April 2nd, 2014

This vs. That: Kitchen Countertops

Categories: Home Tips, Kitchen, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,
This post was written by: Ashley Tucker

When it comes to buying a home there are numerous decisions that come into play in order to help make your home special and fit your personality and needs.  Throughout the years, Grand View Builders has built hundreds of homes with a variety of different finishings. Below are some pros and cons to different materials available for kitchen countertops.

Granite

Granite is a beautiful countertop choice and has become increasingly popular over the years.  Granite countertops are available in a variety of colors and patterns, which suit a range of personal styles. In addition to its beauty, granite also stands up well to heat and does not scratch easily, making it one of the more durable countertop options. Unfortunately, because granite is a heavier and more luxurious option compared to other countertop surface materials, it is also more costly. More money is spent on building sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight of the granite countertops and the actual stone is more expensive since it is a natural material.  Additionally, it’s necessary to have granite resealed every two to three years to protect the surface from stains.

granite counter

Laminate

Although laminate has not always been considered the most stylish option, laminate countertops are now available in a variety of colors and patterns. Come colors and patterns mimic popular materials such as stone and butcher block, which have made it a more popular choice in many homes. Typically ranging from $10 to $30 per square foot, laminate is an affordable option that requires very little maintenance and is easy to clean.

laminate counter

 

 

Tile

Tile countertops come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors allowing it to pair nicely with the interior décor style of your home.  Much like granite, tiles tend to resist stains and don’t scratch or knick easily. If the tiles on your counter do happen to crack or chip, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to replace those individual tiles, much more economically feasible than having to replace an entire countertop.  Tiled countertops make for an uneven surface, which can be an issue depending on the type of cooking, baking and food preparation you do.  Also, the grout between tiles is more susceptible to staining and bacterial growth.

tile counter

 

 

Butcher Block

Butcher block is fitting for traditionally styled homes and has a classic look that is becoming more and more popular in kitchens. It appeals to many people because of its natural, neutral appearance and the variety of wood tones and patterns it is available in.  Unlike the stronger surfaces of tile, granite and laminate, butcher block is easily knicked; however, the dents and scratches tend to blend into the natural wood pattern.  Because wood swells and contracts with moisture and heat, butcher block countertops are prone to bacteria build up and will need to be cleaned and disinfected frequently.

butcher block

 

Price, maintenance and durability are all factors that should be considered when deciding on the proper countertop surface. Keep this information in mind when house hunting and deciding what countertop surface is best for you and your home.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to share what countertops you have in your home!

 

March 26th, 2014

How To Pack Your Kitchen

Categories: Home Organization, Home Tips, Kitchen, Moving | Tags: , ,
This post was written by: Ashley Tucker

Grand View Builders realizes that moving into a new house often causes more stress than necessary, so we’re sharing some of the things we’ve learned from seeing hundreds of homeowners move over the years.

Follow along as we share our packing expertise in our new “How To Pack” series. The first room we’ll highlight in our new series is the kitchen. The kitchen is usually the toughest room of the house to pack because it is home to breakables, perishables and objects of varying shapes and sizes. Here are seven steps for a successful kitchen move.

1.    Surveying
As you survey your cabinets, drawers and pantry, you’ll need to sort, select and simplify. This simply means to review all your items and decide what you want to move with you and what needs to be donated or trashed.

2.    Packing supplies
Collect all packing materials, including boxes, tape, bubble wrap and newspaper or another kind of wrapping paper before you start pulling things out of place. For full-sized kitchens, we recommend five large boxes, 10 medium boxes, five small boxes, at least 40 ft. of bubble wrap, a box of packing paper and multiple rolls of packing tape.

 packing supplies

 3.    The essentials
Pull out any essentials you’ll need for the last couple of days before your move. Anything you use on a daily basis (cutlery, bowls, plates and one large pot and pan) can be left out while you pack the rest of your kitchen goods and can be packed in the last small box the day of your move.

 4.    Dishes, pots, pans and glassware
Your non-essential items and formal crystal, extra china sets, casserole dishes and drinking glasses should be packed before boxing up your most frequently used items. Make sure to carefully wrap all items using moving paper and bubble wrap to ensure nothing breaks during the move. We recommend stacking dishware with sheets of packing paper separating each item. Fitting dishes, pots, pans and baking sheets within one another will save space within your boxes; packing items by categories like glassware, dishware, pots and pans, baking pans and utensils will make it easier to organize your boxes.

packing dishes

Consider purchasing cell boxes for your glassware. These boxes have cardboard compartments to separate your items so they don’t cram into one another. Utilize your dish towels, oven mitts and other soft kitchen items while packing your dishes, pots, pans and glassware will help with extra padding. Don’t forget to include all the lids, too!

cell box packing

 5.    Utensils
Once the major items are wrapped and packed, you can turn your attention to the smaller, looser items like cutlery and cooking utensils. When packing loose cutlery, such as steak and chef knives, we recommend carefully wrapping the knives with paper and securing with tape so the sharp edges do not damage other items or persons during the move. Using large ZipLock bags to hold spatulas, whips, large spoons and measuring cups will contain these items to they don’t float freely in your boxes. Pack these smaller items in boxes that have leftover space to create a more efficient move.

packing knives

 6.    The Panty
Pack all your unopened, non-refrigerated perishable items, including cereal boxes, wine and liquor bottles, spices and cans in your pantry boxes. All of these items are best packed in some of your heavy-duty boxes. Dedicating a few boxes to food, cookbooks, trash bags, paper goods, Tupperware, foil, cling wrap and so on, will also help keep your panty goods out of the way from your general kitchenware.

 7.    Small appliances
If you still have the original packaging for your small appliances, including your microwave, coffee pot, toaster, blender, crockpot and other everyday appliances, use those boxes to repack these items. If you no longer have those boxes, separate each appliance into its own small box. Some appliances may be able to share a box, just make sure to use adequate bubble wrap to keep them from banging into one another and causing damage.

With any move, you want to make sure to label each box with the contents so you can easily find items when unpacking. Try not to over pack any of your boxes as when they get too heavy, you risk the bottom falling out. Making sure to use your deluxe boxes for your heaviest items will reduce this risk. Once you’ve successfully boxed up everything in your kitchen, take a moment to celebrate because you just finished one of the hardest rooms in the house! Check out our Smooth Move blog post for a general moving timeline and checklist. We hope you will continue to follow along our “How To Pack” series for more packing and moving tips.

July 10th, 2013

Share to Win a Great Prize

Categories: Contest, Kitchen | Tags: , , , , , , , ,
This post was written by: Grand View Builders

We are continuing the patriotic celebration throughout the month of July by giving away a red Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer to one lucky Grand View Builders Facebook fan.

At Grand View Builders we strive to offer a positive and memorable experience both during the home building and buying process as well as after. We are extremely grateful to each and every one of our customers and are happy to give back a little something special to our loyal fans.

A kitchen isn’t complete until it has a classic Kitchen Aid stand mixer on the countertop. It doesn’t matter if you have granite or marble, we promise this mixer will look great in any kitchen!

July Grand View Share to Win

Details on how to win: Become a fan of Grand View Builders on Facebook, share our “Share-to-Win” patriotic photo before July 31 and you are automatically entered to win a red Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer courtesy of Grand View Builders.

The lucky winner will be notified on August 1, 2013. Visit our Facebook page today to participate in our Patriotic “Share-to-Win” contest!  Best of luck!

March 8th, 2011

Fabulous Features – Inverness Estates | Estate Series

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This post was written by: Grand View Builders

We’d like to showcase some of the fabulous features that come with the homes in the luxurious Inverness Estates community.

A Cool Kitchen. Your home comes with top of the line Whirlpool appliances including cooktop, built-in oven, dishwasher and microwave. Each Estate Series kitchen comes with gorgeous granite countertops and recessed lighting accenting your own kitchen work area. As every makeshift chef needs, each kitchen comes with 42” custom Benedittini cabinets to spaciously store all of your cooking appliances, fancy dishes and serving platters.

Not only does the granite serve as a great cooking area, it also serves as a seated bar behind the kitchen. All you need are some high bar stools or other chairs to turn your kitchen into serving area, casual dinner spot or wet bar! Your stylish new kitchen will be a great place for entertaining guests at any dinner party!

Along with these impressive interior features, you also receive a 4-hour consultation at the design center with one of our professional designers, so that Grand View Builders can provide you with the best possible options and features for your new home.

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