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How To Prepare For Stone Countertops

Upgrading your home with natural stone countertops is a thrilling home renovation project. The first step to bring your vision to life is choosing the right material for your lifestyle and decor. Next, you will get ready for the installation and if you have never installed countertops before you may not know how to prepare. Today we are breaking down how to prepare for the installation, what you can expect during and after the installation is complete.

Pre-Installation Prep

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The first step is having a measurer come to your home. They will take measurements of your entire room so the fabricator can fit the stone to your unique space. Prior to templating your fabricator will also need to know the exact make and model of any sinks, faucets and appliances that will come in contact with the countertop. Other design details such as edge details, backsplashes and rear wall treatments should also be discussed.

After the template is finished and approved, the stone will be cut and fabricated into the countertop at the workshop and the installation date will be set. If you have old countertops already in place they will need to be removed prior to the installation. This will ensure there is enough time to make repairs if anything becomes damaged in the process.

Installation

The big day is here! Expect at least two installers who will deliver the prepared countertop and put it in place. Depending on the job size, it may require more people. To help this day go as smoothly as possible, try to clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home. It is also a good idea to remove any valuables or breakables from the area.

Installations can take anywhere from four to eight hours. Larger projects may take more than a day. A strong adhesive will be used to cement the pieces together if the countertop has seams.  Then the countertops are adhered to the cabinets.

Post-Installation

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Once the installation is complete, you will need to schedule a plumber to come and reconnect the water source, an electrician to reconnect drains, water, gas, and electrical hookups. This will generally happen the day after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you will also be installing a backsplash that should be scheduled after the countertops have been installed.

After a good cleaning, your kitchen will be ready to go! While this process requires a certain amount of prep work and attention the finished product is well worth it! You are investing in a piece that will last for years to come with the proper care.

Have more questions about the installation process? Contact us or schedule a design session! Our team will be happy to assist you.

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5 Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

A new year brings hope, excitement and mystery. What the next year, months and days will bring is anyone’s guess. One thing remains: The modern home and how society continues to live in it will always be changing. If you’re planning a renovation in 2020 check out these home design trends predicted to excite homeowners this year.

Backsplashes

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Slabs: If you find yourself lost in the endless choices of tile backsplash or the thought of having grout lines makes you hesitate, consider taking your countertop material one step further. A slab backsplash with a unique pattern or a lot of movement will make for an eye-catching design statement in your kitchen. If you are looking for something a little more abstract you can mix and match the backsplash slab with the countertop.

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Quartzite: Quartzite is rising in popularity amongst homeowners due to its beauty and durability. Quartzite is harder than granite and each slab is unique. This surface is also heat-resistant and more scratch resistant than engineered quartz.

Cabinetry

Three-tone Kitchens: We all have heard the term “two-tone kitchen cabinets” where the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another. This style dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. It is only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than moving away from it. With a three-tone kitchen, one more color is introduced to create an asymmetry in the color palette that helps define areas of the kitchen or functions.

Islands

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Multifunctional Island Centers: Kitchen islands have always been a part of the home but they have certainly been evolving over the years. Many homeowners have taken kitchen islands beyond just storage and a place to sit. Islands are getting bigger and taking on more of a function than ever before. Data shows many homeowners will add in or renovate other features of an island such as a microwave or cooktop. This shows how islands are becoming multifunctional features of the kitchen.

Bathroom

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Floating Double Vanities: Choosing to float a vanity frees up floor space which gives the appearance of more room. It also makes cleaning the floor easier than with a furniture style vanity that has legs which can trap dust. So it easy to see why many homeowners are opting for this style in their bathrooms!

These are just of a few of the many great home design trends of 2020 we expect to see. Now it’s your turn! Which of these trends are you excited about? What trends are you predicting in 2020?

Schedule a design session with our experts and learn how we can work with you to provide a truly differentiating solution tailored to meet your distinct needs and ideal vision.

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Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable surface, but not sure where to start? Our trending top 5 granite color roundup will help guide you to the perfect stone that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. The beauty of natural stone is truly unmatched, and granite has a one of a kind look that few other countertop materials can compare to. Granite countertops can take any kitchen to the next level visually and often become the talk of the room after a new install. Granite has been a top choice for countertops since the beginning, and till this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide shade range of granite, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. However, these are the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest!

Alaska White Granite

With Alaska White granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors, and out! This stone has a lighter background with darker minerals running throughout creating a striking look that works well with many different designs. The white can pull in some lighter aesthetics if paired with dark wood cabinetry, or on the contrary, the darker elements can provide a great visual contrast to white or grey cabinetry. Alaska White granite can vary from slab to slab, so with this material, you are sure to get a unique look in your home.

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Ubatuba Granite

Ubatuba granite is a frequently used material for residential and commercial design due to its beauty and durability. This granite features black, gold, gray and green speckles. These glistening minerals that make up the Ubatuba design come together to create the perfect timeless piece for your space. This granite color has been a popular choice for decades now, making it a go-to option for kitchen remodels.

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Santa Cecilia Light Granite

Santa Cecilia Light cannot be described in one defining way. This stone has been around for many, many years, with its reliability and beauty, Santa Cecilia Light granite has created a name for itself in the stone industry. The beauty of Santa Cecilia Light granite can be found in its soft cream color and subtle speckles in shades of burgundy, gold, and deep grey. The mixture generated through the different layers of color is brought to life by the dark black or burgundy contrasts against the soothing cream base. Designing with this stone in your home will bring a beautiful elegance to any bathroom or kitchen. A very neutral option, it can be paired with a variety of styles and colors.

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White Ice Granite

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized by its pristine beauty. This granite has been admired for many years and its popularity only continues to increase. This predominately white stone features mixtures of blue and grey tones running throughout. If you are looking to make a statement, pair this stone with a darker cabinet, or achieve a trending yet timeless design by combing it with white cabinetry.

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Giallo Ornamental Granite

Known for its golden creamy tones, Giallo Ornamental granite is a gorgeous stone. What gives Giallo Ornamental its stunning color is the abundance of golden minerals that are present. Up close, you can see that dotted around the stone are a mix of brown minerals. These minerals can vary though and can range from a lovely light cream color or a dark to light honey color. Achieve a natural and flowing design when you combine Giallo Ornamental with finished wood cabinets that have a light or medium stain. The golden earthy tones of this stone become one with the cabinets!

Trends come and go, but the countertops you choose will remain in your home for years to come. With this being said, we always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop these beautiful countertops along with many others on our website or visit a Cutting Edge Countertops showroom near! Our experienced team is here to help educate and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

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