Monday, February 24, 2014

Your Own Private Island

At a recent Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association meeting, a nationally recognized and Award winning architectural designer addressed the importance of the #kitchen island.  He referred to the island as the "heart of the kitchen". That said, most homeowners now view the island as a piece of furniture.  With the reduction of formal dining rooms and the popularity of open designs, many consumers are now leaning toward larger working - causal dining spaces.  Kitchens are now incorporating work zones rather than the old triangle concept.  Islands fit perfectly into this idea.
Most families spend a great deal of time in and around the kitchen. This is backed up by the popularity of 112 different cooking shows on TV.  Many men are now as into creative cooking, as a hobby, as women.
Builders are urged to give their buyers the 'Wow Factor' and what better place than at the kitchen island. This is a great selling feature and can be accomplished by using both creative design and exotic materials, including #granite and #marble.
Why not create your own private island?
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Granite - Artwork of God and Mother Nature

Granite and Marble are the artwork of God and Mother Nature.  The fact that modern technology has made natural stone affordable for the masses has made stone countertops a necessity to most realtors.  Realtors will tell a potential seller that the two key things to selling a home are (1) Outside - curb appeal and (2) inside - the kitchen and baths. The key to upgrading a kitchen is to replace the counter top and the appliances.  Keep one thing in mind when replacing laminate or solid surface with stone countertops, this is not some man made creation poured up in a vat.  Every stone slab has a uniqueness all its own.  Your selection of the right material is like shopping for a painting or a piece of antique furniture.  The end result is a statement.
Many granite suppliers have tried to make stone countertops into a discount store commodity. IT IS NOT!  Although now reasonably priced, it is still a luxury item.  Informed house buyers can tell the difference between a ‘slap and go’ granite job and a quality custom project.  Many of these chop shops advertise ridiculous prices just to draw consumers in and then try to ‘switch them up’ once they realize what they are getting.  Granite can be affordable without being cheap!
‘Cheap’ normally signifies poor quality. Don’t fall for this.
As you start your granite shopping do your research, ask questions, study granite 101, and be informed. The result will be a final product that is one that you can both live with and enjoy, or one that will help promote the sale of your property.