counters that also withstanding the tremendous destructive capabilities of kids. These countertop materials are both durable and appealing, and are able to withstand spills, splatters, and harsh …

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If you’re concerned about what kitchen countertops can endure in terms of spills, splatters, and harsh treatment that children provide, worry not. It is feasible to have attractive counters that also withstanding the tremendous destructive capabilities of kids. These countertop materials are both durable and appealing, and are able to withstand spills, splatters, and harsh treatment from children while looking great.

Solid, Non-Porous Countertops

If you have children, there’s no doubt: your countertops will be covered in all sorts of strange things. As much as you may like the look of raw white marble, this may not be the finest moment in your life. And that’s OK! Soapstone and Caesarstone materials, for example, offer a sleek, modern appearance. Even better? They’re completely non-porous, so there’s no need to worry if a puddle of red kool aid has been splashed on your counter for half an hour or longer.

Sealed Granite

Maybe you’ve been coveting granite worktops, but someone told you that granite worktops aren’t kid-friendly. If this is the case, we have fantastic news for you! You may now have beautiful granite counters that are surprisingly spill and scratch resistant with contemporary sealing technology. Seal your granite every 2-3 years or choose our Worry Free 25-year sealant to ensure it stays in great shape. Granite is an igneous rock that forms from the slow cooling of magma below the earth’s surface. It is made up of 20% quartz and 80% feldspar. Granite is one of the hardest natural stones, making it an ideal material for countertops, floors, and other high-traffic areas in your home.

Quartz

Are you concerned about chipping or cracking? Quartz is a very durable natural stone that can withstand almost any heavy toy your child throws at it. What puts quartz ahead of the pack, though, is that it doesn’t chip or crack easily – it’s naturally non-porous, so spills and splashes will never be a problem! For individuals looking for the gleaming appeal of marble without the extra care requirements, quartz is at the top of our list.

If you’re looking for a kitchen countertop that will give you the best of both worlds – beauty and durability – then quartz is the way to go. This natural stone is one of the most popular materials on the market, and for good reason. It’s strong, stunning, and easy to care for. When it comes to quartz countertops, you really can have it all!

Are you looking for a company that are experts in countertops and can help you find the right countertop for your needs and your budget? Look no further than Earth Art Kitchen & Bath! Contact us HERE.

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How Much Should I Expect To Spend On A Kitchen Remodel? https://earthartgranite.com/2022/07/17/how-much-should-i-expect-to-spend-on-a-kitchen-remodel/ https://earthartgranite.com/2022/07/17/how-much-should-i-expect-to-spend-on-a-kitchen-remodel/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2022 19:17:47 +0000 https://earthartgranite.com/?p=3372 It is one of the most stressful, perplexing aspects of many homeowners’ renovation projects to figure out an appropriate budget. It is difficult, if not impossible, to judge the precise cost of a refurbishment since each project has its own set of characteristics, demands, quirks, and difficulties. Installers may charge varied fees for comparable work …

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It is one of the most stressful, perplexing aspects of many homeowners’ renovation projects to figure out an appropriate budget. It is difficult, if not impossible, to judge the precise cost of a refurbishment since each project has its own set of characteristics, demands, quirks, and difficulties. Installers may charge varied fees for comparable work based on the type of materials used. While it may not be the most exciting aspect of your project, planning early on is the best method to handle it. Knowing how much you have to work with will influence all of your decisions, from your building materials to the overall design of your kitchen. We’re delighted to provide the following information to assist you get started.

Where To Begin

The average, medium-sized kitchen remodel project costs between $20,000-$50,000. A low-budget remodel may run closer to $5,000, whereas a high remodeling budget is anything upwards of $30,000.

The amount will differ based on your region, the materials you choose, the work you need done, and what your family can afford. Someone wanting to gut their whole kitchen, relocate utilities, and remove walls would clearly spend more than someone who simply wants to replace their cabinets and create an island. Cabinets will take up roughly one quarter of your budget, followed on the heels by new appliances at just under 20%, and countertops will come in around 15%. If you’re going all out with your remodel, make sure you’ve got enough funds set aside for each of these three components.

Emergency Budget For The Unknowns

It’s also a good idea to put aside around 10-20% of your overall budget for unforeseen expenditures. Remodeling projects frequently include unexpected costs, so if you’re prepared for them ahead of time, you’ll be able to move forward without issue in the face of adversity.

No matter what your budget looks like, though, always remember to be mindful of your spending. Just because you have money set aside for emergencies doesn’t mean you should go crazy and overspend. Be careful and thoughtful with every purchase, and you’ll be sure to stay on track.

Estimate My Project

It is important to get as many estimates as possible in order to choose the best of the best when you start your project. Having a variety of choices in remodeling companies also allows you to get to know the people you are going to be allowing to enter and work on your home.

At Countertop Solutions, we love helping families plan a remodel that grants everything they want while staying within the budget they need. For a free, no-obligation quote, drop us a line by CLICKING HERE. We look forward to hearing from you!

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