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10 Tips For Remodeling Your Bathroom

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In a remodel, we all want a final product that reflects our personal style and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Bathrooms are the number one room homeowners choose to renovate. This is because bathrooms are usually quite small and don’t cost too much money to renovate. Even the smallest of details can make a huge impact in such a small space.

Here are ten tips for remodeling your bathroom to end up with your dream space.

1. Have a Plan.

It may seem obvious, but too many homeowners forget to have a concrete plan for what they want their space to end up looking like. Establish a plan for your budget, design, and timeline. Talk with others who will be using the space. Imagine your day-to-day in this space. What are your priorities? When establishing a timeline, keep in mind that a bathroom remodel is typically 30-90 days long.

2. Don’t Mess with Plumbing.

Using the existing plumbing, if possible, will save you a ton of money in the long run. Relocating plumbing fixtures such as the bathtub or toilet is no small task!

3. Toilet tips.

Consider replacing the toilet seat and lid instead of the entire unit. Just replacing these parts will give your toilet a fresh look without breaking the bank.

4. Ventilation Systems.

Proper ventilation is the key to making your remodel last for many years to come. A bathroom that is not properly ventilated could contribute to a number of problems including mold and mildew buildup.  

5. Maximize Space.

Use all of the space in your bathroom as much as possible. Utilize glass doors for showers and tubs to open up space. Pedestal sinks take up much less space than those with cabinets. Use creative storage solutions if your space is small.

6. Pick Timeless, Durable Flooring.

Choose durable flooring that is properly stained and sealed. Beautiful, water-proof flooring options include porcelain, ceramic, and stone.

7. Design with The Future in Mind.

If you plan to move within the next few years, consider options that will increase the value of your home. Otherwise, think about your style preferences and make decisions that you know you will love for many years to come.

8. Protect Your Walls.

Durable baseboards are crucial for protecting your walls. You may also want to consider adding beadboard to the lower half of your walls. This will help protect your walls from water damage.

9. Small Things Make a Big Impact.

Don’t look over the little details. Usually, it’s in the finer details that the greatest impact is made. Grout not only seals out dirt and water, but it can make all the difference in the appearance of your tub. Add a frame around your mirror to make it stand out. Switch out standard lighting for a modern statement piece.

10. Don’t Skip Over Storage.

Storage is crucial in any bathroom. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, consider installing cabinets above the toilet, adding free-standing shelves to a corner, or hanging a towel rack on the back of the door.

Remodeling a bathroom is exhausting work, but the finished product will be more than worth it. Begin with the end in mind and this will ensure that your renovation ends in success.

5 Reasons To Try Granite Countertops

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One of the first things you notice when you walk into a kitchen is the countertops. If you’ve ever seen a kitchen with granite countertops, you know that their beauty cannot be beaten. Granite remains one of the most popular options for countertops today. Not only are they stunning to look at, but there are also many other benefits to choosing granite for your countertop needs. Here are five reasons to switch to granite countertops today.

1. Granite is Tough and Durable.

It is nearly impossible to scratch or chip granite countertops. This is because granite is second only to diamond on the hardness scale. However, if you do manage to scratch or chip your granite countertops, it is a relatively easy fix. Unlike materials such as laminate, Granite is heat resistant. You will never have to worry about hot pots and pans damaging your countertops. Granite is also immune to freezing, thawing, mildew, and mold. No other material is more durable or longer-lasting than granite.

2. Maintenance is Easy.

Once the countertops are properly installed and sealed by a professional, granite is very easy to maintain. Because granite is resistant to staining and bacteria, it is effortless to clean. You can easily clean your countertops with soap and water, or with a special, granite-specific cleanser. Keep in mind that you should never use vinegar or bleach to clean granite countertops.

3. Granite Boosts the Home’s Value.

Granite offers a nice curb-appeal to your home. Not only do they add beauty to your kitchen, but granite countertops also have up to 100% of return investment value. This means that you can potentially get back the entire cost of your countertops in the resale of your home. Because granite is so durable, no matter when you decide to sell your home, your countertops will always look brand new. When deciding between two homes to buy, it is not uncommon for prospective buyers to pick the home showcasing granite countertops.

4. Granite is Cost-Effective.

Because of its durability, granite is a very cost-effective choice for your countertops. Lower-quality materials, such as laminate, will need to be replaced within a decade. With granite’s long-lasting track record, you can expect these countertops to last a lifetime. Intermountain Stone and Marble offers customizable granite countertops in any size and shape to fit your unique needs.

5. Granite is Made of Natural Material.

Granite is an environmentally-friendly choice. With today’s trend of “going green”, these gorgeous countertops are a great choice because they are made of entirely natural material. This also adds to its beauty. Each piece of granite is individually unique, making your kitchen special and distinctive. The natural appeal of the stone is unsurpassed by any other countertop material.

Granite countertops will set your home apart from any other on the market. It is the most popular countertop choice because it is both attractive and affordable. These countertops are also very durable, easy to clean, and will boost the value of your home. Contact Intermountain Stone and Marble for your free quote today!

Creating a Beautiful Granite-Themed Outdoor Kitchen

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While many of those who haven’t utilized our services might assume they’re only meant for indoor remodeling projects and renovations, the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble is here to tell you that this isn’t the case. Not only do we provide numerous outdoor fireplaces and related fire features in customized natural stone, but we can also create custom countertops and other kitchen areas using our quartz, granite and marble products.

Part of the reason some folks don’t consider these areas when they think of stone countertop providers like us is that they aren’t sure whether materials like granite are meant to thrive in outdoor environments. And while a little care is needed in the proper areas, let’s be clear: It absolutely is. Let’s go over how granite survives and even thrives in outdoor circumstances, plus some themes you might consider for implementing granite in your outdoor design.

granite-themed outdoor kitchen

Granite and the Outdoors

Granite is known as one of the hardest materials on the planet, and its durability is one of its top qualities. At the same time, those who know a bit about it might be concerned about resistance to staining and ensuring its seal always remains strong when put up against wind, rain, snow and other elements.

And while it’s indeed true that granite placed outdoors may need to be sealed more often than the same product indoors, the gap here is generally small – and this is the only real difference. Granite is naturally resistant to even extreme temperatures on both ends of the spectrum, plus does just fine with things like direct sun and rain. It’s also naturally resistant to staining; so long as you wipe up any acidic spills quickly and ensure the seal is always updated, you’ll maintain a clean and gorgeous surface even during the wettest seasons.

Outdoor Granite Design Themes

Here are just a few basic themes or ideas to consider when utilizing granite for an outdoor kitchen or design areas:

  • Tucked Close: The one weather circumstance we will warn you about with granite outdoors is hail. While it’s very rare, if you live in an area where hail falls regularly, you might consider tucking your granite up against the home. Large, strong hail may chip or crack even strong granite in some cases. If you don’t tuck it away, keep a heavy blanket around to drape over the countertop in case of a hailstorm.
  • Sweeping Countertops: For outdoor areas with plenty of space, sweeping granite countertops allow plenty of space for socializing and food preparation. They also often leave plenty of storage space available.
  • Roofed Designs: If you want to be able to utilize your materials even during poor weather, consider roofing to protect yourself and others. Remember that even if you use a roof for your outdoor design, you still have to clean the countertop properly and seal the granite appropriately.

For more on utilizing granite kitchen themes outdoors, or to learn about any of our stone counters, speak to the staff at Intermountain Stone & Marble today.

Choosing the Right Marble Countertop Staining Product

 

At Intermountain Stone & Marble, we can assist you with sealing and all other needs for our beautiful marble countertops and other stone counters. How often you have to seal your marble countertop will depend on the stress the surface undergoes, but you’ll always want to have it ready if you notice water that’s being absorbed before you have a chance to wipe it up. In today’s blog, we’ll go over the two primary sealer types you might consider for granite surfaces, plus a couple of important factors that may impact your choice.

When it comes to maintaining your marble countertops in any area of your home, one of the single most important factors is proper sealing. Marble countertops can last a lifetime if you keep them protected from staining risks, and sealing is the primary method you have at your disposal here.

marble countertop staining product

Volatile Organic Compounds and Health

Before we get into the solvent types available, a quick message about volatile organic compounds, abbreviated VOCs. VOCs describe toxins that certain chemicals may release – they’re commonly found in the output of materials like paints, solvents, carpet dyes and others that produce fumes.

And as you’ll see here momentarily, VOCs may be present in your marble sealer product. This usually isn’t a major concern, as you can utilize airflow and proper ventilation to keep harmful fumes away, but it could be a risk if anyone in your home has a respiratory issue like asthma or COPD – these conditions can be aggravated significantly by VOCs. If you choose to use a sealer with VOC content, be sure to keep doors and windows open and use vents and fans to move air around, especially for the first few hours or days after sealing.

Solvent-Based

The primary high-VOC sealers we’re referring to are those that are solvent-based. These may leave behind noxious toxins or smells soon after they’re applied. However, they’re also highly durable and will generally last longer than a water-based sealer, plus provide a wider range of protection due to smaller molecules used. If you’re able to create a well-ventilated application format that doesn’t risk anyone’s health, solvent-based sealers can be highly valuable.

Water-Based

Much lower in VOC content, water-based sealers do not produce fumes. Their molecules are larger, and they fill in open pores in the marble to protect it from any staining. Application of water-based sealers is faster than solvent-based ones, though as we noted above, solvent bases may last longer. If you have any outdoor stone surfaces, water-based softeners should generally be avoided.

Your Finish Matters

One other important factor here: The finish you use for your marble countertop surface. If you use polished marble, for instance, your materials will be less absorbent due to the way surface pores are removed during polishing – these materials, water-based sealers usually do the job just fine. For matte or honed finishes where the surface is far more absorbent, however, you might prefer a solvent-based sealer for a higher degree of protection.

For more on the proper sealer to use for your marble countertops, or to learn about any of our kitchen or bath remodel services, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble today.

Why Quartz is Perfect for Bathroom Countertops

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When it comes to countertop material choice, quartz is one of your top options for any home remodeling project. It comes with great price ranges and a number of other positive qualities that make it one of the single best materials for any countertop in your home.

At Intermountain Stone & Marble Company, we have a huge variety of quartz countertops available for you to choose from. One of the most common areas of the home that quartz is utilized in? The bathroom, where it holds several specific advantages over many other stone types. Let’s look at some of the primary reasons why you should be considering quartz countertops for your next bathroom remodel.

quartz perfect bathroom countertops

Limited Maintenance

There aren’t many rooms in a given home where cleanliness is more important than in the bathroom, and this is one of the primary reasons quartz is so nice in the bathroom. It’s considered a non-porous surface, meaning that unlike some other natural stones, it won’t allow bacteria or other germs to penetrate its surface and fester beneath it.

This makes cleaning and basic upkeep a breeze for all quartz countertop surfaces. All you need is some water, mild dish soap and a soft sponge or cloth of some kind. Do not use harsh chemicals, which can scratch and damage the surface and simply aren’t necessary in most cases. And on top of all this, you never need to re-seal quartz as you do with some other materials.

High Durability

Bathroom counters often undergo quite a bit of stress through their use, and you need products that can stand up to this. Quartz is a perfect choice here, a durable and hard option that is not susceptible to staining, etching or cracking. This is the case even when coming into contact with water regularly and over a period of years.

Versatile for Design

Many people consider quartz to only be a modern option and one that won’t work with more classical or traditional homes. This is a misconception, however – quartz comes in a huge range of styles and patterns, including those that look more like marble or other stones. There are both contemporary and traditional options available, and quartz’s ability to mimic other stones goes a long way in this area.

Low Price Points

Finally, a major benefit of quartz in the bathroom and other areas of the home is the cost reduction. Many other natural stones are far pricier, and that’s even when factoring in varying price ranges for quartz based on the color and type of veining you choose. If your remodel is being done on a budget, quartz can be a good way to go.

For more on why quartz is perfect for bathroom countertops, or to learn about any of our marble, granite or other natural stone countertop materials, speak to the pros at Intermountain Stone & Marble today.