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How to Choose the Best Countertop Material

How to Choose the Best Countertop Material

When you’re choosing material for new countertops in your kitchen or bath, you may not know exactly where to start to find the best choice. Since countertops are a significant design element and a frequently used surface, you’ll want to choose well. The good news is that there are many types of materials, each with varying looks and characteristics, to fit a variety of tastes and budgets.

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The main factors you should consider are durability (is the material tough enough to stand up to the type of use it will see?), look (does the material fit with the overall design aesthetic of the room?), and cost (is it within budget, and does it fit with the overall quality of the rest of the construction or remodel?). With that in mind, you can better evaluate some of the more popular countertop options for your specific needs.

Granite: This natural stone is a popular choice in kitchens and baths for many reasons. You can find it in a huge assortment of colors and patterns, and it holds up well against heat, splashes, and nicks. It can be found in polished or matte finishes. Because you can obtain large slabs, a countertop can be fabricated with few or no seams. To avoid staining, though, you’ll want to wipe up spills (especially of oils or acidic liquids) quickly and make sure to have the countertop sealed periodically.

Marble: Marble has a high-end, classic look. However, it is not quite as durable as granite. Marble is porous, and thus more susceptible to staining. It can also be scratched or chipped. It is not often used as the primary countertop surface in kitchens for those reasons.

Solid surface: Made of acrylic and polyester, solid surface countertops are completely nonporous, which eliminates the need for sealing or special cleaners. These can be fabricated entirely without seams, and even with integrated sinks out of the same material. While solid surface countertops can be scratched or burned, marks can be sanded out of the surface. The look of this material is completely different from natural stone, but the cost is fairly similar.

Engineered Quartz: Engineered quartz combines a natural stone look with the easy maintenance of solid surface counters. It is made out of colored quartz chips and resin, so it can be manufactured in hues you wouldn’t be able to find in natural stone. Like solid surface counters, it can be made without seams, and it doesn’t need to be sealed. Its regular patterning (as opposed to the random patterns seen in natural stone) may give away the fact that it is a manufactured product, though, and it tends to be on the pricey side.

Laminate: As one of the most reasonably priced countertop options, laminate (think Formica) has been a popular choice for countertops for years. Made out of paper impregnated with resins over a particleboard core, laminate is remarkably durable and easy to clean. There are hundreds of different patterns to choose from. You do have to be careful not to scorch it, however, and it can be susceptible damage if water seeps in through the seams.

There are many more options to choose from, but the general principles remain the same. The best countertop choice for your kitchen or bath will be not only functional but also beautiful, giving you years of enjoyment. Contact the experts at Sea Pointe Construction today for help in finding the perfect solution.

Best of the Blog – Top Home Improvement Tips of 2016

Best of the Blog – Top Home Improvement Tips of 2016

We don’t have snow around here, but we can tell by the Christmas music that it’s time for our end-of-the-year wrap-up. Although it’s a compilation of some of the best tips of 2016, it is by no means a complete list of great home ideas. Be sure to check out our other blog posts to get more information about remodeling, design and DIY projects.

Without further ado, the best of 2016:

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Kitchen:

Lighting

Lighting is an area where a modern update can be a wise move aesthetically, and reduce your power bills. Whether you want to replace existing light fixtures with those featuring sleeker lines and more contemporary finishes or you want to install recessed lights to replace outdated overhead fixtures, LED options offer attractive illumination and considerable energy savings.

Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often represent the single most costly item in a kitchen remodel. A custom cabinet design can help make the most of your kitchen, creating an efficient and attractive space for you enjoy as you cook and offering you nearly unlimited options as to style, material, and finish. This blog post tells you exactly what you should keep in mind as you pick out new cabinets.

Appliances

Your refrigerator doesn’t have to be avocado green to feel like a relic from the past. Replacing your aged appliances can offer benefits beyond sprucing up your kitchen with a modern look, however. Modern appliances are continually improving in energy efficiency and convenient features unavailable even a few years ago, so an upgrade here can lower your utility bills as well as enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen.

Bath:

Shower Design

The shower is one of the largest elements in your bathroom, so its design deserves some careful thought. You want a shower that both reflects your personal style and complements the overall bathroom design. Fortunately, there are many design options that can make your shower a beautiful feature instead of merely a convenient spot to get clean.

Whole House:

Flooring

Natural hardwood floors are an understandably popular option in both traditional and modern homes. With different finishes, plank widths and lengths, and other options to choose from, wood offers a nearly endless range of beautiful looks from classic to cutting-edge. But with advances in construction and design, homeowners desiring wood floors have also been able to choose from engineered wood products as well as wood-look ceramic tiles that look just as beautiful as natural hardwood. See which one is the best for you.

Energy Efficiency

With the cost of water and electricity rising year by year, many homeowners take energy efficiency into serious consideration when deciding how to remodel their homes. Whether you’re primarily concerned with lowering your utility bills or with reducing your environmental footprint, you’ll be happy to know that energy-saving home improvements can also increase your comfort and improve both the aesthetics and resale value of your home.

Preparing for a Remodel

When you’re planning your home remodeling project, don’t forget to put some thought into how construction is going to affect your daily life, the rest of your home, and your nearby neighbors. Thinking ahead can help minimize disruptions, protect your furniture and belongings from harm, and keep the peace in your neighborhood.

Home Resale

Conventional wisdom says that homeowners tend to live in their houses about 7 years before they sell and move. Whether you intend to stay in your own home a longer or shorter period than that, you may be considering how the improvements you make might affect the resale value of your home down the road. Not all home improvements will give you the same return on investment, so you need to choose wisely if you want to boost the value of your home without overspending.

We are looking forward to all of the home improvement projects planned for 2017. Happy holidays!

Seven Tips to Modernize Your Kitchen

Seven Tips to Modernize Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in any house, and one of the areas that can make or break an owner’s satisfaction with their home. If your kitchen feels old and outdated, you won’t enjoy spending time in it nearly as much as if it reflects up-to-date style and features. There are a variety of ways you can modernize your kitchen, from simple fixes to more involved upgrades.

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1. New hardware – Replacing old knobs and drawer pulls with new hardware in more contemporary styles and finishes is a fast way to add a splash of modern style. With literally hundreds of choices available, you can easily find an attractive update for your cabinets.

2. Appliances – Your refrigerator doesn’t have to be avocado green to feel like a relic from the past. Replacing your aged appliances can offer benefits beyond sprucing up your kitchen with a modern look, however. Modern appliances are continually improving in energy efficiency and convenient features unavailable even a few years ago, so an upgrade here can lower your utility bills as well as enhancing your enjoyment of your kitchen.

3. Backsplash – A beautiful backsplash can be an attractive backdrop for your kitchen. This is a great place to add an accent of modern tile in contemporary materials, patterns, or textures to show off your personal style.

4. Countertops – The counter is not merely a functional work surface, it is also one of the largest design elements of your kitchen. Replacing your countertop with natural stone, a high-performance manufactured stone, or other innovative modern materials can transform the look of your space.

5. Flooring – You may not think much about the material underfoot when you’re cooking, but changing out the flooring can be a smart choice. New trends in tile design offer a plethora of options for creating a more modern aesthetic. Looks aren’t the only reason to consider updating your floor, however. Materials like tile and stone are sturdier than traditional vinyl or linoleum flooring, offering good long-term value.

6. Cabinets – It isn’t necessary to completely replace your cabinets in order to update them. Existing cabinets can be refinished, or repainted in bright modern colors or contemporary faux finishes. You can even replace the doors on existing cabinets, swapping in more modern finishes and trims or even some glass-front doors on upper cabinets to change up your kitchen’s look.

7. New lighting – This is another area where a modern update can be a wise move to reduce your power bills. Whether you want to replace existing light fixtures with those featuring sleeker lines and more contemporary finishes or you want to install recessed lights to replace outdated overhead fixtures, LED options offer attractive illumination and considerable energy savings.

The win-win of modernizing your kitchen is that you increase your home’s value while you also increase your enjoyment of ownership. If you’d like to find out more about remodeling options that can bring your kitchen into the twenty-first century, contact the experts at Sea Pointe Construction.