What are The Similarities and Differences between Granite and Quartz Countertops?

What are The Similarities and Differences between Granite and Quartz Countertops?

Granite and quartz are among the most used countertop surfaces in kitchens and baths to date. But how do you choose which surface to apply to cabinets? Granite is familiar with most people because it is saturating the marketplace. However quartz has gained such a strong popularity because of its color versatility and function, it may eventually catch up to granite.

Granite is made up of interlocking minerals, it is a crystalline rock that is harder than marble with large mineral grains made from the earth.

Quartz countertops are fabricated from natural quartz and a variety of glass or metallic flecks. However, the new engineered material is created through a manufacturing process that mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins.

How do they differ

Granite countertops need to be sealed, quartz countertops are non-porous thus not having to be sealed.
In granite countertops, you will always see the seam, as with quartz you will have seams but less visible.
Quartz will not hold bacteria or viruses. As with granite being a porous material, you will have to seal often to keep down the build-up of bacteria from cooked or raw food prep.

How easy is it to maintain granite vs quartz?

The permeable nature of granite means that it is more difficult to keep clean, and is also more exposed to stains and spills. It must be sealed upon installation and at regular intervals, often once a year. Quartz is non-porous and requires no sealing. It is naturally resistant to moisture and stains and requires no maintenance.

You should always consider the durability of countertops

Quartz has the same resilience as concrete and granite, but a bit more forgiving, so it won’t chip or crack as easily. The granite that has been sealed with a resin-based product during manufacturing will be more resilient to trouble than standard granite, but still not as resistant as quartz.

What’s not to like about the appearance of granite or quartz

With Quartz the manufacturing process allows a much wider range of colors. Both types have their strong point. Granite shows slight, natural variations in the hue of the stone. Colors range from earth tones to blues, greens, and corals. The coloration of quartz is more consistent, and it is available in a wider array of colors since they are produced with pigments added to the quartz.

 

Granite and Quartz both vary in price

Quartz has in history been more expensive than granite, but times have changed, technology has improved this tremendously. Quartz usually runs from about $55-$125 per square foot installed. Granite starts at about $60 and can go to $175 or slightly higher for high-end material

Countertops that are environmentally friendly

Natural granite countertops produce fewer carbon emissions during production than quartz countertops. Neither one releases substantial amounts of radon or volatile organic compounds.

3 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive

3 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive

There are many ways to upgrade a bathroom– particularly when your space could use a makeover. The design decisions could drive the budget to stay in line with the project or way out of line. You ultimately want to maximize your look for less. Stick to what fits your bathroom and satisfies your needs of aesthetics, functional storage, and resale value. I will provide a mini-guide to get you started on your renovation and make sure you are spending your dollars well!

PURCHASE NEW CABINETRY

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Ideally, many consumers would like to replace their vanity but fear that the cost would get overwhelming quickly. There are 3 ways to buy a new vanity; through a cabinet manufacturer, a ready to assemble company, and a retailer/ home décor store. Cabinet manufacturers offer a traditional built-in cabinet that can be customized. A ready to assemble cabinet line offers in stock-cabinets that save you a ton of money, receive them in a couple of days which results in a brand-new bathroom in less than a month. And lastly, we have the furniture vanities which you can pick up at any décor store; the standalone feature within the vanity draws attention to the decorative legs, the granite countertops and most will incorporate the sink bowl as well like the picture above.

 

 PHOTO: CAMERON CUSTOM BUILDER/JS GIBSON

CREATE STORAGE SPACE

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When upgrading your space, you must strike a balance between style and function; there is nothing worse than spending loads of money for a pretty space but it doesn’t serve a purpose for your needs. Try incorporating free-standing pantries for linen closets, or shelves underneath a vanity with matching baskets for towels. Or a decorative cabinet over the toilet area. If depth is something you lack in a bathroom, you can always incorporate using floating shelves for items that should be easily accessible.

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ADD SOME BLING FOR YOUR BUCK

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When you start, begin by creating a color- palette. Introduce textures such as rugs, shower curtains, and hand towels. By removing the fluorescent light and adding a chandelier or sconces you are raising the bar on luxury. Change out your cabinet decorative hardware and plumbing hardware make sure the metal finishes correlate. You can also elevate the boring white 4×4 or 12×12 tile on the floor and tub surround by visiting a local tile shop and selecting a different tile that looks like stone. Add framed mirrors over the vanity bowls for a little more finished look.  And complete the look by adding some personal touches such as paintings or portraits framed the same color or monogrammed hand towels.

 

PHOTO: KELLY WELDON DESIGN

Are you excited yet? This guide will surely get you headed in the right direction and assist you with renovating your bathroom on a budget. Or just by upgrading an outdated look. I know I sure enjoyed working on this mini-guide for you, and I cannot wait to see how your bathrooms turn out. Please comment or send us a picture if this blog helped you in any way.

Kitchen Island Designs

Kitchen Island Designs

Check out Prime Cabinetry’s favorite kitchen island inspiration photos! Then, make an appointment with a designer today to see what options you have for your own kitchen island!

An island is a freestanding set of base cabinets that is secluded from the perimeter base and wall cabinets of a kitchen. It is commonly used for added storage, counter space, and seating. Similarly, adding a sink and dishwasher or cooking surface with ventilation to an island can benefit the flow of the working triangle in a kitchen.

The dimensions of your island are only limited to the size of your kitchen; there is no “standard size” you must lean on. However, during the planning phase of the process, consumers need to ask themselves “Do I really have room for an island?”, and know the proper amount of walk around space required. The standard minimum needed from every angle around the island is 36”. Most “U” or “L” shaped kitchens have the capacity for a small but functional island, while a one-wall kitchen is going to have the most optimal layout.

Flip through our slide show below to find inspiration for your next kitchen remodel.

It is easy to tailor an island to fit your kitchen, and personal style. With minimal to no restrictions on layout, size, or function of the island you choose, the options are endless! So, visit www.PrimeCabinetry.com today to see what island designs we can create for your space!
Frameless vs Face Framed Cabinets

Frameless vs Face Framed Cabinets

What is the difference between framed and frameless cabinetry?

General Industry Overview

SpecificationsFramedFrameless
Box Construction½” Plywood¾” Plywood
Drawer ConstructionSolid Wood DovetailMetal
Door ConstructionMitered/ Mortise & TenonSlab
Base Cabinet Depth24”24”
Wall Cabinet Depth12”13 ½”
Door Style DesignsTraditional, TransitionalModern
Door FinishesPaint or StainPaint, Stain, Acrylic, Melamine,
Leather, Metal, Glass, Plastic
Preinstalled Toe kickYesNo
Hinge StyleEuropean Soft CloseEuropean Soft Close
Drawer Glide StyleUndermount Soft Close or EpoxyIntegrated Soft Close
Cost$$$$$
Ease of InstallationEasyModerate
Matching ExteriorYesNo
Trim OptionsExtensiveLimited
WarrantyLimited LifetimeLimited Lifetime

What are Framed Cabinets?

Just as the name suggests, you will find framed cabinets are simply cabinets with a face frame that covers the front of the cabinet box. It is commonly known as American Style or Traditional cabinetry and is measured in inches. Prime Cabinetry’s framed door style options offer contemporary and transitional doors as well.

The doors of a framed cabinet attach to the face frame itself, allowing more stability for the box creating a strong sturdy cabinet. However, you will have a smaller opening with face frame cabinets since the addition of a frame will slightly create less storage space for the cabinet box. To help with this, our cabinet boxes, at Prime, do not have a center stile allowing more accessibility than most framed cabinets in the industry.

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What are Frameless Cabinets?

Frameless cabinets do not have a face frame and are also known as “full access” cabinets, European Style, or Modern Cabinetry. That being said, you will see many frameless cabinets measured in millimeters, however, Prime Cabinetry’s are measured in inches. A frameless box offers more ease of access and storage space by removing the face frame. Due to this, the box is typically thicker to add more stability to the construction. A frameless cabinet also has a sleeker look to it with seamless lines, and the doors attached directly to the box.

Prime Cabinetry offers several frameless doors that provide homeowners a simple and modern appeal to their home. You will see only full overlay doors used in frameless cabinets since the hinges are attached directly to the side of the cabinet box.

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So, with all of this in mind, do you prefer framed or frameless cabinetry for your next kitchen or bath remodel? Weigh the options and make the right decision for your preference and space needs. As seen above, there are advantages and disadvantages to both framed and frameless cabinets. So, Prime Cabinetry invites you to check out our website at www.primecabinetry.com, to get your next project started. Let us be your guide to choosing the right cabinet style for you, and get started today!

How to Measure a Kitchen

How to Measure a Kitchen

When you’re renovating your kitchen as a DIY project or whether hiring a contractor, it is both beneficial and educational to take your own measurements. However, measuring for kitchen cabinets isn’t necessarily an easy task. It’s imperative to record center points for appliances, gas lines, and plumbing. Door openings and other obstacles. Follow the next four steps to measuring for your kitchen cabinets.

Step 1: Draw your space

Grab a few necessary tools, a tape measure, a pencil, and a scratch pad. Next, stand in the middle of your space and figure out what type of kitchen you have. Is it an L-shape, a U-shape, a Galley (cabinets on 1 wall), or a combination of those? Once you’ve narrowed down your layout, draw on the paper; your lines will represent your walls. Sketch in windows, doors, and doorways, and appliances. This will be a rough drawing/sketch, it does not have to be a perfect drawing, but it should be legible. Prime Cabinetry has a unique measuring guide template that should help you along.

https://www.primecabinetry.com/kitchendesign/index/download/ 

Step 2: Measure your walls

Spoiler alert !!!!! you cannot just measure your existing kitchen cabinets and send it to a cabinet vendor. If you do; the designer may not know how much available space they should have to the cabinet layout.

Measure wall length from corner to corner moving in a clockwise position. Start at the beginning of the wall, pulling the tape measure to the corner, and repeating steps around the room until the walls are all accounted. Record all dimensions in inches to make it easier for you.

If you have an existing island or adding one be sure to measure the space you want to add cabinets as well as accounting for countertop overhang.

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Step 3: Record dimensions of appliance centerlines, plumbing & gas, windows and room openings

When measuring the fixed features of the room, you should follow these steps accordingly for each measure.

Appliance centerlines: you are recording widths, depths, and heights of appliances

Plumbing centerlines: Measure from the corner of the wall to the centerline of your plumbing line and gas line.

Room openings and windows: measure casing to casing by pulling your tape measure and on the outside of the casing to the opposite side of the casing allow you to get overall dimensions.

Getting this necessary information will ward off issues with your cabinets during installation.

During new construction, you should measure the same way but record them differently. Most builders will send blueprints to designers prematurely for bidding purposes. But if they don’t have plans they may do a rough measure on site. Just be mindful that if you are measuring a space without drywall you must account for that before sending to your designer.

Step 4: Measure your ceiling height

When measuring ceiling heights, it is very important to take several measurements as the height can vary in different spots in the room. Many older homes have soffits and will need to be taken into consideration when creating a design. Both points are critical to what height cabinet you can install on your walls. Whether you have a standard kitchen or one much grandeur you will contend with standards in the industry. The standard height of wall cabinets is 30”, 36”, and 42” high. For your base cabinet height, it will typically be 34 ½”, and the backsplash height should be 18”. When you use the standard heights and subtract from the ceiling height it will determine your wall cabinet height.

Ceiling height also plays a pivotal role in determining what size moldings can be mounted on the wall cabinet. If you were really thinking about using a stacked crown effect or butting cabinets up to the ceiling look at the following photo below to video from Prime Cabinetry to show you how to measure accurately.

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