The History of Marble in Home Design

The use of marble countertops is not a new fad. Marble has been used for both decorative and functional purposes within architectural design for thousands of years. Of course, earliest uses of marble appeared mainly in public, religious, or government buildings due to the great expense and effort to quarry the material.

So how did marble eventually find its way into the home? Where did the idea to make a bathroom vanity top out of marble come from? And why has the use of marble in today’s home design come to be so widespread? A brief tour through marble’s historical use can shed light on each of these questions.

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Care and Cleaning Tips for Wood Cabinetry

We receive lots of calls from customers asking how to clean their cabinetry. Luckily, they want to care for them in the best way possible! Unfortunately, with a quick google search I found 6,190,000 results to answer that question. Six million answers — they can’t all be right. How can cleaning your cabinets be so difficult?

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5 Lazy Susan Alternatives

Why is the Lazy Susan one of the most unloved kitchen cabinet accessory?  This is most often due to past negative experiences.  Many have either grown up or lived with a poorly functioning Lazy Susan.  There were many bad designs and most were extremely flimsy and hard to turn.  We often hear complaints of the old metal Susan’s which were mostly known for that awful creaking noise the second it started spinning!

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How Do I Know if a Cabinet Is Good Quality?

What are you looking for when it comes to cabinet construction itself? Not all cabinets are created equal. How do you know if a cabinet is good quality? Here are 5 elements that should be on your radar when shopping for quality cabinetry for your kitchen or bath.

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Get a To-Die-For Kitchen Without Killing Your Budget

The business of factory custom cabinets has gotten a little confusing. All the best kitchen cabinet brands like Woodmode and Bridgewood have created a new ‘sister’ cabinet product to compete in the hugely popular semi-custom market.

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A Real Kitchen Remodeling Budget – Trust Your Kitchen Designer

Are you ready for your dream kitchen?

Let’s talk about budgeting for your kitchen renovation… Cabinetry will always be the largest portion of your budget, and the amount depends on variables such as the square footage, the number of cabinets, the cabinet material, construction, finish, and door style. The next largest portion will be the appliances, then countertops, flooring, lighting, fixtures, and other materials. A professional kitchen designer has an extensive knowledge of real costs and can design a project that fits your budget perfectly. Let’s delve into the issue of a realistic project budget.

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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel Beginner’s Checklist

You’re ready for your dream kitchen or bathroom! Kitchen and bathroom remodeling can be a little overwhelming, right? Don’t panic – we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the design process… one step at a time.

  1. Evaluate your current kitchen and/or bathroom
  2. Look for ideas & inspiration
  3. Determine a budget
  4. Work with a design professional
  5. Design & planning process
  6. Installation
  7. Relax & enjoy your new space

Let’s take a look at each of these steps in more detail…

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5 Tips to Get the Most Mileage From Your Free Kitchen Design Consultation

FIVE TIPS TO GETTING THE MOST MILEAGE OUT OF YOUR FREE KITCHEN DESIGN CONSULTATION:

Where do you start when working with a kitchen designer? What is the best way to prepare for your first meeting? What should you bring? What should you do beforehand to get the most mileage out of your free session?

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Ceramic/porcelain Tile vs. Vinyl Tile/Plank: Which Is Best?

Your kitchen and bathrooms take a beating. Water is flying everywhere in both rooms, all kinds of soaps and chemicals are spilling on the floor, and both get their share of various stains and scrapes on the flooring. So, when faced with having to put in a new kitchen or bathroom floor you might have narrowed your replacement materials down to either ceramic or vinyl tile. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to both materials that should give you some direction in your decision making.

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Hire a Professional Kitchen & Bath Designer or Do It Yourself?

While most of our clients don’t ever struggle with this question, there are a few who, before hiring us, asked themselves: “Should I take on this remodeling project myself or should I pull in a professional?” The main concern of those who consider remodeling their kitchen or bathroom DIY is to save money: “Will it save me enough money to make it worth doing the work myself?”

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All About Wood Countertops

Wood countertops, butcher block countertops, wood bar tops, and solid wood tables are visually rich and warm to the touch. These natural beauties are great addition to your house or restaurant. Here’s how to determine if they’ll work in your space.

After being eclipsed by showy stones like granite and marble and maintenance-free engineered materials like quartz and solid surfacing, natural-wood countertops are enjoying a real revival. Constructed from pieces of hardwood laminated together with glue for strength and stability, they provide a warm, organic landing surface in a kitchen, one that is wonderfully forgiving, gentle on dishware, and able to absorb the noise of a busy household. Wood can also be revived if damaged; if it gets dinged, stained, or gouged, you can refinish it.

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All you need to know about grout joints and grout

The space between the tiles is called a “grout joint” and the main reason grout joints exist are to accommodate for slight sizing differences from tile to tile that are created during the manufacturing process. The grout joint enables the installer to adjust the tile to compensate for these sizing differences and allow for a straight grout line. Less variation in the tile size allows for a smaller grout joint. Due to the technology incorporated in the manufacturing of tile today, there is very little variation in size and therefore grout joint widths are generally much smaller than they have been in the past. Typically, we recommend grout joints being no less than 1/8 of an inch however some precision cut tiles and stone can withstand a smaller grout joint.

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Things to know about kitchen and bathroom cabinetry before you start shopping

 

Are you thinking of getting new cabinetry for your house?

Purchasing new kitchen cabinets is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home.  Since cabinets are one of the first things people notice in a kitchen they can have a huge impact on both the value and the appeal of your home. There has been a lot of changes in the cabinet industry over the years and there is no bigger confusion than a framed cabinet versus a frameless cabinet.  Traditionally, American manufacturers have built cabinets using a framed construction.  The cabinet box is constructed with a 1-1/2″ face frame that is attached to the front of the box.  This allows for the cabinets to be attached via the face frame. Below is a picture of both a framed and frameless cabinet.

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