In 2019, emerging market realities require consideration when you set out to increase your home’s value in Connecticut.
The kitchen design trends to look out for in 2019 represent a significant shift in kitchen interior design. These looks signal a new wave of ideas which will dominate trends going forward. We may not be ready to start thinking about the 2020s, but the new decade is just a year away. To embrace the future, your kitchen may need a whole new look. Academy Marble & Granite is ready to help you get started on a new kitchen design.
An entire kitchen remodel before the holidays can be stressful. Planning the logistics of what is getting done, plus coordinating family gatherings and travel is a lot to take on during this busy time. While you may want an entire kitchen overhaul, simple changes can make a big impact for the aesthetics of your home. Upgrading kitchen countertops is a great solution for minimal downtime during the holidays while giving your kitchen a new, fresh look. In one week or less, Academy Marble can upgrade your kitchen with beautiful natural stone countertops, making it a quick and easy way to update your home before guests and family visit for the holidays.
Renovating or remodeling any room is costly, but kitchens and bathrooms rank among the most expensive revamp because of the cost of natural stone countertops. It’s important to spend time shopping around to get the best price possible for your budget.
Cost of Natural Stone Countertops
“How much will the stone countertops cost?” Is the first question many homeowners ask when putting together a kitchen design budget. Even before considering the cost of natural stone countertops, you should sit down and figure out your kitchen budget. Next, decide which tasks you’re willing to delay. Things like waiting to paint or adding a new appliance can help get the countertop renovation done first. … MORE
While natural stone surfaces rarely go out of style, there are certain colors of stone that are more trendy and popular in Connecticut’s luxury homes than others. Natural stone has always been a popular choice among architects and builders for landscape design, kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and flooring. Its durability, aesthetics and classic appeal are a given, but more and more homeowners are bringing their own sense of color and style to the design process, and this is what they’re choosing.
With all the new developments in sealers for marble, granite, and quartzite, maintenance for new stone countertops is practically non-existent if properly sealed. However, there are some things you do need to know about maintenance and caring for your countertops.
First off, you don’t need specialty cleaners. You can use them, but they’re just an extra cost to you. All of these countertops (marble, granite, and quartzite) can be cleaned with just 1-to-3 drops of dishwashing soap and a few cups of warm water, and a good rinsing.
If you do go heavy on the soap, expect to put in extra time and effort cleaning. If you don’t rinse the counter thoroughly, you’ll notice over time that the stone will look and feel oily or greasy. That oily, greasy feel is soap residue! It means you’ve been using too much soap and not rinsing well. Soap and water is a simple solution, but you must make sure you rinse the entire surface well when you do use it.
Marble’s reputation precedes itself – elegantly beautiful, but higher maintenance than other natural stone surfaces. And while many people consider marble countertops for their home given it’s striking impact, it’s the maintenance consideration that often times deters them to select a seemingly more practical stone option. Specifically, it’s the concern of marble etching on kitchen countertops that concerns homeowners, but knowing how etching occurs and how to care for marble countertops can make a difference in your final stone surface decision.
What exactly is etching?
You may have heard of etching when it comes to metalwork – it’s the process of using strong acid to cut into parts of the metal surface to create a design. Cool, right? Not so much when it comes to marble.
Etching in marble countertops is caused by the same thing – acid. Because marble is a soft stone and made of calcium carbonate, it is very prone to marking and etching. When acid touches your marble surface and reacts with the calcium carbonate, a tiny bit of the surface is eaten away and dull spots (known as etches) are created. Since etching can remove the polish or sealant from marble, the stone can become more vulnerable to scratching as well.
No matter how beautiful or well executed the overall design, the wrong countertop can ruin a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Most designers have an incredible, innate sense of how to create beautiful kitchens. However, there are things they should ask you before selecting a marble, granite or stone countertop for your home, says stone fabricator Sinan Sepkin, founder, and owner of Academy Marble.
How high-tech is the fabricator?
Is the fabricator you’re considering “old-school,” or “digital”? If you want a less expensive, more accurate countertop, ask. Your fabricator should be using the latest technology to cut and route the edges of your countertop. … MORE