15 May 2018
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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.

02 Feb 2018

Home remodeling projects are a 300+ billion dollar business in the United States. If you are looking to do a kitchen remodeling project in 2018, Fayetteville Granite has some tips to help you get started.

Put together a wish list of what you want to accomplish with your kitchen remodel. Are you looking for more room space? Do you need more storage? Would you like updated appliances? Is one of your goals to replace your outdated countertops with granite, marble or quartz countertops? The more specific you can be in writing your list, the easier the next part will be.
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Set your budget. Before you begin any kitchen remodeling project, you need to have a very clear idea of how much money you are willing to invest in it. Failure to have an accurate dollar estimate of how much your kitchen remodeling project will cost very well could cause you heartache before the project is over, let alone cause major delays.

Do your research. As soon as you know your wishlist and have a working budget to go along with it, begin to do research on materials you want to incorporate and the best places to get them. Will you have to special order those granite countertops? Does a home appliance store a little further away offer major savings on the appliances you want? How will you have to change the structure of your kitchen to achieve the floorplan you desire? Doing your research in the beginning will help your project go much smoother.

Be flexible. The majority of people who embark on kitchen remodeling journeys will tell you that their plans did not go exactly the way they intended in the beginning. Keep an open mind during your kitchen remodel, and it may come out even better than you had imagined!

a href=”http://faygranite.wpengine.com” target=”_blank”>Fayetteville Granite specializes in the highest quality countertop options available. We also specialize in kitchen and bath sinks, backsplashes, flooring options and cabinets. If you are planning a kitchen remodeling project, the team at Fayetteville Granite can help you every step of the way! We would love to help you! Give us a call at (910) 483-0468 at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location on Raeford Road today.

21 Dec 2017

Whether you are a home builder or a homeowner looking to do some kitchen renovations, the success of your project is determined by your happiness with the finished product. Anyone who has ever taken on a sizable kitchen renovation can tell you that from start to finish, every step of the project played a part in its success, and that the very best piece of advice they can give you is to not cut corners in your planning. Before you ever tear down a cabinet or chose a backsplash pattern, it is important that you map out every detail of your kitchen renovation so that you are not surprised by anything once you start the project.

Plan the layout of your kitchen space thoughtfully, being sure to take into account such things as the location of the dishwasher in relation to the storage of the dishes for easy unloading, the placement of electrical outlets, or creating enough space for walkways around an island. Consider the perfect height for counters. Be sure to design your space so that doors to kitchen appliances and cabinets can open freely. Consider using a lighter color palette in smaller kitchen spaces. Darker colors will make the space seem smaller. Keep your budget in mind during the entirety of your kitchen renovations. You might be surprised by how quickly little changes in a design can add up. Consider high quality cabinets and granite, marble, or quartz countertops for easy clean up and care. Do your research.

Creative Stone specializes in helping home builders and homeowners create kitchen spaces that they will be happy with. We provide expert advice in planning kitchen renovations, as well as securing the perfect materials to turn your kitchen renovation vision into a reality. We will install your cabinetry, countertops, and flooring. Are you considering a kitchen renovation? Give us a call today at (910) 491-1225 or stop by and see us in our Fayetteville, North Carolina showroom Monday through Fridays from 8am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Our renovation experts would love to talk to you about your kitchen renovation project!

24 Oct 2017

It is hard to imagine that there was a time not that long ago when granite countertops were not the most popular material choice for kitchen remodeling. By the late 1990’s that had changed, and now granite countertops are the preferred countertop of homeowners all over the country in their remodeling projects, including the Fayetteville and Pinehurst areas. Along with granite countertops, countertops made out of other natural materials like marble and quartz are also gaining popularity among homeowners.

When considering natural stone options for your countertops, it is not hard to see why granite has become a popular countertop choice for kitchen remodels. Granite is incredibly durable, second in toughness only to diamonds. It won’t scratch or break easily, and it is simple to clean with just soap and water. Best of all, granite countertops look great in any kitchen or bathroom space. Granite countertops come in a variety of colors and textures, so you’re sure to find the perfect solution to make your kitchen remodel everything you dreamed it could be.

Our professional staff at Fayetteville Granite Countertop Company walks homeowners through the entire granite countertop installation process from start to finish. It all begins when you contact us for a free estimate of your kitchen remodel. As soon as we confirm the project and the granite is selected, our team will come into your home and create a template from your cabinet pattern using wood strips so that we can ensure a proper fit during countertop installation. Next, the countertop granite is cut and inspected before the installation begins. The entire process takes about four days to complete. Not a bad timeline for a kitchen remodel!

Are you ready to install granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? Fayetteville Granite Countertop Company serves Fayetteville, Pinehurst, and the surrounding areas of central North Carolina. We would love to start a free estimate for your kitchen remodel today! Give us a call at (910) 483-0468 or come visit us at our showroom and fabrication facility, open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM until 6PM.

22 Sep 2017

Kitchen remodeling begins and ends with your cabinets and countertops. As the two main components of your kitchen, cabinets and countertops provide the foundation for aesthetic appeal and design in this gathering space. When considering kitchen remodel, the question that plagues many homeowners is whether to replace or refinish.

Kitchen Countertops

Because kitchen countertops provide the working surface in your kitchen, they must be durable and allow for easy maintenance and cleaning. Many homeowners choose to completely replace their existing kitchen countertops with natural stone surfaces when remodeling, which increases the value of their home. There are three main types of natural stone available for kitchen countertops:

Quartz – This popular stone is available in many colors and patterns. It is also resistant to damage, heat, and easy to clean, making it a popular choice in kitchen countertop remodeling.
Granite – Because this natural stone is so heavy, it is resistant to nicks, scratches, and heat. It is also easy to clean.
Marble – Many homeowners choose marble when remodeling their kitchen countertops, but we advise using this less durable stone in low traffic areas when remodeling your kitchen.

Kitchen Cabinets

Perhaps the most difficult decision homeowners face in kitchen remodeling is whether to refinish their existing cabinets or to purchase new. As kitchen cabinets are often the most expensive purchase in kitchen remodeling, you may want to consider refinishing your cabinets instead. Just be sure to clean the cabinets thoroughly before beginning the refinishing project. If you opt to buy new, plan to allocate funds toward the most high quality kitchen cabinets you can afford, noting the durability of the finish and the quality of the materials used.

From choosing your kitchen countertops to deciding whether to purchase new kitchen cabinets or to refinish, Fayetteville Granite is there for you. We’re happy to offer guidance and professional service throughout your kitchen remodeling project! Call us for more information, (910) 483-0468.

20 Sep 2017

Who says you have to choose quartz OR granite? At Creative Stone, we say, “why not both?” The growing trend in home design is two tone countertops, or combinations of different types of natural stone in different patterns and colors.

Imagine you want to install a beautiful granite countertop throughout the kitchen, but it’s just not within the reaches of your homeowner’s budget. Instead, choose to install a cheaper quartz stone for the perimeter countertops, and only install the more expensive granite option for the floating island countertop.

The benefits don’t stop there! Maybe you have the budget, but your homeowners just don’t have the time for maintenance and care. Marble isn’t as tough as quartz or granite countertops, and it certainly isn’t as durable. Still, many homeowners will push for the beauty of marble in their kitchens. A compromise could be to install marble in less used areas of the kitchen and to install granite or quartz countertops elsewhere.

Think about location. Areas near the oven and sink are more prone to grease splatter and spills, so consider quartz or granite countertops for easy maintenance and high durability for these areas. In general, the perimeter a kitchen will see more use and have the most potential for damage and getting dirty. Granite and especially quartz countertops are resistant to staining, scratches, and heat, making them ideal choices.

Take the stress out of the decision by eliminating the need to decide between quartz or granite countertops! This modern trend to combine stone in kitchen countertop design is growing and is a creative, fun way to get the most out of your countertops and your budget.

Contact Creative Stone, and we’ll help you find the quartz or granite that’s best for your unique project! 910-491-1225

14 Aug 2017

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, cabinets and countertops are two of the most important and expensive parts of your kitchen. Whether you are replacing them both or just one at a time, it is a good idea to make sure that the colors complement each other.

Your kitchen countertops and cabinet facing is more or less permanent, and while paint can be re-done, it’s not a task you want to repeat more than you have to. If the colors are not compatible, it can make the space feel harsh, and that is not what you want at the end of a kitchen remodel. Carefully coordinating your colors takes equal parts personal style and inspiration.

When picking out the colors for your kitchen there are two schools of thought, one is to pick out two complementing dominant colors and the other is to use analogous colors. Complementary colors create a vibrant look due to the high contrast. This color scheme must be managed well so it is not jarring. Analogous colors usually match well and create serene and comfortable designs and can be found in nature. With this color scheme you need to be careful not to “muddy” the colors together which will make the overall color of your kitchen muted, shaded, toned down or dirty. A third color should be an accent color that brings the entire room together while giving the room a little character. Avoid using too many different colors by staying within the 3-color plan.

A good idea is to pick your countertops first because they can vary in color, pattern, and style making it hard to match the cabinetry in your kitchen. Picking your countertops first allows you to better match paints, stains, hardware, and specialty finishes. Whether you choose granite, tile, wood, etc., your countertop can be a signature piece in your kitchen.

The kitchen is known as the heart of the house and if you are unsure of your ability to color coordinate such an important room there is no shame in asking for help from a professional. The experts at Fayetteville Granite will be happy to help with a free in-home consultation. Please visit Fayetteville Granite Co. or call 910-483-0468 to learn more.

24 Jul 2017

Remodeling your kitchen can be a large task and the reasons to change your kitchen are numerous. Perhaps you’re trying to increase the resale value of your home, or maybe you’re ready to change your dated kitchen for one that better suits your family’s lifestyle. Everyone has their own reason but here are just four you may want to consider.

Value: Remodeling your kitchen can have a large impact on the value of your home when seeking to sell. A freshly remodeled and attractive kitchen will appeal to potential buyers more than an outdated kitchen. Realtors have known this fact for years. That’s one reason why a remodeled kitchen is frequently cited as a home’s major feature in a real estate ad.

Lifestyle: Perhaps your kitchen lacks a breakfast bar, and you want to enjoy coffee or grab a quick meal without going to the dining room table. Maybe the kitchen that you once loved suddenly feels a bit stuffy since you have had children and you need to make it larger. Maybe you are living with someone who is disabled, and you need to make the kitchen more convenient and accessible for them. Whatever the reason, a key motivation to remodel your kitchen is to arrange the room to best suit your needs.

Efficiency: Are your current appliances outdated? If so, they could be costing you more money than you know in monthly utility bills. Energy efficient appliances will cut the electric bill, and put less strain on the environment. You also can consider opening up your kitchen to expose it to more natural light, such as skylights, which will reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Deterioration: The kitchen can also just be falling apart: broken tiles, peeling laminate, chipped countertops, broken or faded cabinets and obsolete appliances do not contribute to bringing a family together or increase the value of your home. No matter how much love and attention you give your kitchen it’s impossible to hide. The deteriorated kitchen simply needs a remodel.

If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen trust in Fayetteville Granite to provide you the quality and care you’re searching for! From countertops, to cabinets, we can be your one stop shop for your remodeling needs. Call us today at 910-483-0468 visit us at Creative Stone to learn more!

17 Apr 2017

Our kitchens have become the hub of the home. It’s the place where we gather to eat, cook, entertain and catch up. Because of this, an updated kitchen has become a must-have for many home buyers. The first thing buyers typically look for in kitchens besides appliances and cabinets are stone countertops. With great options available in granite, quartz and marble, you’re bound to find something that fits your home and budget. We at Creative Stone are here to help you choose what’s right for you!

Granite has remained very popular for both kitchen and bath countertops. Granite is a great option for someone who wants a high-end look that can take some abuse. It is resistant to stains, mold and mildew and unaffected by heat. Granite requires light up-keep as it should be sealed occasionally. You can find granite in a variety of colors and varieties. Since granite is a natural stone, no two slabs will look exactly the same. Some people love granite because of the uniqueness, but for others who want a more uniform look, this might not be ideal. Either way, you should review and approve your slab before installing it.

Quartz is quickly becoming a more popular alternative to granite in some areas. Quartz countertops are made from pieces of ground quartz stone that is mixed with a hardening resin. The advantage of quartz is that it’s much more uniform in color and consistency. It also comes in a large variety of colors and hues. Quartz is a very durable material that does not have to be sealed like marble or granite, but it is not quite as durable as granite and cannot handle excessive heat from hot pans, which can discolor or melt the surface.

Marble is considered the most fashionable of the stones and is often used in bathroom countertops and kitchen accents. It tends to come in very light hues with darker veins. Like granite, marble varies in look so it is best to go to a place like Creative Stone in Fayetteville to select your slab. Although a gorgeous material, marble is high maintenance and stains very easily. Because of this, it may not be idea for homes with small children.

If you’re considering updating your countertops, you should absolutely consider one of these materials. Not only do they make for a stunning upgraded look to any kitchen, but they will appeal to most buyers when you are ready to sell. As Zillow notes from their research, potential buyers love stone countertops, “and adding the keyword ‘granite’ to your listing could help you sell your home 38 days sooner for 4% more.” If you’re interested in looking into stone upgrades for your countertops, come by Creative Stone, where you’ll be able to look at all different stones and speak to a expert on what would work for your look and budget. Creative Stone serves a variety of areas in North Carolina, including Fayetteville and Pinehurst. Call or come in today!