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75% of Homeowners Want Granite for Their Next Kitchen Remodeling

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A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Marble Institute of America went out in search of answers about the public opinion of granite countertops. The results are staggering; American homeowners consistently approve of granite countertops in both their aesthetics and their utility.

Over 1,500 homeowners were surveyed online with a focus on those who are intending to remodel their kitchens in the next few years. Of those surveyed, three fourths stated that they want granite countertops, and a slightly higher percent agreed with given positive statements about granite countertops. Consumers widely agreed that “nothing beats the beauty and value of granite countertops.”

Marble Institute member G.K. Naquin stated, “The survey shows what our customers tell us: no matter what the economy looks like, homeowners recognize that granite countertops enhance the value of their homes.” Naquin himself works for Stone Interiors in Loxley, Alabama—a company that sells granite in many forms, including countertops. “Consumers who are remodeling their kitchens see granite countertops as a safe investment in their homes. They prefer this natural stone to other materials because they understand it pays for itself in terms of higher resale value.”

Part of the survey involved rating countertop materials against each other. The metric by which they were measured was by home value increase; granite was voted better than its competitors by three-to-one. The runner-ups were solid surface materials (e.g. Corian®) at second, and manufactured stone products like Silestone and Caesarstone at third.

Homeowners were asked whether or not they agreed with statements about the quality of the material, and the overwhelming majority spoke positively about multiple aspects of granite countertops.

• 93% stated that granite countertops are an attractive addition to any home
• 91% agreed that granite countertops are strong and long-lasting
• 89% agreed that granite countertops pose no safety risks

Furthermore, 93% of the homeowners that are remodeling their kitchen in the next couple of years said that granite countertops are safe; their opinions are corroborated by recent scientific studies investigating the safety of granite countertops.

The latest of these studies was done by the independent laboratory Environmental Health & Engineering Inc. (EH&E). EH&E sought to investigate whether or not these countertops were a significant source of radon in households, as this was the chief concern about the danger of granite in households. They found conclusive results stating that 99.95% of all countertops produce less radon than can be found outside in the United States. In normal usage, granite countertops can transmit no level of radon concentration that would require remediation by the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (4 picocuries/liter).

“The most typical granite countertop installations would produce radon concentrations in the home that are 10,000 times lower than the EPA action level, and are so low they are not even measurable,” concluded the head of EH&E Dr. Joseph Allen. For granite countertops to produce the level of radon considered dangerous by the EPA, 13% of the home would have to be covered in the substance. 

The statistical model created in the study by EH&E leaves the chances at one in one million. 

The CEO of the Marble Institute of America, Gary Distelhorst, was outspoken about the safety concerns of consumers. “Natural stone like granite has been used in homes for thousands of years and now that new technology has reduced the cost of producing and shipping it around the world, more homeowners are embracing the beauty, durability and safety of granite countertops.”

Distelhorst had commissioned the survey, confirming the MIA’s beliefs on customer opinion. “Independent consumer surveys have consistently shown that Americans love the natural look of granite and value it above other countertop products.” Compared to other similar styles of countertop, granite has a persistent classical feeling in many different kinds of kitchens. As home designers approach 2020, consumers voting (both in surveys and with their wallets) agree that granite manages to shine even in modern kitchens.

The survey itself was demographically and geographically focused as well, taking care to measure the backgrounds of consumers. Those who have graduated from college and those in higher income brackets spoke highly of granite countertops, voting that they preferred granite over other materials. Households that had greater than four members heavily preferred granite. 87% of those measured from these demographics agreed that they desire granite for their next kitchen remodeling venture.

This survey is the second major project to show the opinions of consumers on granite. In 2008, a study conducted via Harris Interactive’s QuickQuerySM service showed that 55% of prospective buyers wanted granite countertops in what they described as their “dream kitchens.” That study measured adults 18 and older.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Installing Kitchen Cabinets

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In a kitchen renovation, one of the causes for the delay is installing your kitchen cabinets. DIY kitchen cabinets in San Diego are easy to assemble and install, but that does not mean it’s uncomplicated. Sometimes you see something’s wrong when all of them have been put in place. There are common errors that people make in the process. Read on so you can avoid the same when you install yours.

  1. Incorrect measurement. Installing San Diego kitchen cabinets is an exact science. You have a space for your cabinets, sinks, and appliances. If your measurements are off, then you will be in trouble. You need to know the precise measurements of your cabinet sections. You don’t want your kitchen to look awkward. Or worse, you will spend more in buying new cabinets. Take into consideration the measurements of your sink and other kitchen appliances to ensure your cabinets will fit in the space provided.
  2. Informal design layouts. You should get a professional design layout. You can get this for free when you purchase your kitchen cabinets in San Diego, such as in City Cabinet Center. They have experts who can help you choose the style, along with the sizing for upper and lower cabinets.
  3. Not checking out the cabinets when they arrive. Inspect the goods when they get delivered. Mistakes are unavoidable. Check the boxes to make sure they are the correct size, including the knobs, screws, etc. You might go ahead and install all of them only to find out that something is missing, or it was not of the size that you ordered.
  4. Lighting and plumbing goes before cabinet installation. Under-cabinet lighting is a lot easier and less expensive when your electrician does his work before your cabinets are installed. Same with plumbing. Dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, sinks, faucets, etc. will need to be taken into account before cabinet installation. Think about whether you will need additional plumbing done – like water filters, garbage disposals – which you might have a hard time adding once your cabinets are in.
  5. Correct cabinet door direction. Ensure your cabinet doors do not interfere with anything else. Often your stove doors do not clear the cabinet after the handles are put in because a spacer was not used. Spacers provide clearance for handles. City Cabinet Center can provide you spacers with the same color and finish as your cabinets.
  6. Installing them yourself. Doing it on your own is really not a good idea. Another person can help you hasten the process, and can also verify if your measurement is accurate. He can also ensure your safety by being on a lookout for possible accidents. You will also need someone to hold the cabinet while you screw it in, or hold the ladder while you’re installing a top shelf. If an unfortunate accident happens, then someone can immediately call for help.

You need to be an experienced do-it-yourselfer if you want to install kitchen cabinets on your own. But why go through all the hassle and stress when you can hire an expert in San Diego kitchen cabinets like CITY CABINET CENTER can provide? Cabinet installation is a precision game. Nothing looks worse than an awkward kitchen because of lopsided cabinets.

Pest Proof Your Kitchen Ready For Christmas

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Kitchens are often the main hub of our homes, where our families gather at the end of each day to cook a meal and spend quality time together. But what if that sacred space had some very unwelcome visitors? The type of visitors we don’t want to gather, where we store, cook and eat our food – and these visitors are pests!

The most common pests that enter our kitchens are cockroaches, mice, rats, flies and pantry pests. Once they invade, they can spread bacteria and ruin our once sacred space.

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Cockroaches

There’s no worse scene than watching a cockroach scuttle across your floor and under the fridge when you enter the room. Cockroaches spread lots of different bacteria, including salmonella. Also, their saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies create proteins that can trigger allergies, and often increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

Rodents

With winter upon us, more and more of us will have our homes invaded by rodents. They can spread diseases such as salmonella, and also carry other pests with them such as ticks and fleas. Mice and rats will chew through wires, increasing the risk of home fires, and will also gnaw through wood. Once rodents have invaded your kitchen, they will quickly make a home and reproduce at lightning speed, so prevention is key.

Flies

Once a fly has identified a good food source, they will do all they can to get to it. Because of their tiny size, getting into a home through minute cracks and holes is easy for them.

Pantry Pests

Common pantry pests are beetles and ants. These types of insect gather around stored food in pantries and cupboards.

Prevention against pests

  • Immediately clean any crumbs or spillages from around your kitchen.
  • Store all leftovers and food in airtight containers.
  • Empty the bin regularly.
  • When purchasing food, check packets are sealed.
  • If you keep fresh fruit in a bowl, check it often for signs of rot and dispose of it straight outside.
  • Don’t let dirty dishes pile up, or soak in the sink for long periods of time.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around your kitchen, especially near water pipes, as moisture is a big attraction for pests.

Kitchen Remodelling: How To Go About It

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In a country where we like to keep up with trends (or set trends), remodelling has become far too common, more so kitchen remodelling. There are very few houses that can claim to have stood the test of time in their original form. However, as many people know, remodelling is far too complex and getting all the pieces right can be termed as hitting gold.

At every stage – the planning; budgeting; choosing the style to implement in the kitchen remodel job and the hiring, challenges are bound to come your way. There are very few people that can attest to remodelling kitchens as being a walk in a park. On the contrary, many will loathe the memories of their remodelling experience.

In many cases, this is because they had done little regarding plans. The best way to smoothen out the experience is to have a clear guideline, which is a plan. 3

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Planning A Kitchen Remodel

A good plan is one that account for any and every aspect of the endeavour, including;

Overall Details

This part of the planning process should feature the various reason for remodelling. Whether you want to improve the styling of the kitchen, improve efficiency or just add space to it, a purpose for the endeavour should be given. Moreover, the amount the essentials of the kitchen should be given.

Budgeting

This is by far the most important part of the planning process. The more comprehensive you budget the project, the less likely you are to running into financing problems. In this regard, do market research on kitchen parts that you want to have in the new kitchen, including the countertop, appliances, kitchen entertainment equipment, tiles, cabinetry and any other element. While at it, draw up a plan A and a plan B. Finally, set a budget and stick to it.

However, you should have some financial leeway for unforeseen events such as asbestos removal.

Styling

While planning for styling, you should look for a timeless style that is not only eye-catching but can also stand the test of time. Styling aspects to consider include the lighting of the kitchen, the material to be used, the layout of the kitchen, the work zone style and the kitchen décor.

Hiring Contractors

This is another important aspect of planning, whether you are working on your kitchen, basement, garage or if you are after bathroom remodel. Planning on matter of hiring a contractor involve taking time to find the best remodelling contractors (the best way being referrals), getting quotes of prospective contractors, and finding more about their operation – finding out their BBB ratings, their insurance status, their professional credential among other things

The Best Affordable Cookware Sets

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Many people enjoy giving cookware sets as gifts for newlyweds, new home buyers, college students or graduates who are moving to their first apartment. Of course, every new cookware set ends up growing old. There are plenty of consumers who are out there in need of a new cookware set and cannot hold off and wait for someone to gift them a set.

They need to find the best cookware set available now. Here are some suggestions to buying the best available sets whether you are shopping for yourself or for someone else.

In the non-stick category, you might want to invest in Swiss Diamond’s reinforced 10-piece set. The set costs about  $600, but it gets high marks in all the tests the set has undergone. It heats food evenly and clean-up is a breeze. It comes with a lifetime warranty, so it is a great value despite the high initial purchase price.

Calphalon offers its own non-stick set, called Simply Nonstick. This 10-piece set runs about  $200,  which is quite a bargain compared to Swiss Diamonds. It heats evenly and food does not stick to the surfaces. The handles stay cool to the touch, and the whole set comes with a 10-year warranty.

Many people enjoy buying so-called celebrity cookware. These are the sets that are sold under top-chef names. Your favorite food television star is bound to have a set of his or her own on the market. While you want to trust that someone as professional as Rachael Ray or Paula Deen is going to back a solid, long-lasting, set of cookware, you need to exercise caution when buying name-game sets.


For example, you can choose from either Rachael Ray or Guy Fieri and their cookware sets. Rachael’s set is about $150 for 10 pieces. It is great as far as its non-stick claims go. The handles do not get to hot, but the cooking was not exact or even every time the set was tested. Guy Fieri’s stainless steel set did a little bit better.

For $200, you can get his 10-piece cooking set. These pans heated up fast, the handle stayed cool and cooking was even. The only downside was his set of cookware was hard to clean.

Be sure whichever set you choose for yourself or someone else has rave reviews. Also, make sure you are paying for 10 pans in a set and not five pans plus the lids to equal 10 pieces.