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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 5/4/2018

If you have watched any home search show or any home renovation show on television, you probably know that granite countertops are the hottest thing, right? Maybe, but there’s so many different kinds of materials that make for fantastic countertops. You need to choose the types of countertops that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. There’s a new countertop material that’s taking over.  


Quartz


Quartz refers to engineered stone. This is a manmade surface. This shouldn’t be confused with quartzite, which is the solid stone alternative to granite. Manufactured quartz is actually now the leading countertop material according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.


Granite Is Out Quartz Is In 


Quartz has many different advantages over granite. This material won’t let stains pass through and can stand strong when faced with acidic foods. Quartz also doesn't require the need to be sealed. As a bonus, quartz is more scratch and chip resistant than granite and many other popular countertop materials.  


Environmentally Friendly


Quartz is also considered a greener choice when it comes to choosing a countertop. This material doesn’t need to be mined or shipped long distances. Both marble and granite require these carbon intensive processes. Using quartz for your countertops is really good for the environment and your wallet at the same time. 


The Downside: Patterns Look Uniform


The downside to quartz is that the patterns look kind of uniform and bland. Quartz manufacturers have actually come up with a way to create patterns in the fabrication process. This is the end of boring quartz in the kitchen. 


The Newest themes in home design are all about functionality and low maintenance. Many kitchen showrooms are adjusting accordingly, using marble sparingly in their displays and featuring granite. Every aspect of home design from furniture to tile is now being made with low maintenance materials so that homeowners have it easier time keeping up with their homes. 


Other Materials For Countertops


  • Marble
  • Solid surface
  • Concrete
  • Butcher block
  • Other kinds of stone
  • Other woods
  • Stone
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Tile


As you can see there’s many choices out there as to what to have your countertops made of. There’s a good reason why Quartz has become the number one material for kitchens everywhere.


You could be tempted to choose a countertop based on looks alone, however there’s much more to consider. You’ll need to look at your habits and lifestyle, then consider what you want out of a material. Each type of countertop material provides different benefits to maintenance, durability and cost. If you have kids, for example, white marble may not be the most economical choice for you. You’ll be pretty upset the first time some peanut butter is spilled on the countertop or some finger paints end up there. Knowing how you live will help you to make a countertop choice that you won’t regret.





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 10/17/2014

Kitchens are often the hub of the home and when it comes time to put your home on the market it is often said that kitchens and baths sell homes. A kitchen remodel can be expensive and time consuming. There are things you can do to give your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of money or time. Here are some inexpensive tips to get your kitchen in tip top shape in no time. -Upgrade your appliances Updating or upgrading your appliances will give your kitchen a fresh new look. You can start by ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer. If new appliances are in order you can find great deals at at discount stores. Many stores have scratch and dent appliances that may only have a small imperfection on the back of the appliance or in a place where no one would see it. This is a great way to save lots of money for more expensive appliances. -Pretty it up with paint New paint makes everything look clean and bright again. Choose a semigloss latex paint, which is easier to clean and holds up better in kitchens. Don't forget to paint the trim too. Clean and wash all the walls and trim before painting. This will ensure the paint adheres to the surfaces properly. -Get organized Even if you have the newest cabinets and appliances a messy kitchen is never attractive. Keep clutter at bay with drawer organizer for utensils, pot racks and pull out trays for cabinets. If you need more room in your kitchen, utilize empty walls. Add open shelves with some neatly placed bowls for a great decorative and storage alternative -Use the right lighting Replace flood lights with a brighter and cleaner looking halogen bulbs. Install under cabinet lighting for a new look. Use decorative lights over the kitchen table or island to set the mood. Older chandeliers can get an easy upgrade by placing small shades over the bulbs. -Refurbish the cabinets If your cabinets need a new look consider either refinishing them or giving them a lot of elbow grease. Cabinets easily build up with grease and dust. Use a cleaner with orange oil to get rid of the grime. Test a spot first before cleaning the whole kitchen. If the cabinets are worn, consider refinishing or repainting the doors and frames. Adding new drawer pulls, hinges and handles can also make a big impact. -Fix the floor An affordable way to have a do it yourself new floor is to install vinyl tiles. Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and durable. At less than $2 per square foot, you can put a vinyl floor in just about any kitchen for $500. Don't be afraid to spend a little money to achieve big results. Most minor kitchen renovations will recoup at least 83% of the cost and may even add value to your home.





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 7/27/2012

Kitchens sell houses. So having a great looking kitchen is important if you are thinking of putting your home on the market or maybe you just need a fresh new look. Cabinets are one of the biggest expenses in a kitchen remodel but with a little elbow grease and creativity, you can update your kitchen cabinets without going through the hassle of an entire remodel. Here are some tips on how to make your kitchen look like new with a cabinet facelift. Give the a Good Cleaning You will be surprised what a good scrubbing can do. Heat, water, grease and food residue all take a serious toll on your cabinets.

  • If you choose to remove the doors, label or number them so you'll put them back in the right place.
  • Make sure to test any kind of cleaner before using it on the entire cabinet. Cleaners with large amounts of alcohol may cause the wood to dry and crack.
  • Clean and Update the Hardware Hardware gets greasy and grimy so make sure to clean those too.
  • Soak the hardware in a soapy-water solution for 30 minutes.
  • Scrub lightly with a soft brush and rinse.
  • Let dry and apply the proper polish.
  • You may decide instead to replace the hardware. In choosing the finish for your hardware, think about what style will look best in your home. Add Some Detail Add some detail to drab cabinets with moulding. Applying a contrasting finish or color is a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of your cabinets. Stripping and Refinishing If after cleaning your cabinets still need some help, you may decide to refinish or paint them
  • Make sure to remove all the cabinet doors and number them.
  • Liquid strippers work best, but be sure to use the gel or semi-paste types.
  • Place doors on a vertical surface. The finish won't drip as much.
  • Let the stripping agent do the work and start with an inconspicuous area.
  • Patch any conspicuous holes, scratches and nicks with wood filler. When dry, sand lightly to smooth out the patch. Before painting, sand lightly and prime.
  • Before painting remember that the wood expands and contracts with the seasons, which will cause the paint bead to separate and expose unpainted wood. So with a little hard work you can have a whole new look to your kitchen in no time.





  • Posted by Cove Real Estate on 5/18/2012

    If you have been packing on the pounds it may be your kitchen that is to blame. New research has shown that it could be your kitchen making you gain weight. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen from contributing to a growing waistline. No Media The TV in the kitchen is now a media snack station. Parking yourself in front of the TV with food all around you makes snack time a lot easier. Computers in the kitchen can also lead to mindless munching and web surfing. It's too easy to grab a bite when all the food is within arm’s reach. Stand Up Who doesn't love an island prep station? But all the handy seating around the island is an invitation to linger over snacks. So lose all the stools to help resist temptation to gather in the kitchen. Open Invitation The so-called great room isn't so great for your weight. Combination living/kitchen areas make your kitchen the focal point of the home. Add a few partition walls or screens to keep the fridge and cabinets out of sight when relaxing, and watching TV in the living room. Skimp on Storage Pantries, large cabinets are so appealing and offer a great place to stockpile food. They also offer lots of temptation. Too many trips to bargain bulk stores will have your storage full in no time and also create a mentality of surplus. More is always more especially when it comes to food.