Give a New Look to that Outdated Bathroom!

Trends come and go, and if you’re like thousands of homeowners that
are faced with the need of improving that boring old looking bathroom, but still don’t you want to spend a ton on that project…. The solutions comes down to “being creative”! But, above all, creating a room that reflects your personality and lifestyle still the word of the day!
Just like your kitchen, your bathroom is one of the most visited areas of your house and Spending time in a room that reminds you of your early years of marriage, or when the children were Little and you still have some of those crayons marks scrambled on the walls! That’s not only boring, it’s a plain mood killer!
So, let me give you here 5 Tips that will help you improve the look and feel of that boring and outdated looking bathroom; and some of them  are extremely budget friendly!

 
An Accent Wall!

Accent wall painted
Yes, accent walls in a bathroom are not only for restaurants, Spas and Nails Saloons! Not at all!
Painting a back or side wall with a bold color will not only add a dimensional illusion to your bathroom but it will also take your eye from all the other areas transforming that before unseeing area into the focal point in your bathroom! Now, if you feel a little extravagant, you can play with textures too, that alone will give more life to your bathroom!

 
Bring Light into that Bathroom!

LED Lighting

More and more we see an increase on skylights and windows bringing more natural light into the bathrooms. Although not all home owners’ association codes allow homeowners to make that kind of structural change to their homes, the ones that do, will have homeowners smiling at the energy savings they will have by not having to turn on the lights that often anymore.
Adding new lighting to your bathroom is something that’s being trending since last year and will continue this year, especially when LED lights are becoming more and more cost efficient as well. They have a very natural daylight feel and are being used mostly everywhere these days.

 

Accessorize it!

accessorized bathroom
Just don’t overdo it! Sometimes what started as a well intended décor project can turn out to be nothing more than clutter! Try to add details to enhance your bathroom, but still, keep it clean and down to the minimum.
Go for faucets and sinks that complement your home décor style. You can choose from Chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. Oh and copper still a great choice as well. New faucet styles area now entering the residential space, and by those I mean the more straight, clean, high-tech kind of looking, they’re beautiful and are really trending now along with the crescent minimalist look.

 

Your Spa at Home!

Spa style home bathroom
By all means go for that! I just spend this past weekend at a local Spa and as I was sitting there enjoying myself … I started to notice that soothing, healing and so relaxing environment is what we’re seeing lately on magazines, home shows, tile showrooms, etc. Everywhere you look you will notice the Spa concept being introduced to us. The clean lines, lives plants, vertical gardens and geometric lines are a clear definition of what having your own Spa at home looks and feels like.

 

Update that old Countertop!

new bathroom countertop
Many might say that I’m actually bias by bringing up this Tip! Lol However, this holds to be very true. Many times you walk into a bathroom where the floors look nice, wall colors are well coordinated, cabinets are in great shape, but you still have that feeling that something still quite not right!! I could be that you are still holding on to that outdated countertop and it’s time to get them a new look! You would not believe how big a change you can create in your bathroom just by replacing your old countertops, getting new sinks and a stylish faucet!

 

Create a Tiled accent wall!

accent back wall

Being a native Brazilian, I grew up seeing tile walls everywhere… from the tiled porch walls  to entire kitchens and bathrooms – floors and walls covered with tiles! I guess part is due to the heavy European style and the  other part has to do with the warm weather, in most Tropical Countries, their architectural style makes you believe that  everything is “tileable”!

So, seeing the tile walls trend that started to emerge and keeps growing here in the States, in the recent years  is a breath of fresh air for me! I love it! Especially here in the Southern part of the States where the traditional Southern style has a strong influence and basically rules over the  entire home decor industry.
Now, something new is coming and according to the leaders in the tile industry, 2015 is the big year for the modern look. This wave brings in lots of creative concepts for floors and walls. One of them is making tile floors the focal point in the bathrooms. That also comes with lots of textures into play, along with geometric floors styles and clean spaces. Don’t forget about the walls, and why not take that one notch up and create accent walls that once again, bring that Spa feeling into your home? That’s all part of this new trend and if you have not yet noticed keep your eyes open and you will see yourself falling in love with it.

SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS

 Technically speaking Soapstone is a very dense rock with talc being one of its main components. Its wide variation on the talc component is the

responsible for its hardness variation. This hardness will vary from 30% to 80%, notice that the lowest that percentile the hardest the stone

grade will be. The talc component for the Soapstone used for architectural purposes, such as countertops, usually varies within the 30-40%.

Soapstone has a warm and soft feeling to the touch. Color wise Soapstone is predominantly grey to dark charcoal with subtle flowing veins.

soapstone-modern cabinets

Although Soapstone is softer than most of the other natural stones, its density it’s what sets it apart from all other stones. Soapstone is very

dense and therefore, non-porous, for that reason being one of the most used stones for chemistry labs and acid rooms around the world.

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Soapstone has no natural competitors as far as its impenetrability; nothing will permeate or stain its surface. Due to its thermal

 nature soapstone is widely for different cookware applications, going from wine coolers, beer mugs to pots, pans and servers.

Dorado soapstone island

CARE AND MAINTENANCE CLEANING SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS

Cleaning your soapstone countertops on a daily basis is simple and can be done using a mild detergent or a ph neutral

stone cleaner.Although chemicals and acids will not harm your stone, they will remove the mineral oil treatment given to the stone.

Regular application of mineral oil enhances its beauty turning it into a dark charcoal gray and even black.

natural soaptone kitchenUntreated  Soapstone Countertops

oil treated soapstone kitchen-houzz

Oil Treated Soapstone Countertops

Getting rid of Soapstone Scratches

Soapstone is a soft stone; therefore it will scratch much easier than granite or marble. While many soapstone lovers can

appreciate that, applying mineral oil or light sanding easily hides those scratches.

SOAPSTONE SLABS

The slabs sizes and characteristics will vary depending on its Quarry. That’s one of the main reasons why Soapstone colors

are usually named after their Quarries, such as “Santa Rita Grey Soapstone” instead of just by their main color. Soapstone slabs

average 7-9’ long by 6’ tall. The Soapstone used here in the States comes mainly from Brazil, Finland and India.

de_Minas Half Waxed - Dorado Soapstone

Soapstone colors will vary from lights shades of gray and green, with subtle white Quartz veining, which gradually

darkens over time. Mineral oil application will enhance the soapstone deep colors and patterns.

Grey Brazilian Soapstone

Atlanta Soapstone Suppliers carry a large inventory of slabs where you can select the color and pattern that best fit your

application and lifestyle. Stone Connection is one of the Brazilian’s Soapstone Suppliers here in Atlanta.

SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS COST

 

Soapstone is a timeless and fit into any décor. Soapstone countertops price range can go anything from $75-$150

which is similar to mid-high end granite or Quartz.

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SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS PROS AND CONS

 

If you want natural stone in your home and also want to go almost “maintenance Free” this is the stone for you! For me and of the sales stand point, working with Soapstone is such an easy task! Customer will either love it or hate it! This for me is awesome! Soapstone lovers understand and appreciate the nature of this stone and usually pay no attention to the short “Cons” list.

In reality, Soapstone eliminates all three major concerns homeowners have when shopping for natural stones for their countertops.

 

PROS:

Soapstone is Heat, Acid and Stains resistant!

 

PROS:

Soapstone is Heat, Acid and Stains resistant!

-       Soapstone thermal characteristics make it an excellent head conductor and also resistant to high heat without suffering any damages.

-       Other natural stones, such as granite, marble, limestone will suffer a chemical reaction when in contact with acidic materials.

The sealer applied to the stone does not protect them against the acidic reaction caused by lemon, tomato sauce, wine and even plain water with a high ph.

-       It doesn’t need to be sealed. Soapstone is super dense, meaning it’s non-porous and will require no sealant.

There’s only a few granite colors will have that same property as soapstone, and don’t need to be sealed as well.

-       It’s age-old look fits the traditional and contemporary styles;

aged soapstone top

CONS:

–       Quite honest, as someone who grew up around soapstone countertops, pots, pans and farmer house sinks, I can hardly find any cons to offset

its Pros, versatility and visual appeal, other than its narrow range of colors.

–       Oiling or treating soapstone countertops is optional (not required by any means). It will not have any effect on the appearance or characteristics

of the stone other than darken it, giving it a more contemporary look.

   mirasol soapstone countertop

Bottom line is: Soapstone brings that age-old look into the traditional and modern lifestyle.

Soapstone ages gracefully and it’s beauty and strength will certainly out do yours!

Got a Granite Countertop Project?

Don’t Stress yourself,

We  have  a Few Tips  for you…

Okay let me guess… you finally got your husband to agree with that long dream of having your kitchen remodeled…. Hahaha!  You wish!!  You might be saying…. But still, even if all you got

was the go ahead on replacing those outdated kitchen countertops… Go ahead! And let me tell you,  that  just that alone,  could be all you need for now, after all with kids and a household to run…

let’s be honest, you already got your hands full my friend!

granite countertop_project

Here are a few tips that might help you along the way, and might end up saving you some money as well,

if you do your homework and help you get your new project done in a breeze…

calacatta gold countertop island

First, no matter where you are located, chances are you might have a few granite fabricators in your area, and let me tell you, that’s where you want to close your deal.

You might want to start by shopping online for granite or marble colors ideas, and even getting some Quotes online.  Then, maybe even going to one of the big box stores

for a second Quote. But remember, that Quote will serve you just for comparison  purposes; you will save money by going directly to one of the granite shops in your area!

Here is some information you need to have handy when shopping for Granite Quotes:

-        A rough drawing of your  kitchen layout with dimensions;

-        A picture of the kitchen area will help as well, (not required, but very helpful).

-        Square footage

Additional information, such as cook top cutout and sink cut outs will be needed as well. Also, if you can remove the existent countertops before installation date, that will

also save you some money.

You will have some free options for edge profile, so, take advantage of that. Most stone fabricators will give the option of choosing your own granite slab, so look for those.

Also, with Social media being such a great help these days, look up for the Company’s reviews online.

Once you narrow down, your best choices call them and get your project started. Usually you can get a good feeling about the company you’re going to do business with just

by speaking with someone over the phone. From there on each company will have their own procedures, but usually it’s pretty straight forward.   

And remember, if you want to save money and have a more personal experience during the process… look for a granite fabricator in your area with experience and great

customer service, they will provide you with a lot more service for a lot less.

Natural Stone adds Value, Beauty and Elegance to your Home

Natural Stone adds Value, Beauty and Elegance to your Home.

Natural stone has been the premium building material of choice since the beginning of time. Quarried from rock beds formed over millions  of years, natural stone s used in residential and commercial setting comes from all parts of the world, including Italy, Spain, the U.S., Brazil. Canada, China, France, and several other Countries.

Granite and Marble, two of the most popular stones among homeowners, are quarried in the form of huge blocks, some weighting up to 35 tons. These blocks are cut into slabs generally ¾” or 1 ¼” thick and the faces polished to the specified finish. The slabs are then carefully crated  and shipped to fabricators worldwide who process them into the final product.

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, natural stone offers you unparalleled beauty, permanence, and uniqueness-and adds true value to your home.

Because stone is natural, not manufactured product, no two pieces  are exactly alike, which means each finished countertop, wall, floor, mantle, or sill is distinctive and matchless.

And unlike synthetic imitations, natural stone can be three-dimensional and used as columns, statuary, balustrades, doorjambs, and even furniture pieces. When used in exterior applications, natural stone has also proven superior to manufactured or engineered stones in withstanding the effects of nature.

Val Rocha has been in the granite countertops fabrication Industry for over ten years, helping homeowners, designers, contractors and high end builders add long lasting beauty and elegance to their projects by choosing Natural Stone. She also provides online granite marketing for Local Granite Fabricators, helping them to have a stronger online presence.

Granite Countertops in Atlanta – Get your fabricator’s Help.

Getting help of your Atlanta granite countertop  fabricator when upgrading your kitchen countertops doesn’t only means that they will be replacing your old existing ones. It means that they will be working alongside with you guiding you and instructing you about what would be the best buy for your money and helping to find the specials and promotions that are going on at a whole sale level. Because, at the when those savings are transferred down to you, extreme value will be added to your project.

We all heard that a great way to add value to your home is by renovating your kitchen and bathrooms, including  replacing your  outdated countertops. Bringing a fresh, and new look into those areas. So, when time comes do it the right way and by that I mean add real value to your home and gorgeous look to your kitchen or bathroom. You can achieve that when you work with a granite fabricator that will help you find the best buy for your buck. How can you do that? That’s a great questions right?

All comes down to finding a fabricator that will work with you having your best interest in mind.

Many homeowners do an intensive homework looking for the best online deal when is time to renovate their kitchen or bathroom. One of the downsides of that is that if you have not established a personal relationship with your local fabricator, that great deal might not be a great deal at all. You might wonder, why would I want to get to know my local granite fabricator right?

For the same simple reason you get to know your pharmacist down the street, your mailman, and so on…. Do you get the drift?

I have found this relationship to be quite profitable for my customers, and they can certainly verify that.

What’s the point for that? Just recently I had a chance to help some of my clients to upgrade their kitchen  granite countertops in Atlanta  with amazing savings for them. When I say upgrading, I don’t just mean replacing their outdated Formica countertops for a lower level/standard Granite; but something that would be way above their budget if they would try to shop around or even go after online specials. Of course I had to put a lot of my time into it, but at the end… I have happy customers, and brand new referrals coming to me… bottom line: we all win!!!

Again, it comes down to service; and large companies or the Big Box Stores out there will not take time to work individually with each of the customers that walk into their doors.

A small local granite fabricator will be your best partner and will give you the same quality service you deserve for much less of what you would pay for dealing with the big chains out there.

For a few tips on how to find your local granite fabricator check one of my last blogs: “Granite Fabricator – How to Select One”.

Val Rocha has been in the granite countertops fabrication for over ten years, helping homeowners, designers, contractors and high end builders add long lasting beauty and elegance to their projects by choosing Natural Stone.