Today’s homeowners take pride in their kitchens. After all, it is the heart of the home. Now it’s time to shed some light on making your kitchen even more fabulous. Under cabinet lighting is one of today’s brightest trends, as savvy homeowners are looking to light up their spaces to maximize the look and efficiency of their kitchens.
Are you ready to see the light? Granite and Trend Transformations offers a unique service to show off your kitchen in style. Read on to learn more about LED under cabinet lighting.
Benefits of under cabinet lighting
LED under cabinet lighting does more than just add light where it’s needed in the kitchen. It may well be just what you’ve been missing to round out the look you’ve been searching for. Here are some ways under cabinet lighting can make your kitchen the bright spot in your home:
Creates cozy ambiance
Makes recipe reading easier on the eyes
Sheds light on food preparation areas
Provides a great alternative to overhead lighting on sunny days or when you want subtle lighting in the evening
LED lights are more efficient and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs
Shedding light on LED lighting
Easy. Affordable. Energy-efficient. Now, those are three little words that everyone wants to hear. LED lighting has come a long way over the years. Today, more than ever before, it’s become a popular choice for lighting up spaces in your favorite places. Check out some of the cool ways you can enjoy under cabinet lighting in your kitchen:
Easy installation – no electrician required
Motion sensor allows for light on demand and saves on energy
Remote control feature allows you to turn on lights from a distance
Contact us today to learn about installing under cabinet lighting in your kitchen.
Last Updated on September 19, 2018
Are you looking to “fire up” the look of your fireplace this season? With summer winding down and fall right around the corner, now is a great time to transform your fireplace into the ultimate focal point of your home. Stone, mosaic tile, or a combination of both are turning everyday fireplaces into real showstoppers that will give them the beauty and attention they deserve all year round.
Here are some of today’s hottest fireplace-surround ideas from Granite and Trend Transformations that can add a spark of luxury and excitement to your hearth.
If you’re looking to add a warm and cozy feel to your fireplace, then a stone fireplace-surround is the perfect solution. Granite and Trend Transformations has you covered with a wide selection of beautiful quartz, recycled glass and granite surfaces that will quickly take your fireplace from ordinary to extraordinary.
Let your fireplace be the center of attention with a striking mosaic tile fireplace-surround. You can even go all out and design the entire wall to create a truly exquisite architectural statement. If you’re looking for a chic and glamorous look, then look no further than our broad selection of mosaic tiles. They are available in a variety of colors and styles to enhance the look of your fireplace, which is often the focal point of the room. And who knows? Your fireplace may just become the talk of the town!
Combination: Stone and Mosaic
Can’t decide on which fireplace-surround idea is best for your home? Why not choose both stone and mosaic? Having the best of both worlds is a great way to mix beauty and elegance in one place without having to compromise. Additionally, your creativity can open up a world of design possibilities to make your fireplace-surround exclusively yours.
Remember, every season is fireplace season. Your fireplace is not only a fashionable focal point, but a functional one as well. Whether it’s warming by the fire on a cold winter’s night or sipping a cool drink on a warm summer’s day, sitting by your fireplace can bring joy all year round.
Are your ready to show off your fireplace with an exciting fireplace-surround? Contact Granite and Trend Transformations for a free in-home design consultation and see how quick and easy it is to transform your fireplace into a fabulous work of art!
Last Updated on September 12, 2018
With coffee shop prices rising, today’s homeowners are designing their own home coffee bars to not only save money, but also to customize their coffee experience to include all their favorite things. Add an espresso or cappuccino machine and milk frother if your heart desires. Remember, this is a specific spot in your home where you can let your love for coffee shine. Not a coffee drinker? No problem. Even if a cup of Joe isn’t your cup of tea, you can still be a part of this latest trend by designing a unique space for your favorite beverages.
Check out some of today’s kitchen coffee bar ideas that will have conversation brewing along with your coffee!
This clever coffee station is concealed behind kitchen cabinets – saving counter space and keeping everything neatly tucked away until you need it. The pull-out shelf is a convenient way to access your coffee pot quickly, and then you can easily slide it back into the cabinet when you’re done – or until you need your next cup. Granite and Trend Transformations offers several cabinet interior organizational solutions – such as pullouts, Lazy Susans, and drawer partitions – so you can keep all your coffee supplies and dishware organized and easily accessible.
This sleek coffee bar has a clean, metropolitan feel with easy access to coffee mugs and plenty of space to fix your coffee just the way you like it. A quartz or granite countertop from Granite and Trend Transformations would work perfectly here, since it’s stain and scratch-resistant and so easy to clean and maintain.
Rustic Look with Chalkboard
This rustic home coffee bar is a charming way to serve your coffee and morning treats. And you’ll love how the chalkboard adds a nostalgic touch for personalized notes and reminders to your family and guests. A marble-looking countertop – such as Statuario or Calacatta from Granite and Trend Transformations – would pair pefectly here, as it really adds to the “farmhouse chic” vibe.
Switching it Up
Coffee may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But what about tea, or even hot cocoa? This charming, antique-style hot cocoa bar is a delightful way to serve that chocolatey goodness or any of your other favorite seasonal beverages. This freestanding bar allows family and friends to help themselves while keeping them out of your busy kitchen. The open shelving is perfect to store your favorite teas, hot chocolate selections, and baked goodies.
Keeping everything where you need it – and when you need it – is the best game plan for a busy morning. Here, beautiful glass canisters hold ground coffee, sugar and other necessities, while the coffee pot and mugs are front and center for easy access. A granite countertop with brown and beige tones works nicely here to pair with glass canisters of coffee or your drink of choice.
Serving a Dual Purpose
Have an unused countertop area in your kitchen? Make it into a coffee bar! You can easily add floating shelves, a mug rack, and coffee maker of your choice to create a stylish coffee bar. This area is perfect if you have the microwave positioned right above or below it to heat up your coffee if it gets cold. Titan Grey granite countertops from Granite and Trend Transformations would perfectly complement the stainless steel appliances and canisters of this space.
Are you inspired to design a kitchen coffee bar in your home? Contact Granite and Trend Transformations for a free in-home design consultation today. We can help you design the perfect bar with gorgeous quartz countertops, cabinets, and backsplash of your choice. Check out our design inspiration gallery for even more ideas.
Last Updated on August 13, 2021
It seems that engineered granite may be as nature intended after all. There is no denying that a natural granite countertop is a stunning example of “Earth’s work of art”—but its beauty comes with a price. And we’re not just talking about money.
This month, Granite and TREND Transformations discusses the differences between natural and engineered granite. Which will you decide as the best choice for your home? Let’s get started.
Natural granite is formed between layers deep within the Earth’s crust. But did you ever wonder what gives natural granite its unique patterns and colors? The answer is pretty cool. It is actually composed of a complex combination of a variety of minerals that include quartz, tourmaline, topaz, garnet and titanite. As beautiful as these may be, natural flaws in the granite and the porous nature of the slab will have you scrambling to clean up spills that can cause unsightly stains. Additionally, natural granite is more prone to cracking due to its intrinsic characteristics.
Engineered granite, on the other hand, covers all these bases—and then some. This man-made product is composed primarily of natural stone with a small amount of polymer resin, which binds the material together to make it strong—much stronger than natural granite. Granite countertops from Granite and TREND Transformations are made with the highest quality granite quarried in Europe and then engineered into strong, beautiful surfaces at our very own manufacturing facility in Sebring, Florida. These countertops contain ForeverSeal®, our own proprietary product which ensures the surfaces are nonporous, stain and scratch-resistant. Also, unlike other traditional granite surfaces, these countertops will never require sealing. This unique benefit saves you both time and money. And who doesn’t love that?
And when it comes to keeping up with current trends, Granite and TREND Transformations is constantly evolving its color palettes to bring you the hottest colors and styles of today.
Benefits of engineered granite
If you’re decision is not yet “set in stone,” here are some benefits of choosing engineered granite countertops to help you seal the deal:
Beautiful, Consistent Look
Unlike natural granite, which has flaws and irregularities, engineered granite has a uniform, consistent look. And since it is engineered, it can be designed in a spectrum of colors, patterns, and designs. Imagine getting the look you want, when you want it. Working with Granite and TREND Transformations is the smarter way to renovate.
Although engineered and natural granite are both strong and extremely durable, one benefit of an engineered granite countertop is that it is almost impossible to chip or crack. It’s also highly resistant to heat, staining and scratches, which makes it the perfect surface for today’s busy lifestyles.
Easy to Maintain
Natural granite, like engineered granite, is easy to clean. The porous nature of granite, however, makes it prone to accumulating stains. Liquids such as red wine, oils and juice can be your worst enemy if your countertop is not properly sealed. As mentioned earlier, Granite and TREND Transformations has eliminated this worry, as it is the only granite countertop manufacturer that uses polymer resin ForeverSeal® to help strengthen and seal its surfaces.
Protected by Microban® antimicrobial technology
Keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean is more important today than ever before. Did you know our etherium® By E-Stone surfaces are the only engineered stone products that have built-in antimicrobial technology from Microban®? Not familiar with Microban®? Check this out: Its technology works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—to keep surfaces cleaner between regular cleanings. So, what does that mean for you? Peace of mind when it matters most. In addition, the protection will last for the expected lifetime of the product.
Still deciding on which granite countertop is right for your home and lifestyle? Our trained design professionals can answer your questions and guide you on selecting the right countertop for your home. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home—or virtual—design consultation.
Last Updated on September 6, 2018
The days of stressing out about the mess and downtime of a large kitchen renovation are a thing of the past. Granite and Trend Transformations has a fresh approach to updating your kitchen with a simple process that will let you keep your wits and wind up with a gorgeous new kitchen that all your friends will envy. Sound too good to be true? Believe it. We have a proven process that makes it all possible to accomplish in a short amount of time with no stress and very little mess. Read on to learn how you can refresh your kitchen in four easy steps, and in less time than you ever imagined.
Here’s how we do it:
Step 1: Design
Simply schedule your free in-home design consultation on our website or by calling the location nearest you. On your appointment date, one of our trained design consultants will arrive promptly at your home with our full line of products, including countertops and surfaces,mosaic tile backsplashes and cabinet refacing selections. This personalized service gives you the advantage of seeing how the product looks in your home alongside your décor, so you know you’re choosing the best colors and styles for your space.
Step 2: Measure
After your contract is signed, a member of our team will schedule an appointment to visit your home to take precise measurements of your kitchen or bathroom. These measurements are then used to create a template which our fabricators will use to create and cut your countertops and backsplash to the correct size. Since every job is different, you can expect the appointment to last about two hours, depending on the size of the space and what you’re having done. Keep in mind that countertops and the backsplash can be measured relatively quickly, whereas cabinet measurements can take a bit more time.
The biggest advantage for you is that throughout the entire renovation process, you will still have a fully-functioning kitchen at your service, since our countertops are designed to fit directly over your existing ones. And if you’re ordering cabinets, our refacing process allows you to continue to use your current cabinets until installation day. This means little to no demolition, no mess – and no need to spend lots of money ordering expensive take-out meals for weeks.
Step 3: Create
Now, the exciting part begins: Your countertops and backsplash are ordered and cut to size based on your kitchen template. This fabrication process generally takes two-to-four weeks, depending on the products you choose since some colors are more popular than others and may have a longer lead time. Your materials are then approved by our quality control team to ensure everything is just right. Once approved, your new products are ready to be installed!
Step 4: Install
It’s installation day, and that means you are only hours away from enjoying your new kitchen! By now, the plumber should have disconnected any sink pipes. This step is typically done the night before or the morning of the install. Note that most Granite and Trend Transformations locations have plumbers who can do this for you. Then, on installation day, all you have to do is sit back and watch your dream kitchen come to life.
NOTE: Cabinet refacing installations can take up to a week, depending on the size of the kitchen. Speak to your local Granite and Trend Transformations store for details.
Are you on the fence about resurfacing your kitchen countertops or updating your kitchen? If you’re like most homeowners who don’t have the time or patience for a full renovation project that requires multiple vendors, then Granite and Trend Transformations is the answer. You can be enjoying your new kitchen sooner than you thought. Take the first step and contact us for your free in-home design consultation and leave the rest to us. It’s the smarter way to renovate!