Beyond the Countertop: Other Ways to Use Granite

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Everyone has heard of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, but the counter isn’t the only place you can use this beautiful stone. Adding it to other parts of your home will enhance it in new and unique ways.

Here are some ideas to envision:

Put in a Granite Sink or Basin

You don’t need a granite countertop to enjoy the beauty of a stone sink or basin. Granite basins can be especially stylish thanks to the variety of designs that are available. The sink versions come in under-mount form or as standalone pedestals.

Replace Your Desktop with Granite

A stone desktop immediately projects a feeling of plentiful wealth and stability. It is also resistant to wear, so it’ll look great for years to come. The stylishness of a granite desk is the perfect addition to a formal office, sitting room or upscale bedroom.

Add Granite Floor Tile

Granite tile looks great around outdoor kitchens, patios, pools and paths. A granite contractor should know how it needs to be cut to work well as flooring.

Use Granite Scraps for Accents

Accents made of granite are durable, so they can take the form of useful items. One of the most popular of these is the granite cutting board. It can also be used for lamp bases, trinkets, plaque backings and similar items. The uniqueness and richness of the stone will surely enhance any area where it is on display.

Get a Granite Mosaic Installed

Small pieces of granite are great for making mosaics. Put one on a wall or into a floor for a design that is immediately eye-catching. Notably, granite mosaics can be fit into larger pieces of tile so that the final installation only involves one piece.

These are just some of the ways that granite can be used that don’t involve countertops. Stop by our showroom for even more ideas.

Why Smart Homeowners Are Choosing Quartz Countertops

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Quartz countertops provide a stylish accent to any home environment. As a manufactured product, quartz countertops are available in a wide range of colors to complement or contrast all interior color palettes, and no matter what color you choose, the exterior finish will have a luxurious depth and sheen. Quartz countertops are also tough, durable, and don’t chip or break easily. Other advantages to choosing quartz countertops in Colorado Springs are as follows.

Quartz Countertops Provide Optimal Food Preparation Surfaces

Because quartz countertops are nonporous, food-borne bacteria can’t sink into its surface, significantly decreasing risks of cross-contamination. Quartz countertops don’t retain heat, which makes them ideal surfaces for preparing pie crusts and other pastry items that need to be kept as cool as possible for optimal results. Cleaning up after food preparation is easy on quartz countertops — all you have to do is wipe them down with a soft, clean cloth and a mild detergent. Their hard surface also makes them resistant to stains caused by wine, oil, coffee, juice and other stain-producing substances — quartz is one of the hardest substances on the planet.

Quartz Countertops Are Versatile 

Quartz countertops can be custom designed and cut to fit any kitchen space, no matter how small, large, or irregularly shaped. The also offer a contemporary look that blends in well with most modern household decor schemes. Their superior durability means they’ll last for a long time, saving homeowners the trouble and expense of having to repair and replace their countertops on a regular basis. Another benefit of quartz countertops is that their nonporous surfaces do not require sealing.

Quartz countertops are also ideal for use in the bathroom.

Please feel free to contact us at a time that is convenient for you if you would like to learn more about why quartz may be the best option for your kitchen and bathroom countertops.

It’s White, Beige and Blue For This Year’s Best Dressed Countertops

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Homeowners have been aware of the many benefits of granite countertops for a number of years. Next to sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, granite is the hardest substance on the planet, making it an ideal food preparation surface for a variety of reasons. As a nonporous material, granite doesn’t harbor bacteria or viruses, making it one of the cleanest countertop options for both kitchens and bathrooms. Granite countertops also come in a large variety of colors to complement and contrast with any home decorating palette. Following are some of the most popular colors of granite countertops in Colorado Springs this year.

Light, Bright White and Silvers

One of this year’s biggest trends in countertop colors is bright hues such as white and silvers. White and silver granite comes flecked in a variety of colors, including rose, blue, green, gray and black and works extremely well with current trends toward incorporating optimal amounts of natural light into interior living spaces. White and silver countertops offer optimal shimmer and shine, and are ideal for those with small kitchens who want to make them appear larger.

Beige 

Many modern homeowners are gravitating toward beige granite countertops this year because they provide the bright look of white and silver countertops along with a warm, rustic glow. Beige also provide increased decorating options because it pairs with a huge variety of interior color schemes. White is pristine and lovely, but some homeowners prefer to use various shades of beige in order to have more decor color options and to create a warmer ambiance. Like white granite, beige granite is available with multicolored fleck in the surface of the materials.

Blues

Shades of blue are also popular for countertops this year –everything from sky blue through navy. Lighter blues provide an airy, casual look, while dark blues offer a solid, luxurious appeal.

Please feel free to call our office today to schedule your no-cost consultation.

 

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Granite Color for Your Kitchen

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New granite countertops can bring elegance, style and appeal to any kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops are available in about any color palette you can imagine. There are smooth or mottled textures, and finishes that range from glossy to matte. You can simulate the look of marble, stone or just about any design effect.

Avoiding Kitchen Clash With Colorado Springs Granite Countertops

However, choosing the wrong granite countertop style can have a detrimental effect. You’ll want to ensure that your kitchen countertop choice has a complimentary effect with your kitchen cabinets, flooring, window treatments, wall paint color and décor. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, consider the following tips and ideas for choosing the ideal granite countertops:

Cabinet considerations. To ensure your new granite counters will be in harmony with your cabinets, take the time to unscrew a small cabinet door and bring it along to the store. You’ll then be able to compare the wood tone and cabinet hardware with a range of options.

Swatches and samples. Snip a small swatch of fabric from an internal kitchen curtain hem and/or borrow one of your blind slats to bring along. A paint and flooring sample can be helpful as well. Consider also bringing a small décor element to the store such as a placemat, chair cushion and wall print to ensure a match.

Photos. If samples aren’t possible for all kitchen elements, take photos of your kitchen to view on your tablet or smartphone at the store. Just be sure that your monitor shows a color-corrected, accurate rendition of your kitchen colors.

Try compelling contrast. Pairing darker granite with lighter existing kitchen elements can be very compelling – and vice versa. Subtle flecks of an artfully chosen contrasting color can really play up this visual impact. However, you can also look for countertops with a bit of the prevalent color(s) in your kitchen.

Bring granite samples home. Once you’ve narrowed down some strong kitchen countertop choices, bring a few granite countertop samples home so that you can see it in its potential new home environment.

While the right kitchen countertop selection can take your kitchen to new heights of style and appeal, a mismatched choice means wasted money and time. Use these tips to make the very best Colorado Springs granite countertop selection, and shop Planet Granite for the top styles and features.

3 Reasons Every Home Needs Granite Countertops

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Stunning countertops revitalize any room. When you walk into a home and see a beautiful countertop in a kitchen or bathroom, you’re most likely blown away.

In recent years, granite has quickly become one of the most popular countertop stones. Offering all the elegance of soft, cool marble, but also featuring great durability and affordability, choosing granite for your countertops is a decision you won’t regret.

Whether you’re a home builder looking for a solid countertop option or a homeowner looking for something to up your home’s “wow” factor, consider granite countertops.

Read on to learn three reasons that every home needs granite countertops.

Why Granite Countertops?

  1. They increase your home’s value. Adding granite countertops to a home — in the kitchen or the bathroom — has been proven to significantly add to the value of a home.
  2. They’re timeless. Granite is not a trend! Instead, granite countertops are beautiful now and will still be beautiful tomorrow and even 10 years from now. Something so beautiful and classic simply doesn’t go out of style.
  3. Their beauty can’t be rivaled. Granite is made up of many different types of crystals, making it absolutely stunning. The color of granite varies depending on its crystals, but the most common colors include white, gray, black, pink and orange. These crystals — including quartz, mica, feldspar, hornblende and biotite — give granite its unique, exquisite colors.

Make Your Dream of Granite Countertops Into A Reality

At Planet Granite, makers of quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, we have earned a great reputation for our granite countertops. After your free in-home measuring, we perfectly shape your countertops for your unique space. We promise to use only the best stone slabs from top quarries — so you know you’re getting the absolute best stones for your kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Call us today to get your dream countertops started! We can’t wait to work with you!

Finding the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Space

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Most people give little thought to household sinks until they’ve got one that isn’t quite right. Kitchen remodeling projects involve a significant amount of decisions, and it can be tempting to make hasty decisions. If you’re only doing a partial remodel, you’ll probably need to stick with the same size sink that is being replaced so it will fit into the same space as the previous one. However, if you’re going for a full renovation, you’ll be able to pick and choose the best size and shape of sink from a large variety of options.

Single or Double?

Whether you opt for a single or a double sink depends on how you will primarily use the fixture. If you’re going to be hand washing the majority of your dishes, for instance, you’ll probably want to choose a double kitchen sink. However, if you are going to be using a dishwashing machine, a large single sink might be a better choice. Also, if you or no one in your household cooks very often, you can easily get away with a smaller sink than if your kitchen were being used on an everyday basis. The kind of food being prepared should also be taken into account — large meals prepared using large pans require large sinks.

Space Considerations 

As mentioned above, kitchen size plays a major role in the size and even the shape of the fixtures. If you have shallow kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, for instance, you may be better off with a narrow sink that has enough length to provide plenty of room. If your overall space is small, consider getting a corner sink to make use of every available inch.

Please feel free to call us at your convenience for more ideas on how to choose the best possible sink for the intended space.

When Should You Replace Your Countertops?

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There are several warning signs that indicate it may be time to replace your home’s countertops. If your counters have gashes, cuts, burns and/or stains that look bad and cannot be repaired, it is time to replace them. If the counters cannot be properly maintained, they should be replaced. Additionally, homeowners who are remodeling the home and/or intend to sell the home will want to replace old, outdated counters with new ones that match well with the home’s overall style.

Choosing a Countertop Material

Common countertop materials include wood, granite, quartz, ceramic, steel, slate and laminate. While some materials are more durable than others, the fact remains that a material that is good for one homeowner is not necessarily the best option for another. You will need to consider what style the kitchen or bathroom is meant to have, what the counter will be used for and how easy it will be to maintain. Cost should also be taken into account, as some materials are more expensive than others.

Picking a Countertop Color

Colors make a statement and can give a room a relaxing, flamboyant, bright or muted appearance. Pick a color that will match well with the walls, flooring and appliances in the room while bearing in mind the “feel” the room is meant to have. Light, bright colors are ideal for a kitchen or bathroom that is small and/or does not get much natural light while dark colors can help give a room an elegant ambiance. If you intend to sell the home, pick a neutral countertop color such as brown, black or gray.

Consider giving us a call if you need advice on replacing kitchen and/or bathroom countertops. Our Colorado Springs countertops are available in many sizes, materials, styles and price points and we offer free in-home consultations and estimates.

Think Outside the Box: Granite Pavers

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If you live in Colorado Springs, you know how stylish and beautiful Planet Granite’s countertops are. However, you may not be aware that Planet Granite can also provide granite pavers in Colorado Springs, for use in residents’ backyards. After our custom installations, we always end up with extra granite pieces. In the past, those pieces might have been thrown out, but we recognize the value and beauty of repurposing material. With this eco-friendly perspective in mind, we are happy to transform these granite pieces into beautiful pavers for the backyard, walkway or driveway.

Choose Beautiful Repurposed Granite Pavers

Repurposing says  a lot about you. It says that you care about our environment while you beautify yours. Don’t settle for river rock or brick when you can have the amazing elegance of granite. You have lovely granite kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops inside your home, so why not have sleek granite walkways that mirror the colors of the Rocky Mountain West? Whether you choose our pavers for a main pathway or to create a special nook where you can put aside your travails from a busy day, you’ll love the look that our granite pavers will bring to any home.

For Home or Office — Nothing Beats Granite

When it comes to sheer magnificence, nothing beats granite. Whether you have a commercial project or you want to beautify your residential home, our granite pavers can add richness and color to any plan. You will love how they add sophistication not found with other pavers, and still fit in with the Western motifs we’ve come to expect living here. Think of how lovely your home will look with custom granite pavers in your yard with the majestic backdrop of the Pike’s Peak and the Rocky Mountains. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting than Colorado Springs.

When you think of custom granite countertops or quartz countertops, you think  PlanetGranite for all your countertop needs. Nonetheless, when you think about granite pavers, you should also think  PlanetGranite for your paver needs. Contact us today about our luxurious granite pavers.

Caring for Your Granite Countertops (or Quartz Ones)

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Granite and quartz countertops are not only incredibly beautiful, they are also highly functional. However, many people haven’t learned how to properly care for these types of countertops yet. The good news is that Colorado Springs granite countertops and quartz countertops are both very easy to care for. In fact, they are far easier to keep clean than other countertop types like linoleum. Below, you’ll learn the top care tips for these types of countertops.

Protecting and Cleaning Your Countertops

Caring for your quartz or granite countertops should begin with protection in the form of a sealer. One leading choice is DuPont Revitalizer, as it is a sealer that includes a cleaner.  A sealer should always be applied only when the countertop is dry. After the sealer dries, it should be gently buffed with a cloth. This will lend extra shine to the surface while providing stain protection. If residue is already present on the stone, a residue remover like DuPont Klenzall is an excellent way to prepare for the sealer.

Once the granite or quartz has been sealed, it will typically require nothing more than a soapy water for basic cleaning. If you want to avoid mixing up your own soap and water cleanser, options like Stone Pro Finishing Touch or InvisaBLOCK Cleaner provide mild cleaning that also brings out the natural beauty of the stone.

What to Avoid With Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

Acidic products and materials can be very damaging to granite and quartz counters. Any type of common cleaning chemicals are poor choices for stone counters. The chemicals can quickly strip away the sealer, leaving the stone vulnerable to stains and other damage.

Avoid placing meat or oils on the stone countertops while cooking. The germs from the raw meat can easily absorb into the porous stone, as can the oily residue from foods or cooking oils. These things can be difficult to remove, so a cutting board can provide an extra layer of protection while cooking.

Be sure to wipe away liquids as soon as they are spilled, and try to avoid leaving any wet bottles on the counters. While the sealer can repel liquids, granite and quartz are absorbent stones, so it’s possible that the liquid will sink and and cause stains if it’s not removed immediately.

Learn More About the Beauty and Function of Granite Countertops

Granite and quartz countertops are tremendously beautiful and highly functional. However, it is very important that they are treated properly if you want to get the best use out of them. If you’re considering new counters or need some help with the ones you already have, Planet Granite is here to help. Contact us today!

 

 

Local Stone Color: Quarried in Colorado

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What’s new in the wonderful world of durable, colorful natural stone countertops? A recent choice for local stone color is already making waves in the decorating field. Called Quarried in Colorado, the slabs are cut to fit the requirements of each job.

Stone has an amazing display unique to each portion lifted from the ground. Veining, speckles, and color are unique to the types of minerals that compose the stone, as well as the dynamic natural activity that caused it to form in the first place. Natural slabs can be cut into a perfect countertop for any room in the house, such as the:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry room
  • Office

The saw yields the first view of how each piece will appear. Polishing wheels enhance the completed, natural appearance.

Quarries in Colorado have been operational for centuries, mining and delivering stone locally and around the world. Colors and shades include beige, coffee, burgundy, blue, and burgundy. The beautiful red, pink, and rose shades of the Lyons Sandstones include bits of silicate, quartz, and iron oxides. That formation is thought to have started more than 250 million years ago.

Stone is exceptionally durable. No harm is done if you accidentally set a hot pan on the countertop without a protective mat underneath. It’s natural to have water spillage so near the sink. The top is seldom affected. Just a quick swipe of a dry towel absorbs the water without any damage. On occasion, acidic foods and drinks may leave rings or marks. Stonemasons have the experience and ability to remove or resurface stains and compensate for chipped or nicked areas.

Your home can dazzle family and guests with local stone color like Quarried in Colorado countertops regardless of where you live. Ask questions about where the stone comes from and how it holds up to everyday living. Expect to get expert advice regarding upgrades. The countertop will likely outlast the home. Simply remodel with a change in drapes, curtains, flooring, or paint for the remainder of the room. Meanwhile, enjoy the cost-effective beauty of natural stone.

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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