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10 Frequently Asked Questions about Quartz Countertops

When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the biggest focal points of the remodel is the countertops. Homeowners have man questions regarding countertops that they need answered before making a final decision. From “What is going to give me the best bang for my buck?” to “Which color selection will still look the best in 10 years?” – the questions can be endless. However, the first decision to make when choosing your countertops is what kind of material to use. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer two countertop material selections: granite and quartz.

Granite is a great material to incorporate into a kitchen or bathroom design. It is durable, heat resistant, and cleans easily which makes it a great countertop material for both areas of the home. Savvy Home Supply offers customers a wide selection of granite to choose from and has one of the most competitive price points in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are remodeling a kitchen, be sure to read up on 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Countertops before making any final decisions.

Quartz is also a countertop material that can be incorporated into either kitchen or bathroom designs. If you are looking for a highly durable and eye-catching material to incorporate into your home – quartz countertops are the way to go. If you are remodeling a bathroom or considering using quartz for your kitchen countertops, it is important that you know the benefits and drawbacks associated with quartz. A good place to start is by asking your home remodeling team these 10 frequently asked questions about quartz countertops.

1. Where is quartz sourced from?

Quartz is sourced from the Earth and manufactured using 95% natural quartz ground toa power and 5% of resins made of polymers. The resulting material has a natural look, feel, and – thanks to the excellent engineering behind the manufacturing process – can be customized to any consumers design ideas and taste.

2. What color options do I have when it comes to quartz countertops?

At Savvy Home Supply, we offer dozens of colors to choose from for your quartz countertops. Some of the most popular quartz countertop colors include: Ash Gray, Pebble Rock, Snow White, and Canvas. We source all of our quartz countertops from MS International and Quantra which allows us to have a larger selection of quartz countertop colors than many of our local competitors.

3. Are quartz countertops indestructible or can I damage them with regular use?

Quartz is an extremely durable material and it is highly unlikely that you will cause any damage to your quartz countertops unless you are abusing them. Regular use will not negatively affect them in any way. However, as with most countertop materials, there are precautions that you will want to take when it comes to using your quartz countertops.

4. Do I need to take any precautions using my quartz countertops?

You will want to exercise caution when cooking near your new quartz countertops. While granite countertops can withstand heat with no effects, quartz can be affected by extreme heat. The best practice is to use cutting boards, hot pads, and trivets between the hot kitchen tools and quartz countertops. This will save your quartz from warping or being otherwise damaged from extreme heat.

5. Are quartz countertops seamless in design?

Whether or not your quartz countertops will be seamless completely depends on the size of your kitchen and the layout of your lower cabinets. Like granite, quartz is sold in slabs; however, all slabs max out at a certain length. The most common maximum slab length for both granite and quartz is 125” L x 65” W. This means if your lower cabinets are longer than 125” in length that your countertops will have to be seamed. Otherwise, you can achieve seamless quartz countertops.

6. What maintenance do my quartz countertops require?

Unlike granite countertops that require being sealed about once a year, quartz is an extremely low maintenance material. The surfaces of your quartz countertops will never need to be sealed and the strength of the quartz composition means that you will most likely never have to deal with repairs either.

7. Do quartz countertops stain or scratch easily?

Quartz countertops are stain-resistant thanks to the 5% of polymer that is mixed in with the natural stone during the manufacturing process. This polymer addition makes quartz one of the most durable surfaces on the market and they are resistant to scratches, as well, under normal circumstances. One instance that you will want to watch out for after you become a homeowner with quartz countertops is ring stains. If you spill a liquid or leave a sweaty glass on your quartz surface, be sure to wipe up the water right away and avoid over saturating the quartz.

8. Can quartz countertops be repaired if they are damaged?

If you damage your quartz countertops by chipping, scratching, or staining them – they can be repaired. However, you can save yourself quite a bit of headache and hassle if you practice caution with extreme heat and do not abuse the quartz countertops with aggressive cutting or scraping.

9. If I install quartz countertops, will the value of my home increase?

As with any home remodel, if you are replacing old, out-dated, cheap materials with more modern, high-end upgrades then the value of your home will increase. The same applies to remodeling a kitchen or bathroom with quartz countertops. Quartz is a durable material that is practically indestructible and there is high value in those qualities.

10. How much do quartz countertops cost?

Quartz countertops, when compared to other natural stone countertop materials such as granite, are on the same pricing level. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer quartz countertop installation at $48.00 per square foot with a minimum purchase of 40 square feet.

Quartz is a suitable material that can be used for both bathroom and kitchen countertops. Savvy Home Supply sources its quartz slabs from some of the best manufacturers in the country and offers quartz countertop installation at an unbeatable price. In addition, our Savvy Home Supply team will offer expert guidance throughout the entire process of remodeling your countertops and knowledge on how to care for your new quartz countertops once installation is complete. If you have any other questions regarding quartz countertops, contact the experts at Savvy Home Supply today.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of home remodeling and countertop installation, Savvy Home Supply is your one-stop-shop in Louisville, KY for all your remodeling needs. If you are a homeowner who is interested in learning more about our quartz countertop selection and the unbeatable pricing we offer, contact Savvy Home Supply today. You can call us at 502-241-9969, request an estimate online, or stop into our showroom at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY.

10 Tips to Get Your Kitchen Organized for the New Year

Rev-A-Shelf's Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Rev-A-Shelf’s Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Five days ago, 2016 ended and we entered a brand new year – 2017. A new year often comes with resolutions and a common resolution among homeowners is to get more organized. For some people, reorganizing is an easy feat, but for others it can be hard to know where to get started and how to finish once they’ve started organizing a room. At Savvy Home Supply, kitchens are one of our areas of expertise, so we’ve collected 10 tips on how to get your kitchen organized for the new year.

1. Store Items In Your Cabinets Based On Use

One of the best places to start organizing are your cabinets because they are often the most cluttered part of a kitchen and they can seem the most daunting to declutter. After pulling everything out of your cabinets and washing or wiping down your kitchenware, begin reorganizing your kitchen storage areas by placing the kitchenware you most often use on the lower, easier to reach shelves. Keep the higher shelves open for the dishes and other kitchen ware that are used less often or only for special occasions.

2. Group and Store Kitchenware by Functionality

This drawer is using a pegboard with wooden pegs that Rev-A-Shelf offers for easy organization. The pegs also come in stainless steel through Savvy Home Supply.

When reorganizing your kitchen, functionality should be your number one focus. Group all of your pots and pans together and store them around the oven. Keep all of your silverware and cutlery organized in a drawer close to the cabinets you store your dishes in. Store coffee cups, coffee filters, sugar, and any other condiments used to make coffee close to the coffee maker. It will be easier to stay organized when the functionality of your cabinets makes sense.

3. Use All the Space Your Kitchen Has to Offer

Storage solutions don’t just reside in cabinets and on shelves, so think outside the box when reorganizing your kitchen. The area beneath your cabinets holds a lot of opportunity. You can install track lighting under your cabinets to keep your countertops well lit. An even more innovative way to utilize the space under your cabinets is to install a towel rack which has multiple purposes. You can use it traditionally to store towels or buy “S” hooks to hang coffee cups or measuring cups above your countertops.

4. Kitchen Knives on the Wall

Clear up a drawer and organize your kitchen knives at the same time with a magnetic knife rack. Easy to install and extremely affordable, magnetic knife racks show off your cutlery collection, make them easily accessible while cooking, and gives you the opportunity to use the free drawer for other storage solutions.

5. Bring Closet Storage To Your Kitchen Pantry

Certain storage solutions can be multipurpose and one of the most versatile storage solutions you can buy are over the door, clear pocket, shoe organizers. Buy a new shoe organizer and store it over the door to your pantry. You can store spice packets, snacks, and other small compact pantry items in the separated pockets. This storage solution virtually eliminates searching for pantry items that are hard to neatly store and also allows young children to start learning organizational skills at an early age.

6. Gather Small Condiments Together for Easy Use

This Savvy Home Supply customer and homeowner opted for the Pie Cut 2 Shelf Corner Lazy Susan to store their often used goods in the kitchen.

This homeowner stores small items in a Rev-A-Shelf Pie Cut Lazy Susan.

Even if your cabinets are organized, having to reach into the back of a cabinet for a bottle of honey or jar of seasoning can make you feel like they are still cluttered. This is due to the tendency to store small items in small cabinets where there isn’t a lot of space to move items around to access ones further in the back. An easy solution for this clutter dilemma is to store all small, often used condiments on a tray that can be pulled from a cabinet and set on a counter top to access jars and bottles, reorganize them, and clean the tray. Another solution is to install a corner cabinet Lazy Susan for added storage and easy access.

7. Organize Pot Lids and Trays Upright

Pot lids are one of the biggest pains when it comes to kitchen organization because they are hard to stack on top of each other and take up so much space. The easiest solution is to buy an upright organizer that sits in a kitchen cabinet and allows you to store trays and pot lids on their sides in the same way dishes sit in a dishwasher.

8. Keep Items Under the Sink in a Tray, Too

The same organizational method used for small condiments in cabinets above your countertops can be applied to the bottles and other items normally kept under the kitchen sink. Buy a tray to hold spray bottles, sponges, scrubbing brushes, and soap bottles and reduce clutter. You can also install hooks on the cabinet door below the sink to hang dish towels and rubber gloves from. If you don’t want to buy a new tray for these storage purposes, you can always use an old baking tray to keep items organized.

9. Get Creative When You Store Glasses

Glasses can be a big issue when it comes to storage and consolidating space, so getting creative is necessary when you’re reorganizing. Set up one row of glasses to where the glasses are upside down then place a flat tray on top of the glasses. This opens up another surface to store more glasses on, so the are stacked but don’t risk getting stuck together.

10. Take Spices Out of the Cabinets

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Spices are essential in cooking and if you’re an avid cook then it’s a sure bet that you have a lot of spices in your kitchen. Keeping all of those spice jars in a cabinet is an easy way to take up a lot of space inefficiently. There are a lot of storage options for spices that remove them from the cabinets and keep them organized at the same time. One way to do this is to buy small, flat containers and attach magnetic paper to the bottoms of them. Fill these containers with your spices and stick them to the side for fridge for easy accessibility and use. Another option is to install a hanging basket under a cabinet and keep your spices there. Both options free up cabinet space and organize your kitchen.

These tips are a good place to start when it comes time to reorganize your kitchen in the new year. Our partner, Rev-A-Shelf, offers plenty of the storage solutions we’ve mentioned above as well as many other organization options to declutter your kitchen and make it a space that is easier to use and more enjoyable to cook in. If you’re interested in renovating or remodeling your kitchen before organizing it, call Savvy Home Supply at 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our kitchen experts today.

Paint For Your Kitchen – 5 Tips To Help You Pick The Right Color

Kitchens represent more than just food. They are the hub of the household, the center of every party, a place where the family gathers and a station for creation. Kitchens are special spaces that bring people together over shared meals and interests. This important room in your home is not only for meal prep and eating, but it’s often the entertainment hub as well.

Adding new touches here and there can transform any kitchen into the perfect living space. Despite its functional purposes, a kitchen should reflect a homeowner’s own charm and charisma. And there’s one immediate way to add a personal touch and flavor to your kitchen, and that’s with a pop of color!

Paint can personalize any room in your entire house, while creating a certain image and mood as well. When choosing a paint color for your kitchen, a room that may be considered the heart of the home, it’s important to take the time and steps to choose colors that you love. If you are looking to transform your kitchen simply by swapping out the old for the new, here are 5 tips to help you pick the right paint color for your kitchen.

  1. Choose Something Fresh: Try a color that will leave you satisfied and visually attracted to your kitchen. If this color is already found in your home, you might want to pick something unique. The kitchen is its own entity and it deserves its own paint job. A contrasting color in this space could give it a unique look that you love.
  2. Go with Complimentary Colors: While paint swatches can become overwhelming, consider the crazy color you are about to purchase and think about whether it will complement the items in your kitchen and surrounding rooms. Appliances, cabinets and flooring all work together with paint to create a stylish look. Don’t ignore these details while selecting your color of paint.
  3. Don’t Forget Fatigue Factor: Right now you might find that you are tired of your current paint color. When looking for a great new look, don’t let this color bring you down. Go for something different, yet sustainable. If you are unsure, it might help to talk with a kitchen remodeler to learn more about paint colors that are popular and long-lasting favorites.
  4. Personalize It: Choose a color that is going to represent you. As it was mentioned earlier, your kitchen is not just for cooking and eating. It’s often the most special room in your home. Select a color that will create happiness and transform your old look into something that you enjoy.
  5. Swatch It: Lastly, painting an entire room can be an exhausting process, so try painting sample colors before you commit to one. Giving yourself a preview to the new color will help you decide on your final color. This will also help you avoid making a paint mistake while finalizing your decision.

Keep in mind through all of this that paint can be painted over. This does not have to be a forever decision; it is simply a way for you to freshen up one of your family’s favorite spaces. While you should carefully consider the paint color that you choose for your kitchen, it’s also important to keep it fun and to have the confidence to try new things.