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Things to Consider Before Buying Granite Countertops in Charlotte NC

Thinking about making the switch to granite countertops in Charlotte NC? There are many advantages that granite offers over other materials, as well as important things to consider before making a decision.

Granite countertops are timeless. This natural material offers a beautiful aesthetic quality that will stand the test of time. No matter the age of your house, or the style of your kitchen, you’re sure to find a color and pattern of granite that will suit your needs. Also, granite is still a preferred choice among homebuyers today, so if you’re looking to sell anytime soon and considering a full kitchen remodel, they could help to increase the value of your home.

Granite countertops are affordable. Though more expensive than laminate, they are a less expensive alternative to other costly materials. Depending on the desired thickness of your slab and the contractor you hire, you could get a full granite countertop installation for anywhere from $50 to $100 per square foot. And because they’re so durable, the long-term value of granite countertops is unbeatable.

They’re durable. (We bet you knew we would say that!) Extremely hard and virtually scratch-proof, granite is a great material for prepping and cooking food, minimizing the use of cutting boards and other dishes. They are also extremely heat-resistant, so you can set your hot pans right down on top of them. Granite countertops are also a great choice for your bathroom where you may set heat-styling tools like hair straighteners, directly down on top of them without worrying about potential damage being done.

Granite countertops are stain-resistant. As long as they are properly sealed, they won’t absorb liquids, which means they won’t stain if anything is spilled on top of them.

Hire a good contractor to install your granite counters! As we mentioned above, your proper installation and sealing is important to ensure a long life for your new countertops. Granite is a porous material, and if not properly sealed, will soak up liquids and stain very easily. It can also store bacteria in its pores, which is a huge issue when you’re handling raw foods in your kitchen. Make sure you hire a contractor who is properly licensed and insured and has plenty of experience installing granite in kitchens and bathrooms.

A well installed and sealed granite countertop should last at least 10 years before needing to be re-sealed. However, in some cases, you’ll need to have them resealed every year. A good contractor will be able to educate you and help you get the best value for your money. Google is a great place to start when searching for a cabinet and countertop contractor in Charlotte. Be sure to read online reviews and do your homework before you hire someone!

At Huntersville Contractors, we offer granite countertops in Charlotte NC, as well as laminate countertops and cabinet refacing. We can take care of all your kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs. Simply give us a call at (704) 274-2994, and we’d be glad to discuss your options with you!

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2017 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the Christmas holidays coming up, you’re probably prepping your home for guests. Perhaps a kitchen remodel is on your to-do list for the upcoming new year. If so, check out this list of what’s trending most in 2017.

#1. Tall cabinets. Tall and slender has always faired better than short and wide (and not just in the cabinet world!) Taller kitchen cabinets make your space look bigger and brighter. They also have more storage room, which is a definite plus if you have a lot of dishes and glassware for entertainment purposes!

#2. Mixed colors. Tuxedo cabinets are one surefire way to mix up your kitchen color palette, and they are high on the list of kitchen remodeling trends in 2017. You could do a literal tuxedo color combination with black cabinets up top and white cabinets underneath your countertops. Experts also suggest a softer color scheme such a navy blue and light gray.

#3. Wood paneling. Also called “shiplap”, wood paneling gives your kitchen a clean, modern look. It also gives a nudge your grandmother’s kitchen a few decades back, making your space feel interestingly welcoming at the same time.

#4. Mixed hardware. Going along with mixed color cabinetry, you may also want to spruce things up with a mix of gold, silver, and pewter for your drawer handles and cabinet knobs. Unlike the monochromatic stainless steel look that previous kitchen have, the mixed hardware will make your space feel truly unique and even more inviting.

#5. Appliances that blend in. Sorry guys … stainless steel is out! If you’re going to overhaul your kitchen, ditch the stainless and go for appliances that blend into your overall design scheme (also known as “hidden appliances.”)

#6. Light colored paint and wood. The darker brown cabinets and dark colored walls are quickly giving way to softer grays and white colors, which make your kitchen look bigger and brighter (major selling points.)

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, give us a call at (704) 274-2994 today to discuss your options! We install and refinish cabinets and countertops in Charlotte NC,  Huntersville and surrounding areas.

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Your Guide to Cabinet Refacing in Charlotte NC

Cabinet refacing is a budget-friendly alternative to a complete cabinet remodel. You can give the kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home a whole new look with cabinet refacing. Choose from a variety of customizations to get the aesthetic quality that’s best suited to your home, including the wood, finish, color, and hardware that you like best. Our expert remodeling contractors can help turn your dream home into a reality with our cabinet refacing services in Charlotte, Huntersville & surrounding areas!

What Exactly is Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing is the process of giving your existing cabinets a “facelift” – so to speak. We revitalize your existing cabinets with a new design that takes into account color, finish, hardware, and wood selection to give your kitchen or room a new look.

The first step in our process is to perform a free on-site estimate. We then work with you to hand-select the wood and other features that will suit your project best. Once you’re pleased with your selections, we’ll begin the cabinet refacing project. We’ll construct the wood cabinet faces and install them for you, making all replacements and repairs on-site.

With Huntersville Contractors, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. We use only high-quality materials in the design, construction, and installation of your cabinetry. Whether you’re looking for residential or commercial cabinet refacing, our team has years of experience in both areas. We’ve installed new cabinets in homes across Charlotte, Huntersville, and surrounding areas. We’ve also worked with commercial entities to install and reface cabinets in office buildings and hospitals.

Cabinet Refacing vs. Cabinet Replacement Charlotte NC

If you’re looking for a full cabinet replacement, we can assist with that too! While it is a more expensive option than cabinet refacing, and does involve a lot more time, you’ll be left with brand new cabinets that will last you for many years to come. A full cabinet replacement can be as labor and time-intensive as a full kitchen remodel, and your existing kitchen will be virtually “destroyed” in the process. But with that destruction comes an entirely new construction that you can appreciate well into the future. Our Charlotte cabinet replacement services include a FREE estimate, along with selection and design help, installation, and cleanup. Our materials and workmanship are backed by a solid warranty, so you can feel confident in your kitchen remodeling investment.

Unlike cabinet replacement, laminate cabinet refacing is much less expensive and may be the best option if you’re on a budget. The remodeling process also moves a lot faster since you’re not installing entirely new cabinets, but simply refreshing the look of your existing ones. Laminate, however, does not give you the same look as real wood. While it may come close, if you were to compare laminate and solid wood side-by-side, you’d quickly see the difference. If your goal is to increase your home’s resale value, then a full cabinet replacement may be the best way to go.

In either case, we’ll work with you to ensure a seamless and satisfying experience from start to finish. You can choose cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware to match the look and feel you’re going for, and we’ll make sure the selection process is fun and not stressful for you.

If you’re looking for the best cabinet refacing company in Charlotte and surrounding areas, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Huntersville Contractors is excited to take on your project and help you get the biggest bang for your buck. Whether you need an entire kitchen remodel with new cabinets and granite countertops or you’re simply looking to upgrade an existing room with cabinet refacing, we can’t wait to serve you. Give us a call at (704) 274-2994 to discuss your options today!

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3 Considerations for Your Custom Kitchen Remodel

If you live in Charlotte or Huntersville NC and are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, here are a few things you may want to consider:

1. Hire a reputable contractor. Before you decide to remodel your kitchen, you’ll want to make sure you find a good, solid contractor who can not only provide design help, but will also ensure excellent workmanship. You want your cabinets and countertops to last for a long time! Some questions you may want to ask your contractor before hiring:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you offer any sort of money-back guarantee?
  • What materials do you use?
  • Can you provide references?

While I can’t speak for other kitchen remodeling contractors in the Lake Norman area, I can proudly say that our company has a great online reputation. You can check out our Google Reviews here.

2. Laminate counters, granite countertops, or something else? This is a very popular question among homeowners who are looking for kitchen remodeling services. A lot of people believe that laminate is out and granite is in, and that may be the case when you look at what’s actually trending. But as someone who has worked with both materials, I strongly advocate for laminate if you are on a budget.

Today’s laminate countertops allow for many customizations, including colors, textures, and finishes, that may not have been available previously. Also, if you’re worried about the ugly edge, we can now refine the edges and corners to make them round, so they look even more like granite! Like granite, laminate is well able to resist damage from heat. It’s a very durable material and will stand the test of time if you do not have the budget for the more expensive granite. You can still add a luxe look and feel to your home with laminate countertops! However, we do also install granite countertops in Charlotte and Huntersville, so if you’re set on granite, we are happy to serve you.

​3. Cabinet trends. Whether you’re looking for a modern, industrial look, a shabby-chic vintage feel, or a more traditional, contemporary aesthetic that will stand the test of time, we can help you decide which trends in custom cabinetry will be most suitable for your needs. There are many things to consider, including the color, finish, texture, and hardware that will look best with your kitchen decor and the style of your home. Our Charlotte kitchen remodel design experts have years of expertise and will provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to help you find the right solution.

To take advantage of our FREE consultation, give us a call at (704) 274-2994 today!