Tips for Choosing the Right Fabricator

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Countertop choice is a huge part of any home design or renovation process. Homeowners spend a lot of time deciding exactly which slab makes the perfect statement for their space.  Equally, if not even more important than choosing the right slab, is choosing the right fabricator. How is this possible?

The right fabricator will be able to help you choose the right material and slab for your needs. They will be able to explain proper maintenance to insure your counters stay beautiful. While this seems like an obvious part of the job, many fabricators simply don’t take the time or have the knowledge. Founded by Aaron Cook, Prestige Marble & Granite has over 15 years experience in fabricating the highest quality natural stone countertops, earning the company a fabulous reputation as the premier marble and granite business in the region.

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There are several different things to consider when choosing your fabricator, some more obvious than others. Here are some important questions to ask to ensure you are completely happy with your final choice, and ultimately your countertops!

What kind of Certifications does the fabricator have?

An established and professional fabricator will be certified. It’s as simple as that. Fabrication and installation certification programs establish industry-wide standards for training and provide measurable proof of knowledge about both the process and products. Prestige Marble & Granite is a member of the Marble Institute of America, which is an instrumental force in setting the standards of quality for stone fabrication and installation. Prestige is also a member of the Home Builder’s Association of Middle Tennessee and the Stone Fabricators Alliance.

 

What options do they offer?

Countertops today are made from a wide range of different materials. Are you looking for something that will need to stand up to daily use or are you more interested in creating a specific look? An ideal fabricator will be able to help you choose the best option for your usage, budget, and aesthetic desire.  They will be experienced with multiple materials and offers a wide array of choices: granite, marble, quartz, etc. Also, it’s important to be aware of the fact that no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. For that reason its important to find out if you will be able to choose your actual slab, or have to make your decision based on a small sample.

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What kind of equipment do they use? And do they have in-house installation teams?

Top professional fabricators throughout the U.S. use the latest in digital stone cutting technology. This is important when simple mistakes can be costly, cause delays, and negatively affect the final look of your beautiful counters. At Prestige we use state-of-the-art CNC stone cutting machines, routers, and digital templating for quality fabrication and on-time delivery. With digital templating, we can account for the undulation of your wall and ensure the counters match up perfectly.  From your vision to computerized CAD drawing to installation of your countertop, your project will receive state-of-the-art craftsmanship and the attention to detail it deserves. We also never use subcontractors and invite you to come see how we operate anytime!

This is our CNC saw, the GMM Intra. The Intra allows us to either program on the floor or import a CAD drawing. The Intra can cut parallel, perpendicular and diagonal arcs and circumferences. This machine allows Prestige to cut a wide range of materials quickly and with absolute precision.
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The Luna 740S is an automatic edge polisher which has been specifically designed to produce straight, slanted , bullnose, and a variety of other edges. This machine is capable of profiling  granite, marble, and engineered stones quickly and efficiently.
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The fact that we at Prestige are completely involved in the entire process, from design to fabrication to installation, helps ensure your counter tops turn out exactly as you imagine.

 

Do they provide references? Can you see examples of their finished projects?

A reputable fabricator will be able to provide references of recent projects. If you can visit one of their job sites and/or showroom, that’s also highly recommended. This allows you to ensure the quality of their finished work meets your standards. This requires a bit of extra research and work on your part, but will absolutely help provide peace of mind about such a big investment into your home.

Do they provide a warranty on their work?

When making any kind of large purchase it’s nice to know the company you are working with will stand behind their work. At Prestige we offer a lifetime warranty on all stone and sinks. We are passionate about making your installation a success and are dedicated to the level of customer service required to ensure your happiness for the lifetime of your counters. Prestige’s commitment to customer satisfaction has earned us an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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Whatever project you can dream up,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design, fabrication, and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom and bring their ideas and questions with them anytime!

 

The New Rustic: Tips for Creating a Modern Country Kitchen

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Few design themes create the cozy warmth associated with the country kitchen. The very idea evokes the memories of baking cookies with grandma or enjoying large Sunday dinners with the entire family. It’s a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style, especially here in the South. One of the fun aspects of country design is how many different ways it can be achieved. Whether you want to go all-out country, or just want to flirt with a few rustic touches, we’ve got some great tips on how you can achieve your dream modern country kitchen.

Texture

Your kitchen is the room in your home where your senses most come alive. Adding visual and tactile sensory experiences to the smells and tastes that naturally occur in your kitchen really help make it the heart of your home. Texture adds depth and different levels of interest to any space. An easy way to add impact to your country kitchen is through the use and mixing of different textures. Elements like wood and stone are obvious choices when trying to create a rustic feel, but there really are so many different options. You can go as simple or as big as you want with texture, it’s really all about the juxtaposition.

The rough, simple wooden shelving is a stark contrast to the polish of the clean white marble with gray veining. The copper and wood accents create additional textural elements in this kitchen.bethkirby.jpgPhoto: Beth Kirby
The abundance of textural features really makes a huge impact in this updated take on the classic country kitchen. A painted pine ceiling, exposed brick fireplace with wooden mantle, polished marble, white subway tiles, copper accents, and timeworn, rough soda shop stools all play with texture in a bold way. Additionally, the use of matte black paint really allows the textural elements to pop.
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Color

While you can never go wrong with white in the kitchen, color is a fun way to lend a country feeling to your space. If you are going to use whites for your rustic kitchen, you definitely want to go with the creamy, warmer tones that will help create the feeling of coziness reminiscent of the style. Softer, muted versions of almost any color are appropriate when creating a country feel for your home. The boldness of the colors you use will help determine how modern your space feels, with lighter, warm tones creating a more rustic feeling and bright, intense colors lending a more modern air to the room.

Red and yellow are a classic country color combination. They make an an even bigger impact when paired with the neutral wall color, backsplash, light wood floors and marble counter tops. The large, brightly colored chicken tile really pulls all the different colors together and creates a fun focal point.betterhomesPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens
The calming effects of lighter shades of blue make them the perfect choice for a country kitchen. This painted kitchen island really adds a touch of lightness to a space that is otherwise dominated by wood. Glamorous Rustic Country Kitchen Paint Colors Blue Island Inside Country Kitchen Color Ideas On HomePhoto: SHDECOR

The Farmhouse Sink

Little evokes the image of the classic country kitchen like the farmhouse sink. It harkens back to a time when there was no indoor plumbing. When water had to be physically hauled in to the home and sinks had to be drained manually. Today they are popular because their combination of form and function makes them the ultimate utilitarian kitchen focal point.

This sink’s double basins are a unique feature. Traditionally the farmhouse sink has just one extra large basin.627f13586026ff3c8ac41d0650c444be1c445cd2Photo: Apartment Therapy

A Dutch Door

Dutch Doors are divided horizontally, so that the bottom half can be left closed while the top half is open. This design originated from a need to keep farm animals out of the home while keeping small children in. Additionally, it allows for extra light and air flow throughout the space. Dutch doors are also extremely versatile, their multi-door design allows for a plethora of window, screen, and decorative options.

While not practical for every space, a dutch door is a really charming way to add a decidedly country flair to your kitchen.mycountryliving  Photo: My Country Living

 Cotton Boll Bouquets

Nothing says classic southern country decor like an arrangement of cotton boll stems. It’s a small detail that can’t help but feel both stark and lush at the same time, not an easy look to achieve. Bringing the outdoors in is a huge part of designing the country kitchen, and this is such a whimsical way to do it.

A tall cylinder glass vase modernizes the look. A bouquet like this is a standout on its own and also a perfect complement to any rustic collection.
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Galvanized metal accessories

Using repurposed antique farm implements as wall storage is both functional and decorative.
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A three tier metal caddy is a great way to organize and display your smaller kitchen essentials.industrial-hardware-spinner-displayPhoto: Kelly Elko
We hope you have enjoyed these ideas for creating your perfect modern country kitchen. For more kitchen design inspiration, check us out on Pinterest.
You can always count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgeable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

Tips for Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

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Whether building a new house or remodeling an existing space, a kitchen island is a must-have design feature that can transform how you use and enjoy the busiest room in your home.  At the very least an island adds storage and counter space, creating a centering point between the different appliances and areas in your kitchen.  Beyond that, a great island creates a gathering spot where families can congregate and create amazing memories.

Start with Size

How big do you want your kitchen island to be? This depends on a lot of variables. How much space do you have to work with? And what is going to be the main purpose of your island? Will you use it as additional cooking and prep space, or will it function primarily as seating? Equally important to the size of your island is the amount of space around it. You always want to make sure there is enough room around the island so as not to impede the flow of traffic through your home or limit the ability of the cook to move around easily and efficiently.

An island this size can fit easily into a smaller kitchen.
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A bigger island can really help define the space in a large open kitchen.14032810_321469251530534_1325135376_nPhoto: Caitlin Creer Interiors

Seating

Having seating at your kitchen island is a huge way to increase the functionality of your kitchen island. There are multiple ways to design your island to maximize seating capability. You can use a multi level island which will separate the seating area and work/prep space. You can use your island as a base for a banquette seating area. A table space can easily be incorporated into one end of an island or you can leave a counter overhang with enough room to move push chairs under when not in use.

This island creates a ton of seating for family and friends.fec91a7001fbPhoto: Kelly Deck Design
 A classic example of a multi level island.RS_heather-guss-rustic-neutral-kitchen_4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960Photo: Heather Guss
Banquette seating is a wonderful option if your space allows it.03-kitchen-island-with-a-built-in-seating-areaPhoto: DigsDigs.com
Integrating a table space is a great way to utilize one end of a large island.tableincorporated            Photo: Kelly Deck Designs

Storage

Options are almost limitless for storage in your kitchen island. Any combination of drawers, cabinets and shelves give you the ability to really customize the island to your specific storage needs. With that in mind, its a good idea to think about what you want to store in your island. Everyday items need to be easily accessible. Small appliances and larger pots may require extra depth or height.

Drawers and cabinets with pull out shelving maximize storage potential in a medium-sized island.
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Your kitchen island is the perfect place to store and display cookbooks.decorative-cookbook-holder-home-interior-design-transitional-kitchen-london-718x538.jpgPhoto: decorology
A mix of open and closed storage is the perfect way to showcase collectibles while concealing more utilitarian items.Kitchen-island-pots-storagePhoto: Homedit

When it comes to your kitchen island,  Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Colorful Kitchens

You know your kitchen doesn’t have to be all white, right?  While there is no denying white is still one of the most popular kitchen colors, a new color scheme can change your kitchen in a major way. Finessing the right hues can turn the room from drab to sophisticated, add pizzaz to a classic, bring a little drama to a laid-back space, or ground a large room with a robust foundation color  Steal some decorating inspiration with these colorful kitchen design ideas.

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The deep glossy blue on the lower cabinets adds unexpected polish and pop, while still feeling classy and classic.

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An earthy red is always appetizing. This orangey-red backsplash provides a dramatic focus in the kitchen.

 

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Aqua tones are perfect for those wanting (and perhaps even needing) the relaxing, transporting blue-green of tropical seas.

 

Bryant Residence
This green is wonderfully retro but surprisingly fresh.
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Pops of white prevent the dark espresso colored cabinetry from overpowering the kitchen.
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Blue up your grays for a look that’s subtly elegant, yet soothing and inviting.
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Deep gray is very grounding in this spacious traditional kitchen.
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Black on black is dramatic and sophisticated.
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Navy and white is nautical, crisp, and timeless.
We hope you have enjoyed this look at colorful kitchens. For more kitchen design inspiration of the colorful kind, head over to our Pinterest board.
You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with the latest in design and color trends. Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!

Seven Ways to Make Your Outdated Kitchen Feel Fresh & New

Is your kitchen beginning to feel like a blast from the past? Not only does an outdated kitchen feel dull and uninviting, it can make your entire home feel tired and worn. It can also lead to can lead to inefficient meal prep, high energy bills, and challenges selling your house.

But whether you are trying to sell your home, or you plan on staying in your space for decades to come, there are a number of  things you can do to bring your kitchen into the present. Here are some ways to make your outdated kitchen feel new and inviting.

Paint the Cabinets

If new kitchen cabinetry is not a viable option, painting your existing cabinetry can make a huge a difference. Whether you choose a vibrant hue, a modern dark finish, or stick with relatively subdued colors like white or gray, covering up outdated wood and dingy colored cabinets of yesterday will make a world of difference.

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Lose the Upper Cabinets

Walls filled with upper cabinets, especially in a small kitchen, can consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. Consider removing some (or all) of them and adding open shelving to make the kitchen feel larger and more open.

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Update Your Countertops

Countertops typically take up a large portion of real estate in most kitchens, so outdated surfaces (think tile-and-grout or cheap laminate) can really drag down the look of the entire space. Natural stone countertops are enduringly beautiful and will always stand the test of time. From marble to granite, to all the stones in between, such as limestone, soapstone, quartzite, there is something for everyone, and every budget.
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Prestige Marble & Granite marble in kitchen

 Add Kitchen Seating

For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home and tends to be the gathering place for busy families with children or when entertaining friends while cooking. From bar stools to banquets to tables and chairs, seating has become essential in today’s modern kitchen.

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Tear Down Walls

Many outdated kitchens feel boxed in and compartmentalized. Consider knocking out a non load-bearing wall (or two, or three!) to open up your kitchen to an adjacent dining room or living space.

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Go Green

Lessen your carbon footprint and save money, too, by replacing your outdated appliances withe energy-efficient models. Look for appliances and plumbing fixtures with Energy Star  and WaterSense labels. Saving water and energy are  good for the earth– and for your utility bills.

Don’t Forget the Lighting!

Oftentimes, kitchen lighting is an afterthought, but getting it right is an important part of a modern kitchen. An effective way to modernize your lighting is to illuminate in layers with ambient, task, and accent lighting. (Click here to learn more about the best lighting to enhance your stone countertops.)

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These are just a few of the cost-effective ways to change the look and feel of an outdated kitchen. We’d love to hear about some of your ideas in the comments!

When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Kitchen Design Trends in 2017

Kitchens, along with master bathrooms, continue to be the most desired areas for home improvement projects. With the current low interest rates and increased property values, most consumers believe kitchen and bath renovations offer a good return on investment. While we believe that any remodel should reflect the style of architecture and location of the home, as well as personal tastes and lifestyle, each years brings new design trends which might be worth considering. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for kitchens in 2017.

Is Gray the New White?

While white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is closing in and could be the top kitchen kitchen color in 2017. And combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that’s holding strong.

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These gray cabinets are painted in Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore.
Gray and white cabinet combination with marble countertops.
Gray and white cabinet combination with marble countertops.

Sinks in New Hues

A colorful sink is a great way to pop in a small amount of color in a neutral kitchen or make it more of a focal point by using the same hue in the backsplash.
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Architectural Lines

On the faucet front in 2017, keep things clean and minimal by choosing a linear silhouette. The architectural aesthetic will instantly update your look and works  with a wide range of styles.

Kohler K-7547-4 Purist Double Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet with Rotating Spout
Kohler Purist Double Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet

Bold Light Fixtures

Oversize light fixtures lend a great sense of depth perception and can be used to create drama in a room with a low ceiling.

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Marble Mania

This classic countertop material took a backseat to granite and quartz because it is more vulnerable to staining, chipping and fading. But designers and homeowners are drawn by marble’s rich natural tones and timeless style and are returning to the material. (Find out more about what to expect with marble in the kitchen here.)

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Calacatta Gold Marble  – by Prestige Marble & Granite

Waterfalls

A growing desire for contemporary lines accounts for the popularity of waterfall countertops, as homeowners are opting for cleaner cabinet styles, simpler doors and less molding.

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Waterfall countertop in marble.

Patterned Tile

Funky patterned tiles might be taking the place of subway tiles in 2017.

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When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

Five Easy Ways to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets

Are your kitchen cabinets beginning to look dated? Are they boring, builder-grade cabinets? Do they make your kitchen feel closed in? If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider a cabinet upgrade. Easier and cheaper than a full-on renovation, giving your cabinets a facelift can make your kitchen feel fresh and new. Here are some simple ways to upgrade your cabinets.

Paint

If your kitchen has good bones, but just looks a little tired or dated, a paint job could make all the difference. Try mixing up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands to add dimension and richness.

Heights Kitchen Remodel

Lose the Doors

A closed off kitchen can be lightened up by removing some of the doors to create an open shelving concept. Tip: To make open shelving practical, fill those shelves with the things you use most often.

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Add Glass Doors

If open shelving is not your thing, adding glass door inserts can also create a more open look. And there are lots of options besides plain glass: etched, colored, crackled, and fluted are some alternatives.

Transitional White Kitchen with Apron Sink

Attach Crown Molding

Adding crown molding to plain builder-grade cabinets adds height (which can make the space appear larger), and is a easy way to achieve a high-end look.

New Kitchen in Historic Downtown Charleston, SC Townhouse

Change the Hardware

One of the simplest fixes for boring cabinets is swapping out the hardware. Updating your cabinet hardware can give you a fresh new look without spending thousands of dollars. Tip: If you’re switching from a two-hole pull to a one-hole knob, choose hardware with back plates that will cover the holes.

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Replace the Countertops

And last, but certainly not least, new countertops can take a dated-looking cabinet from drab to fab in no time. Of course, we’re partial to this solution, but especially if you are going to paint or reface your cabinets, be sure to put the icing on the cake with beautiful natural stone countertops!

Alexandria Timeless Kitchen Addition
Whether you’re going for a kitchen refresh or a full-on renovation, Prestige Marble &  Granite is  your Middle Tennessee source for beautiful natural stone countertops. Stop by our Columbia showroom and browse our large selection of exotic, rare, and classic stones!