12 Mar 2019

At Creative Stone, our team of professionals has had the privilege of being instrumental in turning many clients’ kitchen dreams into a reality. For each client, we take special care in honoring the vision they have and combining it with cabinet and countertop suggestions that they probably didn’t even know were possible. Many come in to see us and immediately let us know that they have their hearts set on granite countertops until we introduce them to the world of quartz or marble countertops. They have a vision in their head of a certain color of cabinetry, until we show them the vast amount of cabinet options that are available to them.

One statement we hear over and over again from homeowners who are looking to renovate their kitchens is “We don’t want our kitchen counters to be cluttered”. Everyone we talk to is looking for ways to cut down on the “stuff” that sits on their countertops. The best way to achieve bare countertops is to find the space for kitchen gadgets in the cabinets. As cabinet experts, we do our part by suggesting and then installing the cabinet space. However, it is the homeowners job to use the cabinet space in the best ways possible to eliminate kitchen clutter.

At Creative Stone, we have some suggestions on how to do that.

First, before you ever place an item in your newly installed kitchen cabinets, go through all of the items that you are planning to place in the cabinets and purge the items that you really do not need or want any longer. Also, when organizing items in your cabinets, it may help to use a certain type of rack or divider. You can pretty much find any type and size of cabinet divider, shelf or rack that you can think of on the market today. When it comes to small items, like spices, a rack inside the cabinet may help you organize better and save you space. Third, organize your small kitchen appliances, and pots and pans according to what you use the most. Keep what you use less frequently in the back of a kitchen cabinet, and everything else to the forefront.

With a little effort you can achieve that bare kitchen countertop space that you are looking for. If you want to renovate your kitchen space by replacing your current cabinets or countertops, then give our Creative Stone professionals in Fayetteville, NC a call today at (910) 491-1225. We would love to help you!

01 Feb 2019

Every year at about this time, our team at Fayetteville Granite starts to get calls and visits from homeowners who are looking to do some type of kitchen remodeling project. While we get excited about doing what we love, and look forward to helping homeowners achieve the kitchen space they long for, we try to warn them of some common kitchen remodeling mistakes that we have seen happen way too often in the past. If you are considering your own kitchen remodeling project, consider these words of advice and then give Fayetteville Granite a call to get started.

Have a vision. Too many eager homeowners have started their kitchen remodel without fully fleshing out their vision. Don’t just consider what new appliances you would like, or paint color. Go beyond the type of countertops or cabinets you want. Think bigger than a new floor. Envision the way you want your kitchen to flow. Stand in your current kitchen space and write down what you like and what you would like to see different. Putting your plan into action will be a lot simpler the more detailed you are about what you want from the very beginning.

Have a budget. Have a realistic budget from the start. Do some research to get an idea of what your kitchen renovations will cost on average and then plan for some wiggle room within that budget. Trust us, this is important.

Have an open mind. You know what you want, and we want to see you get exactly that. We cannot tell you how often we have customers come in with a specific vision and leave with an even better plan because they were open to new ideas or suggestions. They think they want a certain cabinet style but then come in and see one they like better. A professional can introduce you to affordable, stylish options that you may not have even thought of.

At Fayetteville Granite, we work for our clients. If you are thinking about starting your own kitchen remodeling project, give our professionals a call at (910) 483-0468 or come in to see us at our Raeford Road location in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

01 Feb 2019

At Creative Stone, our team of countertop professionals has seen it all. We have installed many different types of countertops for homeowners and home builders over the years, which means we have also taken out lots of old countertops too. The choices that homeowners and home builders have these days for countertops is almost endless. While many countertop options are highly durable and made to last a very long time, damage can still occur. Like most things, the more expensive the countertops are, the higher quality there are and the less damage you are likely to see. However, regardless of the price of the countertops, damage repair is usually possible.

Countertops can be susceptible to scratches. While specialty pens can repair laminate countertops that are scratched, the process for repairing scratches on, say, a granite countertop is more complicated that that. The repair would include several steps, but it can be done!

When it comes to damage done to countertops because of heat from pans or other sources, methods of repair vary but are fairly easy to do yourself with some unconventional materials that you already probably have. For laminate countertops, use toothpaste. For porcelain countertops, use baking soda and water, and for steel countertops, use club soda. Of course, any countertop damage from heat can be prevented altogether by using insulated towels, pot holders, or trivets to set hot dishes on.

One common mistake that homeowners do is use harsh cleaners to clean their countertops. If you want to extend the life of your countertops, warm soapy water is your best option. Far too many granite countertop owners have found this out the hard way. Harsh chemicals on your countertops can damage them, and pretty much the only way to repair the damage is to have a professional buff and polish them again for you.

If you find that there are water stains on your countertops, they can be repaired many times by taking a gentle cleaner and something with bristles, like a toothbrush, and brushing the surface in circular motions. For stubborn water stains on granite countertops, you can purchase a special pumice stone for that purpose. The best practice is to always clean up water or liquid stains as soon as you can.

01 Feb 2019

As a homeowner, you do whatever you can to protect the investment that you have in your home. One of the key components to any home is the flooring. Whether you have hardwood flooring, carpet, tile or laminate flooring, you want to to take care of it as best as you can so that it will last for a long time. Unfortunately, very few parts to a home take a beating more than your flooring. Laminate flooring tends to be a cheaper flooring option than some of the others, and it can be more vulnerable to damage also. The team at Magnus Anderson is here to help you with your laminate flooring issues.

Common issues that happen with laminate flooring can include warping, chipping, mold, mildew, and scratches. Scratches have the potential to be an easy fix. You can buy a laminate flooring repair kit at many home improvement stores, and remedy that issue pretty quickly using wax crayons or putty. However, because homeowners tend to put laminate flooring in rooms of the home where easy floor cleanup is a must, like kitchens and bathrooms, many of the common problems that arise are a direct result of contact with water.

The majority of laminate flooring buckling or warping happens because of water damage. It is imperative that when water or other liquids spill onto your laminate flooring that you clean it up immediately. We cannot stress that enough. Many times, mold and mildew can inhabit a bathroom floor after a long period of time because of water falling out from the bath or shower, and people not drying the floor immediately. Unfortunately, while it is possible to save laminate flooring in that situation, it is a complicated process and not cheap to do. Most homeowners will choose to replace the damaged laminate flooring in that case.

Magnus Anderson specializes in flooring options. If you have laminate flooring that you want to replace, our knowledgeable team is ready to help you choose the perfect flooring option for you. Come visit us in our Fayetteville, North Carolina showroom, or give us a call today at (910) 483-0468.

31 Dec 2018

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen space, there is so much to consider. Many homeowners and home builders will put a lot of time into choosing the right appliances, the best flooring, the most functional lighting, the longest lasting countertops, and the most aesthetically pleasing paint colors and backsplash designs, but sometimes they put just a little effort into making the most out of their cabinet space. They get done with their kitchen remodel just to be unhappy with their storage space, or lack thereof. If you are considering a kitchen build or remodel, the team at Fayetteville Granite would like you to make your cabinets a priority in your design plan.

Cabinets are essential to any kitchen space. Whether your kitchen is a small space or a large one, your cabinets can make or break the overall look of your kitchen. With so many amazing options to choose from in cabinets, there is no reason to overlook them. When looking for the best option for you, consider their color, size, layout and material. If you are in a smaller kitchen space, you may want to opt for a more open cabinet design with closed cabinets on the lower half and open shelves on top. If you have a good size kitchen space, you may want lots of big cabinets on top. You can have a standard size cabinet that leaves room between the ceiling and the top of it, but if you are looking to maximize your storage capacity and eliminate small appliances taking up space on countertops when not in use, you can also opt for cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling.

Consider kitchen cabinets with deeper drawers to hold more utensils and other dishes. Also, consider making part of your cabinet space a place to put your trash can out of sight. The possibilities with kitchen cabinets are endless.

When you are ready to find the perfect kitchen cabinet solution for you, let our staff at Fayetteville Granite know. We can help you make your kitchen vision come true! Give us a call at (910) 483-0468.

31 Dec 2018

For what seems like forever, carpet flooring has been a flooring staple for homeowners and home builders. If most of the living areas of a home are not covered in carpet flooring, then the bedrooms at the very least tend to be. Over the years, carpet styles have changed, but they continue to evolve with time. The latest trend in carpet flooring has been a long time coming – waterproof carpet flooring. Now families can enjoy carpet flooring in nearly every room of the house, and they are easy to clean when it comes to spills. No more mold and water damage from wet carpet flooring.

Waterproof carpet may come with a heavier price tag than homeowners would like right now, but if they still want carpet flooring, the colors, patterns, and material options are nearly endless. Whether homeowners want plush carpet or a textured carpet, they won’t have to look far for design options. In today’s home design, people are choosing bolder colors for their carpet flooring as well. Many homeowners are choosing carpet flooring in multiple shades, like ombre carpet, or the increasingly popular tile carpet design. Bold and big colored squares of carpet are seamed together to create a unique look in flooring design.

For those homeowners who still want the beauty and simplicity of hardwood floors, but crave the warmth of carpet, area rugs are still a very popular choice. Some homeowners use carpet flooring sparingly throughout their home in places like staircases.

At Magnus Anderson, we can help you achieve any interior design vision you have using carpet flooring. Nowadays, not only is carpet flooring available in an endless collection of materials, colors and designs, but it is more versatile and easy to care for than it ever has been before. For some, the choice is either carpet or no carpet. At Magnus Anderson, we believe that you can have whatever mixture of flooring options you would like! The new style in interior design is to play around with different options until you find what is perfect for you. If you are ready to find your perfect floors, give Magnus Anderson a call today at (910) 483-0468.

31 Dec 2018

If you are looking for a stunning countertop material for your kitchen space, you really do not have to look much further than quartz countertops. Quartz countertops come in some of the most beautiful designs and colors to ever grace a kitchen space. There really are some gorgeous options in quartz countertops. However, there are more reasons than beauty alone that make quartz the trendiest choice in countertop design this year. Many homeowners are choosing quartz over the most popular countertop choices, like marble and granite.

Quartz countertops are tough. Really tough. As a matter of fact, they are probably the best countertop option based on durability alone since quartz is one of the toughest minerals on the planet. They are made from quartz that has been ground up and mixed with resin. This means that, unlike granite countertops, quartz countertops don’t ever have to be sealed. Homeowners with granite countertops know that they need to reseal their countertops as often as once a year. With quartz countertops, homeowners do not have to worry about that.

They are super easy to clean and take care of as well. A little warm, soapy water is all you really need to clean quartz countertops. They are non-porous too, so mildew and bacteria are not an issue with these countertops. You wouldn’t want to use harsh chemical cleaners on the surface though. Over time, they could mess up the surface. Quartz countertops can easily be installed as well.

Quartz countertops are a little pricier than other countertop options, but believe us when we say that they are worth the price. Many manufacturers of quartz countertops will give lifetime warranties on the countertops, or at the very least 10 to 15 years. They know that quartz countertops will last a homeowner a long, long time.

If you are ready to make the change to quartz countertops, let Creative Stone help you! Our experts are ready to assist you in finding the perfect quartz countertop design for your kitchen. We know you absolutely will not be disappointed! Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

30 Nov 2018

Millions of Americans will travel in the next few weeks to visit family and friends for the holidays. Likewise, millions of Americans will also host visitors for the holidays. If you are a homeowner that is hosting family and friends this holiday season, you may be a little concerned about protecting your carpet from the increase in foot traffic.

Magnus Anderson specializes in high quality flooring options for our customers. We understand that after carefully searching for and choosing the right carpet for your home, you will want it to last as long as possible without damage to it. Accidents from visiting pets, a red wine spill, water from rain or snow tracked into the house, and delicious food dropping from the dining room table are all possibilities in the next few weeks, but the team at Magnus Anderson has some ideas on how you can prevent damage to your carpet flooring.

Start by having your guests take off their shoes when they enter your home. Furthermore, placemats inside the doorways of your house for wet shoes, umbrellas, and anything else that comes from the outside that is wet. This will save your carpet so much wear and tear, and it’s simple to do.

Also, if you are putting extra furniture, like a rollaway bed or additional tables and chairs out for guests, place protective material under the legs of the furniture to keep your carpet safe from the possible damage of shifting furniture or the weight of the furniture.

You probably will not feel the need to place a protective tablecloth under your main dining table for the adults to eat, but if you have young guests that are eating meals in a room with carpet flooring, then you may want to put a plastic tablecloth with a soak proof backing on it down on the floor so that spills will not leave their mark on your carpet.

For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate each other through food and fun. Our team at Magnus Anderson hopes you have a wonderful holiday season. If you are looking to put some high quality carpet flooring down in your home, give us a call at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location at (910) 483-0468.

30 Nov 2018

For many years, when homeowners were considering which countertop material would be best for their kitchen and bathroom spaces, the obvious choice was granite countertops. Even today, granite countertops remain among the most popular countertop option for homebuilders and homeowners alike. In today’s market, there are more high quality countertop options available. Take quartz countertops, for example. When pitted against granite countertops as an option, you cannot really go wrong with either choice as far as durability goes. Both are great countertop options, and both should last a long time with proper care and maintenance.

However, there are some ways in which granite countertops differ from quartz and other countertop materials. Creative Stone specializes in high quality countertop options for our customers. We have learned a lot about the best countertop materials on the market and here is what we can tell you about the gift that is granite countertops.

When it comes to durability, granite is king. Granite stone is so tough that you could basically cut food directly on it and your knives would not scratch the surface at all. Not only that, but in comparison to options like quartz, granite proves to be more heat resistant. While it is possible to harm the sealant on top of a granite counter, the material itself can stand to have a pot or pan placed directly on it. This is not the case with most other countertop materials.

This is not to say that damage cannot be done to a granite countertop. A granite countertop can be chipped with a hard enough force. The beautiful thing about granite countertops though is that repairing them is fairly simple. Granite repair kits can be purchased by the homeowner.

In addition to these reasons, granite countertops are a great choice because of their affordability in comparison to other options, their ease of care, and their nearly endless color choices. Consider gifting yourself with granite countertops this holiday season. We know you will not be disappointed in your investment. If you are looking for a countertop specialist in Fayetteville, North Carolina and the surrounding areas, look no further than the professionals at Creative Stone. Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

30 Nov 2018

The holidays are a busy season, with a lot of Americans traveling the country to visit family and friends. For those homeowners who are hosting family and friends this holiday season, the next few weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday could be a time of hasty house decorating and renovation decisions. Before you decide to knock out all of your cabinetry or break out your paint brushes, the team at Fayetteville Granite has some words of thoughtful advice for you.

Before you set foot in one home improvement store, sit down and figure out a realistic budget and plan. Do not go into any renovations quickly and without thinking them through. Know what you can afford to do that will actually achieve your vision. If you cannot remodel your kitchen the way you really want to, consider waiting until you can. You do not want any regrets about your kitchen remodeling project after the guests leave. How expansive will your kitchen remodeling project be? Change in appliances? A switch to a high quality countertop material? A new flooring option? We cannot stress enough how important it is to not go forward with any remodeling project without first planning and budgeting for it.

Consider the time that you have to complete your kitchen remodeling project. Whatever deadline you think you have, add a little bit of time to it for the sake of the unexpected. It pays to do your research. Truly, it does. With a little research, you can usually find the appliances you want on sale or at a better price than you originally thought. You will most likely discover a different option for countertops, cabinets, flooring and even paint color that you like more than the one you originally wanted.

The best advice that we can give is to not rush into any kitchen remodeling project right before your guests show up. Instead, why don’t you gift yourself this Christmas with the promise of a kitchen remodel in the new year that is done just the way you want it. When you are ready to get started, give our team of professionals at Fayetteville Granite a call at (910) 483-0468, or stop into our Fayetteville, North Carolina store.