Here starfire pure clear glass and zodiac quartz in marrone emperador was used.
Marissa Iacovetta with Reflections Interior Design (Cleveland Heights)
Okay, so let’s talk countertops. (A) softly painted cabinetry provides a neutral background for interesting…granite that has colors that also reflect the earthy tones of surrounding wood flooring. I say base point because you must then add tear out charges, cut out charges for your sink(s), charges for any backsplash that you do out of the same material, and edging. If the worst happens, your designer will be there to help you finish the job and offer different solutions for your problem. If you oil it, it looks very polished and dark, however if you let it go it can look rustic and aged. Hopefully you will use this information to have a more informed conversation with your designer before you start your next remodeling journey.
Deb Shababy with Studio 76 (Twinsburg)
“Thermoshock. Sometime there will be small areas (not technically a flaw because it is a natural material) however it might not be something you want in the middle of your counter.
Firenza Stone in Willoughby (they have a great new showroom on Vine Street, opening soon), Granex in Solon (they have a huge selection of material in their warehouse, including a ton of remnant pieces that you can select from) and they now make their own in house quartz material called Eternia. To alter your counter, usually your sink and faucet must be replaced as well either due to age, or damage done during tear out. As a member of the design community, I have seen clients make multiple mistakes as homeowners jump into projects without the necessary tools or information. (ex:$300,000 would look at tops in the $9k range)”
Michael Wright with Faralli Kitchen and Bath (Willoughby Hills)
~Countertop Vendors Mentioned. Doing the math, you are starting with 12.5 square feet. Once the top was installed she was frying in one of those portable countertop fryers one day when she heard a sound like a gun shot and a piece of the countertop blew off the bottom into her cabinet. A fabricator might not even ask the client where they would like to see a seam but when a designer is involved he or she will know to ask.
“A larger kitchen remodel is interesting with 2 different granite choices for perimeter and island. Granite is a great choice in a counterop because each piece is unique and provides a clean work surface. Marble offers a classic look which is never trendy. I much prefer to do it and charge people for my knowledge! Do you understand business or not?????????” (His use of question marks, not mine!) At the end of the day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole Cleveland design community worked together as a team to help each other and to help you? Today, we have colaborated with the designers at Studio 76, Faralli Kitchen and Bath and Marissa Iacovetta from Reflections Interior Design.
Firenza Stone (Willoughby)
Don’t get me wrong, I love DIY. If you are working with a contractor they will be able to set you up with a temporary plywood countertop so you can still use the space while you are in the process of updating.”
There are literally thousands of different choices of countertop materials and colors to choose from. Also during demolition, damage can be done to your cabinets or your backsplash resulting in further repair work. Here I will take you through the most popular choices: natural stone, quartz, Corian, glass, concrete and wood. As this series evolves, I hope to get more involvement from the design community as they learn to open up to me or leave their comments here. Also listed for each material is a local manufactuer that you can contact for more information and inspiring photos.
“When a designer is not involved in the project there are many things that might get overlooked, such as seam placement. Granite is very durable and is resistant to heat and scratches. But in this day and age of do-it-yourself projects from floors to countertops and double sided stick tape for backsplashes, it seems that more and more people who should not be picking up a hammer, in fact, are. While this is not a how-to article, I am here to bring us all back to the basics of design and discuss with you some of the options and tips you need to know when considering a renovation project. Most fabricators will allow you to come in after the template happens to discuss placement so you can showcase the beautiful veining and lose it in a “cut out” (sink/stove).
Countertop ideas by Cleveland designers. Always check your stone fabricator’s refereces when searching for an experienced installer of marble.”
Also, scheduling is a big issue. it would be best to maintain a more constant pattern.”
Q: What countertop fiasco’s have you seen your clients make without the direction of a professional?”
-Also, if a material has a lot of veining and you want to see a specific area then you can talk to the fabricator about location.
Because there are so many options and because not all of them are right for you, I strongly suggest taking the time to become educated and work with a local designer. I am still amazed at the beautiful granite colors they are still discovering all over the world…although quartz is a fabulous product, natural stone still beats them hands down!”
Q: What advice would you give a homeowner who was thinking about redoing their countertops?
“I like to use many different fabricators here are a couple for example…
“Not understanding the rhythmic patterns of granite. It is much harder then granite and you never need to seal it.”
“Keep in mind the pricing of tops as it relates to your home. Use in bathroom remodeling is more common than in a kitchen, where grease, oils and air quality could affect the color of authentic marble. Adding in all the additional charges your $625 just jumped to about $1,113 plus tax. It truly is amazing how changing out your damaged grey or green laminate for a soft white marble or sleek cool granite can instantly alter the whole feel of your space. But don’t rip off your counter just yet! Adding granite to your kitchen can quickly start a snowball effect. Click on the appropriate link below for more information as there is far too much to publish here. It is always better to see the whole slab BEFORE you purchase the material. If you follow the links, I will explain what each type has to offer and what price point you can expect to find it at. Arsena Stone is also a great company.”
“After 25 years…. Together the two of you can find the perfect material for your home and for your life style, prevent any disasters and coordinate a plan if one happens. In the mean time, to get you started, here is what Faralli Kitchen and Bath, Studio 76, and Marissa Iacovetta had to say on the subject of countertops:
” -With granite countertops one of the problems that can occur is that the client will only see a small sample of the material before they order it. I like to maintain a 3% rule. Looking at a worse case scenario, what began as just a new countertop, could grow into a new sink, faucet, cabinet repair, drywall repair and a completely new tile backsplash (typically if one tile breaks, the whole thing has to go). Another material to look at would be Quartz. It appears I may have quite a hurdle ahead though, as one local designer told me, “Melissa, I have NO interest in teaching The General Public Interior Decorating Lessons. Take into account any cabinet or drywall repair and your typical and “simple” new kitchen countertop renovation can run you between $3,000.00 in a you got lucky and got it on sale kind-of-way to a more typical $5,000.00 to $9,000.00 plus price range.
Arsena Stone (Macedonia)
My second goal with these articles is to bring designers from in and around Cleveland together to get their input and experiences and pass them on to you. But this is not that type of article. Ready to get started? Let’s talk a little about your options.
“Marble, including travertine, can be used on counter surfaces or flooring. Clients do not realize that most fabricators will need to template the space (after cabinets are installed or if you are replacing counter only, then after countertop is removed) and then fabricate the material. Its the same thing as if you took a glass that was still hot out of the dishwasher and filled it up with ice water.”
“Do your research.”
Q: What fabricator do you like to use or would you recommend?
“My favorite is soapstone due to its soft feel and depth.”
-Consider going outside of the box and think about using Soapstone, a great versatile material that can fit nicely into any decor. Your options range from tile and laminate on the low end to Onyx, Ice Stone, Paper Stone and Lava Stone on the high end. As an example, let us use a simple rectangular countertop that is 25″ deep and 72″ long. Homeowners who want a classic look often select marble. Each type has its own pros and cons and you need to evaluate each one to determine what material is right for you. While a good renovation can add value to your life as well as your home, a badly done project can wreck havock on your budget and your property value. There are quite a few talented individuals, outside the design field, that can build cabinets and refinish floors and even add on an addition flawlessly without breaking a sweat. Marble is only 1/2-inch in thickness usually, when fabricated for a counter surface. The client will not really know what to expect with a natural material. A professional interior designer/kitchen designer can really help the homeowner envision their kitchen or bath remodel by providing a color and texture palette in granite selections, cabinetry, flooring and paint colors.”
Leah Heinsius with Faralli Kitchen and Bath (Willoughby Hills)
“Granex due to their honest care of the customer and great customer service,”
“RSW in Cleveland has mastered the art of true seamless appearance with their technique and good eye with pattern matching.”
Q: What is your favorite countertop material and why?
So how is a countertop priced? Countertops are priced by the square foot (sf) but there are additional add-ons that also must be taken into account. With defined line patterns, it is very important to keep that in mind with “L” shape or “U” shape top configurations as they will not make a good transition in this design… A designer can help you make informed decisions and warn you of possible problems as the project progresses. When you talk about bang for your buck in remodeling, number one is paint and number two is a new countertop. Marble is softer and more porous than granite, and may stain or scratch, but the patina is lovely throughout the years, even with heavy use. I had a customer once who had a quartz top and liked to fry food a lot. This is why I always suggest working with a designer. There is usually a 2 week lead time with most companies. It is my desire that through examiner.com, I can introduce you to your neighborhood design community and them to you. Eternia is very similar to Cambria. What had happened was the stone is naturally cold at rest and when she heated it up with the appliances’ heating element at such a high heat concentrated in one area the stone reacted. If you are looking at a granite that is $50/sf, then your base point is $625. This stone can have a “honed” no gloss look, or a polished surface