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Living Through a Nashville Kitchen Remodel – Three Essential Tips

Nashville Kitchen Remodel

Nashville Kitchen Remodel

Hey Nashville, are you getting ready to remodel your kitchen? If so, that’s great! A remodeled kitchen can make your home feel like new in many ways, and it will also likely add value to your house when the time comes to sell. However, there is some bad news that comes along with a Nashville kitchen remodel, and that is the fact that you aren’t going to have a kitchen for a prolonged period of time. Very few kitchen remodels happen quickly, as there are almost always a few unexpected delays along the way. So, if you are going to get from start to finish with your sanity in place, you will need to have a plan for how you are going to live through the remodel.

To help you toward that end, we have collected the following three tips. Put these three tips into action during your remodel and you should be able to look forward to an enjoyable and exciting project.

Tip #1 – A Basic, Temporary Kitchen

Sure, it might seem easy enough to just order out for dinner throughout your renovation – but that is going to get old, and expensive, in a hurry. You are sure to grow tired of paying to eat food that someone else has prepared, so you will want to set up a temporary kitchen somewhere around your home. Of course, you won’t be able to use all of your appliances, but you should be able to plug in your fridge, a toaster, and maybe a small microwave. Even having the ability to prepare some basics will take the pressure off of having to dine out each night.

Tip #2 – Take the Chance to Downsize

There is a good chance that you own far more kitchen appliances and accessories than you actually need. If that is the case, take this opportunity to downsize by giving away or throwing away those things you don’t need. As a good rule of thumb, think about the last time you used each item that you take out of your cabinets. If you haven’t used it in a year or more, there is very little chance you are going to use it moving forward. By downsizing, you will have less stuff to store around your home, and that means less clutter during the renovation.

Tip #3 – Get Out of the House

If possible, spend a little bit of extra time out of the house in order to take your mind off the renovation. Having a room remodeled is an expensive proposition, so you will probably be a bit stressed about the whole situation. To avoid driving yourself up a wall, and to avoid straining your family relationships, spend some time away from home while thinking about anything but a new kitchen.

When you plan on using stone as part of your remodeled kitchen, Stone World should be one of your first calls. Please contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer your project – thanks for visiting! To request a free quote, fill out the form here or call us at 615-350-7000. We look forward to hearing from you!

Below are some additional articles you may find helpful during your Nashville kitchen remodel!

Design Tips – Play Off the Colors in Your Countertop

It isn’t particularly difficult to install a variety of components into your home in order to complete a kitchen or bathroom. However, the task of actually bringing those individual components together into a cohesive unit that looks good as a whole is something entirely different. As you are thinking about the design and décor of your new space, it is important to keep in mind how each specific piece is going to work as a part of the whole.

Since your countertops are going to be one of the most-prominent features in your design, it only makes sense to use them as a starting point for developing a color palette. This works particularly well with stone, since many natural stones include a variety of colors which all can be used in one way or another. For example, a granite counter that is mostly black may have flecks of gray, white, and other shades that you can use for inspiration around the room.

Picking a Backsplash

The backsplash that you use for your counter is one of the key elements of design that needs to be settled before your project will be complete. As one option, you can choose to use the same material for your backsplash as you used for the counter itself. This kind of cohesive look is attractive to some people, while others prefer to have a backsplash that stand out as different from the counter. If you are looking for contrast, consider a backsplash that uses a color which is included to a small degree in your stone counter. Pick out a color that is flecked in your counter and use that as your shade of choice for the entire backsplash.

Think Cabinets

Other than your counters, it is your cabinets that will be taking up the most visual space in your kitchen – and probably your bath as well. As a general rule of thumb, you want to look for a dramatic contrast between the color of your cabinets and the color of your counters. Since each of these pieces is so large, having them take up a similar space in the color spectrum might not be the best design choice (although it can work in some cases).

So, if you are going with a light counter top – marble, for instance – you will want to think about possibly using a dark finish on your cabinets in order to set up a beautiful contrast. On the other hand, a dark stone counter could be accented nicely by a light stain on the cabinets. The final choice on this point is yours, of course, but always keep in mind the appeal of stark contract within a space.

Remember Your Appliances

When it comes to the kitchen, the other key element to keep in mind is your collection of appliances. Most likely, you will have at least a dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator which are all similar in color and style. Before you settle on the colors that you are going to use to finish the room, make sure you are picking shades that are going to work nicely with the appliances you have in place.

If you need any help picking out the perfect stone counter to set up your design to be a success, feel free to contact the friendly staff here at Stone World. Our team has tons of experience in this business, and we would love to share our knowledge with you. We hope to hear from you soon!

Hey Nashville! What are the Advantages to Having Plenty of Kitchen Counter Space?

Nashville residents looking to remodel their kitchens should consider more counter space…

Stone World Nashville Kitchen Counters Remodel

Stone World Nashville Kitchen Counters Remodel

There is a lot to think about when designing a kitchen, whether you are remodeling an old kitchen or starting from scratch in a new home. You need to think about the materials that you are going to use, the budget you have for the project, how the work is going to be completed, and much more. Among the important points that you want to consider in this planning stage is exactly how much counter space you would like to include in your overall design. It might go without saying, but you always want to error on the side of more counter space rather than less, for all of the reasons listed below.

  1. Never Crowd a Cook
  2. Grocery Landing Pad
  3. Include the Kids
  4. Resale Value

Never Crowd a Cook

One of the worst feelings you can have as a cook is not having enough to room to spread your ingredients and equipment out on the counter. Cooking takes a lot of space, as you may need to use cutting boards, mixing bowls, and small appliances all at the same time. By designing your Nashville kitchen counters with plenty of surface area, you will be able to prepare any meal you have in mind without running out of room.

Grocery Landing Pad

Everyone knows the feeling of coming into the house with several bags of groceries – only to find that there is nowhere for those groceries to land. To avoid that feeling, make sure you have a big countertop that provides you with space to set your bags as soon as you walk in the door. It is going to be up to you, of course, to keep the counters uncluttered on a day to day basis, but starting with ample space is sure to help.

Include the Kids

If you have kids who you would like to be involved in the cooking process, it is a good idea to have a large counter that provides them with room to work as well. Cooking is one of the best things that you can do at home as a family, and most kids love to be involved when you give them a safe job to do. Not only will the family get to come together for this activity, but you will likely save time preparing dinner each night thanks to a bit of help from the youngest members of the family.

Resale Value

You may not be thinking about the resale value of your home much right now, while in the middle of a kitchen project, but there will come a time when this is an important point. When you do decide to sell your house, having a large kitchen counter to display to prospective buyers is going to be a big selling point. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house in terms of final sale price, so make sure you are offering an attractive space for buyers who love to cook. Read more about remodeling your kitchen to increase home value.

A big kitchen counter is only going to be enjoyable if it is beautiful and durable – fortunately, we specialize in both of those things here at Stone World (conveniently located in Nashville.) Contact our team today to learn more about the stone counters we have to offer for your project. Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment below on what you think the advantages are of having countertop space in your Nashville kitchen.

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Is Your Kitchen Ready for a Stone Countertop?

Is your kitchen ready for those heavy stone countertops?

Is your kitchen ready for those heavy stone countertops?

Here is some breaking news regarding stone countertops – they are heavy! Okay – so that probably isn’t really breaking news after all. You could have guessed that a solid stone countertop would be extremely heavy, which is why they require a team of professionals to get them installed properly. Before you ever get to the point of installation, however, you need to make sure your kitchen is ready to handle a heavy counter from a structural perspective.

Cabinet Pressure

In almost every case, the counter you install in your kitchen is going to be placed on top of some cabinets. Are those cabinets able to safely hold all of the weight you are going to force them to deal with? If they are new, the answer is probably yes. Old cabinets, on the other hand, may not be up to the task. Before you invest in a new counter and schedule a time to have it delivered, it would be a good idea to have a professional countertop installer inspect your cabinets to confirm their structural integrity.

Beyond just having to bear the weight of the counter, your cabinets also need to be square enough to have the counter fit properly on the day of the installation. If you are dealing with old cabinets that have warped over time, it may be a serious challenge to fit a counter securely on top. Again, this is an issue that should be dealt with ahead of time. Make sure everything with regard to your cabinets is in place before placing an expensive order for a beautiful stone counter.

Under the Counter Concerns

Even if your cabinets are in good repair, you also need to be concerned about the status of the floor beneath them. Of course, the weight of the counter will be pushing down on the floor just as it is pushing down on the cabinets, so an old or damaged floor may be unable to support this new load. This is another point that usually won’t come into play with a new home, but is very often a concern in an older structure.

Again, it comes down to planning ahead to make sure this issue doesn’t become a major problem. Have your floor checked out by a professional, and have the floor reinforced if there is any doubt as to its ability to hold up under the weight. The last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on a great counter only to find that it is doing damage to the structure of your kitchen. When it comes to a project of this magnitude, it is always better to be over prepared than to be caught off guard at the last minute.

As professionals in the counter business, Stone World has seen it all before. If you have any questions about the structural integrity of your kitchen prior to purchasing your stone counter, feel free to contact our team for assistance. Once the groundwork has been laid for this project, you can then turn your attention toward picking out the perfect stone. Thank you for visiting!

How to Budget for Your New Kitchen This Summer

Summer time - New Kitchen Remodel - Stone World TN

Summer time – New Kitchen Remodel – Stone World TN

Updating the kitchen in your home this summer is certainly an exciting proposition, but it is also an expensive project to undertake. You will likely love the finished product when all the work has been completed and the mess is gone – however, you don’t want to check your bank account at that point to see that you have drained away all of your savings in the process. Budgeting is a crucial part of any renovation project, as you need to arrive at the end of the work knowing that you haven’t blown every last penny on the job.

With that in mind, thinking about how to budget your job should be one of the first steps in a kitchen rebuild. After the math has been done, you can then move on toward the fun parts of the job such as picking out a design, selecting materials, choosing colors, and more.

Big Items First

It is the big, expensive items that are going to go most of the way toward determining your budget for this project. Sure, there are countless little expenses that can also pile up along the way, but those will seem rather insignificant in comparison to the big ticket items. Specifically, there are four items that you should carefully consider from a budget perspective right from the start of the job –

  • Labor
  • Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Cabinets

These four points are going to make up the majority of your budget for any given kitchen remodel (you may need to add flooring to this list as well, depending on your specific plans and the size of your kitchen). Labor often accounts for about half of the overall job, depending on whether or not you are going to do some of the work yourself. Countertops, specifically stone counters, can become expensive in large sizes, so you want to ballpark that expense early on as well. The story is the same with appliances and cabinets, each of which can run well into the thousands and beyond.

Contingency Fund

Very few construction projects go exactly as expected from start to finish, so you shouldn’t be expecting your project to include nothing but smooth sailing. Unexpected costs are a standard part of the construction business, and you need to be prepared accordingly. When budgeting for the job, plan on having between 10% and 20% of the total project cost available for overruns. Hopefully you won’t actually need to use this money, but it should be available just in case. Having a contingency fund for the project will allow you to relax a bit and enjoy the process.

If you are getting ready to start with a kitchen remodel, feel free to contact Stone World at your convenience to get an estimate on the cost of a stunning stone countertop. We will be happy to work with you right from the start of your project so that you know exactly what kind of a bill you will be looking at for your counter. We believe that no new kitchen is complete without a beautiful stone surface, so call us today to get started!

Consider Your Entire House When Picking a Countertop

Kitchen Renovation - Countertops

Kitchen Renovation – Countertops

When you are in the middle of a kitchen renovation, it is easy to focus in on the kitchen alone. That project can quickly become your whole world, and everything outside of the kitchen seems to take a backseat while you are in the middle of the process. Of course, ignoring everything outside of the kitchen would be a mistake, because what is going on in the kitchen needs to work nicely with the rest of your home.

Coordination is Key

If you have one type of countertops throughout the rest of your home – in the bathrooms, and maybe on a wet bar in another room – you don’t want to totally conflict those counters with the choice you make in the new kitchen. Consider these primary countertop locations:

  • Kitchen Countertops
  • Bathroom Countertops
  • Outdoor Countertops
  • Wet Bar Countertops

Of course, they don’t need to match perfectly, and matching perfectly might not even be an option if you are talking about a natural stone product. However, you want to at least make sure to think about the other surfaces in your house when choosing a counter for the new kitchen. You may decide to sell your home one day, and you don’t want prospective buyers to be put off by the confusion collection of counters that you have assembled.

Color Scheme

Do you have a common color scheme that is carried throughout your home? If so, keep that scheme in mind and pick a counter that carries on that style right through the kitchen. If necessary, you might even decide to enlist the help of a designer to allow you to pick out a countertop that makes sense for your colors. Since materials like granite often have more than one shade within them, you might find that the help of a trained eye is beneficial in this process. There is a significant time and money investment made in installing a new counter, so you want to be sure to pick out the perfect one for the job.

Don’t Overdo It

The investment that you make in your kitchen, including the counter that you select, should make sense within the context of your home from a financial perspective as well. If you own something that would be considered a ‘starter home’, you don’t want to purchase the most expensive counter on the market to install in your otherwise affordable home. The people who will be interested in buying your home when it goes up for sale are not going to be able to afford a luxury counter, so you aren’t likely to recover that original investment. There is nothing wrong with putting a nice kitchen into a ‘starter home’, but make sure you don’t go too far or you will wind up wasting money in the end.

As you are working on completing your kitchen renovation, make sure to keep the whole house in mind while making design and materials choices. You don’t need to match everything else in the house, but you certainly don’t want to create a kitchen that stands out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of your décor. If necessary, work with a professional designer to get the finishing touches picked out just right.

Stone World of Tennessee can help guide you in the right countertop choices for your home! Beautiful countertops is what we love. Let us make your idea a reality – contact us today for a free consultation.

Three Great Ways to Complement Your Beautiful Countertops

Complimenting Countertops in Your Home

Complimenting Countertops in Your Home

Countertops are an integral part of any kitchen design. Obviously, at Stone World, we take countertops very seriously. Whether you are looking for a granite counter, a marble or quartz option, or just about any other stone, we would love to help you bring your vision to life. However, while countertops are obviously important, there is more to a great kitchen than just a great counter. It takes an overall vision of what you want from your kitchen if you are going to be thrilled with the final product.

One of the reasons kitchen renovations can become such a costly endeavor is because all of the various elements that need to be purchased in order to complete the job. Fortunately, when the project is complete and everything is in its place, you are likely to love cooking and spending time in your new kitchen. Following are three important elements that you want to make sure are present in your design, along with a stunning counter.

Beautiful Cabinets

This one is probably the most obvious of all. Adding great cabinets to your kitchen is a perfect way to compliment your new counter and the rest of the décor. Cabinets come in a wide-range of styles and sizes, and they can be finished in just about any color under the sun. Picking the right cabinets can be something of a painstaking process simply because of the number of options involved, but you need to commit yourself to sorting through the market until you locate just the perfect look. Also, the cost of cabinets can rival your counter in terms of the most expensive part of the project, so you want to leave nothing to chance with this part of the job.

Stunning Appliances

Installing great looking appliances that also are highly functional is one of the best things you can do to raise the overall level of your kitchen. More specifically, using cheap appliances in an otherwise upscale kitchen will quickly lower the appeal of the space from a visual perspective. You want to make sure that you are picking appliances that fit your décor, whether you are going for a modern look or something more traditional. Just as there are plenty of cabinets on the market to consider, there is also an incredible number of appliances available depending on the budget you have in mind.

Lighting Matters

As a nice break from the expensive elements of appliances and cabinetry, lighting is something that you can add to your kitchen for a modest price tag which will have a major impact. Pendant lights that hang down over counters are increasingly popular, but lights which are recessed into the ceiling remain popular as well. Good lighting will not only give a wonderful feel to the space, but it will also make it easier to prepare food when your work spaces are well lit. You might not wind up putting as much time or effort into lighting as you will the other elements, but it certainly is going to have a major impact on the final appearance of the project.

A Great Kitchen Doesn’t Have to Include Granite Counters

Stone Counter Options - Granite, Marble & Quartz oh-my!

Stone Counter Options – Granite, Marble & Quartz oh-my!

When most people talk about a new kitchen, they talk about granite countertops. Whether they are buying a new house or renovating the kitchen in a current house, it seems that granite countertops are nearly a given. Despite the presence of many other great options on the market today, you could be led to believe that granite was the only countertop worth considering – and that simply isn’t the case.

Of course, it is true that granite is a great option. This beautiful stone comes in a wide-range of colors, it is durable, functional, and more. There are plenty of reasons to opt for granite in your kitchen, and you will likely be very happy if that is the decision that you make. However, it would be a mistake to totally ignore the other great options that are available from a number of stone suppliers, such as Stone World. Two such alternatives, quartz and marble, bring plenty of their own advantages to the table.

Quartz Has a Case

While a quartz countertop isn’t entirely made from natural stone, it has a great stone appearance and plenty of advantages that come along with it. For one thing, you don’t have to add sealant to quartz, so you can plan on essentially zero upkeep to be required over the long run with your quartz counter. Also, color enhancements can be used to create a variety of shades which you may or may not be able to find in other stone options. In terms of price, you will find that many quartz counters are similar in cost to granite countertops, although quartz may present you with a small savings if you are comparing it to a high-end, rare granite piece.

Marble is Also a Contender

The big argument in favor of marble is that is simply looks incredible. Many people love the appearance of marble counters, as it gives off a high-end appearance that simply can’t be imitated. If you love the look of marble and want to incorporate it into your home, the counter is the place to do it. However, there are a couple of drawbacks in terms of marble, specifically to do with the porous nature of the stone. Marble needs to be sealed properly in order to protect it against stains, and you will also likely notice that the counter changes color somewhat as the years go by.

This article is not meant in any way to take away from the quality of a granite countertop – granite is, and will remain, a great option for your kitchen. However, it is important that you consider all of your options before making a selection, as you don’t want to miss out on something that would be perfect for your needs and tastes. For example, both quartz and marble make for great countertops, while offering many similar characteristics to granite. Take your time to browse all of the options on the market, and feel free to contact Stone World if you have any questions about which choice would be right for your project. We hope to hear from you soon!

5 Mistakes to Not Make as you Design your Kitchen Countertops

5 Mistakes to Not Make as you Design your Kitchen Countertops

5 Mistakes to Not Make as you Design your Kitchen Countertops

Designing your kitchen countertops is no small task. Homeowners in the Franklin, Tennessee area who have done one can attest to this. To help your kitchen countertop design process go smoothly, try not to make these five common mistakes:

Kitchen countertop design mistake: Wrong counter space

Too much kitchen countertop space can be too much period, as this space could be used for seating, storage, appliances or walking. Too little kitchen countertop space can lead to you having to clean up your space frequently as you cook or bake.

Take the time to think about what you really need to use your space for. A baker will need more room than someone who only ever chops a few vegetables. A kitchen with multiple chefs in the room at once will need twice the kitchen countertop space. Design for how you’ll use the kitchen, not by where the spaces are or aren’t.

Kitchen countertop design mistake: Poor layout

You need to look at the work triangle concept and see how you can best layout your kitchen countertops. Your stove, fridge, and sink need to form a triangle that is easy to navigate. People in Franklin, Tennessee who complain about poor design are complaining about having a bad work triangle.

Kitchen countertop design mistake: Poor lighting choices

If you can’t see what you’re cutting on your kitchen countertops, how can you be sure that it’s food and not your finger that you’re about to slice into? Be sure to have a good mix of ambient light for general purposes, and spot lighting on specific areas of your kitchen countertop where you need to focus.

Kitchen countertop design mistake: Bad ventilation

You may not think that this is a kitchen countertop design issue, but think about that again when you realise that poorly ventilated cooktops will put smoke and loose particles of food down on the nearest thing – your kitchen countertops!

Kitchen countertop design mistake: Following bad trends

We all love paying attention to a good trend here in the Franklin, Tennesse design world, but there are good trends and BAD trends. A kitchen countertop design that is brand new needs some time to see if it is going to last or fizzle out.

Be careful of new trends in permanent places like your kitchen countertops. If a certain color that’s trending has caught your eye, and you have to have it now, try using it on curtains or a rug for now.

Kitchen countertop design ideas

For more kitchen countertop design ideas that aren’t mistakes, contact the design team here at Stone World today. They’ve seen some bad mistakes and corrected them, and have steered a few homeowners in the Franklin, Tennessee area away from a mistake that they later were thanked for!