02 Feb 2023

Home remodeling projects are a 300+ billion dollar business in the United States. If you are looking to do a kitchen remodeling project in 2018, Fayetteville Granite has some tips to help you get started.

Put together a wish list of what you want to accomplish with your kitchen remodel. Are you looking for more room space? Do you need more storage? Would you like updated appliances? Is one of your goals to replace your outdated countertops with granite, marble or quartz countertops? The more specific you can be in writing your list, the easier the next part will be.
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Set your budget. Before you begin any kitchen remodeling project, you need to have a very clear idea of how much money you are willing to invest in it. Failure to have an accurate dollar estimate of how much your kitchen remodeling project will cost very well could cause you heartache before the project is over, let alone cause major delays.

Do your research. As soon as you know your wishlist and have a working budget to go along with it, begin to do research on materials you want to incorporate and the best places to get them. Will you have to special order those granite countertops? Does a home appliance store a little further away offer major savings on the appliances you want? How will you have to change the structure of your kitchen to achieve the floorplan you desire? Doing your research in the beginning will help your project go much smoother.

Be flexible. The majority of people who embark on kitchen remodeling journeys will tell you that their plans did not go exactly the way they intended in the beginning. Keep an open mind during your kitchen remodel, and it may come out even better than you had imagined!

a href=”http://faygranite.wpengine.com” target=”_blank”>Fayetteville Granite specializes in the highest quality countertop options available. We also specialize in kitchen and bath sinks, backsplashes, flooring options and cabinets. If you are planning a kitchen remodeling project, the team at Fayetteville Granite can help you every step of the way! We would love to help you! Give us a call at (910) 483-0468 at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location on Raeford Road today.

02 Feb 2023

Granite Countertops have remained the most popular choice for kitchen upgrades among homeowners and home builders for many years. Granite countertops are incredibly tough, tend to be heat resistant, and are easy to clean. With an abundance of granite countertop choices, it is not hard to see why people would prefer granite over other materials, like laminate.

However, from time to time, granite countertops can be stained by certain substances. Creative Stone wants to share with you tips on how to clean your granite countertop, so that you can protect your investment. For general cleaning of your granite countertop, you don’t. need much. Avoid abrasive kitchen cleaners, and instead opt for a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water. Harsh cleaners can do damage to the protective seal on your granite countertops.
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If you see water stains on your granite countertop, simply blot them up with a gentle, dry cloth. These stains are temporary, although to prevent them altogether, make sure that your granite countertop has a protective seal on it.

Stains that appear because of organic sources, like coffee cup rings or fruit juice, will look brownish-pink in appearance. The stain may disappear on its own as soon as the source of the stain is removed. If it doesn’t, simply take a cotton ball or paper towel and soak it in bleach. Place it directly on the stain for 24 hours before wiping the counter clean. Make sure to seal your granite countertop afterwards.

A pancake batter-like mixture of baking soda and acetone left on the countertop for 24 hours can get rid of a stain on your granite countertop caused by oil. Just as in the case of organic stains, once clean, you should seal your granite countertop.

One part water and one part bleach left on a granite countertop for 15 minutes can clear up stains caused by mold or mildew. For rust stains, it is best to get a professional to take care of it. The team at Creative Stone can help with that.

Most stains that happen on granite countertops happen because the countertops were not sealed properly after installation with a solvent based sealer. Our professionals at Creative Stone can answer all of your questions concerning the care of your granite countertops. If you have questions or are looking to install granite countertops in your home, give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

02 Feb 2023

During the winter months, homeowners who currently have hardwood or laminate floors may start thinking about having carpet installed. One too many cold mornings can leave them wondering if carpet would be worth the investment. Practically speaking, because of carpets ability to retain heat, you could absolutely see a reduction in your heating bill if you install it. However, beyond that, there are many aesthetic and practical reasons why you should consider installing carpet in your home.

Because of the many styles and colors of carpet, your design options are practically endless. While Berber is still a very popular choice among home builders and homeowners, there are many other pile styles as well, like the highly textured frieze style or the shag style. Other choices include plush pile, and Saxony. You can choose carpets made out of manmade materials like polyester, nylon or acrylics, or carpets made out of natural materials like wool. Natural materials such as wool tend to be among the most expensive carpet options.

Before you decide which carpet you would like to install in your home, there are certain things to consider. Where do you want to install carpet in your home? Some homeowners opt for wall to wall carpet in most living spaces, while others decide to install carpet only in the bedrooms. Do you need carpet that is pet friendly? Sometimes our pets can really cause a great deal of wear and tear on our carpet surfaces. There are carpet options that would be best for homeowners with pets that will help to reduce the wear and tear. When carpet is installed, a foam, rubber, or fiber underlayment is put down first. This is used to reduce noise, provide cushioning and help extend the life of the carpet. Your carpet installer will know which to use for your particular carpet choice. How will you clean your carpet? Before purchasing and installing carpet, you should have an idea of how to properly care for it.

Are you interested in having carpet installed in your home? Magnus Anderson specializes in carpet and hardwood floor solutions and installations. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you have about carpet installation. Give us a call today in Fayetteville, North Carolina at (910) 483-0468.

01 Feb 2023

Every year at about this time, our team at Fayetteville Granite starts to get calls and visits from homeowners who are looking to do some type of kitchen remodeling project. While we get excited about doing what we love, and look forward to helping homeowners achieve the kitchen space they long for, we try to warn them of some common kitchen remodeling mistakes that we have seen happen way too often in the past. If you are considering your own kitchen remodeling project, consider these words of advice and then give Fayetteville Granite a call to get started.

Have a vision. Too many eager homeowners have started their kitchen remodel without fully fleshing out their vision. Don’t just consider what new appliances you would like, or paint color. Go beyond the type of countertops or cabinets you want. Think bigger than a new floor. Envision the way you want your kitchen to flow. Stand in your current kitchen space and write down what you like and what you would like to see different. Putting your plan into action will be a lot simpler the more detailed you are about what you want from the very beginning.

Have a budget. Have a realistic budget from the start. Do some research to get an idea of what your kitchen renovations will cost on average and then plan for some wiggle room within that budget. Trust us, this is important.

Have an open mind. You know what you want, and we want to see you get exactly that. We cannot tell you how often we have customers come in with a specific vision and leave with an even better plan because they were open to new ideas or suggestions. They think they want a certain cabinet style but then come in and see one they like better. A professional can introduce you to affordable, stylish options that you may not have even thought of.

At Fayetteville Granite, we work for our clients. If you are thinking about starting your own kitchen remodeling project, give our professionals a call at (910) 483-0468 or come in to see us at our Raeford Road location in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

01 Feb 2023

At Creative Stone, our team of countertop professionals has seen it all. We have installed many different types of countertops for homeowners and home builders over the years, which means we have also taken out lots of old countertops too. The choices that homeowners and home builders have these days for countertops is almost endless. While many countertop options are highly durable and made to last a very long time, damage can still occur. Like most things, the more expensive the countertops are, the higher quality there are and the less damage you are likely to see. However, regardless of the price of the countertops, damage repair is usually possible.

Countertops can be susceptible to scratches. While specialty pens can repair laminate countertops that are scratched, the process for repairing scratches on, say, a granite countertop is more complicated that that. The repair would include several steps, but it can be done!

When it comes to damage done to countertops because of heat from pans or other sources, methods of repair vary but are fairly easy to do yourself with some unconventional materials that you already probably have. For laminate countertops, use toothpaste. For porcelain countertops, use baking soda and water, and for steel countertops, use club soda. Of course, any countertop damage from heat can be prevented altogether by using insulated towels, pot holders, or trivets to set hot dishes on.

One common mistake that homeowners do is use harsh cleaners to clean their countertops. If you want to extend the life of your countertops, warm soapy water is your best option. Far too many granite countertop owners have found this out the hard way. Harsh chemicals on your countertops can damage them, and pretty much the only way to repair the damage is to have a professional buff and polish them again for you.

If you find that there are water stains on your countertops, they can be repaired many times by taking a gentle cleaner and something with bristles, like a toothbrush, and brushing the surface in circular motions. For stubborn water stains on granite countertops, you can purchase a special pumice stone for that purpose. The best practice is to always clean up water or liquid stains as soon as you can.

01 Feb 2023

As a homeowner, you do whatever you can to protect the investment that you have in your home. One of the key components to any home is the flooring. Whether you have hardwood flooring, carpet, tile or laminate flooring, you want to to take care of it as best as you can so that it will last for a long time. Unfortunately, very few parts to a home take a beating more than your flooring. Laminate flooring tends to be a cheaper flooring option than some of the others, and it can be more vulnerable to damage also. The team at Magnus Anderson is here to help you with your laminate flooring issues.

Common issues that happen with laminate flooring can include warping, chipping, mold, mildew, and scratches. Scratches have the potential to be an easy fix. You can buy a laminate flooring repair kit at many home improvement stores, and remedy that issue pretty quickly using wax crayons or putty. However, because homeowners tend to put laminate flooring in rooms of the home where easy floor cleanup is a must, like kitchens and bathrooms, many of the common problems that arise are a direct result of contact with water.

The majority of laminate flooring buckling or warping happens because of water damage. It is imperative that when water or other liquids spill onto your laminate flooring that you clean it up immediately. We cannot stress that enough. Many times, mold and mildew can inhabit a bathroom floor after a long period of time because of water falling out from the bath or shower, and people not drying the floor immediately. Unfortunately, while it is possible to save laminate flooring in that situation, it is a complicated process and not cheap to do. Most homeowners will choose to replace the damaged laminate flooring in that case.

Magnus Anderson specializes in flooring options. If you have laminate flooring that you want to replace, our knowledgeable team is ready to help you choose the perfect flooring option for you. Come visit us in our Fayetteville, North Carolina showroom, or give us a call today at (910) 483-0468.