Last Updated on February 15, 2022

Installing new countertops in your home is an exciting time. You get to truly customize a large and visible surface to your design preferences. Many homeowners opt for granite countertops, which are a stunning addition to your kitchen. Perhaps you have settled on granite, but don’t know how to begin choosing a color scheme or style. We have you covered! Here are a few key things to look for when buying your granite countertops.

For kitchen remodels:

First and foremost, make sure you decide on your sink first. The installation method of your sink will impact the cost of your granite countertops. For under-mounted sinks, counters get cut in a different (and more costly) manner.

Next, you want to choose a color that complements or highlights the color of your cabinets. Whether you are refinishing the old cabinets or doing complete replacements, make sure you consider how the colors work together.

Choose a material that matches your style:

There are numerous countertop materials on the market, including high-quality engineered surfaces, that can complete the look of your new kitchen. Engineered countertops like etherium® By E-Stone are not only durable, they are also surprisingly affordable when compared to traditional granite, quartz, or marble. Installed over your old countertops, these engineered countertop overlays are installed much faster than a full replacement.

Engineered countertop overlays come in many options that can elevate your kitchen’s new aesthetic. Installing the luxurious look of granite, quartz, marble, and even recycled glass is easier and more affordable than ever with engineered countertops!

Go local for sales and installation:

Since selecting your new countertops in-person is critical, try to buy local if you can. When your experts are close at hand, you can build relationships with them and reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Local suppliers are typically better positioned to make replacements or quickly address any unique issues that come up in the process.

Ready to get started choosing your granite? Visit our kitchens page for more information, and if you have any additional questions about countertops, contact Granite and TREND Transformations today!

Last Updated on February 15, 2022

You’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and re-design your kitchen! Now comes the next big decision – what is the best kitchen plan for growing families? The good news is that there is no one answer for this, so you can truly customize your space to your heart’s content. That said, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind as you are designing your new kitchen. So, we compiled 5 tips to help you on your planning journey.

Install a Countertop that Will Withstand Use

The last thing you want to do is install a beautiful, brand new granite countertop only to have it end up with stains due to spilled juice or an errant marker. Choose a more durable countertop, such as an engineered stone surface like etherium® By E-Stone, that wipes down easily and is naturally stain-resistant.

Assess your storage needs

Make sure that you have sufficient storage for your food and that it is easily accessible. Spaces to consider are the pantry and any drawers where you want your kids to have access. Also consider things like shelf and cabinet positioning so everyone in the family will be able to reach what they need when they need it.

Your Island Style

A few things to think about are the shape, layout, and intended uses. Do you want your kids to be able to sit at the island and talk, eat a snack, or get help with homework while you cook? You may want to opt for a bar-style island, which is high enough to accommodate high-chairs and stools. Another option is to install an induction cooktop in the island.

Consider the Seating and Floor Plan

Open floor plans are great for families, as they allow plenty of room for movement and don’t feel constricted. Do you want to include a family seating area where everyone can gather? Or would you prefer the seating to be more distributed around the space?

Workspace Configuration

Are you a foodie and can’t wait to share your love of cooking with your little ones? Make it a little easier with a pull-out countertop situated slightly lower.

Ready to get started on your remodel, or need help with your custom kitchen design? Visit our kitchens page or get in touch with the Granite and TREND Transformations team today for product and material recommendations, style tips, and more!