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How to Budget for A Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodels are exciting but are often highly anticipated. The weight of the total cost worries you just from the thought of beginning the month(s)-long project. Our customers often hesitate to begin creating their dream home due to the financial stress and not knowing where to begin. Well, ease your mind and let us do the planning for your home renovation! Follow these easy steps on how to budget for your next kitchen remodel to alleviate the stress.

1. Create the budget

The first step in creating a budget is … to simply do that! You need to set a foundation and structure of how much you, not only, would like to spend but how much you are eligible to spend. Here’s a few tips we suggest considering to reach your end goal of creating a well-planned budget:

  • Consider how you are going to shop for your remodel
    • Are you contracting your own remodel? In other words, will you have someone hired to do the labor, purchase materials and plan the design of your space?
  • Consider a contingency fund
    • If you plan to hire a respective party to assist in the remodel, we suggest you plan to spend an additional 20 percent on a contingency fund. This is a safe bet to take to secure your project and the actions taken during the process. Often times, many surprises arise during renovations and you will highly appreciate when you have this security under your belt!

2. Decide what takes priority

Is your kitchen in desperate need of a remodel? Are your renovations planned around the fact that your kitchen is worn out and is simply limited to functioning properly? If so, then functionality needs to precede over style! Visit our showroom to discuss with a highly experienced professional regarding what materials you should incorporate into your new home.

If your goal is to modernize your home and re-arrange the whole aesthetic and feel of your place, it is important to do your research! Find the colors, patterns and materials that speak to you and your design preference. Remember – sometimes the more expensive items resemble high quality upgrades that may be beneficial in the long run! Consider spending a few extra bucks on durable and valuable pieces.

3. Break it down

The next step is to break down the budget into categories. How much will be spent on what? We like to suggest following The National Kitchen & Bath Association‘s budget break down list. Here it is below:

  • 30 % for cabinets
  • 14% for appliances
  • 10% for countertops
  • 5% for lighting
  • 4% for plumbing fixtures
  • 2% for paint
  • 1-2% for tiles

The remainder of the budget will need to be allocated towards contractors and disposal costs.

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4. Find the best supplies

This is our favorite part! We love browsing through the collections of sinks, countertops, mirrors and flooring to find unique styles that speak to us. It is important when re-designing a home that you find pieces that you will like for years to come. If you are overwhelmed by the various options provided, speak to a showroom representative to better assist and organize your thoughts. Our trained professionals are eligible to narrow down your options that best fit in line with your budget, priorities and design style.

5. Don’t forget hidden costs

Last but not least, don’t forget about the hidden costs! These costs include things such as removing the food, appliances, furniture, and other items within your household prior to the renovation process. Most people like to be assisted with this to get the ball moving on the exciting remodel.

We hope this list helps better prepare you for your long-awaited kitchen remodel! If you are looking for more inspiration, visit our blog or contact us today to get started on the beginning of your renovation project.

Get A Glance Inside Former Governor Nathan Deal’s Home!

After almost a decade of hard work and responsibility, it was time for former Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife, Sandra, to retire and settle in their new home in northeast Georgia. They dreamed of a simpler one-story home, custom-built with handicap-accessible features. With several specifics in mind, they reached out to Reed Brothers Design & Build who commonly construct forever homes for empty-nesters and retirees.

We received the amazing opportunity to partner with Reed Brothers to create an aesthetically charming and elegantly beautiful kitchen design for the former governor’s new home. The room is dressed with white cabinets and Corian countertops that pair perfectly to portray a bright, light kitchen, per request. The countertops mimic a creamy, swirl design that is luscious and luxurious in design. The dainty pattern pairs perfectly with the white brick backsplash, and together, combine to create an airy and fresh atmosphere.

All White Kitchen Interior Design of Former Governor Nathan Deal's Georgia Home

Adding contrast throughout the home lies (literally) the hardwood floors. Living next to a river requires a floor that is low maintenance and easy to clean. Plus, the organic design of the natural wood adds an untouched and natural feeling to the homes overall atmosphere – it’s perfect for a waterfront home hideaway!

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Nathan’s favorite spot in the house is the outside deck, which is accessible through the dining room. The former governor enjoys the crisp cool breeze that the outdoors brings, as well as the relaxing sound of the roaring river just steps away from the home. When he is not outside, he reverts to the dining room where possibly his most prized possession lays. Both Nathan and Sandra have a special love for their dining room table. When browsing for kitchen countertops, the Deals ran into the strikingly beautiful Michelangelo Brazilian quartz. This quartz is truly one-of-a-kind. It is made up of various hues of greys, browns, and blues and contains unique veining that is far from ordinary. “Sandra said we built the house around my table,” Nathan stated. And Sandra confidently agreed, saying that they even changed a few decor pieces so that it wouldn’t take away from the table. We agree – the design is too marvelous to be overshadowed by clashing embellishments.

To read more about the Deal’s new home hideaway, check out the full article in the latest issue of Home: Living in North Georgia September 2019.

Interior Design Home Living in North Georgia Magazine with Former Governor Nathan Deal

For more inspiration on how to design your new kitchen, visit our blog or get in contact with one of our experienced staff members at a showroom near you!

Add Personality to Your Kitchen with Customizable Café Appliances

Your personality runs throughout your home – so why not showcase it proudly in the true heart of the home? It’s time your kitchen received acknowledgement for its exceptional and fun design!

Café appliances have become a popular choice within new, modernized homes. They are extremely versatile and are offered in various styles and colors. The best part? These appliances are ALL customizable, allowing you to create the unique design that you and your kitchen deserve! Mix and match colors to highlight your style preference and create a one-of-a-kind kitchen that your guests will fawn over!

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Customizable Cafe Kitchen Appliances

What Appliances Are Available in the Café Collection?

Every kitchen appliance, from large to small, that you’ll need to outfit your space is available in the Café selection. Choose from their extensive collection of ranges, ovens, cooktops, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves and vent hoods.

What Part of the Appliances Can Be Customized?

This collection doesn’t just come in traditional stainless steel or black stainless like many other appliance options on the market. Knobs, handles, and finishes can be curated to seamlessly resemble your personal style. The line includes brushed bronze, brushed copper, brushed stainless and brushed black hardware to complement a matte white, matte black or stainless steel finish. Fashion and design truly come together with personalized Café appliances! Whether you prefer muted matching or dramatic contrast, these kitchen appliances offer distinct style!

Interested in Café Appliances for your home?

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Find the inspiration for your next home design project on our blog or contact us to speak with a representative to help you find the best products to suit your budget, style and needs.

What’s the Best Kitchen Layout for Your Home?

There are a lot of different house layouts out there, but when it comes to a kitchen, there is only so many ways to arrange your appliances, sink, countertops, kitchen island, etc. to make the most functional use of the space. If you’re struggling with ways to set up your newly designed kitchen, check out our tips and ideas on the different ways to layout a kitchen for the best aesthetic and flow!

U-Shaped Kitchen Layout

A U-shaped layout is exactly what it sounds (or looks) like – it is a kitchen made up of three sides that resemble a U (or as us southerners like to say, a horseshoe) with one end as an opening to the remainder of the house. U-shaped kitchen designs work great in a large space. If you can afford to have three areas for countertops, this will give you extra cooking space, cleaning space, eating space, and more! We recommend that each wall incorporates a large and functional appliance, as well as plenty of cabinet storage. For example, have wall #1 feature the fridge, wall #2 include the oven and microwave, and wall #3 involve the kitchen sink. When you have several people over for gatherings and the kitchen is full, you will highly appreciate the spaced-out appliances and walking room in your kitchen! This kitchen layout is also perfect for having a central island for storage and food prep.

L-Shaped Kitchen Layout

An L-shaped kitchen is one of the most popular layouts found within American homes. It is characterized by two adjoining walls and countertops that create a right angle in the nook of your home. L-shaped kitchen designs are very dynamic and can be incorporated into both small and large homes! With a space like this, it is nice to have a peninsula area to create a more open feeling. Kitchen islands are also a great way to add more countertop space, as well as seating, for this type of kitchen so multiple people can cook and converse!

Galley Kitchen Layout

A galley layout is most common in smaller homes, apartments or more confined living spaces. They are typically composed of two walls parallel to each other, creating a closed in, but still comforting space. Another more modernized version of this kitchen layout is a main kitchen wall and an island that sits directly across for a more open concept. These types of kitchens are best for what we call a “seamless work triangle.” In other words, have your appliances displayed in a triangular array, so that the flow from the oven to the sink to the cabinets are one continuous movement. This will relieve any feeling of clutter and allow you to easily cook in your space! What’s the “seamless work triangle?” Click here.

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One Wall Kitchen Layout

While a single wall kitchen layout may not sound ideal, you can still make great use of the space! Having everything laid out on one wall will make your kitchen feel open and welcoming. Its blueprint is perfect for creating an open concept layout by alleviating space to incorporate a mobile island or dining room table into the room. One wall layouts are the utmost easiest way to incorporate a larger walking space, but beware, as these kitchens often have limited storage and countertop space!

G-Shaped Kitchen Layout

A G-shaped layout is not as common, but this design is a great concept to incorporate into a large home. G-shaped kitchens give you the opportunity to max out countertop space, providing you with three solid walls for storage and an extra extending piece for prep or serving! It is great to define the mark between your kitchen and the rest of the home while maintaining the open feel, as it is not a complete room divider. This layout is also nice for homes that are narrow and do not necessarily have the space to install a kitchen island. With this layout you can incorporate extra seating or an area where guests can stand around while remaining out of the chef’s way.

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We hope this helps your kitchen planning by providing you ideas for the best way to make use of your space! To compare all of the layouts, click here. For more inspiration on how to design your new kitchen, visit our blog or get in contact with one of our experienced staff members at a showroom near you!

Design Guide: The Different Types of Fireplaces

Kitchens are often said to be the heart of the home but we can definitely make an argument for fireplaces too. A focal point to a space and a great area to gather, fireplaces enhance ambiance and add value to your home.

Cooler weather is approaching and there’s just something so cozy about sitting near a warm fire, chatting with family and friends. Making s’mores is also a fireside activity both adults and kids alike enjoy! There are many fireplace options you could incorporate into your home or outdoor space but there are three main types you shoud consider. Understanding which style is best for you can be overwhelming so we’ve laid out a quick guide on all the types of fireplaces available as well as some additional options. Take a look below!

Electric Fireplaces

An electric fireplace is simply an electric heater that mimics a fireplace burning coal or wood. When renovating a home, people often opt to replace their old, conventional fireplace with an electric one because of the various benefits they have to offer. Electric fireplaces are powered by a plug in your wall, so no fumes are being released into your home. Because it is not actually burning wood to produce heat, it is low maintenance and easy to clean. Using an electric fireplace is extremely simple, and its appearance can be designed in a wide range of unique ways! They are a great, stylish and safe choice for your home.

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Gas Fireplaces

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Gas fireplaces look like real wood fires and act alike, too! They produce a small amount of smoke that requires venting, but the fire is produced by (…you guessed it…) gas! A gas-burning fire is more manageable than a wood-burning fire because you can control the amount of gas being used to ignite the flame. If you want more heat, all it takes is a simple adjustment. The second you would like to cease the fire; you can turn off the gas and the fire will quickly dissipate.

There are two options within this fireplace category to consider: gas logs or gas inserts.

Gas Log Fireplaces

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Gas logs offer all of the ambiance and warmth of a real, wood-burning fire but without the mess! Gas logs are typically made up of ceramic but can be fashioned to look like any type of wood from oak to driftwood or more. Gas logs are a great option for several reasons:

  • They are less effort than wood-burning fires because you won’t have to lug around heavy bundles of wood.
  • There is no dust or soot produced, so it is a much easier clean up (if you need clean-up at all) and lower maintenance.
  • No wood needs to be chopped!

Gas Fireplace Inserts

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Gas inserts are extremely popular but often mistaken for a regular fireplace. Gas inserts are exactly what they sound like – an insert that is installed into an already-existing fireplace. It requires very little, if any, construction because it is made to fit into any opening. Inserts are designed to replace wood fireplaces for a cleaner alternative.

Wood Fireplace

The classic of all fireplaces is the wood-burning fireplace. It is hard to replicate the beautiful ambiance that a wood fire creates. The atmosphere, the warmth, the sound and the smell are all things that people love about natural wood fires. Although new alternatives have become increasingly popular, wood fireplaces are still a beneficial and one-of-a-kind choice to have in a home. The cost is unbeatable, as you only have to pay for the logs when you want to use it. Or you can buy chopped fireplace wood in bulk and store it in the garage for a long-lasting supply. You also do not need to depend on electricity for its use. Use a wood fireplace when the power goes out for lighting, to keep warm, and maybe even cooking!

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Fireplace Mantels

A mantel, also known as a chimneypiece, was traditionally designed as a hood to catch the smoke of a fire. With the innovative fireplaces that the current day market offers, mantels are becoming more evolved and changing into elaborate designs for style purposes rather than sole functionality. It represents a decorative frameworkmfor the focal point of your home. The option for mantel renovations are limitless!

Francois & Co. Fireplace Mantels

Francois & Co. is a distinct collection that is created by skilled artisans and stylists for a one-of-a-kind fireplace mantel. These mantels are designed to provide luxury and authenticity in your home. Each product is different from the next with “sealed” details down to the tiniest blemish. The collection styles vary from modern, gothic, formal, countryside, and antique to suit your space.

Fireplace Surrounds

The surround of a fireplace is the outer part of the wall that surrounds the opening of the fire. This is typically made up of brick or durable stone, such as limestone, granite, marble, etc. Nowadays, surrounds can be made from various materials and are most popularly chosen by personal design preference and overall room aesthetic!

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Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces come in all different styles from wood to electric, gas and more. Although very similar, outdoor fireplaces differ from indoor fireplaces for a variety of reasons:

  • Outdoor fireplaces are generally less expensive than indoor ones
  • They are typically larger in size and contain a voluminous firebox in comparison to indoor counterparts
  • Because they are located outside, outdoor fireplaces may require a chimney cap to prevent the spreading of sparks on a windy day
  • Durability is a top priority when building an outdoor fireplace because they need to withstand weather related elements and climate change exposure
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Decorative Chimney Tops

There are two types of fireplaces that result in different chimneys: masonry fireplaces and prefabricated fireplaces. Masonry fireplaces are the traditional fireplace that you may envision made up of bricks, blocks or stone. Prefabricated, or factory built, fireplaces are the “newcomers” to the fireplace scene, made mostly from metal. Depending on the type of fireplace you have installed in your home, there is an extensive array of chimney top options for you to change the outer look of your fireplace. From tall ribbed shroud, masonry shroud, king chimney top and more, your home will appear different and more unique than the neighbor next door.

Drastically improve the aesthetic and resale value of your home with a fireplace!

If you’re looking to upgrade an existing system or add some warmth to your space we carry a number of options for all types and our installation teams are factory-trained to ensure safe installation.

Fireplaces can be an essential element to a home and its overall function and appearance. Fireplaces aren’t as commonly placed in modern day home builds as they were in older homes. For this reason, it’s ok to be picky about the type of fireplace you install in your home to ensure you get the best use and value from it!

Talk with a professional team member at one of our many fireplace showrooms, in Atlanta/Buckhead, Decatur, Norcross, Destin, Santa Rosa/Miramar Beach, to find the best style to suit your needs and to browse our extensive collection in person.

You can also view more of our blog for other useful information for your home renovation.

Atlanta Lighting Showroom Celebrates One Year

How time flies! CR Home Lighting is approaching its one year anniversary.

In celebration of the milestone, CR co-hosted a festive event with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in conjunction with the organization’s monthly networking mixer.

Intown Lighting Showroom Upgrades

The Dekalb county location boasts 17,000 square feet of warehouse and a showroom displaying hundreds of transitional and modern indoor and outdoor lighting solutions. The space also showcases fireplaces, fireplace surrounds, garage doors and more.

Following the original build-out of the showroom last year, we have since added a modern new central feature to the space. A linear single-sided Heat & Glo Foundation Series gas fireplace surrounded in Dekton Arga.

10% OFF LIGHTING

With purchase of garage door, fireplace, or appliances

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CR Supports Industry Organizations

“Construction Resources has been a faithful member for many years and their support has been instrumental in the success of our association,” said Kathryn Stempler, NARI’s Atlanta Executive Director. “We were pleased to help CR Home Lighting celebrate their one-year anniversary in a lively atmosphere and stunning showroom, which made for an unforgettable evening.”

Nearly 100 industry professionals were in attendance at the anniversary event, including contractors, designers, and suppliers. CR is committed to the development and training of the remodeling industry and regularly offers trade professionals opportunities to fulfill annual certification credits through continued education courses and hosts try-before-you-buy product demonstrations for consumers at their multiple locations. See the company’s calendar of events.

“Our company is committed to transforming the product selection experience through our multiple locations with the purpose of expanding our service reach and promoting trade networking and development,” added Mitch Hires, CEO. “We are always pleased to welcome NARI and all of our association partners.”

Complete the Look of Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

 

It’s clear that outdoor entertainment has evolved over the years. From small gatherings around the fire to full on kitchen and seating arrangements, the outdoors has advanced into an entertaining space where sports games are watched and neighborhood get togethers are held. Whether you’re trying to up the level of your outdoor kitchen or simply want a focal fireplace for late night chats, Construction Resources has all the components to help you create an enjoyable outdoor living space for your guests!

Here’s are the key elements to complete the look and functionality of your outdoor entertainment center:

Outdoor Dining

First things first, you can’t fully enjoy an outdoor gathering without a good supply of food. An outdoor kitchen is essential if you plan to host friends and family, regardless the circumstance, casual or formal. It is extremely convenient to have a kitchen where people feel welcomed to help themselves by serving cold beverages or reaching for the finger food snacks.

An important thing to keep in mind is the type of countertops to use when building an outdoor kitchen. A popular and notable choice is granite. Granite is made up of strong, natural elements that are capable of standing up to the weather and don’t easily chip or scratch. Its earthy tones also provide a unique visual appearance which blends perfectly into an outdoor setting.

Another great natural stone option for outdoor countertops is quartzite. If you’re looking for the latest countertop material that rates high for attractiveness and durability, then check out ultra-compact surfaces.

Outdoor Kitchen

Let’s be honest, grilling, in itself, is a reason for people to gather together. Having a Sunday barbeque wouldn’t be the same if you had to go indoors to cook on the stove. The grill attracts a festive ambiance and creates a great environment for bonding within a fun atmosphere.

For the serious grillers, we recommend you check out our professional grills for an upscale option that provides a handful of innovative features. If you’re not the biggest chef, we still have options for you! Electric grills are a great alternative to the big and bulky grills, while still being placed outdoors! You can quickly prepare tasty burgers for your football-watching friends.

Outdoor Cabinets

If you’re wondering how to get a fully custom outdoor grilling area, Construction Resources can help with that too. We can help you build a outdoor configuration that houses all the right appliances and accessories to make your grilling and hosting experience ideal.

To complete the kitchen portion of your outdoor entertainment center, you may need to consider incorporating cabinets. Having a place to store all of your outdoor appliances and dishes is a great way to keep your belongings organized! And plus, a little extra space wouldn’t hurt.

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Outdoor Fireplace

Your outdoor kitchen should be able to bare the different seasons so you can enjoy the space yearround. Wherever your home, a fireplace is always a great idea to have, especially for the winter time! Grab a few lawn chairs and circle around a nice, warm fire and make s’mores with your beloved friends. You can opt for a traditional wood fireplace or maybe choose a modern-styled gas fire pit that better suits the aesthetic of your home and its lovely décor.

Own a home in Destin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Choctaw Beach, Freeport or nearby? Florida Bath & Surfaces (FBS) is the perfect one-stop-shop to find all the premium products needed to equip your dreamy outdoor living space. From countertops, grills, sinks and cabinets, FBS has it all. Search our vast selection of unique (and may we add, quite necessary) appliances to complete the living lifestyle you want!

Located in or around Atlanta? We also have our Sewell Appliance showroom in Sandy Springs. Come in for a visit and let’s see what kind of outdoor oasis we can help you make.

Pizza ovens. Warming drawers. Electric cooktops. Compact and specialty refrigerators. Gas grills. And More.

For more inspiration on creative ways to spice up your home, visit our blog. If you would like to speak with one of our professionals to discuss specific inquiries, please contact us.

Countertops 101: Everything You Need to Know Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

 

Nowadays, interior design has become more complex than before. New styles are being cultivated that are different, unique, and fresh. Kitchen countertops have evolved into more than just a piece of compressed paper to place food and other items atop; it has become a piece of art and a statement to the home.

There are many kitchen countertops to choose from: granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, solid surface, ultra-compact, cultured marble, and so on. Deciding upon a countertop for your home may be difficult. What look do you prefer? Do you prioritize style over maintenance? Or would you rather a sturdy stone over one that is softer and more fragile? These are all things to consider, but we know it can be overwhelming. Thus, we have provided you with a countertop 101 that lays out everything you need to know before purchasing the stone that suits you best.

Marble

When it comes to marble, style comes easy! It is elegant, shiny, and has a timeless element to it that appears effortlessly beautiful. But be careful – marble is softer and more porous than other stones, making it more susceptible to damages such as chipping, staining and scratching.

Marble Kitchen Countertop

PROS

  • Beauty – classic & timeless
  • Availability – because of its high demand, marble can be found at almost any stone fabricator
  • Smooth surface

 

CONS

  • Prone to scratching/chipping
  • Susceptible to stains
  • Higher maintenance – in order to prevent damages and stains from occurring, it is important to professionally seal the surface every six months and clean spills/messes immediately

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular stones found in American homes. It is extremely durable and resistant to heat and scratching. However, due to its porous nature, granite has the possibility of obtaining stains from acidic liquids if such products are left on the countertop for too long.

PROS

  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to chemicals and stains – this is true when granite is properly sealed by a professional

 

CONS

  • Porous material – if not sealed properly, or if sealant wears off, granite can absorb stains that are impossible to remove
  • Cost – depending on the rareness or “level” of the design, cost can be high
  • Chipping/cracking – this is a rare occurrence, but still possible if a heavy object is dropped on a corner or edge

Quartzite

Quartzite is arguably the strongest natural stone option for your countertop; in fact, it is sturdier than marble and granite. It has the same beautiful essence that marble portrays but can withstand a little more abuse. It is a great solution for an outdoor kitchen because it is resistant to UV rays, but be careful, as quartzite is more prone to scratching.

Quartzite Kitchen Countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • UV resistant – no need to worry about fading if placed outdoors

 

CONS

  • Scratching – we recommend using a cutting board
  • Damage from heat – use trivets for hot pots and pans
  • Sealing – make sure it is installed and sealed professionally on a regular basis to prevent future damages
  • Limited color options – due to its naturality, quartzite contains more neutral colors and less variety of color

Quartz

Different from quartzite, quartz is a non-porous stone that is durable, resistant to many damages, and is very easy to maintain. Because it is a manufactured product, quartz offers a wide range of hues, seeveral finish options, and its final appearance is rich and luxurious.Quartz Kitchen Countertops

PROS

  • Very durable
  • Non-porous – there is no need for a sealant
  • Wide range of designs and colors
  • Scratch, chip & crack resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Does not harbor bacteria

 

CONS

  • Price
  • Receptive to heat
  • Should not be used outside

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are a man-made material composed of polyester resins, pigments or other elements that do not require seam installations. It is a highly flexible material, comes in a variety of color options, and integrates smoothly with sinks and backsplash.Solid Surface Countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Smooth surface
  • Seamless
  • Ability to sand away stains or scratches
  • Wide range of colors & patterns

 

CONS

  • Receptive to heat
  • Can scratch and dent
  • Possibility of stains

Ultra Compact

Ultra compact surfaces are made from raw materials found in glass, porcelain, and quartz, which are then put under extreme heat and pressure to create an almost indestructible material. These countertops are one of the most durable options on the market today!Ultra Compact Countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch, chip, and crack resistant
  • UV resistant – perfect for outdoor use

 

CONS

  • Limited fabricators and installers – because proper install requires certification, it may be more difficult to find a reliable pro who can do a beautiful job

Cultured Marble

Cultured marble is a fun twist to the regular, natural marble. It is made up of a blend of marble dust and polyester resin to produce a wide range of color and natural looking patterns. Because it is a man-made product, cultured marble is non-porous and thus does not require sealant. The molds are lined with a special, clear gel that creates a transparent finished surface.Cultured Marble Countertops

PROS

  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Customizable
  • Affordable

 

CONS

  • Difficult to remove scratches
  • Prone to stains

All of these countertops are great options for both your kitchen and bathroom. We recommend you list your priorities, such as style and durability, in order to properly choose the best countertop for your home. If you need assistance to further understand which will work best in your house, please contact us or visit our blog for creative inspiration.

Innovative Garage Doors & What You Should Look For

When it comes to home décor, outdoor appearances are just as important as the interior. One of the new, upcoming trends is the process of transforming your garage’s facade into a beautifully enlarged accent wall. In other words, people are using their garage doors as a way to enhance the look of their home and differentiate their house from others on the block. But what you may not know is that these new and improved garage doors are enhanced with practical (and stunning) features.

Check out all there is to offer for garage door renovations. These features may have you wanting to transform your home in no time!

Smooth-Functioning

Smooth Functioning Convenient Garage Doors Atlanta Georgia

Let’s address this first … convenience is EVERYTHING. With all of the technology that the world has to offer, it is important to have a product that functions properly and smoothly. Thanks to Clopay’s Coachman Collection, steel carriage doors are crafted to look like old-fashioned swinging doors but with the modern-day amenity of the automatic lift. It is the perfect blend of beauty and practicality, appearing as a textured wooden door, but in fact, is made up of durable low-maintenance steel. It’s time to trade in your old, rusty inconvenience for new and innovative technology.

Insulation

Insulated Garage Doors Atlanta Georgia

Have you dreamed of transforming your garage into an extra space where you and friends can hangout, play billiards, and watch sports games? We sure have! However, people often run into one problem: weather conditions. Being inside the garage means dealing with unwanted circumstances; it is either unbearably cold in the winter or awfully humid in the summer. Just the thought of running through to get into the car is dreadful. Whether you have created additional garage space or not, we encourage you to invest in an insulated garage door. Clopay’s Gallery Collection is comprised of steel carriage insulated doors that will provide extra comfort no matter the circumstance. Not only is the functionality of insulated doors practical, but this collection provides a vast assortment of designs including window and wrought iron hardware, unique color choices, and faux woodgrain paint finish.

Low Maintenance

Low Maintenance Garage Doors

The natural beauty of a wood door is eye-catching and highly sought after. However, natural wood can lose its unique detailing throughout the years with exposure to sun, rain, snow and other outdoor elements. Thankfully, with Clopay’s Canyon Ridge Collection, you can maintain the rustic look of a wooden door without the hassle. This faux wood door is manufactured to reveal the array of color and texture that you love in natural wood but is composed of durable material that won’t deteriorate from outdoor matters.

Translucent

Translucent Modern Garage Doors Atlanta Georgia

The garage door that has all the perks of glass, without all your belongings being completely exposed! Translucent doors are a great way to add personality to your home’s facade. They provide a sleek and open appearance, giving the street-view of your home a welcoming and “homey” feel that is cohesive. The best part? At night it displays a beautiful warm glow and during the day it allows natural light to enter indoors. Check out Clopay’s AVANTE Collection to view the entire range of door panels available.

Wind Resistant

Wind Resistant Garage Doors Atlanta

Natural disasters are unfortunately very common no matter where you are located. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or others of the sort, we recommend that you check the stability of your garage door – you may need to invest in one of Clopay’s Classic Collection garage doors. These doors are extremely durable, robust and are specifically made to withstand high winds. Don’t worry about sacrificing style for strength, this collection offers a wide range of looks and colors to suit your home.

Customization

Customized Garage Doors in Atlanta

If you’re all about style, then you need to check out Clopay’s Reserve Custom Series. Work with one of CR’s showroom professionals to create the door that will be the perfect complement to the overall look of your home. From windows and wrought iron to specific types of wood, you will be able to devise all of the details for your dream garage door. Your home is only steps away from becoming one-of-a-kind!

For more creative inspiration on how to design your dream home, visit our blog or contact us to speak with a representative who can help further assist your needs.

Announcing Our Acquisition of United Materials, Inc.

Major Southeast design and construction supply company, Construction Resources, further expands its business in Florida

Our Atlanta-based design and construction supply company has acquired United Materials, Inc. (UMI), a Florida-based importer and distributor of surfacing materials.

Since its founding in 2002, UMI has grown into one of the largest wholesale suppliers of stone products in the Southeast. Its countertop slab offerings include quartz, natural stone, porcelain, and recycled glass, in addition to complementary products including tile and sinks. UMI has a diversified customer base, with more than 1,500 customers and annual revenues in excess of $50M. UMI has 3 design centers/distribution facilities located in Naples, Tampa, and Boynton Beach, FL.

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Don DiNorcia and his management team at UMI will continue in their current roles, post-transaction, as a part of the Construction Resources group. UMI’s sales and operations teams will continue providing superior quality products and service to their clients. In the near future, UMI has plans for expansion throughout the state of Florida.  This will generate a greater reach, facilitating a more localized distribution of slabs to better support the fabricator network in the residential and commercial segments.

Construction Resources (CR) has developed an enviable reputation in the design and construction sector, particularly in the Southeast, with its diverse product portfolio and steady growth through both start-ups and acquisitions.  Founded by the Hires family in 1970 to manufacture cultured marble products, CR now offers over 60 nationally-recognized brands across 10 product categories in the single-family, multi-family, and commercial segments.

“The acquisition of UMI came as a natural fit as we looked to expand our geographic footprint and continue executing on our strategic plan to become the premier one-stop-shop for design, product sourcing, and project management needs of the remodel and new build markets,” said Mitch Hires, CEO of Construction Resources.  “Under the leadership of Don DiNorcia, UMI has built a solid business reputation and we believe great opportunity awaits both brands,” he added.

“We truly are excited about the opportunity this partnership presents our company,” said Don DiNorcia, President of UMI. “From an operations and geographical standpoint, there is exceptional value in the Construction Resources brand. Our businesses align almost seamlessly, and our potential for growth increases greatly with their support.”

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