10 Frequently Asked Questions about Quartz Countertops

When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the biggest focal points of the remodel is the countertops. Homeowners have man questions regarding countertops that they need answered before making a final decision. From “What is going to give me the best bang for my buck?” to “Which color selection will still look the best in 10 years?” – the questions can be endless. However, the first decision to make when choosing your countertops is what kind of material to use. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer two countertop material selections: granite and quartz.

Granite is a great material to incorporate into a kitchen or bathroom design. It is durable, heat resistant, and cleans easily which makes it a great countertop material for both areas of the home. Savvy Home Supply offers customers a wide selection of granite to choose from and has one of the most competitive price points in Louisville, Kentucky.  If you are remodeling a kitchen, be sure to read up on 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Countertops before making any final decisions.

Quartz is also a countertop material that can be incorporated into either kitchen or bathroom designs. If you are looking for a highly durable and eye-catching material to incorporate into your home – quartz countertops are  the way to go. If you are remodeling a bathroom or considering using quartz for your kitchen countertops, it is important that you know the benefits and drawbacks associated with quartz. A good place to start is by asking your home remodeling team these 10 frequently asked questions about quartz countertops.

1. Where is quartz sourced from?

Quartz is sourced from the Earth and manufactured using 95% natural quartz ground toa  power and 5% of resins made of polymers. The resulting material has a natural look, feel, and – thanks to the excellent engineering behind the manufacturing process – can be customized to any consumers design ideas and taste.

2. What color options do I have when it comes to quartz countertops?

At Savvy Home Supply, we offer dozens of colors to choose from for your quartz countertops. Some of the most popular quartz countertop colors include: Ash Gray, Pebble Rock, Snow White, and Canvas. We source all of our quartz countertops from MS International and Quantra which allows us to have a larger selection of quartz countertop colors than many of our local competitors.

3. Are quartz countertops indestructible or can I damage them with regular use?

Quartz is an extremely durable material and it is highly unlikely that you will cause any damage to your quartz countertops unless you are abusing them. Regular use will not negatively affect them in any way. However, as with most countertop materials, there are precautions that you will want to take when it comes to using your quartz countertops.

4. Do I need to take any precautions using my quartz countertops?

You will want to exercise caution when cooking near your new quartz countertops. While granite countertops can withstand heat with no effects, quartz can be affected by extreme heat. The best practice is to use cutting boards, hot pads, and trivets between the hot kitchen tools and quartz countertops. This will save your quartz from warping or being otherwise damaged from extreme heat.

5. Are quartz countertops seamless in design?

Whether or not your quartz countertops will be seamless completely depends on the size of your kitchen and the layout of your lower cabinets. Like granite, quartz is sold in slabs; however, all slabs max out at a certain length. The most common maximum slab length for both granite and quartz is 125” L x 65” W. This means if your lower cabinets are longer than 125” in length that your countertops will have to be seamed. Otherwise, you can achieve seamless quartz countertops.

6. What maintenance do my quartz countertops require?

Unlike granite countertops that require being sealed about once a year, quartz is an extremely low maintenance material. The surfaces of your quartz countertops will never need to be sealed and the strength of the quartz composition means that you will most likely never have to deal with repairs either.

7. Do quartz countertops stain or scratch easily?

Quartz countertops are stain-resistant thanks to the 5% of polymer that is mixed in with the natural stone during the manufacturing process. This polymer addition makes quartz one of the most durable surfaces on the market and they are resistant to scratches, as well, under normal circumstances. One instance that you will want to watch out for after you become a homeowner with quartz countertops is ring stains. If you spill a liquid or leave a sweaty glass on your quartz surface, be sure to wipe up the water right away and avoid over saturating the quartz.

8. Can quartz countertops be repaired if they are damaged?

If you damage your quartz countertops by chipping, scratching, or staining them – they can be repaired. However, you can save yourself quite a bit of headache and hassle if you practice caution with extreme heat and do not abuse the quartz countertops with aggressive cutting or scraping.

9. If I install quartz countertops, will the value of my home increase?

As with any home remodel, if you are replacing old, out-dated, cheap materials with more modern, high-end upgrades then the value of your home will increase. The same applies to remodeling a kitchen or bathroom with quartz countertops. Quartz is a durable material that is practically indestructible and there is high value in those qualities.

10. How much do quartz countertops cost?

Quartz countertops, when compared to other natural stone countertop materials such as granite, are on the same pricing level. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer quartz countertop installation at $48.00 per square foot with a minimum purchase of 40 square feet.

Quartz is a suitable material that can be used for both bathroom and kitchen countertops. Savvy Home Supply sources its quartz slabs from some of the best manufacturers in the country and offers quartz countertop installation at an unbeatable price. In addition, our Savvy Home Supply team will offer expert guidance throughout the entire process of remodeling your countertops and knowledge on how to care for your new quartz countertops once installation is complete. If you have any other questions regarding quartz countertops, contact the experts at Savvy Home Supply today.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of home remodeling and countertop installation, Savvy Home Supply is your one-stop-shop in Louisville, KY for all your remodeling needs. If you are a homeowner who is interested in learning more about our quartz countertop selection and the unbeatable pricing we offer, contact Savvy Home Supply today. You can call us at 502-241-9969, request an estimate online, or stop into our showroom at  9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY. 

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10 Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Countertops

granite countertopsWhen homeowners are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the toughest decisions to make is choosing which material to use for countertops. The two most often used materials for countertops in kitchens and baths are granite and marble. Granite and marble both have many benefits as well as some drawbacks, so it is important for homeowners to ask all of the right questions when choosing the material to use for countertops.

Granite is an igneous rock made of large grains which can be seen with the naked eye. This is what gives granite the distinct look that it has and allows for a wide variety of coloration. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world which makes it perfect for countertops that are going to get a lot of use. However, if you are thinking of installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to get answers to these 10 frequently asked questions about granite countertops.

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Granite Countertops

  1. Should granite or marble be used for kitchen countertops?
    Traditionally granite is used for kitchen countertops and marble is more often used for bathroom surfaces. Marble scratches much easier than granite does and when marble comes into contact with substances that are highly acidic – those substances can negatively affect the marble. Granite, on the other hand, is not subject to scratching, etching, or warping and is a great choice when choosing the material for new kitchen countertops.
  2. Can I cut on granite countertops or put hot pots on the surface?

    Granite is one of the hardest stone substances in the world and will not be affected by knives or typical kitchen heat. That being said, if you do decide to cut directly on granite then you can expect to have dull knives after only a few uses. Hot pots can be set directly on granite, but be aware that the granite will absorb the heat and be hot to the touch after the pot is removed from the surface.

  3. Can granite countertops be damaged?

    Granite is a durable substance that is much harder than marble and can withstand most elements like heat and cold. High impact blows can harm granite and granite can chip due to its crystallized structure. If not properly sealed, granite can absorb substances, such as oil, which can cause discoloration or spots to form.

  4. Can granite be repaired if damaged?

    It is extremely difficult to damage granite, but if it does happen then there are certain ways to fix it. A crack or etch can be can sealed with a mixture of ground up granite and epoxy.

  5. Does granite stain?


    Granite does not stain if sealed properly; however, granite, like all stone, is porous to a minimal degree which makes it susceptible to stains if left unsealed. Occasionally, if liquid is left on the granite surface for an extended amount of time, it may leave a dark spot behind it. This will fade as the granite dries, but if granite is properly sealed before installation, stains should not be a problem.

  6. Does granite harbor bacteria?

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no current records that state granite has been noted as harboring bacteria. Granite is continuously chosen to be used in the food industry as well as the medical field due to its sanitary qualities. With regular cleaning and care, there are practically zero chances that granite countertops in the kitchen will harbor bacteria and cause an illness. In fact, granite is far more sanitary than butcher block countertops and laminated materials.

  7. What is the best way to clean granite countertops?

    Granite countertops are sealed prior to installation which guarantees that its beauty will last for a long time; however sealed granite still needs to be cleaned. Dish soap, powdered soap, and all-purpose cleaners that are approved for use with natural stone are all products that can be used on granite countertops without damaging them.

  8. Are granite countertops expensive?

    Granite countertops are an investment that should be made by homeowners who are remodeling a kitchen and looking for long-lasting materials to use. That being said, thanks to improved upon technology – granite is now very affordable. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer granite countertops in 8 different colors starting at $38 per square foot when you order a minimum of 40 feet.

  9. Will granite countertops raise the value of a home?

    The short answer is yes, granite countertops will raise the value of a home. This is due to the durability and long-lasting quality of the stone surface. Granite countertops are practically impenetrable and compliment any decorative style which makes them an ultimate investment for years to come.

  10. Why should I choose granite over other materials?

    Granite is  a top choice when it comes to countertops for industry professionals including architects, cabinetmakers, designers, and contractors which makes it an industry standard. Homeowners should be aware of what industry professionals are opting for when making their own decisions on remodeling projects. While it is a little pricier of an investment to make, installing granite countertops is a one-time job that will last for years and years without any need for repair or replacement.

All in all, granite countertops are by far the best choice to make when remodeling a kitchen and choosing kitchen countertops. Savvy Home Supply has a wide selection of granite countertops to choose from and we offer an unbeatable deal. We also offer expertise, guidance, and are willing to take care of every phase of the remodeling process from helping you make design decisions to cleaning up after installation is complete. If you have more questions or want to speak to an expert about granite countertops, contact Savvy Home Supply today.

At Savvy Home Supply, we pride ourselves on being one of Louisville, KY’s expert remodeling and renovating companies for over 20 years. We are experts in full kitchen remodels and offer a one-stop shopping experience at our Savvy Home Supply showroom. If you are a homeowner interested in learning more about our affordable granite countertops, contact us today. Call Savvy Home Supply at 502-241-9969 or request an estimate online.

Your Luxury Home: 3 Things You Need to Have

Everyone wants the word “luxurious” to be one that friends and family use when referring to their home; however the question remains: what makes your home luxurious? There are a few factors that come together to create a sense of luxury at home. Some of the factors considered include: where your home is located, the type and quality of the basic construction materials, amenities in and around your home, your home’s level of privacy, and any history behind the land and building itself.

Some of the factors that determine if a home is luxurious or not cannot be changed once a property is purchased. However, there are certain updates you can make to your home that will make it more luxurious. Here are three easy places to start: the bedroom, the bathrooms, and the kitchen. Unarguably, these are three of the most visited rooms in a house by both occupants and guests. If you want to give the impression that your home is, in fact, a luxury home, start by remodeling the rooms you and your guests enjoy spending the most time in. Additionally, these rooms all incorporate more than one of the luxury standards necessary to label your entire home as luxurious. In all three rooms, you incorporate basic construction and amenities during a remodel, so start with these rooms and give yourself the luxury home you know you deserve.

Things You Need to Make Your Home a Luxury Home

1. Luxurious Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a great place to start when remodeling your home to be more luxurious. If you have a larger home, or even an average-sized home, chances are you have more than one bathroom which means day-to-day life won’t be very interrupted with a bathroom remodel. When remodeling your bathroom to be more luxurious, there are a few factors to consider. Luxurious bathrooms are most often described as “open,” “seamless,” and “spa-like,” but what exactly do those words me in the world of interior design?

“Open” bathrooms are very large bathrooms with minimal dividing walls or other barriers. Some of the best ways to give the appearance of an open bathroom are to install a glass-walled shower and to incorporate numerous mirrors into your design to give your bathroom added depth.
“Seamless” designs involve the use and re-use of the same materials, so there aren’t many breaks in lines throughout the design. If you want a seamless bathroom design that evokes a feeling of luxury – go with quartz or granite materials for flooring and countertops. Nothing says luxury more than gorgeous natural stone and if done in the right pattern, it can boost any bathroom from elegant to luxurious.

“Spa-like” luxury bathrooms are extremely popular right now and it all comes down to the hardware, amenities, and extras you choose to incorporate into your design. Heated-flooring is a great place to start because it can be budget-friendly and restricted to a smaller area, or incorporated throughout the entire bathroom design for ultimate comfort. Heated-towel holders are another simple way to up the luxury factor of your home as are remote controlled toilet seats, bidets, and soaking tubs. Just a few smart and well thought out amenity choices can take any bathroom up a notch and these are some simple places to start when deciding on a remodel.

2. Bedrooms That Embody Luxury

While many of your house guests may not see your bedroom, it is another part of your home that is easy to take from elegantly designed to luxurious. If you are going to be doing a full remodel of your bedroom then consider adding a walk-in closet or upgrading and updating interior accessories. Adding the extra space and the extra storage to your bedroom often opens up more room in the main area. One subtle design feature that lends to a look of luxury is an empty floor plan. With a walk-in closet, you can move clothing into the extra space and entirely remove bulky dressers from your bedroom design. The more open space will then give you endless opportunities in regards to interior design.

Accessories can also pull a luxury bedroom design together. When you decide on throw pillows, whether you make or purchase them, over-stuffing them can completely transform them. Upgrading your hardware is another easy way to upgrade your bedroom. Intricate lighting fixtures, upholstered headboards, and velvet accents are other small details that can take a bedroom design up a notch. Upgrading the hardware on your nightstands or other furniture in your bedroom is a simple and comparatively inexpensive way to upgrade your home while personalizing it. Also, adding greenery is a surprisingly easy and quick way to upgrade your room from average to expensive. Intricate lighting fixtures, upholstered headboards, and velvet accents are other small details that can take a bedroom design up a notch.

3. Kitchens Where Luxury is In The Details

Kitchens are often called “the heart of the home” and they are the area of the home that gets the most traffic. This makes the kitchen another great place to start, but unlike the bathrooms and bedrooms in your home – it’s not probable that you have a back-up to use while the kitchen is remodeled. Regardless, remodeling a kitchen to be more luxurious is a great step to take towards increasing the value of your home. Three things upgrade a kitchen from average to luxurious: appliances, countertops and cabinets.

When it comes to appliances, if your kitchen can handle it then go big! Double-door refrigerators are a great place to start. Same goes for double or triple basin sinks! Choose a fast oven and a large stove top. If these two pieces can be separate then that will only add to the elegance of your new kitchen. Stainless steel tends to be thought of as the most luxurious finish for kitchens, but choose something that matches your aesthetic and that you will like for a long time.

The same rule regarding countertops that applies to the bathrooms in your home applies to your kitchen! Natural stones like quartz or granite are the way to go! Choose a color and style that matches your appliances and the overall aesthetic of your home. While granite does take a little more work to install and maintain than some other counter top materials, the look and the elegance of granite will ensure your kitchen has a luxurious style for many years to come. And if you are looking for a solid color, you might prefer quartz countertops for your kitchen. Continuity throughout a floor plan is a luxury all of its own, so try to be consistent when choosing materials.

Cabinets, if you are featuring them in your kitchen, should also be made of the most luxurious materials. Solid cherry and ebony woods tend to give off an elevated sense of taste and both complement light and dark counter top materials nicely. Keep in mind that open floor plans are popular right now and not only in bathrooms and bedrooms. One of the best ways to open a kitchen up is to only install lower cabinets and opt for open shelving above the countertops. This also provides the opportunity to install a custom back splash and truly make your kitchen pop.

Regardless of the type of home you purchased, there are many ways to take it from a normal home to a luxury home. While you can’t control the area it is in or the history it has, you can control the look it takes on as well as the message it sends. Luxury comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. When it comes to interior design and decoration – the bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens are great starting points that will impress for years to come.

If you are in the market for a home remodel and want to get started, contact Savvy Home Supply in Louisville, KY. We specialize in granite and quartz countertops, kitchen and bathroom remodels, walk-in closets, built-in shelving, and custom wine cellars. With granite starting at $38/sq. ft. and quartz available at $48/sq. ft., we offer some of the most competitive pricing in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Contact a Savvy Home Supply design expert today by visiting us here or calling us at 502-241-9969.

Tips for Selecting Granite for Your Countertops

2-local-kitchen-granite-remodelWhen it comes to choosing the perfect countertop for your kitchen, the decision may seem to be a daunting design challenge, but by taking your design project step-by-step, the decision is much easier! Choosing your countertops is one decision that comes with much more importance than say simply selecting a paint color.

Granite is something not easily removed or changed, so unlike repainting your kitchen after a few years, removing or replacing granite is not easily completed. It also comes at a cost that is nothing to scoff at. Lastly, granite is not sold as cheaply as other countertop materials, making your countertop decision something to ponder a bit longer.

Getting Started with Granite Countertops – 3 Tips

If you have decided to move forward with granite countertops, there is plenty to consider. Everything from cabinet colors and fabric treatments to floor colors and appliances should be considered when selecting the perfect color and texture of your granite. If you do not consider all these different components, your kitchen may not feel as cohesive as you want it and that can pose an entire slew of new issues. Follow along for three important tips as you shop for your new countertops.

  1. The first step in the process of selecting granite for your countertops should be ruling out any granite that does not compliment the color and style of your kitchen cabinets. Since cabinets come in a variety of colors and materials and you may not be replacing your cabinets as well as your countertops, it is easier to start by removing the granite options that do not compliment the cabinets that will be in the kitchen. Look for slabs of granite that are the same style as your cabinets and match the overall theme of your kitchen.
  2. The next component of the kitchen to consider during this process is your flooring. You will want to choose a color and style of granite that match your flooring. Hardwood, ceramic tile, bamboo, laminate, and marble are all common types of kitchen flooring, so consider the color and finish of your flooring before you decide which type of granite you think is best. Changing the floors is not easily done, so make this decision confidently.
  3. In addition to flooring, you’ll also want to consider any fabric and upholstery that will be in your kitchen. These details are complimentary pieces of your kitchen, so this step is less serious, but details are important and this one should be considered. Always choose the best granite option for your optimal design. Finally, consider the appliances that are in your kitchen. If you have chosen all black appliances then you may consider a darker slab of granite that could help these appliances blend in more smoothly.

Overall, your granite decision should be made based on both your needs and wants. Choosing a granite countertop style and color that compliments your kitchen is extremely important, but you need to also consider the wear and tear that is placed on your countertops and expected in the next 10 to 15 years. If you have a large family and are interested in entertaining, it may be helpful to select a granite countertop that handles spills and messes easily!

Remember your granite choice doesn’t need to be daunting and can be made easier when you consider the tips above. If you have any questions about what granite countertop would be best for your home, visit Savvy Home Supply’s website or give us a call at 502-241-9969 today! Our kitchen and bath designers are trained to help you find the best granite for your home.

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Things I Learned Along the Way

Things I Learned Along the Way

1. No fast food, you will suffer for it the next day!
2. Try to renovate in the warm months, if possible, because your garage is taken over by your appliances and the garage doubles as your makeshift kitchen.
3. Don’t stress about the small stuff. The Savvy Home Supply team are professionals and they will ask you for your input if it’s needed.
4. Keep the lines of communication open. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fear of the unknown will just cause you undue stress
5. Keep out of the way. If they need you they will ask for your assistance, but hanging around, even if it’s with good intentions, will just slow done the process and throw them off their game.
6. Remember you are all in this together, so sit back and enjoy the ride. The Savvy Home Supply family has got your back!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 7 (The Final Week!)

Finally, the end is here and your kitchen is almost done! You’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time now and the final touches can be trying because by now you’re ready to get back to your normal lifestyle.

Week 7 (The Final Week!)

The last week of my kitchen remodel was really trying on my mindset. All I could think about was getting the Savvy Home Supply crew out of my house (bless their hearts, though, after all the ruckus I put them through – still thinking about the countertop debacle!) and the tasks that laid ahead. In my case, Christmas was coming up! Now, looking back on it, that probably wasn’t the best planning on my part.

It was a long journey from Day 1 of my kitchen remodel until the end, but the finished results were better than I ever imagined. I also made some friends for life in the Savvy Home Supply team. One of the guys even told me, “you’re part of the Savvy family now and you call us if any problems arise!” And I knew they meant that.

6th Annual Unbridled Eve Gala

Unbridled Eve 2017
Product details include the following: Savvy 36″ furniture style vanity, model: Pasadena, including cabinet base, custom granite countertop (not the wood top with vessel bowl as shown in this picture) … Biscuit rectangle undermount sink, single handle oil-rubbed bronze faucet (donated by Louisville Winnelson), matching framed mirror.

Unbridled Eve Gala Auction

All of us at Savvy Home Supply are very excited to be donating this beautiful vanity + mirror (retail value: $2,760) to a great cause. Go to the Unbridled Eve Gala on May 5, 2017 @ 7p.m. at the Galt House Hotel and it could be yours! All proceeds from this fabulous event benefit the amazing non-profit Blessings in a Backpack.

The Unbridled Eve Gala takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. with Dance Party admittance starting at 10:00 p.m.

Experience a night of Southern elegance and hospitality during the sixth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Black tie-optional.

Buy Tickets Here or for more info, email Peggy Koch or Tonya York Dees or call 502-894-9768.

Experience Louisville at its finest!

 

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