25 Jul 2023

When constructing a new kitchen, there are many features to consider. From appliances to cabinets and flooring, all of the choices made have a big impact on the overall feel and functionality of the room. Countertops are no exception. In many ways, the countertops chosen for a kitchen construction project can make all the difference in the aesthetic of the room. In today’s market, there are many different options in countertop materials that are sure to make any homeowner happy. These options range from traditional choices like laminate and tougher materials like granite and quartz, as well as, fairly newer options like glass countertops, wood countertops or stainless steel countertops. Below are some of the options available to homebuilders.

If you are looking for a more affordable option for your countertops than most, laminate is a great way to go. Not only are laminate countertops friendly to most budgets, but the design possibilities are nearly endless. You can install laminate countertops in unique designs and colors, but also laminate countertops come in material that resembles the look of wood or quartz countertops.

If durability and ease of care are the priority, you cannot beat granite, marble or quartz countertops. The natural material is nearly indestructible and they are very easy to clean and maintain. Nowadays, pattern colors and design are more diverse as well.

Many homebuilders and contractors will choose wood countertops for the kitchen area. Wood countertops offer a rustic feel to most kitchen areas that they are installed in. Wood countertops are great for prepping food for cooking and they withstand high temperatures well. Wood countertops are also not as pricey as granite or quartz may be.

Stainless steel countertops are also great for prepping food, as easy cleanup of the steel material makes it one of the most hygienic options for countertops available to homebuilders.

Glass countertops are a fairly newer trend in kitchen countertops, but homeowners are choosing them for good reason. They are stain resistant and extremely easy to care for, and since they come in many different design options, they can fit into any design plan.

If you are looking for great countertop materials and options on how to install them, Creative Stone would be happy to help you! Come see us at our Creative Stone location in Fayetteville, North Carolina or give us a call today at (910) 491-1225.

24 Jul 2023

When remodeling or giving your home a bit of an uplift, there is always that question to ponder: carpeting or hardwood floors? Flooring tends to be one of the biggest decisions that a homeowner can be faced with and although both have their pros and cons, here are a few reasons why carpet triumphs over wood!


  1. Carpet provides insulation during the cold months. Think about it. You’re lying warm in your bed on a cold winter morning. The alarm rings for you to get up and get ready for work. You step out of bed and your feet are met with the cold embrace of a freezing floor underfoot. Not ideal? We thought not. With carpet throughout the home, you can enjoy the added benefits of a warm floor in the winter, with insulation that keeps your home warmer in those chilly months.


  1. Carpet is less expensive to install than hardwood. Hardwood flooring can average about $9 to $12 per square foot, which may not seem like a lot until you take into account the overall square footage of your home. Carpeting averages between $3 and $5 per square foot, which is a significant difference in cost. If you are hoping to save some money on your remodel, carpet is the way to go.


  1. Carpeting is safer for small children and pets. How many times can you recall your child falling down in your home, perhaps bumping their heads, hitting their elbows or knees? With carpeting installed in your home, you can rest assured that if your little one takes a tumble, they will have a cushion to support them.


  1. Carpets are safer for those homeowners with allergies and asthma. Because carpet is able to trap dust particles between the tufts, there is less of a worry about aggravated allergy symptoms and less asthma flare ups. The dust can be transported from carpet to vacuum so there is significantly less in the air.


  1. Carpets are quieter than hardwood. Have you ever been in someone’s home and they have pets? The hardwood magnifies the sound of the pets claws tapping through the house. When they are installed on multiple story homes, homeowners often complain about the noises overhead from people walking on the floor. With carpeting, the floors are quieter and more insulated which provide for a more quiet space.


If you are considering a remodel in your home and want to give carpeting a try, please contact us at Magnus Anderson, where we have the best reputation for flooring solutions in the Fayetteville, NC area. Give us a call at 910-237-6749 or visit us on the web at Magnus Anderson NC!

24 Jul 2023

Remodeling your kitchen can be a large task and the reasons to change your kitchen are numerous. Perhaps you’re trying to increase the resale value of your home, or maybe you’re ready to change your dated kitchen for one that better suits your family’s lifestyle. Everyone has their own reason but here are just four you may want to consider.

Value: Remodeling your kitchen can have a large impact on the value of your home when seeking to sell. A freshly remodeled and attractive kitchen will appeal to potential buyers more than an outdated kitchen. Realtors have known this fact for years. That’s one reason why a remodeled kitchen is frequently cited as a home’s major feature in a real estate ad.

Lifestyle: Perhaps your kitchen lacks a breakfast bar, and you want to enjoy coffee or grab a quick meal without going to the dining room table. Maybe the kitchen that you once loved suddenly feels a bit stuffy since you have had children and you need to make it larger. Maybe you are living with someone who is disabled, and you need to make the kitchen more convenient and accessible for them. Whatever the reason, a key motivation to remodel your kitchen is to arrange the room to best suit your needs.

Efficiency: Are your current appliances outdated? If so, they could be costing you more money than you know in monthly utility bills. Energy efficient appliances will cut the electric bill, and put less strain on the environment. You also can consider opening up your kitchen to expose it to more natural light, such as skylights, which will reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Deterioration: The kitchen can also just be falling apart: broken tiles, peeling laminate, chipped countertops, broken or faded cabinets and obsolete appliances do not contribute to bringing a family together or increase the value of your home. No matter how much love and attention you give your kitchen it’s impossible to hide. The deteriorated kitchen simply needs a remodel.

If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen trust in Fayetteville Granite to provide you the quality and care you’re searching for! From countertops, to cabinets, we can be your one stop shop for your remodeling needs. Call us today at 910-483-0468 visit us at Creative Stone to learn more!

19 Jul 2023

If you are a homeowner then you know that there are endless types of flooring options, and likely your home has flooring made of at least two or three different flooring choices. You may have plush carpet in your bedroom areas, ceramic tile in your hallways or foyer area, hardwood floors in your living and dining areas, and perhaps laminate flooring in your kitchen and bathrooms. Each type of flooring requires a different maintenance plan based on the materials the floor is made of.

Here are a few suggestions on how to care for your laminate flooring:

  • If a liquid substance is spilled on your laminate flooring, clean it up as soon as possible. Liquids can seep into the seams of laminate flooring, and over time this can ruin your floors.
  • Do not over soak the flooring when you are cleaning it. The image of a bucket of soapy water and a wet mop comes to mind. When you clean laminate flooring, you can use hot water and soap but do not soak the floor. Get it wet enough to clean it and no more.
  • Avoid using harsh acidic cleaners on your laminate flooring because they can strip the protective seal on the laminate flooring.
  • Anything remotely sharp or extremely heavy can leave small holes or dents in the laminate flooring. For this reason, keep pet nails trimmed, try to avoid wearing high heels on the flooring surface and use furniture pads under big pieces of furniture.
  • Floor cleaners that give floors a shiny look, pine scented cleaners, too much vinegar – all of these are bad for laminate flooring.
  • Sweep your laminate floors often.

Many homeowners choose laminate flooring because of its’ affordability and its’ ease of care. You can ensure that your laminate flooring lasts a long time by following the simple tips above. If you are looking for a great laminate flooring option for your home, Magnus Anderson would love to help! Come see us at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location or give us a call at (910) 483-0468 and let our experts assist you in picking out your perfect floor!

19 Jul 2023

If you were to ask the average homeowner how often they clean their kitchen cabinets, the answer would probably be “not that often”. When it comes to caring for the features of our kitchens, cabinets tend to rank lower on the list. Cabinets are easy to ignore. They do not have all of the parts of kitchen appliances, or the care instruction that can come with countertops, and they usually do not see as much wear and tear as the kitchen floor. However, cabinets do need to be cared for from time to time, and Fayetteville Granite has some ideas to share on how to do it.

  • Just like with the floor or countertops in a kitchen, when something is spilled inside a cabinet or splattered on the outside of a cabinet, clean it up immediately. Do not allow food or drink to become stuck on the cabinets.
  • Make periodic cleaning of the outside of the cabinets a habit. Truth be told, grime can, and does, accumulate on the exterior of cabinets after an extended time. Every few months, lightly clean them using the proper instructions for cleaning them according to the material they are made of.
  • Do not abandon the interior of the cabinets. Many homeowners will line their shelves with some type of shelf paper material to prevent food spillage from damaging the surface. That is a great idea, but even if you do, it is a good idea at least once a year to clean out the cabinets. Get rid of old food or contents that you no longer need, and wipe the shelves down.

Like most all kitchen features, the longevity of your kitchen cabinets depends on the amount of care you take. If you keep them clean by wiping the exterior of the cabinets so that food and dust do not collect on them, and if you organize and clean the interior periodically, your kitchen cabinets should last a long time. If you are looking for new cabinets for your home, Fayetteville Granite wants to help! Give us a call at our Fayetteville, North Carolina location today at (910) 483-0468.

16 Jul 2023

With the damage of Hurricane Matthew still looming over the city, many people are considering remodeling and repairing their homes. One of the number one and most costly repairs includes damage to your flooring, which can seem like a nightmare after you receive an initial estimate.

For this reason, you should consider installing laminate flooring in your home. With Creative Stone, there are many pros to consider when investing in laminate flooring. Here are some of the reasons why this flooring may be best for you.

Versatile Designs: Do you love the look of hardwood flooring in the home? What about natural stone and marble? Today, the process of production for laminate floors can offer a variety of different looks for your home to fit your specific needs.

Easy Clean-up: Ever consider how expensive it becomes to clean a carpet after your two-year-old spills purple grape juice in the middle of the living room floor? Or how time consuming it becomes to maintain the overall shine in your natural hardwood? With laminate floors, the clean-up process can be a breeze. The wear layer of the flooring provides a protective seal that allows for protection from most stains and spills.

Mold and Mildew: Like the issues with hurricane Matthew, there were many NC residents who had to tear out their flooring, or either move due to the threat of growing mold after the high waters covered the insides of their homes. Laminate is a natural resistant to mold, leaving you worry free and unconsciously more healthy.

Convenience: While hardwood and carpet can not only be costly, but also time consuming, laminate flooring can be installed, depending on the size of the room, in as little as a day and a half.

Cost: The biggest pro to consider is definitely cost. While installing a new hardwood floor can range between hundreds, to thousands of dollars, laminate flooring can be as little as .25 cent per plank.

With various choices in flooring, considering laminate could be a very beneficial choice! If you’re considering an install of laminate flooring in your home, please give us a call at (910) 491-1225 or visit us online at http://creativeston.wpengine.com/!