"Experience SBI" – The Remodeling Newsletter

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FAMILY

The holidays are all about being thankful. We are thankful for our families, friends and our wonderful clients. We pray that your Christmas holiday is blessed with many joyful experiences.

Although, don't be late to the table or you will end up like Jay (above) sitting at the kids' table.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Remodeling Success 101

Q: Which cabinet door costs more?

A: Doors and drawers fall into two general categories. Overlay styles lap over the cabinet frame at the edges, and inset styles sit flush to the frame when closed. Both include high-quality products, but the tighter tolerances required by the inset method tend to raise costs by 10 to 20 percent.

Counter Intelligence

Which of today's best-selling countertop materials to choose for your new kitchen? Here's a short buyer's guide.

Countertops have a lot to do with how pleasant your new kitchen is to use and how easy it is to maintain. And of course, they play a big part in the first impression the space makes on visitors. It's worth taking the time to choose the countertop materials that work best for you.

Homeowners have more choices today than ever, but let's consider the four most popular materials: laminate, solid surfacing, granite and quartz. Each has strengths and weaknesses.

Laminate comes in several quality grades. Although most people may think first of the inexpensive grades common in rental units and entry-level homes, there are high-quality, preformed laminate counters with three times the durability and no edge seams. Homeowners can choose from a variety of colors and patterns, including some that mimic the look of stone. On the downside, even these better products can scratch and burn under some circumstances--damage that's difficult or impossible to repair.

Solid surfacing has lost market share in kitchens but remains a top choice for bathroom vanities. Made from a blend of acrylic and polyester, solid surfacing can cost three times more than basic laminate, but it looks more stylish and doesn't have any surface or edge seams. Homeowners can choose from a wide range of colors and patterns.

Although solid surfacing isn't immune to scratches and burns, a skilled installer can often repair the damage. The material is also nonporous, so it's less likely to stain than laminate.

Some people like the fact that solid surfacing doesn't feel as hard or cold as granite, although others find it looks too artificial for their taste.

Granite has been hugely popular in kitchen remodels for years. That's no surprise, given this natural material's beautiful flowing patterns and mottling, as well each slab's unique look. Most homeowners enjoy visiting the granite supplier and choosing the specific slab they want their countertop made from.

Costs for granite are slightly more than for solid surfacing.

Granite stands up well to heat and isn't easily scratched, but its hardness means that ceramic dishes or cups can easily chip or break when dropped or bumped against the surface. Raw granite can also be stained by hot grease, so it needs to be sealed during fabrication and resealed at intervals recommended by the fabricator. Its heavy weight means it may not be the best choice for cabinets with particleboard frames.

Granite slabs are 9 to 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, so if you want something bigger you will have a seam.

Quartz has recently passed granite in popularity in custom kitchens, even though it costs 10 to 20 percent more. Made from a blend of crushed stone and resin, this material is harder than granite and impervious to stains, including those from cooking oil, wine and coffee. Quartz has a rich, attractive finish and a regular surface pattern. It comes in 8 x 4 feet sheets so anything bigger will require seams.

These descriptions are just an introduction to today's most popular countertop materials. Other options are marble, wood, stainless steel, concrete and even soapstone counters. Your professional remodeler can help you sort through the pros, cons and pricing of whatever materials you are considering, so that you choose the right ones for your new kitchen.

Warm regards,

Jay DePhelps, CGR, CAPS
Sound Builders Inc.
(206) 246-7100

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