5 Places to Find Kitchen Renovation Inspiration Online

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If you’re a visual person, it can sometimes be difficult to imagine what your home could look like after a transformation. Thankfully, our Colorado Springs home remodeling team is ready to help. Here are five great places to find kitchen renovation inspiration online.

1. Pinterest

If you didn’t already know, Pinterest is about far more than clothing trends and recipes. This wonderful visual search engine has a whole sector of nothing but gorgeous kitchen designs. Just type in a few parameters, start looking at details, and save your favorites to your own inspiration board.

2. Houzz

Of course, Houzz is a great place to find ideas for your new kitchen. You can even search by topic, such as quartz countertops, waterfall countertops, or granite.

3. Home Interior Blogs

It seems like everyone is blogging these days, but that actually works to your favor when you’re searching for kitchen renovation tips. Look for pages run by home interior designers or contractors. Often, they’ll post images of previous projects to help get the ideas flowing.

4. Home Design Magazines

One of the best places to find kitchen remodeling ideas online is on the official websites of home design magazines. There are often articles and blog posts that you can’t find in print just ready to give you the inspiration you need.

5. YouTube

Another great place to find kitchen renovation inspiration online is YouTube. Look for home tours of luxury homes and more to find ideas to incorporate in your space.

The good news is that all of these websites are easy to access and save ideas from. That means when you’ve decided to transform your current space, you’re ready to go with a whole visual wish list of elements that you love.

Are you ready to make your dream kitchen a reality? Please get in touch with our Planet Granite team to learn more about how we can help.

4 Things You Need to Know About Waterfall Countertops

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If you’ve watched any home improvement shows over the last couple years, you’ve probably seen the waterfall countertop. This gorgeous design style takes the same material used on the surface of the counter and elegantly drapes it over the side to the floor. It can be a great way to add spice to your space without being too overwhelming. Here are four things you need to know about waterfall countertops.

1. Nearly Any Material Can Be a Waterfall Style

The first question many people have about waterfall countertops is if their chosen material can be used. The answer is almost always yes. Quartz countertops seem to do really well, as it is much easier to match veining on the second piece going to the floor. Granite, wood, and concrete aren’t as easily done, but aren’t totally impossible.

2. They’re Ideal for Modern and Contemporary Spaces

It’s also important to know that waterfall countertops don’t match every kitchen decor style. They seem to look a little more native in spaces that lean toward modern and contemporary versus traditional or rustic. Talk with your kitchen design team about your choice in cabinetry and fixtures before deciding on this type of countertop.

3. Waterfall Countertops Are Very Heavy

Another consideration is that waterfall countertops have a lot more weight than standard styles. This is obviously due to the additional amount of material. If your cabinets are older or aren’t as sturdy, this can create a problem

4. Expect a Higher Cost for Waterfall Countertops

Probably the most important consideration when planning for waterfall countertops is cost. The additional material and added labor adds up quickly and can easily exceed your budget. That’s why it is important to discuss your plans with your Colorado Springs home remodeling team before deciding to add them to your kitchen renovation.

One of the hottest kitchen design trends for your Colorado Springs home is waterfall countertops. If you’re looking to add this style to your home, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable contractor.

Ready to learn more about how Planet Granite can transform the look of your kitchen? Please contact us today for a no-obligation estimate.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Remodel Your Home

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If you’re thinking about renovating your Colorado Springs residence, there are a few things you need to consider before starting a project. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before remodeling your home.

What is My Overall Goal?

Before starting a project, you need to define your overall goal. Is it to have a bigger master bathroom with a larger tub to soak in at the end of a long day? Or do you want a kitchen that is open, airy, and accommodates a large number of people for big family gatherings? Getting clear on your desires is the first step in making the decision to remodel a space in your home.

What is My Budget?

You also need to determine how much money you have to spend. Kitchen and bathroom renovations can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. And costs can easily get out of control if you don’t have an idea of how much you have available to spend. Spend the time to crunch the numbers before you decide to start demo day. Then be sure to add an extra twenty to thirty percent to that figure for surprises.

Do I Understand the Time Requirements for This Type of Project?

Many online blogs and home renovations television shows make these types of bathroom and kitchen projects look like they only take a few days. In reality, a quality renovation can take up to several weeks or months. If you’re doing a big project like your kitchen or bathroom, this can mean having that part of your home out of commission for use during an extended period of time. Make sure to take this timeframe into account before fully committing to the overall project.

Ready to start your Colorado Springs kitchen makeover with new granite countertops? Please contact our Planet Granite team today to start the discussion.

Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Your Stone Countertops

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Stubborn stains causing you issues with your Colorado Springs granite surfaces? Here are a few quick tips for removing stains from your stone countertops.

Tip #1: Match the Right Chemical to the Type of Stain

It is important to match the right type of cleaning chemical to the exact type of stain. Here’s a handy guide to help:

  • Organic Stains, Food, and Drinks: Hydrogen Peroxide, 30 to 40% by Volume.
  • Inorganic Stains, Inks, Dyes, Dirt: Rubbing Alcohol for Inks and Dyes; Hydrogen Peroxide, 30 to 40% by volume for all others.
  • Cooking Oil, Mineral Oils, Butter, Grease: Pure Acetone from a Hardware Store, Not Nail Polish Remover.
  • Mold, Mildew: Household Bleach
  • Metal, Rust, Copper: Iron-Out Powder

Tip #2: Make a Poultice to Eliminate Stubborn Stains

One of the quickest ways to remove stubborn stains is by making a poultice. This generally involves a powder plus a liquid, such as talc powder and hydrogen peroxide, but might be different depending on the type of stone countertop you have. Apply it directly over the stain so that the poultice layer is about a quarter of an inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap, tape down the edges, and wait twenty-four hours. Remove the plastic wrap and let the poultice dry completely, then remove the paste with a plastic scraper. This should lift the stain as you gently scrape away the poultice.

Tip #3: Understand When You Need to Call the Pros

Not all stains are easily remedied using do-it-yourself methods. If you’ve tried a particular method that didn’t work or the stain is worse than you originally thought, it might be time to call in a professional team for help. They will assist you in deciding if the issue is truly a stain that can be fixed or damage that needs repairing.

Adding granite countertops to your Colorado Springs home is a lot easier than you might think. Please call our Planet Granite team today for details.

Three Tips for Choosing Bathroom Countertops

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Every home in Colorado Springs needs great bathroom countertops. Choosing the best option requires you to know a little bit about the different materials available. There are three that stand above the rest in popularity and value. They are marble, granite and quartz. Let’s talk about how those three compare and how those comparisons can help you in your decision.

Bathroom Countertops and Style

Style is often the first thing that comes to mind. You want countertops that look good and make you happy. It’s important to prioritize what you like in this decision. All three materials come in a wide variety of colors, patterns and visual options. You’ll be able to pick a style you like regardless.

What might influence your decision is value. While quartz is a great option, granite and marble have better resale value. If you ever sell the home with the beautiful bathroom, granite and marble get a little more bang for the buck.

Durability of Different Countertops

Then again, resale value only matters if you sell, and if things are in good condition when you do. All three of these stones are tough, and that’s part of their value. That said, marble is the most vulnerable of the three. It’s easier to scratch than granite, and you can’t buff the scratches like you can with quartz. Marble is also more prone to staining than the other two.

Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, quartz is the friendliest material. If the quartz is damaged, it needs to be repaired, but it can be, and that’s a nice bonus. Granite should be sealed, and it needs to be resealed every 6 to 12 months. Otherwise, keeping it clean is pretty basic. Marble doesn’t require much more effort than granite, but spills need to be cleaned more aggressively, as it is more prone to staining.

You can get any of these countertops and more at Planet Granite. Call us today to find the perfect countertops for your Colorado Springs home remodeling project.

Even the Toughest Countertops Need Care: 3 Tips

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kitchen view with countertop and stolls

While your gorgeous countertop is transforming the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom, it’s also supremely functional. Quartz, granite, and other stones stand up to all kinds of activities. Stone counters are investments that last through the decades, putting them among the most cost-effective upgrades you can ever make for your home.

Still, even a rock can be sensitive to the elements eventually! So, here are the very best of our tips for treating your countertops with care.

 

Keep Your Counter Cool. Avoid setting hot pots and fresh-from-the-oven baked dishes directly on the stone countertop. Placing a trivet or a potholder between a piping hot dish and that stunning quartz countertop is a great habit to keep. Sparing your countertop unnecessary stress is a good long-term strategy for maintaining its lasting brilliance. In bathrooms, avoid leaving heat styling equipment on your counter surfaces.

Wipe Your Countertop Down. Clean up spills as they occur. As a routine, wipe the surface well with sudsy water and a sponge or soft cloth every evening. For best results, don’t forget the edges and corners. Although quartz and other stone materials are non-porous, the perfect shine of your countertop benefits from a regular wipedown. Choose natural soaps, never harsh chemicals. Chemical cleaners can wear on marble and other stone, creating opportunities for stains.

Cut on a Cutting Board. Avert the remote possibility of scratching or dulling the shine of your counter, and avoid damaging your knives. It’s simple to do, by using a cutting board every time. A granite, quartz, or other stone countertop does not substitute for your regular cutting equipment.

Durable stone countertops will outlast your home. With the simplest care routine, you can keep your countertops looking their best for decades to come.

Need More Tips?

We’d be delighted to converse with you! The lasting beauty of your kitchen or bathroom is our passion.

And when you’re ready to put your new countertop in your Colorado Springs home, drop a line to our pros at Planet Granite. We’re committed to working on your terms, with your schedule.

Best Countertops for a Clean and Healthy Kitchen

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picture of countertop and sink

Looking forward to some springtime renovating of your Colorado Springs home? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Planet Granite, many of our clients are keen on spring cleaning, and they’re asking how to select the best countertops for a germ-free kitchen. If selecting a countertop for ease of cleaning and disinfecting is an art, your kitchen can be a masterpiece. True, there are some differences among stone choices. Let’s take a look.

Granite

Granite is not only beautiful; it’s heroically scratch-resistant, making it a breeze to sanitize. Your new granite countertop is sealed to reduce porosity. While granite can stand up to harsh chemicals, we don’t recommend putting it to the test! Soapy water washes off germs. Like any natural stone surface, granite is susceptible to seepage, so it’s a good idea to seal a granite countertop yearly to be sure it’s completely bacteria-resistant, with a brilliant shine.

Marble

It’s sleek, cool, and beautiful. Yet marble is a softer stone than other countertop choices. A new marble countertop is sealed, shielded from common kitchen acids including citrus juices, vinegar, and condiments. And, like granite, marble needs to be sealed regularly, using stone sealer intended for marble countertops. Correctly sealed and regularly wiped down, marble offers lasting and classic beauty.

Quartz

This is the winner if your top criterion is hygienic perfection. Quartz is the best-in-class choice for a pristine countertop surface, as bacteria cannot lodge in its tough, impermeable surface. Nor is seepage or staining an issue with quartz. Germs can be easily wiped away with a soapy, wet cloth.

To your health!

Of course, it’s essential to banish viruses and bacteria from the place you prepare nourishing meals. Have sudsy water on hand, and remember to change your sponge or wash your dish towels regularly.

Looking for the perfect countertop? Need advice on sealing your current surfaces? We’d love to help. Please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Why Choose Granite for your Backyard Bar

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bar countertops and design

 

 

The popularity of outdoor living has many homeowners looking at new ways to utilize outdoor spaces. Consider the wide range of Colorado Springs granite countertops that are perfect options for a dry or wet bar in the basement or in the backyard.  If you’re building an outdoor kitchen or simply want to complement your patio and grilling area, granite is not only a beautiful option but it is also extremely durable and weather-hardy.

Benefits of an outdoor granite countertop bar

1. Granite is easy to clean

Outdoor entertaining can get messy. And when you combine the effect of nature, you certainly need to choose a countertop material that is easy to clean. For a quick clean-up, simply clean and hose off the granite-top bar with a detergent that is nonabrasive. This is the best way to remove food spills, grease, grime, pollen, or dust and dirt.

2. A low-maintenance option

Make sure you talk with your granite countertop installer about sealing your outdoor bar against moisture infiltration, especially if there is no awning or roof above this area. Otherwise, the maintenance on these outdoor bars is quite simple — just cover the counter with a fitted or loose covering when it’s not being used to maintain the beauty of your granite countertop.

3. A weather-resistant material

This all-natural stone can be high in quartz, which is one of the most weather-resistant minerals found in nature. Your outdoor granite-top bar will hold up extremely well in rain, snow, sleet or hail. You can also count on it being highly resistant to the deteriorating effects of the sun and any bacteria left from foods and beverage spills.

Speak with a Colorado Springs granite countertop expert at Planet Granite for more hot trends in 2020 when renovating your indoor or outdoor spaces. You will find the marbleized characteristics of granite are the perfect complement to any outdoor landscape. We offer free in-home measuring and will use professional design software to perfectly shape your new countertops for a custom fit.

Considerations for Granite Countertop Overhang

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granite countertop kitchen overhang with stools

The overhang of a Colorado Springs kitchen countertop installation is the amount of slab that extends beyond the fixed base of the cabinets or the base of the island. Not only will the right amount of overhang add a finished look to your counters; it will also serve a number of other functions:

-provides leg and knee room for those seated at the counter

-prevents liquid and food crumbs from falling into cabinet drawers

-makes standing at a counter more comfortable

When in question, trust a professional cabinetry and countertop installer to recommend the right amount of overhang for any granite-top counters.

Basic Cabinet and Countertop Overhang

For cabinet assemblies that are mounted against the wall and are used for storage, sink support, etc., the amount of overhang is less extreme — as little as 1 to 2 inches is all that’s needed for a finished countertop look. This is enough room from the base of the cabinets to make standing comfortable while prepping or cooking food. You will definitely want some amount of overhang, even though it’s not a seated area, for the purpose of catching food before it falls to the floor.

Granite Island Counter and Overhang

For an island counter, consider a greater amount of overhang. This way, the counter can also be used for sitting while eating, talking or working on a computer. At least 12 inches is the desired amount of overhang for island counters to allow stools to be tucked underneath.

You will also want to consider the edge design at the overhang. You have a number of choices, from flat and squared-off sides to bull-nose or rounded edges. Another consideration is a waterfall edge. This is when one or more countertop edges will not end, but it flows in an organic curve down to the floor.

Trust Planet Granite, a professional Colorado Springs kitchen countertop service provider, to design the perfect granite kitchen countertops with the right style and amount of overhang for comfort and beauty.

Hot Trends in Granite for 2020

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granite countertops in a bathroom

Granite is revered for its durability and beauty, and it’s arguably one of the most appealing options that home and business owners can consider for countertops. Easy to clean and highly versatile, it’s no surprise that Colorado Springs granite countertops are widely popular. However, times are changing, so those considering remodeling or a new installation should know about these inspiring granite characteristics for 2020.

Popular Color Options for the New Decade

Whether you’re looking for bathroom granite countertops or new surfaces for the kitchen or other spaces, gear up for bold colors to dominate this decade. The hue of countertops can bring life to a room, so trending colors from nature such as petrol-green and deep blues are predicted to be popular. Hot choices in the future are also likely to include brilliant oranges.

Diversity in Granite Patterns

The immense diversity of patterns amid the realm of countertop granite can be explored at Planet Granite in Colorado Springs. Some designs expected to surpass past favorites include marbleized veining, highly dominant swirls, and interesting characteristics. With the blues and greens expected to surge in demand, interior professionals are likely to lean heavily toward options such as Lapidus granite and the speckled Verde Peacock granite.

Exploring Prime Finishes

Color and patterns aren’t the only aspects of granite trends changing, as honed finishes that give granite a matte appearance are surging in popularity. Matte finishes are now available in a specialized “leathery” finish that offers greater realism without sacrificing resilience and longevity. However, don’t expect the traditional look of high-gloss granite countertop surfaces to lose any customers, as their smooth polished look isn’t going anywhere on the design scene any time soon.

Planning Granite for Your Home? Call Planet Granite

Planet Granite is the go-to source for Colorado Springs home remodeling. Let us help you become a neighborhood trendsetter with these up-and-coming 2020 granite trends.

 

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