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Can You Install Granite Counters on Your Existing Cabinets?

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Are you about ready to upgrade your old kitchen counters to attractive, modern granite countertops in Colorado Springs? You can absolutely get the counters that you want, even under the budget you want, but the extensiveness of the operation is going to depend on the existing installation. Here are a few things to consider when upgrading your counters to a heavier material.

Leveling the Counter and Appliances

The first step toward installing a granite counter is to level the existing cabinets. Before the granite is installed, the existing counter will be removed and the cabinets and appliances will be thoroughly leveled. Leveling is of critical importance to make sure that the counter stays in place and that it doesn’t crack over time.

At the same time, the cabinet boxes can be inspected to determine whether they can easily support the granite. Most cabinet boxes are designed to take on a significant amount of weight, but the weight may need to be distributed more evenly across the surface.

Adding a Base and Supports

Granite counters are much heavier than laminate, tile, wood or other popular counter materials. Some cabinets may already be largely prepped for this weight, especially if the cabinets were made of a strong, solid hardwood. If the cabinets aren’t reinforced, more material may need to be added to the base for support.

An additional structure will also usually be laid over the cabinets to support the piece of granite evenly, which is usually installed in a single piece. The true logistical weight of the granite will depend on its thickness. Granite can be cut with a lip or overhang to add the illusion of being thicker than it actually is.

Ultimately, it’s all about the weight of the new material, and it is important to take the appropriate precautions. It’s best to invest in improving the stability of your existing cabinetry rather than experiencing expensive issues later on. Contact Planet Granite for more information about whether granite can easily fit into your home!

How to Clean Your Granite Countertops

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Good news for granite countertops in Colorado Springs: They’re pretty easy to clean.

Sometimes when you upgrade your interior, you find that the high-end option demands high-end care to avoid staining and damage, but that’s not the case with granite. The only specific things that you really need to do are:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Granite is pretty resilient and very hard to stain, but the sealant used to protect the granite doesn’t much care for bleach, vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners. Save that stuff for glass and porcelain.

Clean Gently

A soft washcloth with some mild dish soap and warm water is all you need in order to clean your granite countertop. No special chemicals or products required. Because of the sealant, granite countertops don’t really need to be disinfected like more absorbent surfaces. One part water and one part isopropyl alcohol will do the trick under extenuating circumstances, but in general, a daily cleaning with a washcloth should keep your countertop clean enough to eat off of.

Dry With a Cloth

When you want to keep a nice beautiful surface showing, dry the countertop manually with a cloth to prevent streaking. You won’t damage your granite countertop by letting it air-dry, but if you’ve just had your countertops installed or resealed, there’s no blaming you for wanting to keep it looking nice and smooth.

With proper care, your sealant should last for a good long while. You can test to make sure by dropping some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is good-as-new; otherwise, it might be time to reseal it. With regular cleaning and proper treatment, granite countertops will generally go at least three to five years without needing to be resealed. Granite countertops are anything but high-maintenance, they just look that way. If you’re considering granite countertops, give us a call so that we can give you a free in-home consultation.

Decorating with Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are available in a variety of styles and colors and are quite versatile when it comes to home decor, whether you want to shop for a countertop that matches your kitchen’s style or design your kitchen around your countertop. As always, decor is all about personal preference, and there are no right or wrong answers, but here are some ideas to get you going.

Earth Tones and Wood

When many people think of granite, they think of the modern decor that you tend to use with monochrome countertops. That’s always a great choice, but brown, tan and reddish granite can just as easily be paired up with more earthy, natural colors. Mahogany cabinets with tan and brown granite can be especially stunning.

Decor for Blue Granite

Blue granite can be very easy or very difficult to decorate with, depending on how hard you’re willing to work. It pairs well with white and black tones, but once you add more colors to the kitchen, it can be very easy to start clashing. Generally, you’ll get best results with lighter woods like bamboo, and of course, blue granite beautifully complements a sink made of stainless steel or white porcelain.

Keep Your Scheme Simple

When you have a granite countertop, you likely want it to be the centerpiece of your kitchen. You’re going to get the best results by keeping your color schemes relatively simple. It’s a bit like being a painter in a three-dimensional space: Using every color in the box is great for a children’s book, but you generally want to choose your color range and stick to it.

Again, decor is all about personal preference. The most important thing is that you like the way your home looks with granite countertops in Colorado Springs. Give us a call for a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you find a countertop that speaks to you.

Will a Granite Countertop Boost Your Home’s Market Value?

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Are you considering new granite countertops for your Colorado Springs home? If so, you might wonder about the potential return on the work you’ll invest in your kitchen.

Whether—or how much—your new kitchen countertops boost the market value of your home, we know this: Countertops matter to buyers.

Kitchen countertops aren’t simply functional, as in decades past. Today, a granite, dolomite, or quartz countertop is expected in a desirable home or condo.

That said, let’s talk briefly about statistics.

A Full Kitchen Makeover is Costly

These days, the cost of a substantial, midrange kitchen renovation averages about $64,000.

The National Association of Realtors reports that more than half of real estate agents are urging home sellers to fully upgrade their kitchens.

Yet on average, less than 60% of the price of the complete overhaul comes back to the owner in a home sale.

A Countertop Upgrade Could be Your Perfect Alternative

You might not need to go on a renovation spree to sell your home. A seller’s confidence and ultimate success should be guided by the general state of most other homes in the same neighborhood.

If other homes for sale around yours have granite, marble or onyx, then you have a sensible reason to install a similar style of countertop in your own kitchen. Home buyers will see it the second they open the online gallery of photos your realtor displays.

Adding granite countertops, islands and service stations can bring extra shelf and storage space as well. These extras can certainly increase the appeal of your kitchen to buyers.

We Look Forward to Adding Value and Joy to Your Home

Custom stone countertops in Colorado Springs can be wise investments. But most of all, they bring joy and beauty to your kitchen.

Let Planet Granite work with your budget and your vision. Explore our kitchen visualizer for inspiration, and feel free to request a quote.

Create a Coffee Bar With a Gorgeous Countertop

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Love your coffee? Need a little more space for it in the kitchen? We get it. From our experience in showing and selling granite countertops in Colorado Springs, we know coffee bars are hot!

A gorgeous quartz coffee bar offers dedicated counter space that does justice to your coffee.

And it adds character to your kitchen or butler’s pantry.

Stop by Planet Granite and Find the Piece You Love

See quartz, granite, onyx, marble and more!

We offer in-home measuring as a complimentary service. Then, we put our state-of-the-art software to work, planning every detail of your installation. You’re just days from taking your coffee countertop home.

Talk with us about attaching a sink for extra functionality. Many of our clients enjoy the convenience of filling the coffee machine and rinsing cups right on the bar.

You’ll love the gorgeous, stain-proof surface. And this just might become the go-to spot in your home.

Decorate Your New Coffee Bar to Add Style to Your Kitchen

Celebrate the joy of coffee:

  • Adorn your new surface with fresh flowers from your garden. Add a contrasting cutting board. Place jugs of sweeteners or other additions on top.
  • Use open glass jars to hold spoons and screw-top apothecary jars for marshmallows.
  • Shakers are great for cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon and raw sugar.
  • Display your coffee mugs or teacups on the surface or on display shelving over the bar.
  • A bowl of lemons looks great when the weather warms, and you’re making iced tea.

Think still-life art! We love this collection of fantastic coffee bar ideas. Have a look to be inspired and delighted.

We Look Forward to Serving You at Planet Granite

See our selection of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, including coffee bar concepts, at the Planet Granite showroom. Explore our kitchen visualizer to get in the mood anywhere, any time! Or go ahead and request a quote.

4 Signs That Granite Countertops Should Be a Part of Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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If you’re like many modern homeowners, you’ll be considering a kitchen remodel at some point in the future. Granite countertops in Colorado Springs provide an excellent way to give any kitchen an extra layer of polish combined with usability. Following are just four good reasons to consider replacing your current countertops with ones made from granite. 

You’re a Busy Professional With Little Time for Cleaning and Maintenance 

Granite countertops are ideal for those with busy schedules because they’re easy to clean with a solution of mild detergent and warm water. When they’re properly sealed, they don’t need complicated maintenance to keep them looking their best. 

You’ve Got Children in the Home

Kitchen counters and sinks take quite a beating in homes with active children. Letting children help in the kitchen is a necessary part of teaching them valuable life skills, and granite’s stain-resistant properties help keep kitchens attractive. Granite is also a nonporous surface, which means it’s far less likely to harbor bacteria than its porous counterparts. 

You’re an Active Home Cook

Granite countertops have more than just aesthetic benefits — granite is also a superior countertop material for those with serious ambitions in the kitchen. Granite is heat-resistant and won’t be easily damaged by hot pots and pans. It’s also great for home bakers because, like marble, it doesn’t absorb atmospheric heat and provides an excellent surface for working with pastry and bread dough. 

You Want to Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’ve got plans to put your home on the market in the near future, granite countertops increase the overall value of the property as well as make it more attractive to potential buyers. As an added bonus, you’ll get to enjoy having a beautiful kitchen for the remainder of your time in the home. 

We’ve got a kitchen visualizer tool designed to help you make plans for your upcoming kitchen remodel. Please contact us for more information. 

Why Your Kitchen Island Granite Doesn’t Have to Match the Counters

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If you have beautiful granite countertops in Colorado Springs in a discontinued color or style, what happens when you decide to add an island with a granite top? As long as you’re happy with your countertops, there’s no need to resurface your entire kitchen, mixing and matching granite can produce a lovely custom effect. 

On-Trend Color Combinations

Glitz and glam are back in home decor, and you can combine white, gray and gold granite colors with most existing granite counters. For example, if your current granite counters are rich, dark colors, consider off-white and light beige granite with plenty of detail in the composition for your planned island surface.

On the other hand, if your counters are white or very light, a smooth black slab can create a huge wow factor when guests come over. For custom colors such as pinks, roses and grays, find a complementary color that brings out the highlights in your current style. If you want high drama and a royal touch, add a gold-toned granite counter to your eat-in island. 

Redefine Your Transitional Space

If you want the island to command its own space and can place it between an open kitchen-dining area, you can use any color you want. You’re essentially creating a wall-less room where kids gather to do their homework, dinner is served and friends gather around for a nightcap.

Granite comes in styles referred to as colorways (ranges of color), so it’s easy to find the exact combination you envision. Be sure to approve the final slab in person before it’s custom cut for your island. This is a lasting investment, and you’ll be happy you made the time to do so later.

If you would like advice on selecting Colorado Springs granite counters, call us at Planet Granite to discuss your style vision. Quartz and rock materials are additional possibilities to bring your design to life.

4 Care Tips for Your Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

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To keep your Colorado Springs granite countertops in optimal condition, you must provide them with the care they need on a regular basis. The care techniques and products you use will pay a huge role in your countertops retaining their amazing finish. To get started, keep the following care tips in mind as you work on preserving the finish on your granite countertops.

Use Proven Cleaning Products and Techniques

Although they are made of the toughest types of rock, your granite countertops can lose their finish if you use abrasive cleaning products. Instead, simply clean off your countertops using warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Never use bleach, ammonia or other caustic cleaners on your countertop, or those products could strip the sealant.

Avoid Exposing Your Colorado Springs Countertops to Acidic Substances

Acidic substances can also have a negative impact on the integrity of the granite countertop’s sealant. Therefore, it is important to avoid cutting tomatoes, citrus fruits and other acidic substances directly on the countertop.

Never Set Hot Pans Directly on the Surface

It is also important to never set hot pans on the surface of your Colorado Springs countertops. The hot temperatures can cause damage to the granite, leaving it discolored and in need of refinishing. If you need to place hot pans on your counters, shield the area with a cork or metal trivet first.

Regularly Apply Sealant to the Granite

Since you cannot overseal stone surfaces, you can get away with sealing to the surface up to twice a year. You can test your countertops using water to see if you need to apply sealant. You can also work with a granite countertop expert to determine the level of care your countertops need. Get started by calling 719-522-0748 to acquire support from our team at Planet Granite.

4 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

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As 2019 arrives, many residents are thinking about new kitchen designs. In Colorado Springs, granite countertops will continue to be a popular choice when redoing a kitchen.

Here are a few of the top kitchen design trends for 2019.

1. Terrazzo Countertops

Terrazzo adds old-school charm to a kitchen, with bits of glass, marble or other materials embedded in countertops or tiles for floors, a backsplash or walls. For centuries, masons have known the value and versatility of terrazzo. Homeowners will love these countertops, which are scratch and stain resistant and do not conduct heat.

2. Dark Colors

For many years, the emphasis in kitchen design was on bright colors. The trend is shifting as dark jewel-toned navy, black, emerald and plum become more popular. That’s an ideal opportunity to contrast with granite counters in Colorado Springs kitchens.

3. Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs have been a popular choice that shows no signs of slowing. Quartz countertops offer so many advantages, from easy maintenance to anti-microbial properties. In recent years, manufacturers have expanded the number of colors, patterns, swirls and veining that can mimic other materials. The recent color trends should persist with softer, neutral cream, taupe, grey or white finishes.

4. Multipurpose Islands

Kitchen islands have been a popular choice for decades but were often treated as an afterthought. Not any longer. Kitchen islands are increasingly the focal point and the hub of a bustling kitchen. Islands today make a visual impact with larger sizes designed to carry out multiple uses, from food prep to family dining to homework spots. Thinking about your island as an additional kitchen countertop space opens up many design possibilities.

The possibilities for Colorado Springs kitchen countertops are limitless and can fit into any design. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen in 2019, contact Planet Granite for an appointment or free consultation.

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen With Granite

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One of the best things about living in Colorado Springs is the backdrops. There are towering mountains to the west and the beautiful, wide open blue skies of the plains in every other direction. It’s no wonder so many Colorado Springs residents enjoy spending their time outdoors and that when it comes to home renovations, expanding living spaces and transitioning backyards into kitchens and second living rooms is a very popular home remodel here. If you are likewise in the midst of planning an outdoor kitchen, you couldn’t pick a better place or time to do so!

Start in Winter to Grill in Spring

Winter is a great time to start considering this project so that you can get started before the warm weather rolls in and enjoy it once it does. Important aspects to consider in this time include the type of appliance you’re going to install, roof coverings, electrical set-up, and countertops. In the last type of material, we highly recommend the use of granite in outdoor kitchen spaces.

Granite is an excellent choice for the surfaces in outdoor kitchens (and in truth other outdoor living spaces) thanks to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, fade resistance, and low maintenance.

A Peek at Good Layout Fundamentals for Granite Countertops & Grills

Once you have an idea of the appliances and countertop material you’re going to use, the next step is layout. We recommend starting first with positioning the grill. The grill will be the heart of your outdoor kitchen, and it’s important to position it where it can be readily accessed and in such a way (we recommend perpendicular to the dining spaces) so as promote conversations with family and guests.

With the grill in place, you can start installing countertops and other major items like a sink and refrigeration set-up. A good rule of thumb is to place refrigeration units as far away from the grill as possible, position the sink next to the refrigeration for easy washing of vegetables and the like, and have a long granite countertop next to the grill open and ready for slicing and dicing.

Contact Us to Learn More

Hungry for more outdoor kitchen tips and matching granite countertop suggestions? Contact our Colorado Springs granite countertop team today!

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: 719 522-0748 | Fax: 719 522-0754