15 May 2018

It is among one of the biggest decisions that homeowners and home builders will face when constructing or remodeling their homes. Do you go with hardwood flooring or do you go with carpet, and if you choose both, then where do you spread out the two options. At Magnus Anderson, we see people struggle with this decision on a regular basis. We thought we would share some pros and cons of both to help you out before you get to our showroom.

Hardwood flooring is a popular option among homeowners and home builders, and it is easy to see why. Hardwood flooring provides a sleek, polished look to any room. The possibilities are numerous with hardwood flooring and it is fairly easy to assemble. Clean-up tends to be easy, although some options require specific cleaning instructions. Prices range from pretty inexpensive to fairly pricey depending on which hardwood flooring option you go with. Hardwood flooring works in common living spaces, like dining rooms and family rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens. Some homeowners and home builders will put hardwood flooring throughout the entire home for a uniform look. Most stop short of putting hardwood flooring in the bathroom areas however, due to the risk of water damage to it.

Carpet flooring is still the most popular type of flooring in the United States. The wall-to-wall carpet flooring that we see installed in homes today found its’ way into the United States in the early 20th century. There are many reasons why homeowners and home builders still choose carpet for their homes. Carpet is a good insulator, helping to keep homes warm in cold weather. It is also a noise insulator, providing less echo in any room it is in. Carpet obviously is a softer surface, so those with small children or older adults in the home may feel that carpet flooring is a safer option. It is also fairly easy to care for, and the carpet flooring options in the industry today are many. Carpet can range from extremely economical to higher than average prices for finer carpet materials. Some homeowners and home builders choose to place carpet in the bedrooms, while placing hardwood flooring in the living room and dining room areas. Some choose carpet for all of the bedroom and living areas, mostly deciding against carpet for the kitchen and bathroom areas due to fear of water damage.

Whichever option you choose, or if you choose both, Magnus Anderson believes you can’t go wrong with either one. If you are interested in installing hardwood flooring or carpet in your home, the professional team at Magnus Anderson would love to help you decide. Give us a call today at (910) 483-0468!

When it comes to the perfect kitchen, several design elements are brought together to create a cohesive look that the homeowner will love. When a kitchen design is implemented perfectly, it provides a kitchen space that the homeowner will enjoy for many years to come. While many homeowners know to consider the look of their appliances, and to pick a high quality countertop material, at Fayetteville Granite, we also want to remind homeowners that the look of their cabinets is just as important to the overall design of the kitchen.

Believe it or not, you can plan out the perfect cabinet configuration to fit your kitchen storage needs, but if the color of the cabinets is off, the whole kitchen will look off as well. We see this in kitchen design projects when the homeowner has chosen to use a dark cabinet color with an equally dark countertop color. If the appliances are also dark in color, the whole kitchen space shrinks dramatically to the eye.  

When choosing a cabinet color for your kitchen, here are some color ideas for you to consider. If your goal is to create a space that seems bigger than it is, or to create a light and airy space, consider a light cabinet color. Popular lighter kitchen cabinet colors include whites and creams. One of the best kitchen color combinations that is popular right now is a buttery yellow shade of cabinet paired with stainless steel appliances and gray countertops. If you are designing a more regal kitchen look, darker cabinets in brown can be paired with both a lighter countertop option and a lighter floor option. Another popular kitchen idea among more modern kitchen designs is to pair black cabinets with a white/black/gray granite or quartz countertop and light or steel appliances.

Do not be afraid to try out pops of color in your kitchen design. A seemingly classic kitchen design can be made modern with a bold color choice for the kitchen island. As long as the rest of the kitchen cabinets are fairly light in color, the pop of color should add a nice design element to the kitchen.

In order to design your perfect kitchen space, you should play around with different color combinations until you find the one you love. At Fayetteville Granite, our team specializes in creating truly beautiful kitchen spaces for our clients. We are here to assist you throughout the entire project process, from design to installation. If you are ready to change the cabinet color in your kitchen, give us a call at (910) 483-0468 and we will schedule a time to come out and give you a free estimate.

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For many home builders and general contractors tasked with home remodeling projects, the first room of the house that homeowners want to plan out is their kitchen area. Homeowners tend to take their kitchens seriously, and believe especially that sprucing up their existing kitchens with a kitchen remodel will add flair and monetary value to their home.  At Creative Stone, we see this first hand on a regular basis, so we would like to give you some ideas on how to remodel the kitchen.

Change out the appliances. Appliances like the stovetop, built-in microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator can look dated after a few years of use. New technology, popular surface appearance trends, and dropping prices can encourage homeowners to change up their appliances. The best looking kitchen remodels reflect a uniform look to the major appliances in the kitchen.

Consider different flooring options. The possibilities for a flooring change in the kitchen are virtually endless. Several kitchen flooring options are more resilient, and easier to clean then some cheaper options. While vinyl or resilient flooring are good options for those on a tighter budget, many homeowners will choose to upgrade to tile or limestone, or hardwood flooring. Cork is another kitchen floor option that is gaining in popularity.

Give the cabinets an upgrade. Sometimes a kitchen remodel can be done just by changing the color of the kitchen cabinets. For a more drastic remodel, change the format of the kitchen cabinets. Switch out tall cabinets for floating kitchen shelves, or change the face of the cabinet doors from solid wood to a frosted glass look.

Don’t forget the countertops and backsplash. A backsplash between the countertops and the base of the cabinets will create a unique look to your kitchen space. With the wide availability of high quality countertop materials like granite and quartz, updating the countertops should be a serious consideration in any kitchen remodeling project. These countertop options are resilient to wear and tear and incredibly easy to clean. If you want to get the most money out of your kitchen remodel, upgrading to granite or quartz countertops is where it’s at. They will last a long time in your kitchen and it is highly unlikely you will need to replace them anytime soon.

At Creative Stone, we specialize in countertop spaces and cabinet installation. If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, give us a call at (910) 491-1225 or come see us at our Fayetteville, NC location on Ireland Drive. We look forward to serving you!

05 May 2018

With warmer weather upon us, and spring cleaning in full effect, now may be the best time to spruce up your home’s kitchen. It does not matter if your kitchen remodel is a minor remodeling job or a major one, if your kitchen is dated and in need of new life, your return on investment upon selling should be high. Of course, you may just want an updated look for your forever home. When it comes to remodeling your Fayetteville, NC or Pinehurst, NC home, here are five ideas that the staff at Fayetteville Granite wants you to think about.

 

Consider New Kitchen Countertops. With resilient materials like granite and quartz now readily available  to homeowners, a countertop upgrade could really change the look and feel of your kitchen space. These countertops are easy to care for and come in a seemingly endless group of colors and designs. If you are currently living with laminate countertops, you will love and appreciate granite countertops or quartz countertops.

 

Update Your Kitchen Floor. If your current kitchen floor is laminate sheets or peel and stick vinyl, then you know that, while a very cost effective option for kitchen flooring, it is prone to wear and tear over time.  There are several different flooring styles today that are easier to care for and much more durable. Many homeowners will choose ceramic tile, cork or hardwood floors for their kitchen space.

 

Renovate or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets. For a truly transformed look in your kitchen, change the look and functionality of your cabinets. If you want to do a minor remodel of your kitchen, and you want to keep your cabinets the way they are, a simple update in paint color will create a whole new look to your space. If you want a more drastic change, replace your cabinets with a new cabinet style, or even open shelves for a more modern feel.

 

Upgrade Your Appliances. A lot of homeowners will simply update their kitchens by upgrading their appliances. The choices in today’s market for kitchen appliances are many. Stainless steel appliances tend to look good in most any kitchen space. Before you make a major appliance purchase, measure the space so that you do not buy an appliance that won’t fit in your kitchen.

 

Shine a New Light On Your Kitchen Space. Sometimes, a minor kitchen remodel consists of a change in the lighting of the space. Replace old fluorescent fixtures with recess lighting, pendant lighting, and even under the cabinet lighting for an updated look.

 

Of course, a new paint color will completely change the look of your kitchen space. Remodeling your kitchen this spring does not have to cost a lot. Whether you choose a simple kitchen remodel or a major one, Fayetteville Granite can help! We love to assist our customers in Fayetteville, Pinehurst and other areas of North Carolina in creating living spaces that they will enjoy! Give us a call today at (910) 483-0468.

05 May 2018

Spring time is the perfect time to consider making some flooring changes to your home. The flooring options for homeowners and homebuilders are numerous, but many homeowners and homebuilders will choose carpet flooring for at least some of the rooms in their homes, particularly the bedroom areas and the living room and den areas. While hardwood flooring or other flooring alternatives are popular with many homeowners and homebuilders, the use of carpet in homes has not diminished over the past few decades, and for many good reasons.

Carpet is functional and practical. The majority of homeowners and homebuilders will choose carpet that is comfortable to walk on. There are several carpet options that are not just comfortable to walk on, but also to sit on as well. In the cooler months of the year, carpet acts as an insulator, trapping heat. This usually results in a lower heating bill for residents. Carpet also acts a noise insulator. You can tell a difference in sound quality in a room that is carpeted versus one that is not.

Carpet provides safety features as well. People tend not to fall as easily on carpet, and when they do, injuries seem to be less severe, as carpet cushions their fall. This is particularly helpful in homes with small children and older adults. Believe it or not, new carpet can also help with the air quality of the home. Dust, dirt and air allergens get trapped in the fibers of carpet instead of floating in the air of the room. People struggling from breathing issues may see their symptoms improve with carpet installation.

There are so many high quality options when it comes to carpet. From plush to practical, and everything in between. Magnus Anderson specializes in flooring for new and existing homes. The professionals at Magnus Anderson want to help you find the right carpet option for you. We will walk with you every step of the way of your project from the consultation to picking out the perfect carpet and installing it to your satisfaction. Are you considering carpet installation for your home? Give Magnus Anderson a call today at (910) 483-0468.

05 May 2018

Any good homebuilder knows that when it comes to the complete look of a kitchen or bathroom space, you cannot just consider the material and look of the countertops, but also the countertop edge as well. Styles of countertop edges range from the very simple to the more elaborate, but there are a few styles that seem to be more popular than others. For homeowners and homebuilders in Fayetteville, NC and the surrounding areas, the team at Creative Stone wants to share some of the most popular choices.

 

A Standard Flat Edge. This countertop edge is what you would expect from a flat countertop edge. It is a very simple flat edge. While you may not think you want a simple flat edge to your kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops, this style works really well in rooms that already have strong design elements in them. A flat edge will not distract from a great backsplash or new appliances.

 

A Subtle Bevel Edge. Bevel edges in kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops are quite popular, perhaps because they look stylish but are not as elaborate as other countertop edge choices. A bevel edge is typically about a 45 degree angle, but the angle and width can usually be customized in certain ways.

 

The Half Bullnose Edge. Seen in a lot of classic kitchen and bathroom designs, the Half Bullnose countertop edge has a thicker look than the other Bullnose edge option.

 

The Full Bullnose Edge. The other Bullnose countertop option is the Full Bullnose edge. It is also seen in many traditional kitchen and bathroom countertop designs, but is a thinner option than the Half Bullnose countertop edge.

 

An Ogee Edge. The Ogee countertop edge is a more elaborate choice for your kitchen or bathroom. It has an elegant edge that looks best in more classic kitchen designs. If you go with an Ogee edge for your kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops, you will want to show it off.

 

If you are a homebuilder or homeowner in Fayetteville, NC or the surrounding areas, the professional staff at Creative Stone wants to help you create the perfect space for your building needs. Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225 and let’s get started!