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!

Ideas for Remodeling Your Kitchen With Granite

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Granite is a truly versatile product. It comes in an amazing array of colors, from soothing charcoal gray to forest green to emerald red. It is easy to clean, very durable, and has a beautiful, timeless look to it. What’s not to love about granite? Here are a few ideas to consider for Colorado Springs granite kitchen countertops:

Ideas for Remodeling Your Kitchen With Granite

Add a kitchen island with a granite countertop: Kitchen islands are a great way to add a little pop of color to your kitchen, be able to do more things in your kitchen, and offer more places for people to socialize. You don’t have to have the granite on your kitchen island match the granite on your other kitchen countertops. Having it be a different color can be a great way to draw the eye to the kitchen island. White, gray and gold are popular granite colors at the moment.

Freshen up your kitchen with a light-colored granite countertop: Nothing says clean, spacious and bright like a white countertop. If you are tired of mismatched or dark and gloomy colors in your kitchen, or you just want to make the kitchen feel cleaner, more spacious and mood-lifting, try replacing your countertops with white granite. White works well with any color and helps a room feel less stuffy. If white seems too bright, go for a neutral beige color just to lighten things up a bit.

Add lighting to highlight the granite countertops: Lighting can make all the difference in making your kitchen usable, comfortable and beautiful. Don’t be afraid to show off the granite countertops. Find some unique hanging lamps to go above a kitchen island and install some under-the-cabinet lighting for those hard-to-reach areas. Little touches like that can make a huge difference in how your kitchen feels.

Stop by our Colorado Springs granite countertop showroom today to see how we can help you redesign your kitchen to make it look more beautiful, functional and stylish. Schedule an appointment to talk with a professional about how we can upgrade your kitchen using the best design software available.

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

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It’s no secret that granite is one of the most sought-after countertop materials in Colorado Springs. Read on to find out what makes granite the best choice for a countertop in your home:

Why Granite Countertops are the Best Choice of Countertop

  • Granite is beautiful. It’s hard to surpass nature’s beauty. As a natural product, granite has a charm all its own that is both timeless and appealing. Granite will probably never lose its popularity. It also comes in many different shades, so you can get it to match any color palette.
  • Granite is tough. Since granite is made out of stone, it is practically impossible to scratch the surface of granite. It can handle a lot of use and still stay strong and beautiful.
  • Granite can handle heat. You can easily place granite near a stovetop without having to worry. No potholder, no problem. You can set a hot pan down without damaging or weakening the granite. It will not melt or blister when exposed to heat.
  • Granite can resist stains. Although granite might be naturally porous when found in nature, granite countertops are sealed before installation to make them nonporous. You can easily clean up spills and not have to worry about any stains left behind.
  • Granite is nontoxic. There are no dangerous chemicals in granite since it is just made out of stone from nature. Neither does it emit toxic radiation or gases.
  • Undermount sinks. With granite countertops, you can mount a sink underneath the granite. You can have the granite cut to fit the size of the sink hole. This keeps crumbs from being stuck on the lip of a sink that is mounted on the surface. You can also easily wipe spills right into the sink without running into the lip.

Are you ready to find out which granite countertop would work the best for your home? We have a large variety of quality granite to choose from. Stop in our Colorado Springs showroom or contact us.

Using Granite to Create Unique Designs in Your Kitchen or Bath

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Granite is beautiful and durable. It has been a go-to option for kitchen and bath countertops for years. Having just the right color pairings jazzes up traditional uses for granite. In addition, granite can be used for much more than just countertops. You can use granite in a variety of surprising ways to really make your Colorado Springs kitchen or bathroom pop. Below are just a few suggestions.

Pick a Granite With a Great Pattern

Granite comes in all shapes and sizes. You may be surprised at the variety of color options available. You can pick a pattern and shade the plays well off of your countertops and flooring. Or, you can choose a slab that has a stark wave pattern that really draws attention and makes a statement. Granite countertops can make the space in your Colorado Springs home come alive.

Backsplash Options

Granite can also be a great durable backsplash option as well. You can match your backsplash to your current countertops, or pick an entirely different complementary shade and pattern. These backsplashes are durable and easy to clean — and you don’t have to worry about matching your countertops if you can just continue placing the granite onto the wall.

Granite Tiling

A large granite slab can easily be cut into small tile squares. Putting these tiles on the wall or floor gives your shower or bathroom a spa-like feel. It creates an upscale feeling that is difficult to replicate with traditional tile or linoleum.

Sinks

Granite sinks are a mix of stone and resin. They look and feel just like pure granite, but they are sealed so that they can be exposed to water daily. They also have a more uniform look that will go well with your existing countertop. Wear and tear is minimal because granite sinks are resistant to heat, staining and scratching.

If you’re ready to incorporate some unique granite options into your kitchen or bath design, contact our Colorado Springs office. We can help you get just the right product to meet your needs. Call today!

How to Shop for Granite Countertops

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If you’re planning on updating the kitchen in your home, chances are you’ve considered having granite countertops installed. Not only are granite countertops resistant to damage from heat and cutting utensils, but they can also add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Here are a few tips that will help you shop for Colorado Springs granite countertops.

1. Buy Thicker Countertops

A common mistake that many homeowners make is buying ¾-inch granite countertops for their kitchen. While ¾-inch granite countertops are more widely available and affordable, it is in your best interest to purchase a 1-inch countertop. The reason that ¾-inch granite countertops are more affordable is that they are more fragile than their thicker counterparts and require supports and laminate edges. While you will pay more for thicker granite countertops, you will save money in the long run due to the superior quality.

2. Look for Natural Pits and Hairline Cracks

As a homeowner, you want to get the best quality granite countertops for your money. Therefore, while you’re shopping for granite countertops, you should avoid products with natural pits and hairline cracks. While these features may contribute to the granite countertop’s natural beauty, these features can also add to the fragility of the product. Therefore, you should ask the stone seller or fabricator questions about these imperfections and what they mean when it comes to the fragility of the product.

3. Buy Seamless Granite Countertops

You should buy seamless Colorado Springs granite countertops instead of granite countertops with seams if you can afford it. Over time, seamless granite countertops tend to age better than their seamed countertops. If you install granite countertops with seams, you may feel the need to make replacements in just five or ten years.

Buying granite countertops is a great way to update the look of your kitchen. If you would like to learn more about installing Colorado Springs granite countertops, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Planet Granite.

5 Things You Should Know About Granite Countertops

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Updating your countertops from dated materials adds value to your home and makes your kitchen or bathroom appear more modern and sophisticated. If you’re looking to refresh your home with granite countertops in Colorado Springs, CO, you should know a few things before making a final decision.

Understand Your Finish Options

You have a number of options when it comes to the style of the finish of your granite countertops.

Finish Options:

Polished – Features a mirror sheen and provides the best protection against scratches

Honed – Creates a matte appearance and is more vulnerable to nicks and staining

Satin – Gives a smooth appearance that’s more vibrant than the honed look

Leather – Adds a textured appearance to countertops

Choose Your Edges Wisely

Ask your installer for different samples of these options to get a better idea of what they will look like in your kitchen. Think about the effect you want to create when making a choice.

Edge Options:

Eased – Simple squared-off profile with a slightly rounded top edge

Bullnose – Half-circle design

Ogee – Somewhat S-shaped in appearance from the side

Beveled – Angled cut along the edges

Waterfall – Three cascading rounded edges

Chiseled – Looks like it’s been cut fresh out of the earth

Use the Right Cleaning Techniques

You must use the right cleaning materials to maintain the look of your counters. Always use a soft cloth with warm water and a non-abrasive soap. Harsh cleansers erode the countertop surface and diminish its appearance.

Granite Countertops Aren’t Indestructible

The innate strength of granite doesn’t mean it can’t be cracked. Avoid letting objects drop onto the surface.

Get an Up Close and Personal Look

Pick out your granite in person! Planet Granite is happy to walk you through granite countertop options that would fit your home. Call us at (719) 522-0748 for a consultation.

Cleaning and Maintaining Beautiful Quartz Countertops

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cleaning quartzThose who come to the Planet Granite showroom in Colorado Springs will see many options for quartz countertops. Unlike naturally occurring quartzite that requires sealing to keep it stain resistant, the engineered quartz that is widely available today does not need to be sealed because the binding materials used to create it are non-porous. Whether you choose natural quartzite created from sandstone over eons or its manufactured quartz counterpart, you have made a wise investment in a countertop that provides beauty and durability.

Cleaning and Maintaining Quartz Countertops

Follow these easy steps to keep your quartz countertop in top condition:

  • Clean Spills Immediately. Wipe with a soft cloth and mild detergent if necessary. Use plastic putty knives or nonabrasive sponges for stains that have already dried.
  • Avoid Abrasives. Gentle cleansers and nonabrasive scouring pads do the trick. Avoid rough metal scrapers or abrasive sponges. 
  • Stay Away from Acid and Alkaline Solutions. Acidic or alkaline cleaners and other chemicals (everything from nail polish and bleach to drain opening solutions) can erode the bonds in the resin. 
  • Keep It Cool. Resins are formulated with plastic, so extremely hot materials coming from the oven or stove may damage quartz over a period of time.
  • Cut Elsewhere. Although quartz is scratch resistant, repetitive cutting on a quartz countertop may cause scratching. Use a cutting board when you slice and dice. 
  • Occasional Deep-Cleaning Helps. To deal with dust buildup and stains that may occur under microwaves or other appliances, occasionally clean the entire surface with a nonabrasive cleaner and wipe away the residue with a sponge or damp cloth. 

Visit Planet Granite in Colorado Springs to see the varieties of kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops we have available for installation. In addition to quartz countertops, our store in Colorado Springs also has granite and other options that will transform your home. Contact us today for more information or for a quote.

How to Pick the Right Color Granite

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If you’re eager to upgrade the counters in your Colorado Springs home, you’re wise to choose a natural stone, such as granite. The strength of stone countertops makes them resistant to scratches and heat marks. With proper sealing, granite is also stain resistant and non-porous.

The beautiful veining of granite countertops in Colorado Springs makes this material a gorgeous choice for both kitchen and bathroom countertops. But did you know that no two slabs are exactly alike? Indeed, granite comes in many color varieties. With this in mind, you have two primary categories to choose from: light granite counters and dark granite counters.

Decide Between Light and Dark

In addition to having different aesthetics, light and dark granite vary in density. Light granite is less dense and therefore slightly more vulnerable to staining. If you prefer this shade, be sure to follow the recommended sealing schedule. You may want to opt for dark granite if the counter is subjected to excessive wear and tear.

Match the Current Color Scheme

Unless you’re completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, consider the existing colors. For instance, if you have cream-colored cabinets and maple wood flooring, yellow-hued granite countertops may look stunning. Dark cherry cabinets and light brown flooring could contrast well with a brown-toned countertop. Gray or black cabinets look best with a gray-colored granite slab.

Let the Granite Countertop Set the Tone

Perhaps you’re gutting the kitchen entirely or putting in a new bathroom. If so, you might want to find a granite slab you love and use it as inspiration for the color scheme. This is your chance to put your own personal flair on the design.

For more help picking the right color granite, turn to the experts at Planet Granite. We’ll answer your questions, show you product samples, and provide our expert design advice. For a free in-home consultation, please contact us today.

Tips on Decorating your White Granite Countertop

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As the old British saying goes, “Your home is your castle.” This means that your home is your refuge. Your home is sacred space. Your home deserves the very best. Giving your countertops the gift of decorated white granite can be a great place to start.

Let’s look at tips you can use when decorating your white granite countertop for your kitchen or bathroom.

Kitchen Countertops

For many of us, the kitchen is a room we deeply treasure. It holds the most savory of treats and provides a place for us to bake warm chocolate chip cookies with the kids while they share their experiences of the day.

There are many avenues you can take when decorating your kitchen countertop. For a classic, ageless appeal, use pure white granite countertops. This option offers a light, cheerful quality, especially when combined with discreet white cabinets and matching flooring.

A brown, gray or black decorative backsplash can accentuate the natural coloring within your white granite countertop. In addition, inviting in elements of crystal, glass or stainless steel can bring a true radiance to your design.

Bathroom Countertops

For your bathroom, create some flair by adding quartz countertops to the decor. Many varieties are known for their stain- and scratch-resistant qualities. As an added perk, many quartz countertops are made with certain resins that create a non-porous surface, eliminating the potential need for resealing in the future.

While looking for granite countertops in Colorado Springs, keep in mind how a white slab countertop can bring a more trendy feel to the room!

Colorado Springs Granite Countertop

There are many amazing granite and cabinet combinations to choose from, and the possibilities are endless. With so many options, it may feel overwhelming at times. If you’d like help upgrading your granite countertops, give us a call today. Our considerate professionals are delighted to support you with all of your countertop needs!

Surprising Benefits of Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are an exquisite addition to kitchens and bathrooms.  While granite enhances the appearance of these high-traffic areas, that’s not even scratching the surface of what this durable, versatile material has to offer.  Consider these benefits of granite you may not have known about.

Granite Counters Are Always In Style

Because it comes in neutral hues and looks great by itself, granite can complement virtually any style you choose for your home.  It works well with any color combination.  If you remodel your kitchen or bath, you won’t have to replace the countertops.

Granite Is Durable

This sturdy material stands up well to wear and tear.  Unlike less durable surfaces, granite is virtually resistant to blemishes, scratches, and heat.  If you use your kitchen counters as a cutting board, the stone can dull a knife blade without being damaged by it.  You can take hot baking dishes from the oven and set them directly on the counter without scorching it.

Granite Is Stain-Resistant

Granite doesn’t absorb spills as easily as more porous surfaces, making it resistant to stains.  Light granite is less dense than the darker variety, so you may want to take that into consideration when weighing your options.  Both types, however, hold up well under frequent use.

Granite Requires Minimal Upkeep

Since they don’t absorb stains, these surfaces are incredibly easy to clean.  You can get the job done with a paper towel or wet rag.  If you prefer, you can use cleaning supplies or a sanitary wipe, but granite does not harbor bacteria.  It makes for hassle-free cleaning in kitchens and bathrooms, areas especially prone to germs.

Granite counters give you an optimal return on your investment.  Compatible with any interior design, they last a long time and improve the value of your home.  If you’re looking for granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Planet Granite

3020 N Stone Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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