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.

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.

01 Nov 2018

Kitchen cabinets were originally designed to give the homeowner a more efficient kitchen space by creating storage options and increasing kitchen functionality. While homeowners still prefer a kitchen space with ample cabinet space for storage and functionality, many homeowners also want to create a more beautiful space with their cabinets.

While cabinet choices are nearly endless for kitchen spaces, homeowners can take their kitchen cabinet design to a new level by choosing the right cabinet millwork and hardware. Fayetteville Granite has some ideas on options that could help you create the beautiful kitchen space you desire.

Millwork traditionally refers to building design elements that were made completely out of wood. For most homeowners at the turn of the 20th century, all of the building elements of a house were made of wood. Today the term millwork can also include building elements made of other synthetic materials. In cabinetry and kitchen space design, some options include crown molding, scribes and valances. Crown molding millwork joins the top of your cabinets to the ceiling to create a smooth, elegant look. Scribes are small pieces of molding that fill in gaps between the cabinets and appliances or ceilings. Millwork valances are attached to the bottom of cabinets to hide lighting and any unfinished space.

When it comes to hardware on their cabinets, homeowners have an array of options to choose from, including hardware design and colors. Kitchens can be transformed with a simple design change in the knobs and pulls on cabinets and drawers. When considering the aesthetic you are hoping to achieve in your kitchen, do not forget the knobs and pulls. They can really make a kitchen space pop. Also consider the functionality of your cabinets and drawers by choosing high quality guides for drawers and concealed hinges for your cabinets.

Many homeowners underestimate how much their cabinets and cabinet hardware choices can contribute to the overall look of their kitchen spaces. If you are ready to take your cabinet design up a notch in your kitchen space, Fayetteville Granite would love to help! Give us a call today in Fayetteville, North Carolina at (910) 483-0468.

08 Oct 2018

When it comes to remodeling spaces in homes, American homeowners remodel their kitchens more than any other room. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that over eighty percent of home renovations were done in the kitchen. At Fayetteville Granite, we have spoken to countless customers over the years about their goals for renovations in their kitchen spaces. Since our expertise is in countertops, flooring, backsplashes, cabinets and sinks, we have had the opportunity to be a part of some really impressive kitchen remodeling projects.

If you are looking to start your own kitchen remodel, we have a few suggestions for taking your kitchen design to the next level. You can start with new countertops. If you are looking to upgrade from laminate countertops, you cannot go wrong with granite, quartz or marble countertops. All are high quality materials that are resilient and easy to care for. All three come in almost countless colors and designs. Match your new countertops with an upgrade to your kitchen cabinets. Switch to an open shelf design, or choose doors that are frosted or clear glass. If completely replacing the cabinets is not an option, simply paint them a new color that will pop against the color of the countertops.

If you change the color scheme of your cabinets and countertops, then you may also want to upgrade your flooring choice as well. Between laminate flooring, tile, hardwood flooring and many other choices, you will be able to find the perfect flooring solution for you that will help to create a stunning kitchen look.

Once you change out the cabinets, the countertops, and the flooring, you may want to update your appliances to create a cohesive look. The only thing left to do after all of those renovations is to change the paint color if needed.

If you are interested in getting started on your kitchen remodeling project, give Fayetteville Granite a call at (910) 483-0468. Our team of skilled professionals has helped many homeowners remodel their kitchen spaces. Our experts are ready to assist you in bringing your dream kitchen to life!

22 Aug 2018

The list of kitchen cabinet choices for homeowners is growing every day. From short cabinets, tall cabinets, open cabinet design and kitchen drawers, deciding which cabinets to go with for their kitchen can be a daunting task for homeowners who are looking to update their kitchen space. While the type of cabinet is important in the design of a kitchen, there are a couple of style elements that can take a great kitchen design and bring it up to a whole new level.

For starters, every cabinet and drawer needs good hardware. Some say that drawer and cabinet hardware is like the jewelry of the kitchen. Instead of traditional knobs, more modern options for kitchen hardware are nearly endless. These include drawer pulls or knobs made in different colors and finishes, and hardware made out of nontraditional materials. Homeowners have a great opportunity with their choice of kitchen hardware to really make their kitchen space fit the aesthetic they were hoping for.

Another option for making the most out of kitchen cabinet design is to add over the counter or under the counter lighting. This accent lighting is easier than ever before to install. Some types of accent lighting for the kitchen include rope lights strategically placed under or above cabinets, small track lighting or individual battery operated lights attached to the bottom surface of the cabinets, or long tracks of lights that run the length of a set of kitchen cabinets. For homeowners who choose cabinets with open space or frosted glass panels, the accent lighting can be attached inside the exposed cabinet space so that the light comes through the cabinet space instead of above or below it.

Some homeowners will elevate their kitchen cabinets by installing a backsplash underneath the cabinets. Depending on the color of the cabinets, and the colors in the backsplash, this will add depth to their overall kitchen feel or the kitchen will feel more open and modern.

When it comes to highlighting your cabinet choices, there is no shortage of ideas. If you are considering an upgrade in your cabinets, give Fayetteville Granite a call at (910) 483-0468. We will walk you through the process, from consultation to installation.

22 Aug 2018

Kitchen spaces are arguably the most important room of a new home build when attracting home buyers. Prospective homeowners love to see an attractive kitchen designed with functionality in mind. They understand the value of a great flooring choice, modern appliances, well thought out cabinet space, and durable countertops. Once they move in though, the challenge is to maintain the value of the kitchen by properly caring for its’ elements.

Many popular countertop options today got their popularity because, not only were they attractive, but they were fairly easy to care for as well. However, whether the countertop is made out of granite, quartz, marble, butcher block, or laminate, there are certain things that will cause wear and tear on the countertop to occur.

Depending on the countertop material, the kitchen dangers will vary. However, for virtually all countertop options, promptly cleaning up any spills, especially those from dark substances like coffee or wine, will keep the countertop from becoming stained. Also, not all countertops are heat resistant, so a good practice in any kitchen is to place hot pans or dishes on pot holders or trivets instead of directly on the counter surface. Equally important for most countertop options is to only use mild soap and a non-abrasive cloth or sponge to wipe down the surface. On countertop surfaces such as butcher block, it is crucial that kitchen users keep the area sanitized. Using undiluted vinegar is a safer option then traditional kitchen cleaners and disinfectants.

A number of the common kitchen dangers that can damage countertop surfaces can be completely avoided by sealing the countertops, and then resealing them over time when necessary. In today’s market, most kitchen countertop materials are built to last a long time. By taking proper care of them, homeowners can enjoy their functionality for many years to come.

Are you looking to install new countertops? Creative Stone would love to help you find the perfect countertops for your kitchen. Give one of our knowledgeable professionals a call today at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location by dialing (910) 491-1225.

18 Jun 2018

One of the great benefits of being a homeowner is the freedom to take on remodeling projects to add beauty and value to your home. Many homeowners have a laundry list of remodeling ideas but simply do not have the budget to complete their list. When it comes to remodeling projects, there are a plethora of changes that can be made to your home without a large price tag attached. While cabinets and countertops are the specialty of Creative Stone, here are a few remodeling projects that can be done on a relatively small budget.

You already know that one way to spruce up a room is by changing the paint color on the walls, but have you ever considered changing the color of your ceiling? We have seen this color change create a more modern and sleek look to living areas. If color on your ceiling is not a good option, how about changing the color of the blades on your ceiling fans? It is a very simple color change but it can have a big impact on the overall look of a room. A trend we are seeing more and more among homeowners is bolder color choices for entry doors.

For a touch of added character inside your home, one remodeling project could be to place decorative trim around your windows and doorways. While you are at it, you could replace window blinds with roman shades for a quick updated look. Adding your own Wainscot paneling to living area walls, or changing the baseboard trim are budget friendly ideas as well.

Many homeowners want to focus their remodeling projects in the kitchen and the bathroom. When major changes are made, these two rooms can be a couple of the most expensive remodeling projects to undertake as a homeowner. However, small remodeling projects can still happen in bathrooms and kitchens. Consider changing the faucets on sinks, or the hardware on your cabinets.

At Creative Stone, we love to help clients with their remodeling projects. If you are looking to update your countertops or cabinets, let us help you find the perfect option for your design aesthetic and your budget. It can be done! Give us a call at (910) 491-1225 today!

18 Jun 2018

When you think of your perfect kitchen space, what do you see first? For many people, their eyes are drawn to how modern the appliances are, what kind of countertops have been installed, or how the color of the room impacts the overall feel. Truly though, the heart of a kitchen lies within the choice of cabinets and how they are laid out. Minimal cabinets give off the vibe of a more open space, but also provide the least amount of storage options. Tall cabinets and cabinets that wrap around a good portion of the kitchen provide a lot more storage area, but can make a kitchen seem smaller in size. When it comes to kitchen design, you want to pick the perfect cabinets.

At Fayetteville Granite, our team of cabinetry professionals can help you make those big cabinet decisions. How much storage do you want, and how much space do you have in your kitchen to fit in the cabinets you desire without making the space feel cramped. Cabinet color is important too. A lighter cabinet color can make a room seem bigger, and when paired with the perfect countertop and flooring, it can completely transform an outdated kitchen into a newer, more modern kitchen.

When you turn to Fayetteville Granite to assist you in picking your perfect cabinets, we can help you decide whether stock cabinets will work best in your space, or if in order to create the look you are trying to achieve, custom cabinetry is needed. While stock cabinet choices are limited, the configurations and materials available through custom cabinetry are practically endless. Whatever your cabinet needs are, Fayetteville Granite has the perfect solution for you. We provide clients with cabinet choices from well known brands like Procraft, Kitchen Cabinet Distributors, and Marsh Furniture.

If you are ready to install new cabinets in your kitchen space, Fayetteville Granite is ready to help! Come see us in Fayetteville, NC at our Raeford Road location or give us a call today at (910) 483-0468. Our goal is to help you see your kitchen dreams come true!

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.