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Eight Silestone Designs for Quartz Countertops

Quartz stone has recently supplanted granite as the top choice for kitchen countertops today. That is not really a big surprise. Quartz countertops are very durable and require little maintenance. They also come in a wide range of styles and colors, and manufacturers are coming out with new models regularly.

Some quartz stones look enough like natural stones to fool anybody but an expert, and some are unmistakably man-made, but still beautiful. One of the top brands of quartz countertops is Silestone by Cosentino, and they have some amazing products to offer in both styles.
Silestone provides solutions for homeowners that want the look of natural stones such as marble, granite, and soapstone, but do not want to deal with the issues that come with them. The following Silestone models should come under consideration for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops.

Marble

Helix

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The look of marble is one of the biggest sellers for quartz stone products, primarily because marble is so beautiful but not as durable as granite or quartz. One of the more subtle Silestone models that mimic marble quite well is Helix. It has very faint gray veins spaced widely apart called large repeats. It is only one of several models with this pattern.

Pulsar

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Another good marble doppelganger is the Silestone Pulsar. It has a white or light color background with an intermittent sprinkling of gray streaks and mustard yellow. The veins are in a large repeat design designed to keep the colors from overwhelming the stone. The result is a deliberate randomness that keeps the product from looking too busy. It is a great choice for homeowners looking for a little unexpectedness in their countertops.

Lyra

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Carrara marble is one of the most popular types of marble with a pristine white background and a sprinkling of feathery gray veins. A durable, low maintenance substitute for this is the Silestone Lyra. It has the same vein patterns and subtle elegance as this classic Italian marble, but without the vulnerabilities of true Carrara marble. Some people might say it is not as good as the real thing, but in practical terms, it might even be better.

Granite

Halley

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If you want a neutral or earth color for your countertops, you might want to consider the granite-like Silestone Halley. It is part of the Galactic Series, but It may not immediately catch your attention. The subtle shades of brown and gray intermingle with the cream background, making for a warm look. It might not set your heart racing, but that is not a bad thing in the kitchen or bathroom. Halley is a particularly good choice for seamless countertops.

Pacifica

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Silestone Pacifica is part of the Ocean Series and mimics granite in its arrangement of colors and crystals. It is predominantly brown and gray with streaks of opalescent white that brings to mind oyster shells against a bed of satin.
A striking looking stone, Pacifica countertops definitely call to mind the beauty of the deep ocean. Most of the colors are dark, but the effect is quite cheerful and bright, thanks to the swirls of pearly white. It works equally well with light and dark kitchen cabinets and floors, and it definitely the star of the show.

Kimbler Mist

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Silestone Kimbler Mist is another granite lookalike. It is a Custom Silestone product with distinct clusters of veins and crystals in gray and pinkish beige. It is a neutral stone, ideal for all styles of kitchens and bathrooms, and most definitely a consideration for granite fans.

Urban Frost

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Silestone Urban Frost is part of the Big Rock Series, and as close to white granite as you can get. White granite is very seldom solid white, and this model has the striations and crystals in black against a white background distinctive of granite rock. It is a good choice to give depth and transition to black and white kitchens, white bathrooms, and white kitchens.

Soapstone

Calypso

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If you want the suede-like look of soapstone, but want something a lot more durable, you might want to look at Silestone Calypso. It is part of the Nebula Alpha Series with a sophisticated look inherent to the deep gray color and soft pale veins. You will not have to oil countertops using Calypso quartz as you would true soapstone, and will not easily scratch, either. These are just some reasons to choose this Silestone product over soapstone.

Conclusion

More people today favor quartz countertops over granite, marble, and other natural stones because they look enough like them to pass muster. Quartz countertops are low maintenance and readily available, advantages that put them high on the list of desirable acquisitions.
The only drawback to choosing quartz countertops is you have to get them from authorized distributors. They are not available off-the-shelf to homeowners. You also need to have an authorized company install them for you. Fortunately, you have all that with Fairfax Kitchen Bath.
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 remodeling needs, 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.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

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Faceoff: Granite and Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

If you had the chance to choose, what type of kitchen countertops would you like in your home? Most people today choose either granite or quartz countertops because they are both durable and beautiful. You can choose both for your kitchen in a material mash up, but you should still know how they compare to one another. A face-off between granite and quartz for kitchen countertops is in order.

Basic facts

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The nature of granite and quartz is their biggest difference. Granite forms naturally, while quartz does not. Quartz is a man-made stone, typically engineered to look like a natural stone. If you want only natural stones in your home, then granite is the obvious choice for the kitchen. However, if this is not the case, you will want more facts about these two materials.
Granite forms from the slow cooling of magma under the crust of the Earth, classified as an igneous rock. It is the most abundant type of rock in the world, so you are likely to find some type of it everywhere. The location of the granite will determine the color of the stone as different minerals in varying amounts will make up the mix. The one thing all true granites have in common is quartz, which should make up between 20% and 60% of the rock.

On the other hand, engineered quartz is mainly compressed natural quartz materials mixed in with resins and pigments. All manufacturers use a patented technology called the Bretonstone process. There are more than 50 companies with the license to produce these stones worldwide, although only a few of them are recognized brands in the US. These include Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone.

Toughness

Both granite and quartz countertops are very tough. This is due in part to the presence of quartz, which is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, and in part to the formation process.

With granite, the proportions can vary greatly, but the main components are quartz and feldspar. Feldspar is a tectosilicate mineral for forming rocks and makes up about 40% of the crust. It crystallizes as white or light colored veins in igneous rocks such as granite. Quartz and feldspar are both quite hard, rating 7 and 6 in the Mohs scale, respectively. These minerals make granite tough. Additionally, granite forms under intense heat and pressure over millions of years, and this also contributes to its toughness.
The best brands of engineered quartz contain a minimum of 90% quartz in the composition. The Bretonstone process uses vibration, compression, and vacuum technology to remove the air and combine the quartz, resins, and pigments into a tough, solid mass. Since it is almost all quartz, it is about as tough as most granite types, and perhaps tougher than some.

Heat resistance

Considering it formed from magma, which is a type of liquid rock like lava but under the surface, you might say that granite is born in fire. It should have no problems handling high heat, and it does not. Commercial grade granite can handle direct heat up to 600 degrees Celsius or 1100 degrees Fahrenheit without trouble. This is more heat than a normal kitchen can produce, which is why granite is so popular for kitchen countertops. Granite also has no problem handling wind, rain, and sunshine, so it is also ideal in outdoor settings.
Engineered quartz is a little more complicated. The quartz in its mix is resistant to heat, but because it also has plastic in there in the form of polymer resins, it would not be a good idea to expose it to any type of high heat. Placing a hot pan direct on the surface can melt the resins, leaving behind a permanent and unsightly mark. The heat might also alter the pigment, causing it to change color. Quartz manufacturers also warn against using quartz outdoors, as constant exposure to direct sunlight might fade the stone. In fact, using engineered quartz outdoors usually voids the warranty.

Appearance

All natural stones tend to be unique. Granite just tends to show this more because of the distinct crystals and grains of different minerals visible on the surface. You can expect the unexpected when shopping for granite slabs as not two are the same.
If you want something unique and beautiful in your kitchen, and you are willing to work with some weird matchups when joining two slabs together, then granite is your guy. You can get the best results if you hire a pro to fabricate and install your granite countertops.
However, if you are going for a uniform look, you need to look harder at quartz. As a manmade product, manufacturers can make it look like anything it wants, and duplicate that look repeatedly without fail. The results are some great looking slabs with consistent color and patterns that are easy to match, Since many brands have many models that mimic the look of granite quite well, you might just be able to get your cake and eat it, too.

Of course, the randomness you will probably get with granite countertops will not happen with quartz countertops. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your personal sense of style. Granite and quartz come in a huge variety of colors and designs, so you have a good chance of getting a unique and beautiful kitchen whichever material you choose.

Price

In terms of price, granite and quartz countertops are about the same on average. They both cost about $60 per square foot, but this can go up or down depending on the type of granite or brand of quartz you choose. In many cases, remodeling companies will offer both these materials as packages that include installation.

Conclusion

In many particulars, there is not much to choose between granite and quartz countertops. They are both excellent choices for the kitchen for most homeowners. The only real advantage of granite over quartz is in its heat resistance, although using trivets and keeping quartz away from direct sunlight can usually address this failing. In other words, you can choose granite or quartz without fear of buyer’s remorse because they are worthy investments.

The thing you really have to worry about is choosing the right remodeling company. You want a reputable and reliable one that has the skill and expertise to carry out a project to your satisfaction. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love it for life!
We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, servicing the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top quality products for all your home renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
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, which houses all our products, including actual granite and marble slabs as well as engineered quartz samples from which you can choose.

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 kitchen remodeling and carry other products you might need, including sinks, faucets, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets.

We carry only the top brands, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor. These all come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.

Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for upgrading your kitchen!

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Why Choose Granite over Concrete for Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are a major element in any kitchen, so replacing them with topnotch materials can greatly improve the look and function of the room. Many durable options are available to homeowner. Some of the most popular ones are marble and granite for nature lovers, and quartz for fans of engineered stones.

However, new options crop up all the time that might be worthy of your consideration. One of these is concrete countertops, which began making the rounds in design circuits a few years ago. Concrete might seem like an unlikely candidate for kitchen countertops, but it is a good one. It has been around for centuries as a building material, so it was inevitable that improvements on the technology would result in making it more attractive as a dimension stone.
One might argue that granite has been around for much longer than concrete, although that is not a good reason to choose it over concrete for kitchen countertops. What might help you make the right choice is by looking at several key factors of the two materials.

Budget

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You might wish that price was no object when doing home improvements. Sadly, that is not the reality in most cases. A budget is a very effective brake to a headlong rush to kitchen remodeling, so you must keep it in mind when making your choices. This applies quite particularly to kitchen cabinets and countertops, which comprise a hefty chunk of any budget.

In terms of cost, granite countertops will set you back an average of $60 per square foot. This is for mid-level granite and includes installation, although you can pull down your costs to as low as $35 per square foot by choosing more common granite slabs. On the other hand, choosing an exotic stone can drive that up to $200.

Availability and source of the granite determines the cost per square foot for granite. This gives you considerable wiggle room in your budget as you have a choice of equally attractive slabs that sets the price needle fluctuating.
You can also choose granite tiles, which are not as attractive for countertops as slabs because of the seams but are much more affordable at between $5 and $15 per square foot. A good compromise is to choose slabs for your countertops, and tiles for backsplashes. Ask your remodeling company about this option.

Despite the base material being quite common, concrete countertops cost more than granite countertops per square foot. This is mainly due to the labor put into producing it. You can expect to pay a minimum of $65 per square foot for a simple design, and it goes up from there, not including installation. Installation adds between $30 and $90 per hour, depending on the type and size of the countertops. Installation can run from 8 hours for a preformed (offsite) countertop to 24 hours for pouring and setting the countertops onsite.
To put it in perspective, the cost for 50 square feet of countertops using granite is around $1,750, while using concrete is around $3,500. If budget is your top consideration, granite countertops are the better choice.

Durability

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Concrete is a hardy, stable, and heat resistant compound, which is why it is the most common material for construction and other structures. Sure, it might develop some surface damage such as hairline cracks, but that is not a problem in most cases. That is not the case when it comes to kitchen countertops, however.

Homeowners would not take kindly to having fissures, cracks, and chips in their kitchen work surface. Concrete countertops typically develop these minor problems along stress points such as around cutouts. This is mainly since concrete is heavy, so as it settles, hairline cracks might appear. You can repair these quite easily, but it can be a bit of a nuisance for homeowners.
Granite has no such problem. With proper support and professional fabrication and installation, granite countertops will not develop any physical problems with reasonable use. You can damage it if you take a sledgehammer to it, but other than that, keeping your granite countertops in good heart is a walk in the park. Granite will not scratch easily, and it can handle heat just as well as concrete countertops. If minor problems do develop in your granite countertops, you can repair them as easily as you would concrete countertops.
As you can see, granite countertops are more durable than concrete countertops.

Maintenance

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Both concrete and granite countertops are porous, so sealing is a good idea. Between the two materials, however, concrete is much more porous. You will have to apply a heavier seal more frequently on concrete countertops than granite countertops to prevent them from staining. Most granite countertops require just an occasional reapplication of sealer. Some homeowners even claim they have never needed a resealing.
Aside from staining, concrete countertops might also tend to encourage bacterial growth. This is not ideal for kitchen countertops, so it is something you should consider when choosing your countertop material.

Conclusion

Concrete countertops look very nice, which is why it has become so popular of late. However, there are so many issues with them that it might be a better idea to choose granite over concrete for kitchen countertops. Granite compares very well in terms of the best features of concrete and has none of its problems. If you want to update your kitchen safely, you should probably go with granite countertops.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with that. We guarantee you will love it for life!

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top-quality products for all your home renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
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, which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.

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 kitchen remodeling and carry the products you need, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets.

We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor. Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for the right kitchen-remodeling project for you.

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Choosing Between Matte and Glossy Finishes for Kitchen Countertops

One of the things you have to decide for your kitchen countertops is the finish. This will depend on many factors, including the material you choose. The top choices include granite, quartz, and marble, all of which look great in mate and glossy finishes. However, choosing one over the other can be challenging, especially if you want it to stand out.

In many cases, you can settle this issue by consulting with an expert in stone countertops. He or she will point out the features and circumstances that make these types of finishes desirable, and discuss your own preferences before making a decision. It does help to know a little bit about each finish before your consult, so here are the facts for choosing between matte and glossy finishes for kitchen countertops.

Glossy

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We will start with the glossy finish because it is the default for stone countertops. It is the most popular finish for homeowners because a polished surface is always attractive. For this reason, quartz manufacturers and granite suppliers offer this finish for many of their products at no extra cost. This makes it the easier option, but that should not be the only consideration.

The main thing with a glossy finish is reflectivity. The high polish mirrors any light source in the room, making it seem brighter and lighter. This is a good thing for kitchens with very little natural light, small kitchens, and kitchens with dark countertops and cabinets. However, a high polish can also produce glare in kitchens that have a white or light color palette, making it difficult on the eyes.

The smoothness of the finish also makes it easier to clean. Dirt and grime will have a hard time getting a foothold on the surface, so they wipe off quite easily in most cases. A glossy finish also disguises grease and fingerprints, so that is good news for busy homeowners.

Matte

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Most suppliers of stone countertops might also offer a matte finish for some of their products, but not all. This is particularly true for quartz countertops, which has the finish built into it. You can request your contractor to put a matte finish to your granite or marble countertops, but you will probably have to pay a small fee.

The attraction of a matte finish is its subtlety. It is less flashy than a glossy finish is, so it appeals to some people that want a more subdued look to their kitchen. A matte finish also has a depth and texture not present in a glossy finish, so that is a plus.
A matte finish is flat with little or no shine, so it tends to absorb light rather than reflect it. Some people find it elegant, while others consider it dull. Fabricators use sandblasting to create the finish n natural stone, so it only works well with durable stone such as granite or marble. Furthermore, a matte finish will not always look good in all types of stone. Some granite colors, for example, might look dirty or muddy with a matte finish.

The great thing about a matte finish is it does not produce glare. It is ideal for kitchens with lots of natural light or those in a white or light color palette. It is a good choice for white countertops, as it will not take on the colors of other elements of the kitchen, such as red cabinets or appliances. However, a matte finish is a bit harder to keep clean because dirt cling to it a bit more than with a glossy finish, and it shows up fingerprints more easily. You have to wipe it down regularly to maintain a spotless appearance.

You might also have a problem finding countertops in this finish, mostly because it is not widely available as much as those with glossy finishes are. This is particularly true for quartz countertops. Manufacturers will offer select models in matte and other special finishes, so you will have to choose from them. Otherwise, you will have to go for a glossy finish.

Conclusion

Both glossy and matte finishes for kitchen countertops are appealing, albeit in different ways. It will really depend on your personal preference. However, a glossy finish is usually the practical choice for many homeowners. You should consult with a reliable contractor to determine which one is right for you. Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with that. We guarantee you will love it for life!

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top quality products for all your bathroom renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
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 kitchen remodeling and carry the products you need, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets,. 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, which 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 design consultation for the right kitchen remodeling project for you.

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Factors When Planning to Upgrade Kitchens and Bathrooms

Factors When Planning to Upgrade Kitchens and Bathrooms

One of the best ways you can improve your home’s value and function is to upgrade your kitchen or bathrooms. You use these rooms the most in the home, so you want it to be comfortable and efficient. In some instances, you can probably get away with some minor upgrades such as replacing your countertops or repainting the walls. In others, you might need the expertise of professional contractors, especially for bathroom remodeling.

If you are planning to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms in a significant way, you need to know what to expect. Major upgrades come with many benefits as well as headaches, not the least of which is the cost. Fairfax Kitchen and Bath offers some great deals for both kitchen and bathroom remodeling, but they are still a significant investment. You can keep this in control by having a clear plan and strict budget, but you will still have to spend.

Convenience is also a serious issue when doing anything disruptive in the kitchen or bathrooms. You need these rooms daily, so any interruption in service can have a big impact on your life. When planning a major upgrade or remodel in these rooms, you can expect it to take a few days to a few weeks.
If you want your cake and eat it, too, you must think on a few factors when planning kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Here are some to chew on.

Design

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Kitchen and bathroom designs are not primarily about esthetics. These are highly functional rooms, so your kitchen and bathroom designs must reflect that. While you might want a dream kitchen that has the look and feel of a kitchen or bathroom worthy of a magazine spread, it might not be what you need.

The biggest factor in design is lifestyle. How you use your kitchen or bathroom will determine the design, and not the other way around. While a second oven might be cool, if you do very little baking, it is just a waste of space and money to put it in. On the other hand, if you are a baking dervish, then a second oven is a definite must.

Consider how you use your kitchen and bathroom before deciding on a design. Focus on the upgrades you need rather than want, and you will be maximizing the resources you put into it.
If your bathroom or kitchen is already functionally efficient, you might not even need to do a remodel. You might want to do just a bit of tweaking in the design to make it more attractive rather than a major upgrade. Replace the fixtures or put in new countertops. These should not be too expensive or time-consuming, especially if you get a pro to do it or you.

Budget

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Anything you do in your kitchen or bathroom has a corresponding cost. Minor improvements are easy to manage, but for a major remodel, the costs can quickly get away from you.

You can avoid paying more than you can afford for your upgrades by having a firm budget. This will determine the type and level of any improvements you make to your kitchen or bathroom and keep your enthusiasm and ambition in check.
To make a realistic budget, consider your disposable income. You should only earmark funds you do not need to pay for necessities such as rent, utilities, food, and transportation. If you are already at the limit of your resources meeting these obligations, you cannot afford to do any major changes to your kitchen or bathrooms.

The only exception is when the changes are necessary, such as replacing leaking pipes or removing moldy cabinets. These are urgent issues and delaying them can lead to worse problems later, so find the funds for it. Otherwise, put the remodel on your wish list until money is less tight.
If you do some extra funds, make a list of the improvements you want to make according to urgency. For instance, your bathroom might benefit from replacing old tiles, but it may not be as urgent as putting in a more water-efficient shower. Get quotes from contractors such as Fairfax Kitchen and Bath for any upgrades you want to put in and determine which ones you can carry out based on your available funds.

Avoid making optimistic estimates when making your budget. Spending money you do not yet have is a good way to wind up in debt. Make a conservative budget based on the funds you have on hand, leaving a little wiggle as you might have unexpected expenses along the way, and stick to it as far as possible. It helps to work with reliable contractors that will provide you with a real estimate and not pile on the charges along the way.

Disruption
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Imagine not having the use of the bathroom or kitchen for a few days, and you have an idea of how a major remodel can mess up your daily life. You might comfort yourself with the good times to come, but it does not help you for the duration. Thinking you will “manage” is also not realistic.

To avoid most of the upheaval resulting from a major remodel, arrange for alternatives before getting started. If you have just one bathroom in the home, arrange with a neighbor to use theirs for the duration. If you are doing a kitchen remodel, set up temporary kitchens in the garage or the dining room.

The extent of your preparation will depend on the projected schedule of the project, so make sure you get a firm estimate from your contractor. It also helps to choose a remodeling specialist with a reputation for completing projects on schedule.
You should also consider how you feel about strangers coming into the most private areas of your home. If that makes you too stressed, you might have to rethink doing anything to your bathrooms.

The disruption in your life is real, so you must decide how much you can take. If you are unsure, you might want to go for a series of smaller projects rather than one big remodel. Consult with your remodeling contractor about breaking up the project to more manageable sizes.

Conclusion

Doing a major upgrade for your kitchen and bathrooms is a big decision and requires careful consideration. Think about all these factors when planning kitchen and bathroom upgrades before plunging into one.
If you do decide to do any type of upgrade, be sure to consult with a reputable remodeling company. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love your new kitchen or bathroom for life.

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 remodeling needs, 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.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.

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Guide to Kitchen Countertops for Matching Color Palettes

Most people put a premium on the kitchen when thinking of buying a house because it serves many functions. Aside from food preparation, it is where household members gather on a daily basis, so it has to be an attractive area. If you are planning to sell your home or considering purchasing a fixer upper, you need to look into what it will take to bring the kitchen up to scratch. This will determine the overall value of the home one way or the other. One of the first things you probably have to look into is the kitchen countertops.

A complete remodel would of course be ideal, but that would require resources that might not be available. Alternatively, replacing the kitchen countertops is a cost effective way to upgrade any kitchen, provided it has no structural problems.

New kitchen countertops can improve the functional and esthetic value of your kitchen and by extension your home, significantly without having to go through the expense and stress of a major kitchen overhaul. The same is true for replacing kitchen cabinets, but these are more expensive. Between kitchen countertops and cabinets, replacing kitchen countertops are a better return on investment.

Of course, the returns will depend on your choice of material for your new kitchen countertops. Ideally, you want it to match or complement the color palette of the kitchen. This might sound easy enough with the wide range of colors available for kitchen countertops, especially if you choose granite or quartz countertops. However, choosing the right one can really make your kitchen the star of the show. This guide to kitchen countertops for matching color palettes should help with that.

Go for granite

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Choosing granite is one of the best decisions you can make for your kitchen countertops. It is popular with homeowners for many reasons, but in terms of design, it is because of the colors in which it comes. Granite colors range from white to black, with many variations in between, so it has a versatility you will not find in other natural stones.

Some people might argue that quartz stone is equally versatile, but since quartz is a manmade stone, it is not the choice for people that want natural materials in their home. If you want to find countertops that can match your existing color palette, granite is the go-to natural stone for that.

The only issue you might have with granite countertops is that darker shades of granite look fantastic in well-lit kitchens, but can seem unwelcoming and cold in ill-lit ones. Generally, you should choose light-colored granite countertops in dark kitchens, especially if you have white appliances. The great thing with granite countertops in light and neutral colors such as brown or beige is you can pair them with backsplashes either in the same stone or in contrasting colors.

Quartz countertops go with hardwood cabinets

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For homeowners with no preference for natural stone, quartz countertops are a great choice for matching kitchen colors. Quartz stone also has the advantage of consistency, as it is a manmade product. Granite countertops are difficult to match and require expert installation for a seamless look because of great variations in the color and pattern from slab to slab.

Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are identical. This consistency is particularly useful when matching it to hardwood cabinets, which also tends to display great variations in grain patterns. You can choose quartz countertops in a light color if you have dark cabinets, and vice versa, or choose to match the existing color to blend in.

Keep in mind that kitchen countertops in light colors can brighten the room and make dark cabinets seem less gloomy. You should also consider the other colors in the room such as the floor and walls when choosing your quartz stone for kitchen countertops.

Black and white kitchens with marble countertops

black kitchen with marble counters
While some homeowners might hesitate to choose marble countertops in their kitchen, you can make a case for it when you have a black and white kitchen. Marble countertops look fantastic in such cases, elevating it from a modern kitchen to a chic one. The delicate look of marble imparts a luxurious feel to a rather sterile color combination, giving it both depth and interest.
Of course, you still have to contend with the issues of etching and scratching inherent to marble. However, these are not a big deal if you use common sense and sealer when using and maintaining your marble countertops. They are tougher than you might think, so as long as you keep the seal intact, avoid putting anything sharp or pointed on it, and wipe spills up immediately, you can have one awesome-looking kitchen.

Mix and match

kitchen with butcher block island and granite main counters
Natural stones countertops continue to be popular even in modern kitchens because it plays well with other materials, both natural and manmade. They look fantastic with wood, which is a mainstay in many kitchens. If you have a rustic or country style kitchen, you probably have a butcher-block kitchen island. Combine it with marble or granite countertops in the perimeters and you have a winning combination. If you have hardwood flooring, you can opt for granite countertops if you have light-colored wood floors, and marble for dark wood floors.

Conclusion

Upgrading the kitchen does not have to be a major upheaval. In many cases, simply replacing your kitchen countertops can make a significant improvement on the way your kitchen looks and works. To maximize the benefits of this upgrade, make sure you choose the right countertops to match and complement your existing color palette. You should also ensure you deal only with a reputable remodeling company to help you with your upgrade.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath is the best resource for this in 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 are experts at kitchen remodeling and upgrades, and sell only top quality products for all your renovation needs. We have top-brand kitchen cabinets of all type materials and natural and engineered stone slabs from Schrock Cabinetry, Fabuwood, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

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side-by-side kitchens with granite countertops/Corian countertops

A Comparison of Solid Surface and Granite Countertops

Most people believe that replacing kitchen countertops is a good way to improve the function and appeal of the kitchen, and by extension, the home. However, it can be difficult to decide on the material to pick for this. Many options are available, and two of them are granite and solid surfaces.

Some people advocate for solid surface as the better option to granite countertops, while others hold by granite as the undisputed winner for this purpose. Homeowners planning to upgrade their kitchens could face a difficult choice, as kitchen countertops cost a significant amount of money. A comparison of solid surface and granite countertops could help in making the right choice.

What is a solid surface?

Corian slab
A solid surface material is a type of manmade material made primarily of various natural materials and acrylic resins at a 2 to 1 ratio. It first came out into the market in 1967 when DuPont introduced the Corian brand of slid surfaces for residential and commercial use. Corian is the most recognized brand of solid surfaces, but it is not the only one

What is granite?

granite slab
Granite is a natural stone, and the most abundant rock in the world comprising more than 85% of the Earth’s crust. It is an igneous stone, meaning it formed out of magma or molten rock under the surface of the Earth under great heat and pressure over millions of years.
The composition of granite varies, depending on the area of formation, and the minerals in the mix determines the color and appearance of a granite. However, true granite always contains quartz, one of the hardest minerals on earth and usually white or colorless. The quartz content of granite ranges from 20% to 60% and gives granite its durability. A higher quartz content, of course, means a more durable product.
Granite producers obtain granite from quarries, where they cut blocks of it, which they process further into slabs for countertops and other forms. While granite is available everywhere, the most common sources of granite slabs in the US come from Brazil, Italy, Spain, and the US.

What is the cost?

Granite Countertop Trends
Solid surface and granite countertops cost about the same in most cases, with installed prices per square foot ranging from $40 to $65. Cost variations will depend on the brand in the case of solid surfaces, or the source in the case of granite. Rare and exotic granite slabs might cost upwards of $200 per square foot, so if budget is an issue, you should choose from commoner varieties of granite.
Installation can also affect the overall cost. Solid surfaces tend to be heavier than granite and break more easily during transport and installation, so contractors might charge more for their installation. Reputable remodeling companies will include installation in their free quotes for granite countertops and may even throw in a free sink and edge treatment.

Which looks better?

Kitchen with beautiful granite countertops
It would be hard to choose between solid surfaces and granite in terms of beauty because both are attractive in their own way. Solid surfaces began life as granite lookalikes, so many brands carry designs that look very similar to granite.
However, natural stones such as granite are rather inconsistent in color and design, so no two slabs are identical. The opposite is true of solid surfaces, which are always consistent. Some people have a problem with such uniformity, preferring the natural beauty of natural stones. Other people find the erratic appearance of granite too distracting and welcome the predictability of solid surfaces. Ultimately, the perceived beauty of solid surfaces and granite boils down to personal preferences.

Which has a better return on investment?

Most people associate granite countertops with fine living, so investing in them is a good move. Granite is also very durable, so they will last a long time. Solid surfaces are also durable, but not as durable as granite. You can cut solid surfaces quite easily with standard rotary saws. To make cutouts for granite countertops, you need industrial-grade equipment and skilled fabricators.
The association people make about solid surface countertops is also not so favorable, as early examples of solid surface countertops did not have the quality it has today. When it comes to return on investment, granite countertops are the safer choice.

How hard are they to maintain?

Maintaining solid surfaces and granite is easy, as they both require just regular dishwashing soap to keep them in good heart. However, solid surfaces are non-porous, so they are largely stain-resistant. You will not need to seal kitchen countertops made of solid surfaces.
On the other hand, solid surfaces are not heat-resistant, and they scratch easily. These are major maintenance issues for homeowners, which is why many choose granite, which is highly resistant to heat and scratches. If you use your kitchen with any regularity, you will want to choose granite for kitchen countertops.

Which is better for kitchen countertops?

Overall, granite is the better choice when it comes to kitchen countertops. Solid surface countertops are still a viable option for homeowners that rarely use their kitchens for heavy cooking, but granite is generally the safer, more versatile choice.
It is also important to choose the right remodeling company to install your granite countertops for you. The expert remodelers of Fairfax Kitchen Bath have the experience to do it seamlessly.

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 guarantee you will love it for life. We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, including granite and marble slabs from impeccable sources as well as quartz stones manufactured by leading brands in the industry.

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 to specifications and installing them within budget and on time.
We carry the products you need for your kitchen renovation, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and kitchen cabinets. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

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Tips for Keeping Granite Countertops in Top Condition

Most people choose granite almost by default when considering their options for kitchen countertops. It is easy to see why, as granite is not only super durable, it is also quite beautiful and distinctive, and works for most kitchen styles, so interior designers love it as well. Having granite countertops in the home ups its value, so it is a great choice all around.

The thing is, while maintaining granite countertops is easy, they do have some level of porosity like most natural stones. They can stain if the sealer fails or you allow liquid to sit on them for a long time. It takes common sense and just a bit of care to keep it in top condition. These tops for keeping them in top condition should be all you need.

First things

hand wiping down granite countertops
The easiest way to keep granite countertops stain free is to wipe up any liquid that spills on the surface as soon as it does. Pay special attention to oils and acids such as wine, which tends to stain more quickly. It is usually a good idea to blot rather than wipe to avoid spreading the liquid over a larger area, but that should not matter too much if the seal is intact.

You should also make it a habit to wipe down your granite countertops with a weak solution of ordinary dishwashing liquid and water, making sure to rinse it with clean water before drying it thoroughly. Do this even if you do not notice any spills to keep it safe for food preparation and dining as not all dirt is visible. This habit also keeps your granite countertops pristine.
However, if stains happen anyway, you need to know what to do. Here are the steps for stain removal.

Diagnose the problem

image of a liquid spill on granite counter
Not all stains are created equal. Removing a stain successfully will depend on the source, and that can be acid, oil, organic, rust, or even water. In most cases, you can tell the source by the appearance of the stain. Oil, for example, tends to darken the stone beneath the surface, while water stains are white residue that stays on the surface.

Methods for stain removal

Use the prescribed methods for specific stains to remove it and not cause additional damage to your countertops.

Water

water stains
You might be surprised to hear that water can be a source of stubborn stains, but it can. Water is not just water. Municipal water is safe to drink, but it still has small amounts of minerals in them, specifically calcium and magnesium that makes water “hard.” Higher concentrations of these minerals make the water “harder,” and result in the whitish deposits when water evaporates on granite countertops that can be quite stubborn.

When you get water stains, you can remove it by scrubbing on it gently with special steel wool for natural stones that has a very fine and soft mesh. That should remove the marks easily, after which you should clean the area with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Oil

oil products in kitchen
All kitchens have some type of oil-based materials around, so spilling or spattering some on kitchen countertops is nearly inevitable. That should not be a problem if you blot and clean it up immediately. However, if the stain has set in and soap and water does not cut it, you can use a poultice to lift the stain away.

A poultice is just a paste, and in this case, you need to mix baking soda with enough water to make the paste with the consistency of creamy peanut butter. Spread a thick layer of the paste over the stain and leave it to dry. Baking soda absorbs liquids quite well, so it should draw out the oil as the water evaporates. You need to isolate the paste until it dries out, so tape a sheet of cling wrap over it until it does, typically 24 hours.

Remove the dried paste off the kitchen countertops with a plastic scraper, and wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth. Check if the stain is out. If it is not, repeat the process until it is all gone.

Organic

coffee cup on kitchen counter
Coffee, fruit juice, and tea are all organic materials that can stain granite countertops something awful. In most cases, they do not seep into the stone, but stay on the surface as a brownish scale.
You can remove organic stains by using a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Use a soft rag to rub some of the solution on the stain. You should see it disappear like whiteboard marker. Older stains might take a bit more rubbing, but it will get there in the end.

Rust

rust circle on kitchen counters
Rust results from a reaction of iron to oxygen, and most cans have some iron in them. If you keep cans on your granite countertops, and they get wet, they can leave some nasty stains over time. These are almost impossible to remove without a commercial cleaner, but you can try gentler methods first.

One of them is dusting the stain heavily with dry baking soda. Sprinkle it with some water to dampen it a little and leave it for up to 10 minutes. Using the scrub side of a damp sponge, rub the area gently. Check if this is removing the stain even a little. If it does, keep at it until the stain is completely out. If you do not see any change, you might have to get a commercial rust remover specifically formulated for natural stones.

Soap

dull granite countertops
Soap is a mixture of chemicals that can leave a residue on any surface if not rinsed off completely. This is not precisely a stain, but it dulls the surface considerably, leaving your granite countertops looking old and tired.
Remove soap residue or scum by spraying it with a weak solution of one tablespoon of ammonia in two cups of water. Leave it on the surface for a minute or two before wiping it off with a dry cloth. This should restore the luster of your granite countertops.

Conclusion

Granite countertops are a breeze to keep in good condition and stain free if you follow a few simple rules. These methods for removing stains should help. If you do not have granite countertops yet, we can help with that. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love your new kitchen for life.

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 remodeling needs, 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.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.

quartz countertops

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.

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kitchen island with granite top

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!