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!

 

Unbridled Eve Foundation

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 6

I promise that you will survive Week 5 and that Week 6 will pull you out of your depression because progress picks back up and your kitchen starts to look like an actual, functioning kitchen, again!

Week 6

Our countertops arrived during the sixth week of our kitchen remodeling project and they brought a literal headache with them.

Be aware that the glue the Savvy Home Supply contractors use to hold the counter intact is the strongest, foulest smelling stuff around. Make sure to air out the house and stock up on Tylenol. And whatever you do, do not walk into your kitchen and lean on the countertops while the remodeling team is installing them – especially if you decided on quartz. – because this little mistake will cause the team to start the leveling process all over again! (I’m sure the guys at Savvy Home Supply were cursing me under their breath when I walked away. I really felt bad about that stupid mistake…)

Week 6 also brings the ceiling lights and (what I thought were) finishing touches started to happen. By the end of Week 6, I never wanted to eat another grilled piece of meat again and headed to Costco for microwaveable meals. Despite how bleak my diet was becoming and how grumpy my husband was with the Costco meals, I was beginning to see the light at the end of the kitchen remodeling tunnel. And I was starting to help with the process. I took a few days off of work to help with installing the kitchen back splash and it was truly an exciting few days.

First, I discussed how I wanted the backsplash to look with the remodeling team and then we started laying the tiles. I recommend laying all the tile out first. Don’t just start gluing! We had to tweak the design slightly to get it to fit the space and I’m glad we figured this out before gluing up the tiles  I had a lot of fun this week. I had creative control, but the guys doing the work were the real masters at what they did. They bought into my idea and made it work even when it was unconventional and questionable in their minds. Our teamwork produced some amazing end results that I am so happy with!

I was really starting to anticipate moving back into my kitchen at the end of the week, but remember that life doesn’t stop for your remodel to be finished. Things can pop up, like, holidays, deaths, sickness and the ever dreaded waiting period while something is being made. (Remember the long, drawn out wait for the countertops!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago!  After Savvy Home Supply came in and  turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated.  My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.  

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay.  It may be harmful to your liver next week!