Category Archives: Granite Countertops

Maintaining Outdoor Granite Counter Tops in Denver is Easy!

Sun, rain, snow and hail. High temperatures, low temperatures and everything in between. Is having a granite countertop in your Denver outdoor kitchen really a good idea? Absolutely! A high quality, granite countertop, in an outdoor, Denver kitchen will last indefinitely with a little, simple maintenance. Continue reading

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 Countertops: The Name Game: How Are Granite Slabs Named?

Granite CountertopsFor anyone who has ever wondered where names like “Cinderella Blue Caressed,” “Golden Thunder” and “Sedna” were dreamed up, you’re not alone. Confounding customers and tripping up fabricators, naming the slabs that ultimately end up as granite countertops is far from a scientific, or even straight-forward process. Continue reading

What Creates the Color of a Granite Countertop in Denver?

Lasting good looks and an array of available colors and patterns make the granite countertop popular for a variety of projects. What creates the dazzling colors and effects in a piece of granite countertop in Denver? An array of rock forming minerals which have slowly crystallized and interlocked as molten rock from below the earth’s crust cools and surfaces. Continue reading

New Year, New Granite Countertops for 2016

Redesigning your kitchen, the center of family life and the heart of your home, makes for a fabulously exciting and functional New Year’s Resolution. Stop lamenting over your laminate and ring in the New Year by updating your kitchen with new granite countertops and the hottest kitchen design trends for 2016.

 What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design Trends for 2016?

  • Customization and Convenience
    Granite-Blog2-granite-countertops-2-16-1Multifunctional, practical designs brought to life with unique details and rich accents are at the heart of kitchen design trends for 2016.
  • Forget the Fuss
    Forget stuffy, formal, over-embellished design. Functional, inviting spaces, unhampered by clutter with sleek, easy-to-clean, stone surfaces and a wholesome, casual feel are what it’s all about.
  • Warm, Natural Colors
    Natural colors such as soft whites and grays, beige and cream, great as starting points on walls and surfaces, are in high-demand. In addition, golden accents such as rose gold, brass, and copper finishes, which pair well with many colors. Use them on gadgets, hardware, and appliances to create a luxurious look and a warm, homey feel. Want to include the “it” colors for 2016? The world’s unofficial color authority, Pantone, reports rose quartz and iced coffee will be this spring’s big thing.
  • A Mix of Materials
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    Surfaces and decorative accents made of mixed materials, patterns, and vintages, are no longer shunned, but a widely accepted practice. The most popular: granite, reclaimed wood, glass, and metal that blend an industrial feel with nostalgic classics. In the spotlight: The combination of granite countertops and glass kitchen cabinets or backsplashes, paired with metal pendant lights, for a feel of airy spaciousness.
  • Thin is In
    Thin granite countertops give a sleek, elegant feel to modern kitchens. The best part? Granite countertops are also low-maintenance, and resistant to moisture, shock, and heat, making them one of the most sought-after natural materials for kitchens.
  • Sleek, Multifunctional Storage
    Sleek kitchen design and improved storage such as versatile vertical storage spaces and space-saving, multi-functional furniture are among the top new kitchen design trends. Think: Island/dining table combos and folding/retractable features that keep small spaces clean and functional.

Ready to start working on that home improvement resolution?

Designing a dream kitchen space requires quality products and installation. Granite Imports can help. Don’t let this year be the “year of the old kitchen”. Contact us today.