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Kitchen And Bathroom Sinks 101

The Different Sizes Of Kitchen And Bathroom Sinks

Do you need new kitchen and bathroom sinks for your home renovations? You are probably overwhelmed over the many different detailed decisions that go into your remodeling project. Sinks are probably one that hasn’t crossed your mind at first, but they can be quite challenging to choose once it comes down to the wire. At Cutting Edge Countertops we are here to help make your kitchen countertop installation perfect, and sinks just so happen to be a part of the ride.

 

During your countertop selection, it is important to take into account the type of sink, and the type of installation of your sink for your project. Our design consultants will be there to guide you every step of the way, but we have developed this one of a kind guide to help you get your feet wet in the world of kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Who Knew So Many Bathroom And Kitchen Sink Sizes Existed?

First, let’s start with the basics of kitchen and bathroom sink sizes. There are commonly three different options: 50/50, 60/40, and 100.

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This is the first decision you need to make when it comes to choosing a sink. Are you a one compartment family or do you like two? Was your previous sink everything you wanted or was it missing something?

Sink Materials

Next, you need to decide what you would like your sink to be made out of. There are three classic materials. Stainless steel,  porcelain, and composite.

Stainless Steel Sinks

Porcelain Sinks

Composite Sinks

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With its easy-to-clean curved corners and undermount installation, our stainless steel sink collection offers sleek modern lines and extreme versatility. Available in different sizes with single and divided bowl options and made with 304 grade stainless steel, you can rest easy knowing you have a superior quality product in your home.

Porcelain is a popular material for kitchen and bathroom sinks due to its durability and classic look. Clay-based with a lustrous surface, porcelain sinks are easy to clean and resistant to corrosion and discoloration. Available in white and ivory, our porcelain collection is perfect for any design style.

Composed of 80% granite and 20% acrylic, Cutting Edge Countertops’ composite collection provides durable sinks that are resistant to scratches, stains, household acids, and heat. These non-porous surface sinks stand up to the highest quality standards and are known for their innovation and durability.

Sink Installation

There are three common different types of sink installations. Undermount, Drop-In, and Vessel.

Undermount Sink

Drop In Sink

Vessel Sink

Undermounted sinks mean that the sink edges are underneath the countertop and are not visible. This creates a seamless flow from the countertop edge to sink.

A Drop-In sink is the opposite of an undermounted sink, whereas the sink edges are visible on the countertop surface.

Common in bathrooms, a vessel sink, is simply the basin of the sink sitting on top of the countertop. This installation gives off a three-dimensional look to the vanity.

Now it’s time for the fun part! Choosing your perfect sink! For more information, and design inspiration we invite you to tour one of our five showrooms anytime you are ready for your kitchen remodeling project.

MARBLE COUNTERS

The Best Marble Countertop Alternatives

Countertops That Look Like Marble

Have marble countertops been the apple of your eye when thinking about your future kitchen or bath remodel? But now that you’re planning and researching you’ve seen the warnings about how marble stains and etches easily. Marble is a classic natural stone surface and if you aren’t a perfectionist or OCD, they may still be a great option for your project. However, if you’re looking for some marble alternatives that offer greater durability, Cutting Edge Countertops has some great ones to share!

Quartz that Looks Like Marble

White quartz has been extremely popular in recent years and it’s clear why. These marble look-a-like quartz countertops require less maintenance and great variety in terms of veining.

Let’s start with the polished looks:

Eternal Classic Calacatta – a beautiful quartz that looks like Calacatta marble

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Italian Waves – sophisticated creamy pearl background with grey accent for a classic or contemporary style

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Muse – perfect blend of an alabaster white canvas thoughtfully intertwined with dark-hued veins

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Calacatta Natura – another Calacatta marble look with a whispy linear design

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Bianco Dolomite – conjures a brisk, fresh feel with sporadic movement

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Now, let’s take a look at a few of the honed/matte/suede finish options:

Statuario Maximus – luxury is exemplified with bold and dynamic veining sweeping across a soft white base

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Pearl Jasmine – subtle movement for just a touch of grey

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Other Marble Look Countertops

There are a ton of options for best marble look alike countertops. Compact Surfaces, a thinner format countertop that emerged in the last decade, offer white veined looks too.

Aura – inspired by traditional Carrara and Calacatta marbles

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Opera – takes inspiration from elegant Italian Carrara marble

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Entzo – mixes gold hues with the characteristic veins of the highly sought-after look of Calacatta Gold

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If you’re ready to view some of these designs in person, visit one of our countertop showrooms nearest you! We look forward to learning about your project and helping you pick the perfect marble-look!  Make sure to check out our countertop blog for more related content. For all questions and concerns contact us today by calling (419) 873-9500

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Choosing Between Quartz And Granite Kitchen Countertops

Let’s start with the basics before we get into a further comparison of quartz vs. granite kitchen countertops. The experts at Cutting Edge Countertops will lay out the principles in this blog!

The Differences Between Quartz And Granite Kitchen Countertops?

Granite is the most popular type of natural stone. It is quarried in blocks from the earth, cut into slabs, polished and fabricated. On the other hand, quartz is a well-known engineered stone product made from natural quartz, other minerals, and resin. The main difference is that granite is a completely natural quarried stone and quartz is man-made from stone byproducts.

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Do granite and quartz kitchen countertops look similar?

Granite slabs aren’t uniform in color or appearance, which for some would be considered a pro and for others, a con. Each piece of natural stone is truly one-of-a-kind in its pattern, color, and characteristics as a result of the way it’s formed in the earth. There are countless varieties of granite, including blue, green, black, white and more. Depending on your aesthetic preferences, you can find subtle and bold looks with little or a lot of movement (veining).

On the other end, quartz countertops are more uniform in appearance. This makes it easier to match veining and color if your space is large enough to require more than one slab of material. Quartz technologies have advanced quite a bit in recent years. Manufacturers offer hundreds of colors and patterns, some that resemble granite and marble, or other natural stone, and some that are more unique.

How much do granite countertops cost?

Typically, granite kitchen countertops cost between $2,000 and $4,500 on average, including the cost of installation. Granite cost will vary based on the design (whether it’s an easily accessible color or if it is considered a more exotic variety), the size of your project and the countertop edges/finishes you choose.

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How much do quartz countertops cost?

To buy and install quartz countertops will run you between $1,000 and $4,000 on average. There are high (designer styles or white marble look-alikes) and low ends (basic styles and colors) of quartz and granite materials. Sometimes these surfacing options may overlap in price. If you are shopping for countertops on a small budget or looking to save money, granite and quartz probably aren’t your best options. You should consider material remnants, laminate or solid surface.

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Granite kitchen countertops are very durable. Quartz kitchen countertops are also very durable but provide a few more advantages over their natural stone competitor. Granite is a relatively porous stone that could absorb liquids or other substances if not properly sealed every few years. Alternatively, quartz does not require sealing and is highly resistant to staining. Both materials can be wiped down with soap and water or a stone cleaner for regular upkeep. Whether you own your own house or your own condo, countertops are always going to be a necessity in any home so make sure you choose the best countertop company to help you with your installation.

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How do I get the best countertop installation?

It is not recommended to install larger stone countertops as a DIY project. These materials are very heavy and if you’re making the investment it’s best to get some expert help!

Cutting Edge Countertops is Accredited by the Natural Stone Institute. This means we are vetted as a reliable countertop company that exceeds industry standards and best practices in professionalism, safety, fabrication, and installation. After weighing the pros and cons, whether you decide on granite or quartz, both are premium kitchen countertop choices that will add beauty and value to your home. Come visit one of our showrooms or call us with your countertop questions!  

Still undecided? Check out our Things to Know product roundups for more details on all the countertop choices. For all questions and concerns, make sure to contact a professional granite kitchen countertop expert by calling 888.515.8677.

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Design Guide: Fall Decor

Fall is here! Is your kitchen decorated? We have a few ideas for you that will keep your counter space open!

Glass Cake Dome Lid

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Three-Tiered Stands

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Mini Pumpkins

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Wood Slices

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Metal Tins

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Now you have 5 great ways to decorate your space for fall. Do your countertops need a makeover? Update them with Cutting Edge Countertops! Click here to browse our surfaces.

 

 

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8 Steps to the Perfect Countertop Installation

Did you know October is kitchen and bath month? Well, it is! Believe it or not, now is the best time to upgrade your countertops before the holiday season. To help you prepare for your countertop installation, we have developed this handy dandy guide to ensure you know what to do and expect in a countertop remodel.

1. Budget

One of the most important items to develop in any home project is to establish your budget. Knowing what you are able to spend, or even having an idea of what you would like to spend, will give you a realistic expectation of what you will be able to accomplish in any project.

2. Plan

Plan, plan, and plan some more. It is important to plan around your families schedule. Being without a kitchen or bathroom for any amount of time is stressful. Even though a countertop installation is a quick process, it is good to plan ahead and be prepared for extra time and space.

3. Know Your Space

If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, it is a good idea to know the ins and outs of your existing space to ensure you know what you want and don’t want in your new space. Some things to take into account are your home’s traffic patterns, plumbing, and electrical.

4. In-Home Measure

Before you head off to the showroom and slab house it is important you gather some measurements and dimensions of your current and future space. These don’t have to be exact, but they will help give us an idea of your home. Later on, a team member will make a home visit to template once you have selected your countertop.

5. Select Your Slab

At Cutting Edge Countertops, our extensive selection of countertop materials includes stunning natural stones like marble and granite, durable quartz, adaptable solid surface and more from top manufacturers. Our goal is to provide the latest trends in surfacing materials that meet your design, lifestyle, and budget needs. Click here to view our wide portfolio of countertop brands, materials, colors, and finishes to find the perfect match for your home.

6. Measure & Template

This is when things get real! It is time to plan and schedule a team member to visit your home to template your space and gather all of the necessary information about your installation. No one wants to be surprised with extra charges or unforeseen problems. That’s why we take extremely accurate measurements.

7. Prepare Your Home

On the day of your installation, it is important to clear pathways and entryways and remove items from existing counters to ensure a smooth removal and installation.

8. Leave The Rest To The Pros

It’s time to sit back and relax. Your new countertops will be installed and ready for you to enjoy in no time. Once the work is complete, our installers will review the job with you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Editor’s Picks: Design Chicago 2018

This past week we searched high and low for design trends at this year’s Design Chicago event! As we walked the halls of The Merchandise Mart, we noticed that design inspiration was everywhere. From countertops, tile, appliances, rugs, and more, here are our top picks from the Midwest’s best in residential interior furnishings, architecture, and interior design.

 

Smart Appliances

The number one misconception customers have about smart appliances is that they are too complicated. At the Experience &  Design Center, we learned that Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau appliances are well aware of this claim and are changing the game in smart home appliances. The days of having to download multiple apps to manage your different branded appliances are over! The Home Connect app brings added value to your smart appliance experience by giving you the freedom to manage, discover new recipes, diagnosis/troubleshoot and store all of your appliance manuals in one place.

Smart Appliance Trend

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Tile

In the Ann Sacks showroom, we saw a glamorous array of prints, making it loud and clear that having fun with tile, and going bold with print is definitely in style.

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Carpet & Rugs

In the world of Stark Carpet Corporation, we learned two things, bold colors and animal print are a tried and true way to show some personality in your space. The options are nearly endless with carpets and rugs. They make great statement pieces and aren’t permanent so are easily changed out over time to introduce pattern or color to a room.

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Solid Surfaces & Compact Surfaces

At almost every panel we attended, solid surfaces and the newer category of compact surfaces were consistently a topic of discussion. They each offer their own specific benefits when it comes to countertops as well as a huge array of designs to catch any eye. Do quartz surfaces have a new competitor? Click here to shop our selection of solid surfaces.

 

Faucet

We discovered a lot of beautifully designed fixtures from the event, but Brizo’s Charlotte collection has our heart. The design is infused with clean lines and elegance bridging the gap between traditional and modern design.

Faucet Trends

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Hardware

Hardware is the jewelry to the home and Belwith Keeler had several new collections that create the perfect accents to your cabinetry and furniture. Jewel-tones, mixed metals and industrial details are all the rage when adding hardware to your space.

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Belwith Keeler – Chrysalis Collection

 

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Belwith Keeler – Verge Collection

 

We can’t wait to see these trends make more of an appearance in residential and commercial design in 2019. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for design inspiration.

 

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Kitchen & Bath Month

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It’s October and it’s officially the start of the kitchen and bath season. If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom now is the time! Just think how perfect it would be to have your newly remolded space ready for the upcoming holiday season.

Stay tuned because all month long we are celebrating with the season’s latest design trends, cleaning, and organizational tips, and exclusive promotions just for you.

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Carrara vs Calacatta‬ Marble

Marble has a timeless appeal, providing an elegant and sophisticated feel.  Available in a polished or honed finish, it is many people’s choice for a high-end look. Marble also has two popular variations, Carrara and Calacatta. Both are beautiful, and unique in their own ways. Want to know the difference? We’re breaking it down so you can find the perfect marble for your countertops.

 

History of Marble:

Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat, limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding Roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to marble for countertops and flooring.

 

Carrara Marble:

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The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the veining. White Carrera marble tends to have “softer” veining. Another factor that differs between the two stones is the base color. Carrara marble tends to look less “true white” compared to Calacatta. In fact, White Carrara can be greyish when compared to Calacatta.

 

Calacatta Marble:

Calacatta MarbleWhere Carrara has soft veining, Calacatta marble contains very sharp and thick veins. Calacatta marble also tends to be whiter than Carrara marble. This is an important factor to note, because the whiter the marble the more valuable it is, which also means the more it may cost. Nevertheless, a great choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplash.

 

In conclusion, depending on your budget and style preferences both variations of marble will make an excellent statement to your home.

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IDEA FILE: Tips For the Perfect All White Kitchen

There is a reason why white kitchens have been a classic look for many years. The timeless look of a simple white kitchen connotes cleanliness and brightens rooms that can be naturally dark. It can also make smaller spaces appear larger.

However, some all white kitchens have a tendency to appear a bit stark, or quite frankly…a little boring. The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home, and it should make a statement, not just blend in with its surroundings.

Here are a few tips to warm up and personalize your white kitchen and create a look that will never go out of style!

Add metal accents. Metals such as copper, bronze, brass or polished nickel can definitely warm up an all white kitchen. Look beyond your cabinet hardware for metal options and consider adding a combination of metals with your lighting, fixtures and possibly open shelving?

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Add real wood elements. Real wood adds a warm organic feel to a white kitchen. Islands/countertops, floating shelves and flooring are great areas with the potential to add a real wood look.

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Accessorize to bring in your personality and flavor to your all white kitchen. Consider displaying your cookbook collection in your open shelving units. If you have a garden, rotate in fresh flowers for a pop of color.  The options are endless to add depth and interest to what could otherwise be a bland space.

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Add a statement hood and/or backsplash. A large striking range hood and dramatic backsplash could be the only major design statement you need in an otherwise all white kitchen!

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With an all white kitchen, it’s all about adding contrasting elements and shades of color that will blend seamlessly with the white space and create a more inviting space for your family and guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Professional Granite Countertop Installation

Countertop installation isn’t something that should be DIY’ed. Especially when it comes to installing granite and natural stone. There are safety concerns and technical details to take into consideration. It is best to leave this job to the pros.

 

Choosing Granite Countertops

Granite comes from mother nature, making each slab unique with different shade variations, fissures, cracks, chips, pits, and pores. Don’t let this scare you away! This is what makes natural stone so beautiful! Not only does granite make a great countertop surface because of its beauty, it is also a great choice because of its qualities. Granite countertops are resistant to scratches, bacteria, stains, and heat, and can also be used for both outdoor and indoor spaces. Now that you have selected one of the most popular and durable countertops for your space it is important to get them professionally installed.

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Professional Granite Installation Benefits

Damage:

Even though granite is a strong and durable surface, it can easily be damaged in the transportation process if the right precautions aren’t met.

Insured:

Installing your natural stone countertops with a professional installer will eliminate a great risk of damage, not to mention the installer and the stone are insured if things go wrong. This is not always the case with a handyman who would leave you with the bill and the damaged product.

Time:

There is a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your granite countertops. Measuring, cutting, sanding, polishing, and sealing are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. Countertop installation can be a lot of work for a DIY handyman to handle. Our team of installers are trained professionals that have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed perfectly and in a timely manner.

 

So sit back and relax and let the professionals create an enjoyable experience for you and your family. If you are needing new countertops installed in your home consider Cutting Edge Countertops for your project. If you can visualize it, we can create it – from eye-­catching kitchens to picture-­perfect powder rooms and luxurious laundries. Whether your style is timelessly traditional or stunningly sleek, we can help you create the perfect environment to truly transform your home or commercial space. It all starts with our wide-­ranging selection of surfaces. Contact us today to get started on your installation.

 

 

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