Your kitchen. Probably the room with the highest amount of traffic in the house. It’s where you stop for a bite to eat before heading off to work, where families cook together, gather over a glass of wine and chat, grab a snack from the fridge/pantry or perhaps where your kids do their homework. It’s where the junk drawer is. You know the one with all the knick-knacks you quite haven’t figured out what to do with are. For this reason, kitchen design is so important to our homeowners and we’re here to help you avoid some common mistakes we’ve seen over the years when it comes to your granite or quartz countertop installation and general kitchen remodel.

  1. Installing a top mounted sink: What is lurking beneath the dark and damp crevices of that top mounted sink? It makes us shutter just thinking about all the bacteria and food that gets stuck under there. Do yourself a favor and install undermount sinks for a cleaner kitchen.

  2. Selecting an exotic granite color: The rarer the color of granite you choose, the more porous it is, therefore it’s more likely to stain which might end up costing you more in the long run. There is nothing wrong with wanting an exotic color for your countertops as long as it’s done in a sophisticated way. If you’re doing a red or blue countertop, everything else should be mostly neutral. If you want more color, make sure you do very small pops of color in your decor.

  3. Too much stainless steel: It feels cold and uninviting. Try not to do all appliances and cookware in stainless steel. It’s perfectly fine to mismatch appliance and cookware as long as it’s done tastefully. 

  4. Playing it too safe: So you want to be able to resell your house one day and don’t want a kitchen design that will be outdated in 10 years. It doesn’t mean that everything has to be beige and plain. It’s okay to add pops of color here and there or different texture materials to vary the flow of your kitchen. Maybe the backsplash should have an interesting design that catches the eye or upgrade cabinet hardware which is easily changeable. Invest in pretty light fixtures, or colorful furniture. 

  5. Not creating more counterspace if you need it: Who doesn’t need more counterspace? If your kitchen is small you can utilize corbels or shelving supports to create more counterspace.

  6. Selecting a granite color that doesn’t match the rest of your kitchen: Before installation, make sure the color you choose compliments the rest of your kitchen to avoid a mismatch in styles. We won’t say not to mix traditional with modern because it can be done in style, however be careful and take your time in designing your kitchen.

  7. Doing the work yourself: You might be setting yourself up for disaster if you install your own countertops. Granite and quartz slabs are very heavy and delicate. They’re easy to damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Hire a trusted granite countertop contractor in the metro Phoenix area. 

  8. Forgetting Budget– This seems like a no brainer but how much do you plan on spending on your kitchen remodel? The average kitchen remodel project in Arizona is in the range of $20,000-$25,000. Budget is essential because it will help you decide which aspects of the kitchen to upgrade and which feature of the kitchen you’re going to spend the bulk of the budget on. Maybe new cabinets don’t fit the budget, but painting them and switching up the hardware does?

  9. Forgetting to look at the big picture: Consider your wall color, backsplash treatment, flooring, cabinet hardware, lighting and decor when picking out your granite or quartz slabs. Ask a friend or family member for input since they aren’t always in your kitchen, it may be easier for them to see something you’re missing.

  10. Getting stressed: Redesigning your kitchen should be fun for you. You can avoid stress by  hiring a professional Phoenix granite installer to take care of making sure your granite countertops arizona are of the utmost quality. 

Contact us if you’re in the metro-Phoenix area and we will do a FREE home consultation for granite countertops- (602)354-9262

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