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Keep Your Renovation on Track With These Tips

Ensuring that your kitchen or bathroom renovation project stays on track is no simple task. It can become a little stressful not knowing how long you may not be able to cook in your kitchen or utilize the shower in your bathroom. At Cutting Edge Countertops we understand the concern this can bring in regard to the actual length of your renovation timeline. That’s why we strive to educate our customers on what can be expected. By implementing some of these helpful tips below it will assist you in properly planning for your kitchen or bath renovation.

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Preparing for your kitchen or bathroom renovation

Your renovation timeline does not begin when the work starts in your home. It starts way in the beginning when you start planning and researching for your remodeling project. The initial step is booking an appointment with a member of the Cutting Edge Countertops team at one of our five showrooms located in Perrysburg, Troy, Wixom, Noblesville or S. Indianapolis. During your visit, they will introduce you to the services and products we offer.

Before your appointment, we encourage you to go online and browse our wide selection of countertop surfacing options in our Live Inventory available on our website to help you get an idea of what type of material and color is right for you. From granite and marble to compact surface and quartz, there is no doubt that you will find the right Cutting Edge Countertops surface for you.

Meeting with a Cutting Edge Countertop expert

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Our experts will work with you to provide industry expertise and knowledge tailored to meet your distinct project needs and the ideal vision you have for your kitchen or bath. From sink offerings, to stain protection, custom edge profiles and more, we will educate you on the variety of style options you may need to consider in order to help make your project not only stunning, but something that will withstand the wear-and-tear of your everyday life.

Planning to shop for countertops and cabinetry

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As you begin to shop for cabinets and countertops it is important you plan properly to keep your kitchen or bathroom renovation on track.  We would advise that you have the framework of your cabinets finalized prior to selecting your countertops, so you know the dimensions and measurements of your space. Please bring all of your cabinet drawings and measurements with you to your appointment as this will help greatly in pulling together all of the project details for your kitchen or bathroom countertop design.

We highly recommend after you place the order for your cabinets that you also order your countertops. This will allow you to secure measure and install dates that align with when your cabinets are installed, to keep things moving quickly so that your countertop can be fabricated and installed soon after.

Planning for your in-home remodeling

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Once you have finalized your design elements and placed your order, our team will schedule a time to get started on your kitchen remodeling project in your home.

The creation of your countertops begins with a template that will be designed after the cabinets are installed. After the template, your countertops will be fabricated. Lastly, the countertop installers will return to your home and install your countertops on top of your cabinets.

Prior to install, old countertops need to be removed completely before our team arrives at your home. While you can certainly do this on your own, Cutting Edge Countertops is happy to offer tear-out and removal services. If you choose to add this on to your project scope we will be able to carefully remove your old countertops for you. To ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, our experienced countertop installation team takes the necessary precautions to avoid any damage to surrounding areas. At the end of the day the old countertops will be removed from the cabinets and hauled away.

On the day of your installation, you can expect at least two Cutting Edge Countertops 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, clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home.

Post countertop installation planning

After your beautiful new tops are installed there are a few more steps to take to get your kitchen or bath back to fully functioning. You will need to plan to schedule a plumber to reconnect the water source. At Cutting Edge Countertops we do offer plumbing services to our customers for your convenience and are happy to provide this service if you would like to include it in your project with us.

An electrician will also need to come and reconnect drains, water, gas and electrical hookups after your countertop installation is complete. This will generally happen a day or two after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you are also planning to install 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 creating a space that you and your family will love for years to come.

Be sure to contact our team or visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, S. Indianapolis and Noblesville if you have any additional questions. You can also find out more information about countertops on our blog!

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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, if you are interested in learning about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest keep reading!

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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Black Pearl Leather Granite

Black Pearl Leather granite is a predominately black granite of a semi-solid color tone with speckles of blacks, golds, silvers, browns, greens and shades of gray. The leather finish is gaining more traction in the design world. It features a soft sheen that is less than polished granite but includes a textured appearance.

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Blue Pearl Granite

Blue Pearl Granite features gorgeous shades of blues, grays, and beige. This blue granite kitchen countertop has a stunning, almost metallic blue background. The shimmering specks of gray and black provide an amazing iridescent look to this stone and to the whole kitchen space. Design tip: Pair Blue Pearl granite countertops with bright white cabinetry to bring out the colors in this material and make them pop!

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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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White Sparkle Granite

White Sparkle granite is known for its cool white tones and grays highlighted by just a touch of sparkle. These elegant white granite slabs are durable enough to be used for exterior projects including outdoor kitchens, as well as a variety of interior projects in homes including granite countertops, accent walls, floors and backsplashes. Add a touch of sparkle in your home with this granite!

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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 Alaska White, White Ice, Black Pearl Leather, Blue Pearl and White Sparkle countertops along with many others in our live inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Noblesville and Indianapolis! 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.

Make sure you follow along on our Cutting Edge Countertops blog to stay updated on the latest news, kitchen and bath designs, and more!

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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.