Getting the most from your remodel with Houston Remodeling

Getting the most from your remodel with Houston Remodeling

The first step is realizing your vision for your new space, your vision should be realistic and budget-friendly.

The planning phase will be the next step, here we will bring your design to life.  Of all the phases of your project, this phase will take the longest.  Planning your design correctly in the beginning will save valuable time, effort, and money later.

Houston Remodeling’s dedicated team will provide professional advice and courteous service that starts with your vision and ends with an amazing space.   Securing our services will ensure you are enlisting the services of a qualified design build remodeler that will provide you the piece of mind that your design is well thought out and realistic expectations for a working budget are achieved.

Houston Remodeling is a high caliber design, build remodeling firm with over 20 years’ experience. We are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau.

We would love to earn your business.

Allow us to turn your vision into your reality!

Exploring Kitchen Countertop Types

Here are the most popular Kitchen Countertop Types. Any material can be used for kitchens countertops. Its up to you to decide how much care and maintenance you wish to put into the product to achieve the desired look, longevity and effects you want. There is no right or wrong answer, only personal preference.

Granite

Granite has been the star of the medium to high-end kitchen design for years, and its popularity shows no sign of weakening. Granite is a natural stone and consist mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. It comes in hundreds of colors and is available in textures such as polished, leather, sand blasted grain, rough and honed. Granite usually has a lot of grains and swirls referred to as “Movement” and mostly used in traditional, transitional and eclectic designs. If you’re looking for a unique, beautiful and resilient countertop for your kitchen remodel, consider granite as one of your top choices. Granite requires a new protective top coat at least once a year.

Engineered Quartz

Engineered Quartz, also know as Manufactured Quartz, is a man-made product created mostly from natural materials. It’s made of roughly to 94 percent ground quartz and 6 percent resins and pigments that are combined into durable and nonporous slabs.

Engineered Quartz is much stronger and has a higher impact rating than granite and is scratch and heat resistant. Quartz countertops are available in dozens of colors with patterns that are consistent, unlike those found in natural stone.  Making this material the preferred choice for modern and contemporary designs.

Patterns are also available to include variations you get with natural stone. Such as multi-hued slabs with flecks, swirls, mirror chips and random patterning to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Slabs were once available only with a polished finish; now you can get them with a honed, sandblasted, or embossed patterns. So if it’s the look of matte limestone, textured slate, or glossy granite what you want, there’s a quartz countertop for you.

Marble

Marble is much softer than granite and can be marred by scratches or stains. It’s not a good choice for kitchens as it can stain and scratch easily. Marble is usually used for tops on furniture such as side tables and dressers.  No matter how much sealing you do, Marble will stain if used in a kitchen.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone with a silky feel.  Soapstone is only available in dark colors that deepen with time, developing a burnished patina. Soapstone is heat resistant and not harmed by hot pots, citrus, wine, acids or chemicals. The downside, it is much softer than many other stones, therefore,  it can scratch and chip with abuse and should be oiled from time to time. Soapstone is a preferred choice for bakers working with bread dough, pie crust, pizzas, etc, making it an option for the island or separate countertop.

Wood

Many of our projects incorporate a wood top to add a touch of warmth to the kitchen’s island or bar top. Over time a wood top develops a beautiful patina finish from regular use. Wood counters need to be oiled from time to time to hold their luster and can also be sealed with a food grade polyurethane for less maintenance. Typically there are three types of woods used for countertops; maple, cherry and black walnut.  We order our tops from John Booz or custom make them when wider boards are preferred. Often Clients ask us to distress their wood top to give them a used, warm appearance. Wood tops are also great for working with bread and pastry dough.

Concrete

In the hands of a skilled artisan, concrete can assume any color or shape and can be very unique. The addition of glass, shells or other materials gives concrete counters the look of terrazzo or mosaic, and modern finishing techniques deliver smooth, strong and seamless surface.

This is my least favorite of all countertops for several reasons. The first being the High Cost vs Value. Of all the countertops available, this material holds the least value for longevity. While it sounds cool and can look great early on, staining will occur in the cooking and wet areas. The concrete must be sealed and stained and even then, in a few months the color will fade. If you are into an industrial look, this is for you.

Glass

Glass is truly a unique and beautiful countertop material for the modern and contemporary design. It is amazingly strong, scratch, stain and heat resistant and incredibly easy to clean. Available in many thickness’s, colors and textures. Thinkglass offers some remarkable glass for many types of applications.

Paperstone

Made from up to one hundred percent post consumer recycled paper, fortified with petroleum free resins, Paperstone is an environmentally friendly option and available in smooth and textured surfaces that are reminiscent of stone, concrete and leather. Paperstone counters are a great way to increase sustainability without sacrificing style.

PaperStone surface is non-porous and provides stain resistance and it absorbs virtually no water. Surface cuts or marks may be sanded or rubbed out with an abrasive pad. It has a superior strength that allows unsupported overhangs up to 18″ when 3/4-inch material is used. It is only heat resistant to 350 degrees and has been certified ‘food safe’ by NSF and is LEED & Green Building compliant.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is usually used in modern, contemporary and industrial flair kitchens.

Stainless counters are aesthetically pleasing with clean lines. They offer non-porous surfaces, are resistant to water, heat and stains. Stainless tops are great for meal preparation as it is extremely hygienic with regular cleaning.

Downside to stainless is that swirl marks and denting can occur.

Laminates

Laminate has been used on kitchen countertops since the 1920’s and is still very popular today. They’re inexpensive, durable, come in lots of colors, textures, patterns, sheens and edge designs. They resist grease and stains and clean up with soap and water and can take a lot of abuse.

On the downside, laminate tops can be damaged by hot pans and sharp knives, abrasive cleaners can dull the finish, and if water penetrates seams, the substrate can expand and the laminate will bulge. Surface damage is difficult to repair. All of these problems can be avoided through proper installation and use.

Laminates are here to stay and many cabinet manufactures use laminates to cover flat style doors and cabinets boxes. Most modern style homes and nearly all business and hospitals use laminates due to it’s low maintenance and ease of cleaning.

Solid Surface

Before granite stole the spotlight, Dupont Corian flooded the market and was the go-to material in high end designer kitchens. It’s popularity faded quickly in the residential market due to high cost and maintenance, low heat tolerance and boring colors. The material can crack, stain and burn from a hot pot. Solid surface sinks were notorious for cracking from pouring boiling water in the sink from draining pasta.

On a plus side, Solid Surface is 100% repairable from a qualified technician. Solid surface material in non porous and seamless. Sinks can be integrated seamlessly into the countertop, making this material the ideal solution for hospitals and clinics to prevent bacterial growth.

Cabinet Door Types

There are typically four cabinet door types; inset, traditional overlay, full overlay and frame-less, also known as European style. Each has a slightly different look and function.

Inset cabinet doors
The face of an inset cabinet door or drawer is in the same plane as the leading edge of the cabinet box. This traditional look is from early America and is the most expensive style compared to other options. Small narrow, barrow type hinges are the most popular and are mounted right on the face frame with the hinges visible when the door is closed. BLUM brand concealed soft close hinges are also available. Each door and drawer is custom fit to each box. The boxes are 100% All American made 3/4″ plywood with 1/2″ plywood backs and i-Beam construction. The drawer are 3/4″ solid hardwood dovetailed frames. This is the most expensive style of cabinet.

Wellborn Inset cabinet door Inset Cabinet Door 2 - Wellborn Inset Cabinet Door 3 - Wellborn


Traditional overlay cabinet doors
A modern upgrade from inset, traditional or partial overlay doors and drawers are mounted over the face frame of the box. The door covers the opening completely and partially covers the finished face frame. The aesthetics is that you can see the wide visible face frames, while some like this look, others do not. Hinges are typically frame mounted and visible from the exterior, but can be upgraded to a BLUM style concealed hinge with a soft close features. This is the least expensive style of cabinet.

Traditional Cabinet overlay Traditional Cabinet Door 2 - Cabinet Dealer Traditional Cabinet Door 3 - Cabinet Dealer


Full overlay
The most popular and more modern door style is a full overlay, meaning that the door or drawer face completely overlays the box — it covers not just the opening but the entire face of the box. There is little to no visible face frame with these cabinets when the doors are closed. The advantage of the overlay door style is that there are very small gaps between doors and drawers, creating a consistent and continuous appearance.

Full Overlay Cabinet Door Full Overlay Door - Cabinet Dealer Full Overlay Door - Cabinet Dealer


Frameless

Frameless Cabinets are also know as Euro-style, modern, or contemporary and typically come with a flat or shaker style door. They have no face frames and the the doors are mounted directly to the box of the cabinet. From a visual standpoint, when all of the doors and drawers are closed, a smooth surface is created. From an accessible standpoint, frameless cabinets offer the widest openings, with no obstructing stiles or face frames.  The boxes are typically made out of 3/4″ plywood to make them stronger due to not having a face frame for strength. IKEA makes this style of cabinet and uses Particleboard as the box which is not recommended for longevity.

Frameless Cabinet Door Frameless Cabinet Door - Cabinet Dealer Framless Cabinet Door - Cabinet Door

Closet Ideas

IMG_4426.JPGCloset Rods

When installing wooden closet rods, use a wood stain instead of painting them. Medal hangers will turn the paint dark gray from metal transferring onto the paint from constant movement as in the photo.

Double Your Hanging Space

You can add more storage space by adding double closet rods.  We usually set double rods at 38 inches and 78 inches.  For longer clothes, set single rods at 67" with a shelf above for storage.

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