According to Remodeling, a kitchen remodel is still one of the best investments you can make to add resale value to your home. Minor upgrades allow you to recoup as high as 95 percent of the remodeling price, whereas a major remodel holds at about 75 percent of the cost.
And that’s nice to know if you’re considering a remodel. Why not upgrade your kitchen now? You’ll be able to enjoy it for the foreseeable future, and if you do decide to sell, it may give you an edge with the other comparable properties in your neighborhood.
Of course, that means you’ll have to do your remodel the right way and add in the features people want most. Gourmet kitchens are something people long for, and that includes using materials that look as beautiful as they are durable.
Granite countertops continue to be one of the most popular choices when upgrading a kitchen. Granite is beautiful and offers personality that can’t be matched by any other material. Granite isn’t machine created. You can’t duplicate it by pouring liquid into a mold. You can’t shop a big box store and select it off the shelf.
Instead, granite countertops are fabricated especially for you and your kitchen. That makes them as individual as you.
That also makes the process intimidating to homeowners who may not have chosen granite before. If you’ve been dreaming of granite countertops for your Portland home, where do you begin?
Wholesalers, Fabricators, and Contractors, Oh My
When selecting granite countertops for your kitchen, you can’t order it out of a catalog or shop the aisles of the local hardware store. Every piece is unique.
The selection process starts at a wholesaler, where granite is stocked. This is where you’ll find the perfect color and style for you. Our warehouse is filled with different product, material, color, and style selections to meet every taste. You won’t find a finished product here. Instead, you’ll see large slabs of granite, and you’ll be able to see the personality of each selection you look at.
A granite fabricator is who cuts and shapes the slab of stone into a countertop that meets your specifications. Your fabricator is the one you’ll work with to fit everything into place. This is where experience is important, to ensure that measurements are exact. If it’s cut perfectly, your installers will lay them into place.
Your contractor (if you’re using one) will oversee and coordinate the job.
All three are important. All three play an important role.
Find Your Stone First
Of course, none of this would be possible if you don’t select the right stone in the beginning. If you know what type of granite you want to use in your kitchen, you can list out your specifics, and a fabricator can work with a wholesaler to find what you’re looking for.
But in most cases, homeowners have a vague idea of their preferences. You might know what shade you want—light or dark counters might be something you’ve already decided on. Seeing granite in person can also fill you with ideas for how you want your dream kitchen to look.
It won’t take you long before you start discovering what’s important to you. And as you learn more about color, styles, and names, your wholesaler can start the process of looking for the perfect slab for you.
Not only do you have to find the right coloring, but it has to be the right size too. When you’re ready with measurements in hand, the fabricator and the wholesaler work together to ensure the final look will be something you’ll enjoy for years to come. You have to be conscious of where cuts for sinks and appliances will be. Watch for threads of color to be woven in and showcased. It’s also important to coordinate the final look with other materials used in the kitchen design, such as coloring of cabinets, and coordination with backsplashes. You might not be able to “see” the final design, but if you select the right fabricator, he can.
Know Where to Start
EleMar is a wholesaler, meaning we sell directly to the fabricator, who in turn fits your final selection into your kitchen. But that doesn’t mean we’re not ready and willing to help you in any way we can.
When you’re ready to start comparison shopping for granite countertops for your Portland home, you can visit our showroom floor and learn all you can about the different materials we offer. We’re widely known throughout the region because of the strong educational opportunity we offer our client base. People love working with EleMar because:
- We have a large selection of slabs quarried from around the world. If you’re looking for something specific, chances are we have it.
- Whether you’re in the starting stages and have no idea what granite you desire, or have something specific in mind, we can help guide you through the process.
- We know making a final selection takes time. This is something you’re going to live with for years. Why rush the process? If you need to compare colors and coordinate styles, we welcome you to bring in samples of your cabinets, flooring, or backsplash tiles to help match and compliment.
- Want to think about it? You can place material on hold for up to seven days with no money down.
- Have questions? We welcome them. You can never have too many questions when trying to finalize your purchase. Whatever your needs, we have the answer, or we’ll take the time to find it for you.
Once your final selection is made, your fabricator springs into action. If you’re just replacing your old countertops with new ones, he’ll begin making your countertops. It normally a two- to three-week wait time between production and installation.
A good fabricator knows how to template out your countertops and use it to make precision cuts in the granite slab. Water jets and saws are used to cut the stone to its proper measurements and polish out the edges of sink cutouts and corners. They will do this according to specifications and to allow for any veining or other nuances you’ve noted in your slab purchase. This is where it helps to have a good fabricator, to help you envision the final product before it’s installed.
Once your granite countertops are installed, you’re ready to go. It’s nice knowing they were made just for you, to complete your renovation and transformation to give you the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Let us help you find the perfect granite countertops for your Portland home today.