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Tackling the Triangle: Where to Begin On Granite Kitchen Countertop Remodels

Granite CountertopsGood kitchen design is the foundation of every successful kitchen renovation. Whether your goal is a minor facelift or total gut, to ensure top return on your granite kitchen countertop investment and a space you’ll love for years to come, proper planning is key.

Where should you start?
For projects costing more than a few hundred dollars, a kitchen designer, such as those certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), is highly recommended. And happily, they’re less expensive than you think. The services of a kitchen designer are usually around only 4% of your total project budget. A bargain buy for those looking to ensure a stylish, valuable, functional, and satisfying outcome, these valuable virtuoso’s can prevent you from becoming a kitchen design horror story statistic.

What can a kitchen designer do that I can’t?
Kitchen designers have the expertise and experience to help you…

  • Set goals and timing for the remodel

  • Personalize the space to your taste

  • Budget and space plan

  • Sneak-in storage and work with difficult configurations

Designers in action
Certified Kitchen Designer Jan Neiges offers a “Day with Designer” services, taking clients to area showrooms to distinguish between choices from appliances and cabinetry to granite kitchen countertops, and tile. Skirting the typical box store fare most homeowners run to out of habit, Neiges frequents facilities such as Granite Imports, whose service and products offer customers the edge they need to produce stunning results. Her goal? To go beyond design services, guiding customers through the entire design process – to become a trusted advisor.

But it’s just picking out cabinetry and countertops – what could go wrong?
A lot. Renovating a kitchen involves careful planning including design and building knowledge. One of the most important investments you’ll make in your home, it’s not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants endeavor. Certified kitchen designers have expertise and access to planning tools and technology you do not, and will be able to answer and address issues such as:

  • Structure

    • Is the wall I want to open load bearing? If so, what is the workaround?

    • Can the current structure of my home support the weight of premium granite slabs? Or is additional support necessary for optimal installation?

    • Are all building code requirements being met?

  • Design

    • Will the colors I chose in-store store look the same in my home?

    • Will the style(s) chosen improve resale value and last the test of time?

    • How will the finishes of my appliances, sink, and fixtures uphold or detract from the overall kitchen design?

    • Do the individual components collectively flow, or are they competing to become overwhelming to the eye?

  • Functionality

    • Is my remodel meeting its goal? (Additional space, room from multiple cooks, family gatherings, etc.)

    • Are interior doors and walkways competing with appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers) for space?

    • Will the layout of my kitchen work for me, or will every dinner prep feel like a constant foot race due to poor kitchen work triangle design?

Are you giving the heart and soul of your home the TLC it deserves? Save money, time, and frustration. Handle it right the first time with the help of a certified kitchen designer and the Denver granite kitchen countertops authority. Experience the Granite Imports difference today.

Granite Countertops: Tips for Fix & Flips

Granite CountertopsTaking on your first fix and flip? To make the greatest return on your substantial investment, it’s going to take more than a coat of paint and a “for sale” sign. You need to create an incredible selling point for your property. Wondering where to start? The first places buyers look are kitchens and baths, making granite countertops a superior choice for flipping success.

Mass appeal
It’s essential to remember when dealing with fix and flips, YOU are not living here. While you might be lusting after the blue bahia granite slabs, this is not your home. To appeal to the greater majority of buyers whose taste may vary greatly from yours, you need to think “neutral” so they can think “move-in ready.”

Neutral does not have to mean boring
In creating a color design scheme for kitchens and baths, avoid a flat feel by offering variations in shade and pattern, from solid beiges to wood and natural stone. Then add splashes of color with accents that are more easily altered, like décor, tabletops, and granite tile backsplashes. Ensure each space has a light, medium, and dark shade for visual interest. There are many ways this can be successfully accomplished…

  • Dark cabinets, a light colored granite countertop, and a medium toned floor.

  • Light cabinets, dark granite kitchen countertops, medium floors.

  • Light cabinets, medium granite countertop, dark floors.

  • Medium cabinets, light granite kitchen countertops, dark floors.

Avoid these flipping flubs…

  • Small spaces
    While buyers may be able to move past a small bath, small kitchens can ruin you. Kitchens sell houses. Expand your space, and thus appeal and profits, by maximizing kitchen space – even if it means breaking out the sledge and reworking living space.

  • Outdated materials
    Some cabinet designs reek of yesteryear. If they can’t be refinished, spruce up lower or mid-grade cabinets with really nice granite countertops. And don’t skimp on essentials like backsplashes and tile. Avoid standard issue 4×4 squares, cheap laminates and linoleum. Don’t let your home ferment on the market. Step it up.

  • Light colored floors
    Light colored floors and large swathes of white grout send prospective buyers screaming – in the opposite direction. They aren’t going to stay that way – which you’ll be quick to discover during your renovation.

  • Old fixtures
    In kitchens – and especially baths – be certain to replace essential fixtures like toilets, faucets, vanities, and sinks. Think clean, bright, and modern. Remember the main selling point of bathrooms is the tub/shower, and update that ugly, mildew drenched wall tile accordingly. Neutral stone like travertine, limestone, and other natural stone offer an elegant pop.

Make your investment dollars count
Buyers can be very particular about wall paint colors and flooring, which are easier and more inexpensive to alter than cabinets and counters. They’ll often change them – even if newly installed. Focus your investment dollars wisely on kitchen and bathroom cabinets and countertops instead.

Does your flip have you flipping out? Find your way with the help of the friendly customer service professionals at your Grand Junction, Fort Collins or Denver Granite Imports. Find a great area granite countertop fabricator near you to successfully fix it, flip it, and go for it all over again.

Granite and Quartz Slabs: Rock Color Right

Quartz SlabsFor those who have lived among the neutral hues of the rental community for many years, home ownership may find you lusting after the color you’ve been craving all these years. Should you indulge? That will depend on your predicament. Homeowners looking to step up when finances permit may want to pass on bolder color palettes. For those looking to stay long-term, however, carefully planned and tastefully tackled kitchen and bath remodels featuring bold granite and quartz slab color choices can offer a treat for the eyes.

A rainbow of possibilities
Today’s granite and quartz slabs offer an array of colorful choices, from soft pastels to bold, intense hues, offering fun, focus, and drama for your kitchen or bath. To ensure your look is jaw dropping in the right way and tastefully lasts the test of time like the natural stone it’s comprised of, just be mindful of your cabinet and backsplash color and style choices: Simple edges (eased or bevel as opposed to more ornate trims) in paired cabinets and backsplashes allow your granite or quartz countertops to remain center stage without presenting a look that is overwhelming for the senses.

Other ways to elevate your design vary by color choice…

  • Blues
    Quartz Slabs BluePair blue quartz or granite countertops with whites and blacks like simple white subway tile and cabinets so color will pop and shine. Use appliances, lighting and kitchen accessories to establish contemporary or traditional preferences. Blues are especially stunning in baths.

  • Greens
    Quartz Slabs GreenGreens offers vibrant color that is adventurous, but not shocking. Pair with black and white for an organic feel, adding wood to accentuate the natural and outdoorsy feel of this stone, particularly darker varieties. For light green granite countertop hues, enhance their seaside feel with bright whites.

  • Reds
    Quartz Slabs RedWant to make a bold statement? Nothing makes an impact like red hues. Keep it from stabbing guests in the eye with neutral white or gray cabinet and backsplash pairings, or go bolder with black.

Want something bold but not quite ready for all that color?
Bold patterns offer a compromise between neutral shades and eye-catching drama. Unique patterns with high variations or movement like swirls offer high drama without the vibrancy of some granite and quartz countertop colors. The best part? The spectacular patterns in these masterpieces of nature will never fade or go out of style, allowing you limitless redecorating variations over the years.

Step out of your shell. Indulge yourself with the latest in granite and quartz slab colors available at your Denver, Grand Junction, or Fort Collins area Granite Imports showroom. Visit us today.