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Redesigning or giving a facelift to a kitchen before selling.

Some questions you should have answers for before starting the process...

1. What is my budget? 

2. What are you hoping to achieve within this budget, or a list of your wants and wishes?

3. Can I DIY or do I need a professional? 

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What is it?  Does every stone need it? Both are valid and commonly asked questions. After working with a company that offers this service for more than two years, I have come to appreciate my customers’ curiosity about this service. 

What is it?

To best explain what the layout is we have to start at the time of template. Stone Masters does digital templating. The digital file of your measurements are then brought back to production and uploaded to a computer. Below is what it looks like once uploaded into the computer.

If you opt for the layout service, Stone Masters then takes a picture of your exact slab(s) and uploads them, along with your measurement to another program called Slab Smith. On one side of the screen you fill see your counter pieces, and on the other your slab(s). Production will bring up a suggested layout for you to begin working with. You can choose to accept the suggested layout, or move the pieces around to create your own layout. You can see in the photo below what a completed layout looks like.

Does every stone need it?

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Create a space that is inspired by an object that inspires you.

Inspiration:  A charming little decorative bowl that has hints of country with elegant embellishments. 

My first thoughts on the object:  homestead, farm fresh, free range, quaint and graceful

Translate into style: Traditional, Rustic, fresh, elegant

My inspiration for these material selections started with the fresh green grass as seen in the picture. I picked the countertops to be predominantly green (Costa Esmeralda Granite(upper right) or Traditional Soapstone (lower left)). The granite is very elegant and refreshing; however the Soapstone is traditional and welcoming. 

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Selecting the right kitchen sink is an often overlooked part of the kitchen remodeling process. Once a sink is selected an exact hole is cut in the stone, anchors are also drilled into the stone for sink clips to hold it into place, and finally it is siliconed in place to protect against moisture. 

So once a sink is chosen, there's no going back to get a bigger one or to pick a different quality. Its literally set in stone!

Factors to consider

Size

Your cabinet size will often dictate the size of the sink you can get. My advise is always to get the largest size your cabinet will accommodate. A large sink that can hold your cookie sheets and big pots is usually a safe way to go.

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Visualizing the End Result

"I'm having a hard time imagining how this it's going to look." This is a common hurtle for many homeowners we work with...and it sometimes is tough! There are a lot of elements to consider, but there are a few tools and tips to overcome it!

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Storyboard: When starting with a new project use sites like Houzz or Pinterest to collect and gather your thoughts. You'll be surprised at how quickly you discover your preferences. It also gives others a good starting point to help you. Look up stones or cabinets you like to get ideas and see what the end results look like. 

Youtube: Samples are great! Look at our youtube channel though for even better perspective. The videos have full slab views that allow you to sit in your own home and see the stone. Open a bottle of wine as you browse and the process is easy!

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