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Comparing Popular Brands of Quartz Countertops

After a couple of decades as merely an alternate to granite and marble for kitchen countertops, engineered quartz countertops are finally coming into its own. Currently the reigning favorite among homeowners and designers in the US, quartz countertops edged out granite by a narrow margin because they are very durable and widely available in a large range of beautiful colors and designs.

Basic facts

Marcello Toncelli
Quartz stone used for kitchen countertops are manmade, a mix of quartz, resin, and pigments bound together by a combination of heat and pressure. To all intents and purposes, it is a stone, although it is not a naturally occurring one. Some people continue to reject quartz countertops for this reason, claiming it does not have the same look and depth of granite or marble. While this may be true, quartz countertops have their own advantages.

Quartz countertops use quartz stone, one type of engineered stone resulting from an engineering process called Bretonstone. This is a patented technology owned by the Italian company Breton S.p.a. using vacuum pressure to form a solid mass of great density. Its inventor, Marcello Toncelli, licensed about 50 companies all over the world to use the technology to make engineered stone.
While the Bretonstone process itself does not specify the use of quartz materials, only companies that use a mix with at least 90% quartz can claim its products are engineered quartz. The advantage of using quartz for these countertop materials is the inherent durability of quartz, which is why quartz countertops are so tough.

Aside from durability, quartz stone has a distinct appearance that sets it apart from other engineered stones. This might be due to the near purity of the material, enabled by the manufacturing process that eliminates impurities inherent to natural stones such as granite. It is also non-porous, with a water absorption rate similar to porcelain tile at 0.5%. These characteristics make quartz countertops resistant to stains and scratches.

The only problem with quartz stone is that it is not heat resistant. The quartz material itself is, but the polymer resins and coloring agents in the mix are not. These also make it susceptible to fading under direct sunlight. However, using it indoors and placing trivets and heat pads on the surface can minimize heat damage to quartz countertops.

Quartz countertops more than make up for this one weakness by giving homeowners many more options than available for natural stones. Most people recognize some of the top brands of quartz stone in the market, but might not know much about them. If you are considering quartz countertops for your own kitchen, you should know something about some of them. Comparing popular brands of quartz countertops should help.

Caesarstone

Caesarstone countertops
Caesarstone has laid claim to the “original quartz surface manufacturer” title. While this is not technically true as the Breton company has its own line of quartz stone, it is the first quartz stone company to make it popular in the residential market.
Founded in 1987, Caesarstone has its base in Israel. It manufacturers quartz stone in its factories located in the Bar Lev Industrial Zone and the Kibbutz Sdot Yam. Quartz stone basically replaced terrazzo tiles as the traditional business in the area when its popularity fell in the home market.

The designs of Caesarstone quartz go beyond the typical. Some product lines mix in unexpected elements, such as gems found in the Concetto Collection. Homeowners can also go for the Motivo Collection, which offers unusual finishes such as crocodile skin and lace.
The company currently has 53 designs with a choice of one of eight edge profiles, one of three finishes, and one of two thicknesses. Caesarstone offers a lifetime warranty on its products, which the original buyer can transfer on a pro-rata basis of 10 years.

Cambria

Cambria countertops
The interesting thing about Cambria is that it started out in 2000 as an off-tangent investment by the owners of a long-established dairy business in Minnesota. The original factory occupied just 150,000 square feet, but business was so good that it more than doubled in size over the next five years.

Cambria is one of only two companies based in the US. Contractors like dealing with Cambria because it has a simple price arrangement. Homeowners cannot purchase Cambria quartz stones directly. They have to go through an authorized distributor such as interior designers and remodeling contractors. This ties in directly to the non-transferable, limited lifetime warranty, as this is void if you deal with an unauthorized agent in purchasing and installing the stone.

Most people like Cambria because of its smooth, natural look and finish. You can order in custom sizes, such as longer slabs to keep seams to a minimum. Cambria has 133 colors and designs available in 19 edge profiles. You can choose fine, heavy, or mixed textures with slabs in one of three thicknesses.

Silestone

Silestone countertops
One of the most recognizable quartz stone brands is Silestone of Cosentino. This Italian company takes pride in producing quartz slabs in attractive and unusual colors and designs, making it distinctive for homeowners and designers.
Silestone comes in 142 designs and colors with your choice from 15 edge profiles. These slabs are available in three textures and three (1.2, 2, and 3 cm) thicknesses. Silestone also makes it easy to match your countertops with accessories, including sinks, vanities, and shower pans. Quartz stone products come with a limited, transferable 25-year warranty.

Conclusion

Quartz countertops are a good choice for many kitchens. If you are in the market for them, you can order it through reliable remodeling contractor Fairfax Kitchen Bath. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating kitchen countertops and backsplashes to specifications, and installing them within budget and on time.

We carry the products you need for your kitchen upgrade, including natural stone and engineered quartz slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone, Blanco, Kohler, Schrock Cabinetry, and Mosaic Décor. Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.

You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia you are welcome to visit.

Contact us today to get a free quote for your kitchen remodeling project!

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Types of Kitchen Islands to Inspire You

Most homeowners today take advantage of what was once merely an accessory: kitchen islands. A kitchen island extends the work and storage space beautifully in a kitchen, and might function as an entertainment center, repository of dishes, and breakfast area as well.
As an accessory, you might think a kitchen is non-essential, but it is truly not. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, you will do yourself a big favor by including one in your design.

However, kitchen islands come in many styles. They range from very simple to quite complex and from cheap to very expensive. In the most general sense, kitchen islands come in two categories: fixed (permanent) and movable (portable).
Fixed islands are permanent fixtures in the kitchen. Simple ones are simply a base cabinet riveted to the floor with a countertop, while complex ones may have a prepping, washing, cooling, and cooking facilities.

These tend to be expensive because they require plumbing and electrical setups, and they tend to be in larger kitchens as you cannot move them out of the way. This can be a problem if you have a tiny kitchen, where a movable island would be more practical.
Movable kitchen islands are more like carts, and often on wheels, although a kitchen table is essentially a movable kitchen island if they go to the center of the kitchen. Movable kitchen islands tend to be extensions of the working area or used for serving or cooking on the go. In some cases, movable kitchen islands serve as portable bars during parties.

You can break down fixed and movable kitchen islands into several distinct types. Below is a brief description of each. The one you choose for your kitchen will depend on your space, design, and needs.

Kitchen table

ordinary table in the middle of a kitchen
You might not think of a kitchen table as an island, but it is technically one. Any table you place in the middle of the kitchen may rightly be called a kitchen island, and serve many functions of one. The only thing it does not do is provide storage space. It is definitely readily available, as you can repurpose any table as a kitchen table.

In most homes, the kitchen table is the repository of unfinished projects, a place to hold informal gatherings, and frequently, as a breakfast nook. While it is movable, the kitchen table usually stays in place, as there is no real reason to move it.

Rolling carts

small rolling cart
As mentioned earlier, some kitchen islands are on wheels, and the most recognizable of these is the rolling cart. You may have seen these in fancy restaurants offering desserts, or a portable cooking station for making salads of flambéing a dish.

In the home, the rolling cart may also have many uses. This is usually for prepping food away from the busyness of the kitchen, or as a temporary landing station for cooked food prior to service. It may also serve as a portable bar or a serving cart during parties.

In any case, a rolling cart is a simple structure, usually two levels of shelves, which may be stainless steel or wood, or a combination of materials. The cart rests on casters that may or may not be lockable. These are available ready made from many home depots or hardware stores, although you can certainly have one built specially for your kitchen. In some instances, you may even DIY a rolling cart with some old trays, a few pieces of wood or PVC pipes, and store-bought casters.

These are among the least expensive of kitchen islands, although industrial ones with several shelves made of stainless steel are quite pricey. Rolling carts are useful for both small and large kitchens, especially if you entertain frequently.

Double cabinet island

base cabinet kitchen island
Base cabinets often serve as the base for a fixed kitchen island, and they usually come in pairs. The small kitchen island is two regular base cabinets set back to back, and topped with a suitable countertop material such as granite, marble, or engineered quartz. The small cabinet island is often quite small, no more than four feet in length, but you can extend that by adding more cabinets, or putting in an overhang.

The important thing for any type of cabinet island is the height. Unlike rolling carts and kitchen tables, people require fixed cabinet islands to be of working height. The standard working height in kitchens is 38 inches, and you can easily order RTA cabinets at that height.

You might also adjust the height of the kitchen island to fit your particular needs. For example, if you are in a wheelchair, you will want the island to be slightly lower and with a toe kick. If you are quite tall, you will want the island slightly higher.

The best thing about cabinet islands is the storage. You can order the type of cabinets you want, and even specify drawers or other special features to accommodate your needs. IT keeps your kitchen organized, and your things within easy reach.

Full island

full kitchen island
A full island is a major element in the kitchen, and hardly an accessory as it occupies quite a bit of space. These tend to be somewhat longer, and function more as a perimeter counter than simply an extension of the workspace.

In most cases, full islands have durable countertops of granite, marble, or quartz as these will have a significant effect on the design and color scheme of the kitchen. Most full islands also have their own lighting, so that also draws more attention to the area.

Full islands also typically have a full sink, perhaps a cook top, and accommodations for small appliances such as a bar cooler, microwave, and coffee maker. A full island is often a self-contained area for food prep and service, so it is a very useful element in a large kitchen.

Double-tier kitchen island

bar-type two-level kitchen island
The superstar of kitchen islands is the double-tier kitchen island, similar in structure to the bar area in restaurants. It is a full island with an extra level about 6 inches higher than the work top. Generally, full island countertops are 38 inches from the floor. In double-tier islands, the second level is about 42 inches. This is comfortable enough to stand up at with a drink, or sit down to using bar stools.

Conclusion

You should definitely consider adding a kitchen island to your kitchen when you have the chance. If you already have a kitchen island with a non-durable, you should definitely consider replacing the countertops with granite, marble, or quartz to make it even more functional.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen island design and other remodeling concerns.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top quality products for all your kitchen needs, ranging from top-brand kitchen sinks of all types, fixtures, cabinets, and countertops using natural and engineered stone slabs. We carry products from Schrock Cabinetry, Fabuwood, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen island. We guarantee you will love it for life!

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Granite Cost Factors for Kitchen Countertop

Granite for kitchen countertops is not as expensive as you think. You do not have to think twice about getting granite countertops just because you have a limited budget. The trick is to make the right choices so granite countertops are within your reach.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath offers package deals for complete kitchen remodels starting from $8,450 (10×10 square feet). However, if kitchen countertops are all you have in mind, then you need to know a bit more about the factors that will affect the total cost of putting in granite countertops.
Typically, the cost for granite countertops has a wide range, anywhere from $45 to $200 for every square foot. The reason for such a wide range of prices is because of the following factors.

Rarity

Kitchen granite countertops 

Granite is extremely common, as it is the most abundant type of natural stone in the world. However, they come in different colors and patterns, and some are more common than others are. Thus, rarity is one of the factors that will affect the cost of your granite slab.
When you choose a granite slab from our showroom, you will notice that gray and brown speckled slabs that most people associate with granite are the most affordable compared to slabs of other colors and patterns. This is because brown and gray speckled granite is quite common, while blues and greens in swirly patterns are not so common.

The rarity of the stone has nothing to do with the strength or other excellent qualities of the granite. It affects the price, but that is only because of market demand. If you choose the more common varieties, it will not detract from the function of your granite countertops in any way.

Source

granite quarry
Another factor that will affect cost is the source of the granite slab, primarily because it costs more to bring it from the quarry to your home. If you choose granite from Italy or Spain, for example, it will be more expensive that comes from nearer home, such as Brazil.
By that logic, you might think that granite from a local quarry would be the most affordable. It would be, but for one thing: labor costs. Granite goes through a long process to convert it from blocks to slabs, and that means paying for local labor. This offsets any savings you might get from lower transportation costs.

Format

granite
Typically, you want granite countertops made of slabs, and this is usually the best option, as you have to deal with fewer seams. The look is more cohesive and attractive. However, you can also get granite tiles or modules.
Granite tiles come in the same sizes as porcelain or ceramic tiles and usually available in tile suppliers and hardware stores. The price range per square foot is from $6 and $10, so that is sweet.

Additionally, you can install tiles for kitchen countertops on your own if you have an existing countertop, or if you have the DIY chops to make the support structures for the base cabinets. That can save you some money with installation.

One thing you should know, though, is setting granite tiles is slightly different from setting porcelain tiles. You use epoxy instead of mortar, and you set the tiles edge to edge with no space for grout. As you might imagine, the seams will be visible, but that has its own charm.
Another option is modules. These are like tiles, but larger. They are not as common as tiles, and available in fewer options in color and patterns. The price per square foot is less than for slabs at between $25 and $40, and you set it the same way as tiles.
The thing is, using tiles and modules for kitchen countertops make sense in terms of budget, but in the case of modules, the difference in price hardly seems worth the trade off because of the seams. However, you can use tiles and modules for backsplashes, where the seams will not matter as much.

Thickness

granite thickness comparison

Granite slabs come in standard thicknesses, usually 2 cm and 3 cm. Thinner slabs cost less, of course, but they are not usually recommended for kitchen countertops. You can work around that by building more support at key areas on the countertop to prevent stress cracks.
The idea is to pay less for the same countertop area without sacrificing durability. A 2-cm slab might not be as durable as a 3-cm slab, but with the right support, there is very little difference. You might want to avoid overhangs of more than a couple of inches, however.

Installation

crew installing granite countertops

Installation is a bigger deal in terms of cost than you might think if you choose granite slabs. Granite is extremely tough, so cutting them to fit a certain size and or cutouts is not a DIY project. You need special skills and equipment to do it, and that is just for simple edge profiles. If you want premium edge treatments, you are going to have to pay for it. Obviously, if you are on a tight budget, you want to keep it as simple as possible.
For the simplest fabrication and installation, expect to pay a similar sum for the granite itself. For instance, if the cost of the granite slab is $45 per square foot, you will pay close to $45 for fabricating and installing it. This is not set in stone, but that is close.

Conclusion

You can afford granite countertops if you make right choices. Choose slabs of common colors and patterns with simple edge profiles, or choose thinner slabs for more exotic varieties.

It helps to find a supplier that can advise you on how to stay on budget. Fairfax Kitchen Bath specializes in fabricating kitchen countertops and backsplashes to specifications, and installing them within budget and on time.
We service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia that houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.

You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores.
We carry the products you need for your kitchen or bathroom upgrades, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor. They all come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.

Contact us today to get a free quote for your trendy kitchen remodeling project!

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How to Do Smart Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in Winter

How to Do Smart Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in Winter

Most homeowners would shy away at the idea of doing any major home improvements during winter. The winter months are chock full of holidays, what with relatives coming over, massive food preparations, and endless rounds of parties. They have enough on their plates without having to worry about bathroom or kitchen remodeling. However, wintertime is actually the perfect time to do renovations because it is the off-season for renovations and you are more likely to get great deals. As long as you plan it carefully, you should be able to pull it off with just the barest of inconveniences.

Start making a list early

calendar

Guests and parties are bound to start coming around in late November, so you need to start planning any major renovations around the early part of November. Start making a list of anything you want to fix or do to make your home ready for your holiday guests, such as brightening up your kitchen with new paint or hardware, or replacing the guest bathroom countertops with granite or marble. Some of the projects you can do yourself, so put that on your calendar. Other things you should leave to professionals, as they can do it better and quicker.
If you make a list at the start, you know what needs to be done, when to do it, and how much wiggle room you have in case something goes wrong. You are not going to overlook anything and prevent rushing around at the last minute trying to get it done.

Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms

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The holidays mean lots of parties and people, which is precisely why you need to focus on making improvements in your bathroom and kitchen. These are the rooms guests are most likely to see, and they are the most difficult to renovate. A lick of paint and some colorful pillows are probably all you need to make your dining room and living room guest ready, but bathrooms and kitchens need a bit more doing.
It may not be realistic to do anything major such as rip up the floors or knock down walls as these can take a minimum of four weeks to complete. Unless you are going away for the holidays, that is not a good idea. You will not be able to use your bathroom and/or kitchen while remodeling is going on.

However, you can do some cosmetic changes to these rooms that will transform them in as little as a couple of days if you get a professional contractor to do them. Among these changes may be putting in backsplashes, replacing countertops, putting in new cabinets, and putting in new light fixtures. Any one of these can change the look and feel of your bathroom, and you can do them all without disrupting your holiday schedule too much.
Of course, these changes do come with a price tag, but it may not be as much as you think. The wintertime is often slack season for remodeling companies, so you may be able to pull off these minor upgrades for an incredibly low price.

The point is, if you have a limited budget and time for your winter renovations, your best bet is to put it in making improvements to your kitchen and bathroom. These are where it will have the most impact. Moreover, they represent the most expensive renovations for the home, so you should take advantage of the off-peak prices when you can.

Forget about outside work

snow laden roof
Weather conditions may not make any external improvements and repairs feasible. Even if a contractor is willing to do it, it may result in problems with the concrete, paint, roofing material, and the like. Forget about doing anything outside, and concentrate more on making improvements inside.
One of the things you may need to focus on is the pipes, which tend to need repairs when the weather turns cold. You might also want to see to the repair or replacement of some kitchen appliances, the water heater, and the HVAC system. If you are doing renovations in the kitchen and bathroom, this is the perfect time to do all of these things. If you wait for the summer months, your costs could double for inside work.

Save time and money with professionals

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Most people try to avoid hiring remodeling contractors to do their renovations to save on money and do it themselves. However, when it comes to bathroom and kitchen renovations, DIY is a bad idea. Hiring professionals ensures you get the job done right the first time, and on time.
As to cost, you may be surprised at how much you can save when you hire a pro. A reputable contractor can give you valuable advice on how to do smart kitchen and bathroom renovations so that you don’t have to spend on anything you don’t need. In most cases, the contractor will work with you to stay in budget with suggestions on how to get the most bang for your buck. You should also keep in mind that you can probably ask for deep discounts from remodeling contractors at this time, so don’t be afraid to ask for one.

Of course, not all contractors will be so forthcoming or helpful. You want to find a contractor that will not only go to your home, discuss the details of your planned renovation, and offer recommendations on the things you should do, and the things you can leave as is. You want one that will also give you a free, detailed cost estimate so you know into what you are getting. Finally, you want a contractor that stays on schedule and budget.

Take the time to find such a contractor by searching online for remodeling contractors in your area and reading the reviews. Get in touch with the reviewers to find out more about their experience.

Conclusion

Kitchen and bathroom renovations are a good way to wow your guests and you can get it done during the winter when your costs are bound to be lower. However, you need to be smart about it, or you could end up with a disaster in your hands. Fortunately, you have a reliable contractor that can help you with smart renovations in wintertime if you live in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is a Class A, licensed and insured contractor registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating kitchen and bathroom renovations to specifications, and doing them within budget and on time.

We carry the products you need for your kitchen and bathroom renovations, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia that houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote and valuable advice for your wintertime kitchen or bathroom renovation!

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Kitchen Countertops: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Material

Kitchen Countertops: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Material

The countertops in your kitchen are the centerpiece of the décor. Is it making it a good impression, none or worse – a bad one? If your kitchen countertops are speaking volumes of your style and taste, then it’s time for a kitchen upgrade.

And this is especially true if your countertops aren’t functioning properly. By functioning, we mean allowing you to apply heat, perform easy maintenance and chop your produce without worry. If your counters are easily damaged by cooking and prepping foods, then it’s a good idea to consider something more suitable.

In this quick guide, we’re going to cover some of the varieties of materials you can opt for. Let’s review some ideas to give you inspiration.

Slab Granite is the Safest Bet for Your Kitchen Countertops

kitchen with granite counters

If you’re looking for a kitchen countertop that’s beautiful, functional and not overly priced, then granite slabs are the way to go. These are fabricated by the installers at Fairfax Kitchen and Bath. Some contractors will also cut it into tile, modular and slab sizes.

However, the most popular are the stone slabs because they have fewer seams. What’s also great about granite stone is that it boosts the value of your kitchen. If you plan to resell your property in the future, then this will help.

The fact the slabs come with little to no seams, you don’t have to worry about issues with cleaning and maintenance. The prestige of granite countertops makes it a great top choice for many.

It’s best to have it sealed professionally to ensure longevity. Granite is hard to scratch, stain and crack, so this shouldn’t be difficult to maintain over the course of decades.

Tile Granite for Kitchen Remodeling Projects

kitchen with tile granite counters

 

If you’re really in love with granite, but want the tile look, you can always opt for slabs that are cut into tiles. However, do keep in mind it’s not as smart of an idea as granite slabs. The main reason being all the seams. This makes it easier to stain and will make cooking prep harder.

Some opt for this because of the unique look it provides. However, if you’re an avid cook, then you may want to skip this option.

Quartz Kitchen Countertops for a Natural Stone Look

kitchen with quartz counters

Here’s another great option for your kitchen countertops. If you’re in love with the look of natural stone, but don’t want to deal with the regular resealing requirements, then you’ll want to investigate engineered quartz.

This is partly natural – about 90%. The rest of the composition is created with resin and pigments. The resin acts like a sealant, which makes the surface tougher against stains, scratches and burns. The beauty of quartz is that it looks a lot like marble and granite slabs.

However, it does come with a wider array of color options. The price tag associated with quartz is higher, but worth every penny because of the long-term benefits it can offer to your kitchen.

Solid Surface Kitchen Countertops

kitchen with solid surface counters

If you’re not looking for natural stone counters, then solid surface may be a good option. This is made with acrylic polymer-based materials. Corian counters are the most popular of the solid surface options.

Some like this option because it’s cheaper than the granite and quartz options. One issue is that it’s easily scratched. However, you can sand or buff it out. It’s also prone to scorching.

Keep in mind that if you’re trying to save money, consider whether you want to save money upfront or in the long run. Solid state may be one of the cheaper material options, but it’s going to need repairs and possible replacement much sooner than quartz and granite.

Laminate Kitchen Countertops

kitchen with laminate counters

Here’s another cheap preference for kitchen countertops. Laminate is a material used to top particle board bases. It’s a smart buy because it’s affordable. However, if you’re looking to bring value to your kitchen and home price, then this isn’t the way to go.

A lot of people look at laminate as cheap, but not in a good way. Therefore, it’s not preferred if you’re trying to boost the value of your home for a resale. It’s also easy to peel, chip and scorch. The surface has a hollow feel, unlike with the solid feel of natural stones.

Choosing a Contractor for Your Kitchen Countertops Installation

When it comes time to remodel your home with new kitchen countertops, it’s important to choose a licensed professional. The contractors at Fairfax Kitchen and Bath are all licensed, bonded and insured.

For many years, we’ve assisted homeowners with their kitchen upgrades, which include the fabrication and installation of countertops. The craftsmanship of our product installations is always on point, which is why many of our customers love us.

Why opt for Fairfax Kitchen and Bath?

Fairfax Kitchen and Bath isn’t just a kitchen countertop installation company. We also have a variety of countertop materials for sale. We offer natural and engineered stones from a variety of manufacturers, which include Silestone, Caesarstone and Cambria.

The stones we have available include marble, engineered quartz and granite. Our professionals will both fabricate and install it to your property. This process is quick and seamless, much faster than ordering from a big box store.

We’re a local company with a showroom you can visit to select the products you want for your kitchen remodel. You can find an assortment of items, which include carpeting, tile, bathroom vanities, hardwood, backsplashes, sinks, faucets, knobs & pulls and cabinets.

In other words, we’re a one-stop shop for all your kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs. We offer free estimates to our customers. So, contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

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5 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Fads That’ll Stick Around for the Long Haul

5 Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Fads That’ll Stick Around for the Long Haul

You’re planning to make some changes to your kitchen and bathroom remodel. How will they improve the look and functionality of these areas? Both rooms are important to update every now and then because they’re frequently in use.

Maybe you want to switch out all the appliances and countertops. Or maybe you’ll go as far as to out everything out and replace everything with new products.

Whatever your final decision is, you should ensure it’s going to last a long time. In the following list, we put together five trends that are expected to stick around for many years.

Let’s have a look.

1. A Cleanly Kitchen

A well-organized kitchen with lots of cabinet and countertop space

No one likes a junky kitchen – not even a pack rat. What makes a kitchen cleanly is the amount of countertop and storage space that’s available. The less there is, the more crowded your kitchen may look.

And this is especially true if you like to keep a lot of appliances on the countertop. One way around this issue is to have additional countertops and cabinetry installed into your kitchen. If space allows, implementing a kitchen island would help to give you more room to organize.

The same goes for cabinets. You’ll need floor and/or wall space to make room for the added furniture. Another option is to go with cabinets that are larger in size.

Tidy kitchens will forever be in style, so you can’t go wrong here.

2. No More Color in the Kitchen

Kitchen with all white, all black or black and white colors

We’ll always have color-based trends that come and go. Following them is rarely a good idea because they go out of style quickly. However, the only two colors we see not going away anytime soon are black and white.

Some folks will opt for a traditional all white kitchen, while others go with a more modern look with the all black. It all comes down to your own personal preference and style.

If you can’t really decide between the two, then you can always go with both black and white. Do keep in mind that a white kitchen will require tedious cleaning to maintain. Yet, black appliances and cabinetry could mean more scratches to deal with.

3. Dark Wood Cabinets and Floors

Kitchen with dark wood cabinets

If you’re one of those people making over their white kitchen, then you know how tedious maintenance can be. For this reason, some may find dark wood varieties to be a better option.

But if you don’t want to completely remove the white from your kitchen, consider combining it with the dark wood. For instance, you can have your white cabinets combined with dark wood.

Some woods to consider include mahogany or zebra wood. These are specialty woods that can really add emphasis to your kitchen island.

4. Implementing Appliances that Blend In

Kitchen with built in appliances

Open kitchens that overlook the dining room or living room are very popular today. And because of this, folks are looking to make their kitchens fit with the rest of their home. One way to go about this is to install appliances in a way that they blend into the scene.

In other words, the appliances are more concealed. You may see a fridge that’s set into the wall versus extending from one. Induction cooktops are also growing in popularity because of its energy efficiency and seamless in kitchen designs.

5. Engineered Stone Countertops

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Engineered stone is the wave of the future. Stone will forever be a part of most kitchen and bathroom remodeling. But there’s currently a switch happening from granite to engineered quartz.

What makes quartz attractive is the fact it’s very durable, doesn’t stain and scratch and it can stand the test of time. You don’t have to seal it like you do with granite and other stone options.

Then the color varieties are quite extensive, based on the showroom you visit. It’s always a good idea to see your stone countertops in person before you buy.

Find a Showroom Near You

The next step in your kitchen redesign is to find a showroom near you. At Fairfax Kitchen and Bath, we have one you can visit. The products we have on display include countertops, sinks, faucets, tile and cabinetry.

Some of the brands we carry include Silestone, J and K Cabinets, Cambria, Caesarstone, MSI, Kitchenmaid, Wolf Cabinets, Fabuwood and Schrock Cabinets.

All the products we sell come with brand warranties.

Why Choose Fairfax Kitchen and Bath

Besides having a local showroom, Fairfax Kitchen and bath has a team of licensed, bonded and insured contractors. We’re here to help you with your kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. This includes cities like Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington, Springfield and Burke.

Not only do we install cabinets, countertops and tile into your home. But we fabricate them prior to the installation. This means you get everything done in one place. After spotting the materials and products you want to use, we will begin fabricating it swiftly.

We also work hard to have your bathroom and kitchen remodeling project completed quickly without sacrificing quality. When you work with Fairfax Kitchen and Bath, you’re gaining access to a highly skilled group of contractors.

You can also consult with our designers during the beginning phase to ensure you get a result you’ll really love.

Now’s the time to start planning your kitchen or bath remodel. Contact us today to get a free consultation!

Types Of Kitchen Countertop

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Types Of Kitchen Countertop

For a large portion of the property holders in the United Conditions of America, the kitchen is a standout amongst the most imperative parts of the house. This region is assembled particularly for you to have a spot in which you could make, get ready and cook your sustenance. Nonetheless, with all the usefulness and convenience, said cooking and nourishment planning is by all account not the only capacity that the kitchen serves. The kitchen remodel is additionally the spot in which you would discuss everything and anything under the sun together with your companions, your family, your associates and even your visitors. The kitchen even serves as a spot in which children would circle together with the sitters or their guardians while they are tattling around and talking about the most recent buzz in the state. This is unquestionably genuine in light of the fact that I myself had bunches of recollections, adolescence recollections, to be correct, in the kitchen.

Since the kitchen is the room with the most movement or you could likewise call it as the most frequented region in your home, you ought to never forget to improve it look respectable or yet make it look amazing and incredible, so that each time your visitors or your companions look at your kitchen, they will leave in stunning ness and profound respect. So what are the most ideal approaches to make your kitchen look great? Indeed, you can simply begin with the most noteworthy and observable piece of your kitchen which is as I would see it, is the kitchen countertop.

Kind of Kitchen Countertop

Introducing the right countertop in your kitchen adds to the allure and the magnificence of your whole kitchen plan. Be that as it may, for you to know which the right countertop is, you ought to know the diverse sorts of countertops accessible for you.

The Stone Countertop

To begin to stop, the stone countertop. This is additionally called as the mortgage holder’s most loved countertop on account of its extremely one of a kind and common appearance that gives your kitchen a tasteful look. In the event that you need to make your kitchen look marvelous and awesome, this is your best alternative.

The Stainless Steel Countertop

For a more marketed and modern look, the stainless steel countertop is ideal for this circumstance. That is the reason it is found in most business foundations, for example, eateries and bars. It never neglects to give your kitchen a clean and hygienic look to it. You additionally don’t have to stress over configuration on the grounds that it is likewise accessible in a mixed bag of distinctive style alternatives and outlines.

Glass Countertop

For current houses, the glass countertop is all that much proficient in giving a kitchen a present day and smooth look to it. Introduce this in your kitchen and you can make certain that you will have a complex looking kitchen that is attractive and engaging. It likewise gives your room a significantly more open look and it makes the houses around it more dynamic. Be that as it may, glass countertops don’t come shoddy and it is practiced simpler to break.

For the individuals who favor a less expensive, yet proficient choice, they could attempt cover countertops and fired tile countertops. Both are cheap, alluring to take a gander at, and exceptionally rich and it would fit any kind of kitchen stylistic layout.

So this is precisely what you have to think about kitchen countertop sorts and we trust this would help you pick the right one for you.

Instructions to Supplant A Kitchen Countertop

Family units utilize their kitchen countertops, maybe more than some other component of the kitchen for a mixed bag of employments, including putting away kitchen apparatuses, get ready nourishment, or holding fixings and different devices while cooking. Having a kitchen countertop that is unappealing to chip away at, or hard to utilize, can make it more improbable that you’ll need to cook, or even be in the kitchen. Supplanting your kitchen countertops can change how you see your kitchen once more, and make it a brighter and all the more vivacious spot to accumulate. Selecting the right kitchen countertop from the a wide range of materials and styles accessible, so chat with a kitchen renovating master to help you begin in the right heading.

Regardless of the possibility that your countertops aren’t harmed it still may be a smart thought to supplant them, particularly on the off chance that you find you’re requesting take out more regularly than you cook in light of the fact that you don’t need the bother of being in your kitchen. Investigating new kitchen countertops can make you need to be in your kitchen, and can even make cooking simpler. The right kitchen countertops for your particular needs can have a noteworthy effect in your life. Chatting with an expert kitchen rebuilding originator is an incredible spot to get exhortation and master tips on which countertop you ought to pick.

How To Renovate Your Kitchen

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How To Renovate Your Kitchen

Kitchen rebuilding is giving your  personality a primary concern something to do. Try not to make it look like others’ kitchen. Make it one of a kind, make it emerge, unleash your actual self.

In spite of the fact that kitchen change is an exhausting assignment, it’s justified regardless of the diligent work.

To reduce the weight

Here are the things that should be finished kitchen renovating:

Things to do

Select a subject.

Obviously your old kitchen subject will work fine and dandy, yet since you are getting ready for kitchen change, you will have the opportunity to improve it look.

Pick a kitchen format

L-shape

Molded like a letter L, containing an extremely adaptable format outline. We can place anything in any zone utilizing this design and the space between capacity, cooking, and arrangement region is sufficiently close to a proficient work space.

U-Shaped

Design is molded to frame a letter “U”. It has sufficient counter space, and a productive workplace.

Island Option

Intended to meet cutting edge homes on the grounds that there are a lot of counter space and counteracts activity inside of the working zone.

Cloakroom, Kitchen

Most favored format for smaller kitchen space. Machines are near each other so its ideal if one individual from the family unit cools.

Tips:

Keep It Simple

The kitchen is intended to be a working zone, so keep away from any mess. Try not to embellish an outfit it with pointless things as this will just thwart the effectiveness of the kitchen.

Roomy and without clutter

Kitchen formats are for distinctive kitchen spaces. Pick a design fit for your kitchen space. The Island format looks utilitarian and is a viable working space. However, it will simply be a disorder if introduced on little kitchen spaces.

Utilize whatever you have

Our objective is to rebuild, not to develop another kitchen. Make utilization of old materials like wood, metal, plastics. And so forth and transform it into another one. One great case is to repaint and fix old kitchen cupboards to use with your kitchen renovating.

Employ foremen

In spite of the fact that it might be a smart thought to do only it, foremen still improve. They are knowledgeable about doing these employments and can put your thoughts into reality.

Why go for kitchen change?

Straightforward. For expanded efficiency. In what capacity would you be able to function admirably in your old kitchen when you hear splits on floors, gaps in the roof, and an exceptionally dim room. Furthermore modernization keeps us far, from old kitchen techniques, thoughts, and configuration to offer route to an as well as ever kitchen.

The objective of kitchen change is for style as well as for enhanced usefulness. Before you choose if your kitchen needs it, arrange about it first. Will it expand efficiency in the kitchen and decrease your cooking time?

Arnel Y. Solar is an independent author, master in Home Improvement. He composes articles for Putting On The Fix and At Your Door Floors.

Putting On The Fix is a renovating kitchen organization that represents considerable authority in restroom and kitchen home change ventures. They benefit the Dallas and Fort Worth metro zone.

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KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

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Truths And Tips For Kitchen Countertops

The normal family unit is liable to put their kitchen countertops through a decent arrangement of utilization and wear with every day exercises. Everybody has an alternate inclination for utilizing kitchen countertops, extending from nourishment readiness that happens specifically on the countertops to putting pots and skillet hot from the stove on the ledge to concentrating on the simplicity of cleanliness of the countertops. The right kitchen ledge can have an immense effect by they way you see your kitchen, and making the right determination for your inclinations may additionally make you need to cook all the more as often as possible or truly utilize your kitchen as a family assembling spot. Luckily, there are a lot of substances for kitchen cupboards available, which means its anything but difficult to locate the ideal material for your needs, even the right material for distinctive territories of your kitchen, particularly when you counsel an expert kitchen fashioner. Regardless, the ledge substance you pick will be as helpful as it is rich, and you’ll have the capacity to have a fresh out of the box new look and feel in your kitchen through the ideal countertops in the blink of an eye.

Countertops

At the point when individuals consider kitchen countertops the first word to strike a chord is ordinarily stone. Stone countertops are completely the most no doubt understood and most prominent material for kitchen countertops due to their untold magnificence and renowned sturdiness, second in regular quality just to jewels. Due to the interminable shading and example, determinations, you’ll have the capacity to discover a rock that matches your kitchen style, and due to stone’s characteristic developments every chunk will be to some degree novel for your special kitchen ledge look. Rock’s foam makes it very speaking to future purchasers, expanding the chance that you? LL gets a more prominent profit for your speculation with stone. Be that as it may, rock is not perfect for cooks why should incline spot hot pots and container straightforward at first glance, and certain structures transmit common radiation which can be a worry in extensive sums.

Notwithstanding stone, marble and soapstone are other favored kitchen ledge alternatives that permit property holders to understand a comparable look and ageless style, while likewise meeting a mixed bag of requirements. Mortgage holders pick marble countertops in kitchens for a conventional look that progressions as it ages, getting to be charming and remarkable with them. In any case, marble is quite often evaluated outside of most kitchen renovating spending plans thus it is all the more ordinarily utilized as a part of little preparing embeds or islands, particularly on the grounds that the smooth surface of marble is appropriate for heating. Soapstone is another regular stone decision, and is more moderate for standard property holders searching for a non permeable kitchen ledge. The advantages of soapstone incorporate being warmth, safe and ready to handle hot container without harm, and not being harmed by acidic substances or chemicals, but rather soapstone can be scratched at first glance.

For a considerable length of time, tile has been the kitchen ledge material of decision for property holders the nation over, principally clay tile. Artistic tile has an expansive number of advantages and focal points over different sorts of materials, and the cost can’t be coordinated. There is an interminable determination of tiles to browse, making your kitchen look slick and cutting edge, yet there are likewise originator tiles and the capacity to specially craft your own particular tiles for a more customized look in your kitchen. Notwithstanding the numerous advantages of tile, property holders can save money on expenses by introducing the tiles themselves, which isn’t achievable with different sorts of countertops. You can likewise make a supplementing outline with your entire kitchen design  via blending artistic tile countertops with a tile backsplash. The greatest downside to tiles may be the grout in the middle of them, which can undoubtedly get to be recovered or stained if not routinely and appropriately cleaned. Your tile kitchen ledge will last you for a long time with regular cleaning and consideration.

In case you’re in the business sector for a really unprecedented and customized outline for your kitchen cupboards, custom solid countertops are the best approach. Cement is exceedingly strong and can be advanced and pretend to your creative energy’s most out of control determinations amid the custom throwing procedure, which is a great deal less extravagant than other uniquely crafted countertops. Property holders searching for an ecologically amicable substitute are likewise swinging to concrete on the grounds that the blend regularly uses waste materials to expand its toughness, which additionally gives it a one of a kind get done with relying upon the measures of the distinctive base materials utilized. Custom cast solid countertops have numerous advantages, including that it doesn’t scratch, notwithstanding, when cleaned, is consistent, is impenetrable to warm and can be made non permeable with expert sealants. You’ll be able to shape any style you can consider in your solid countertops, notwithstanding, including legacies or individual protests in the cast or utilize the customization to suit your particular cooking needs. Solid offers a unimaginable exhibit of guarantees for property holders all around.

Read This before You Remodel a Kitchen

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Read This before You Remodel a Kitchen

Designing the kitchen as per the modern standards is indeed a great idea. But while remodeling the kitchen, a person should keep in mind certain features which can enhance the utility of the kitchen.  In the absence of these features, the kitchen may become haphazard and chaotic instead of getting organized. Too many accessories in the kitchen would result in less working space in the kitchen and it would also steal the beauty of the kitchen.

The kitchen can be installed with new countertops, cabinetry, modern appliances, new lighting arrangement and sinks render it a modern look.

Following are some of the features to be kept in mind while remodeling the kitchen:

  • ● The space should be properly utilized without wasting the space.
  • ● The blind corners should be making more functional with cabinets and drawers such as Lazy Susan.
  • ● Two sinks can be installed in kitchen; one for preparing for food and washing hands and another for washing utensils.
  • ● The sink in the kitchen should not be very deep as it would require leaning down to wash the utensils.
  • ● A decorative panel can be used to give a customized and furnished look to the kitchen.
  • ● While installing the drawers, cabinets, etc.; instead of getting the customized ready-made one; order should be placed as per the requirement and size of the kitchen.
  • ● For lighting purposes LED are ideal for lowering the bills and enhancing the efficiency.
  • ● Instead of choosing the cabinets with glass doors; it is better to opt for the one with square of glass at the top. It will be economical as well as easy to maintain.
  • ● Roll out drawer option are better than the pull out one. They can be fitted into any cabinet. They are also a better option for storing the large cooking utensils and even the smaller ones.
  • ● It is better to have covered cabinets as the things exposed may collect dust. Hence, open shelves can be used for the things which are used every day like coffee mugs, cereal bowls, etc. They can also be used for keeping items such as cookbooks. Wine bottles are also normally stored on open racks.
  • ● The countertops can be replaced with material like granite which looks good and are easy to maintain.
  • ● The floor of the kitchen also plays an important role in changing the look of the kitchen. So, it should be changed as per the modern style, i.e. with marble or tiles. Such floor is easy to clean and look appealing.

While redesigning the kitchen, it is quite essential to fix the budget in the very beginning; this would help in choosing the items which lie within the budget. While selecting the materials for floor, cabinets, countertops, etc.; it is essential to choose the one with good quality.

Little care while selecting the design, layout and material of the kitchen can help in making the kitchen appear as modern. It would also help in improving the functional value of the kitchen by making it appear more systematic.