Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Tips from a Plumber: Plumbing Considerations for Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel

| | Kitchen Countertops

Installing new, beautiful countertops in your kitchen or bathroom? Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects are some of the most rewarding home improvement projects you can do. Whether you are just replacing your old countertops and fixtures or doing something even more extensive remodeling, it is a great way to breathe new life into your home. However, it is important to remember you must enlist the help of professional plumbers to take care of the back end of your new design. After all, your bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects should function as well as they look. That’s why, as experts in plumbing, the professionals at All Ways Drains are guests of Northstar Granite and would like to discuss some of the most important plumbing considerations to take into account.

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  • When you update the look and overall appearance of your countertops, it is important to make sure everything else in the room lives up to their beauty. Are your current faucets rusty, leaky or outdated? It may be a good idea to replace them if not for aesthetics-sake then for efficiency-sake.
  • New, modern fixtures and appliances can help save money and energy. Updating your plumbing, outdated garbage disposal or toilet during kitchen and bathroom remodeling can increase your water flow for a more efficiently running household.
  • It is important to select your new fixtures and faucets prior to the fabrication of your countertops to ensure everything fits together nicely. Work with your trusted plumber to select the right sink that will work for you and your family and then work with Northstar to ensure the countertops they fabricate will work with it.
  • Did you know new plumbing code requires air gaps to be installed for dishwashers? These air gaps are typically installed through a hole in the countertop. This especially should be arranged and planned for by the plumber and the countertop company.
  • Your plumber will be able to help determine various aspects of the plumbing system for your new kitchen or bathroom. And, you should work with both your plumber and countertop fabricator to help locate where the new plumbing fixtures will be installed, where the down drain-waste-vent pipes go and where the hot and cold water pipes will be located. And, if you will be changing the orientation and location of your cabinets, this will also effect the sink location and countertop fabrication. With all of these aspects to consider, it is best to leave it to the experts for all kitchen and bathroom remodeling jobs.
  • No matter how great your new kitchen and bathroom remodeling project looks, it is essential that it functions just as beautifully. So, hire the residential plumbers you can trust; All Ways Drains to make sure everything runs smoothly. And, to make sure your new countertops look beautiful, enlist the help of the professionals at Northstar Granite.

If you are ready to learn more about kitchen and bathroom remodeling plumbing for your Twin Cities area home, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate. And, contact Northstar Granite at 320-963-8677 for all of your kitchen and bathroom countertop needs.

How to Clean & Maintain the Look of Your New Kitchen Countertops

| | Kitchen Countertops

Did you recently have new kitchen countertops installed in your Maple Grove home? You are likely still reveling in their beauty every morning when you come down to breakfast. After all, new kitchen countertops are the best way to breathe new life and reinvigorate your kitchen’s décor. Whether you’ve had granite, quartz, marble or another type of countertop material installed, if they were installed by Northstar Granite, they look stunning, sleek and shine with all their strength.

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But, even the most high quality kitchen countertops must be maintained to some degree to keep their appearance as stunning as the day they were installed. As experts in kitchen countertops for the area, we’d like to offer up some easy, everyday kitchen countertop care tips to help them look their best. And, if you have any questions about maintaining your new countertops, please feel free to give us a call anytime.

With the right type of care and maintenance, your new kitchen countertops could last you many, many years. Once a day or so, make sure you wipe your kitchen countertops down with some warm water and a soft white cloth. You can use a mild cleaner on it if you want, but make sure it is non-abrasive, bleach-free, ammonia-free and non-acidic. But, for the most part, you will not need any type of cleaning product for your countertops. Water and a soft cloth will do.

When it comes to granite, these are fairly easy to maintain. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Granite is an incredibly strong stone. It is one of the strongest stones by far. But there are still some precautions you should take to ensure your granite kitchen countertops last for as long as possible. For example, when you place any hot objects on your granite kitchen countertops like sauce pans or other items straight out of the oven, use hot pads or trivets underneath. Granite kitchen countertops are heat resistant, but this does not mean they will not burn if hot items are left on them for too long.

The same goes for quartz kitchen countertops. When it comes to quartz, surface stains can be cleaned with simple soap and water. Just make sure you avoid scouring pads which can dull the quartz surface, and don’t use any harsh chemicals.

These are just some of the maintenance tips you should consider for your new kitchen countertops. Are you interested in learning more about maintaining your Maple Grove area home’s kitchen countertops? Call Northstar Granite at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

What to Do First When Remodeling the Kitchen

| | Granite, Tips

Few projects update the feel of a house quite like a remodeled kitchen. Shiny new appliances, beautiful backsplash and granite countertops are every home cook’s dream. But, a little planning is necessary to ensure professional looking results. As experts in granite for Medina and the surrounding areas, we’d like to discuss necessary steps to ensure your new granite countertops fit your kitchen like a glove. After all, with today’s choices in appliance styles and a variety of countertop and backsplash materials to choose from, installing the elements in the right order is essential.

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Planning Your Kitchen

The design and fabrication of your granite countertops will rely heavily upon the placement of your cabinets, appliances and sink. So it is important to decide on these first to make sure everything fits together nicely. And once you do choose your appliances; measure, measure, measure! Don’t measure the actual appliance, use the “rough in” measurements provided by the appliance or sink manufacturer.

Will you be changing the cabinet configuration? This should be considered as well. When you’re going with a new cabinet configuration, it is important to check local codes to determine the type of exhaust vents required for your stove. Cooktops with built-in vents directly behind the appliance might require adapting the backsplash to fit as well.

First Things First

Before you can install your range or slide in an under-counter dishwasher, the countertop must be installed first. Make sure all of your measurements are correct so once your granite is installed, the rest will come together easily.

Finishing Touches

Dreaming of a granite backsplash to match? Make sure your granite fabricators know this in advance so they can make sure everything lines up correctly.
Once your new, beautiful granite countertops are installed, it’s time to bring in the sink and appliances! Don’t worry too much if your slide-in range, dishwasher or fridge look odd at first.

The legs below these appliances are individually adjustable so you can raise or lower each corner until they look right.

And with this, your kitchen renovation will be complete! Ready to get started on choosing your new granite countertops? The granite professionals at Northstar Granite Tops are ready and willing to tell you all about the fabrication and installation process for your upcoming home renovation.

Are you ready to learn more about granite for your Medina home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.

The Rise of Quartz Countertops

| | Quartz

Until more recently, granite was the only word you’d hear from home owners to describe the countertops for their dream kitchens. With incredible elegance, value, durability and return on investment, it’s no wonder granite countertops have reigned at the top of interior design wish list. But now, granite shares this top spot with another great countertop material; quartz. Quartz countertops of today aren’t anything like they were decades ago. They have really come a long way in their looks and design and are a major contender on the countertop market. As experts in not only granite, but quartz countertops as well, we would like to tell you more about the rise of quartz and what makes it a must-have on your wish list. And, when you’re ready, stop by our showroom to see what quartz countertops will work for your Wayzata home. We would love to answer any questions you might have about them and help you get started selecting your new, beautiful quartz countertops.

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One reason for the upswing in quartz countertops all over the area is their unmatched durability. Thanks to the quartz content, it’s tough and super durable and resistant to stains and scratches. And, in terms of maintenance, quartz countertop surfaces require none; no sealants, no wax. As quartz countertops are non-porous, it also makes them easier to clean and fend off bacteria; making them ideal for families.

Quartz countertops come in a very wide range of colors and patterns, including solid colors and imitation granite. Countertops made from natural stones like granite, however, can be a little more limited due to the natural process from which they are made.

With so many options in the selection of quartz countertops, it allows homeowners and interior designers to control the overall color and texture throughout the design process, ensuring a more cohesive and simple look. Fabricators are able to create stunning quartz countertops that fit around sinks or curved cabinet ends easily.

And, these are just some of the great reasons quartz has seen a huge uptick. Ready to learn more about what makes quartz countertops so perfect for your home? Allow our team of experts at Northstar Granite Tops to help you find the best countertops for you. Give us a call and we can tell you all about our many options in quartz countertops in Wayzata and the surrounding areas. Call Northstar Granite Tops today at 320-963-8677 or contact us or a Free Estimate!

 

Slab by Slab: The Granite Countertop Selection & Installation Process

| | Granite, Kitchen Countertops, Tips

Congratulations! So, you have decided to update or remodel your kitchen. The first step? Selecting new, beautiful kitchen countertops. The countertops are the focal point of your kitchen, effecting both the overall style and value of the room. But, where and how do you begin? As an expert fabricator and installer of kitchen countertops in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide a complete rundown of the selection and installation process to help you on your way.

We understand choosing new kitchen countertops can seem overwhelming. But we hope, with our expertise, to show you it’s not only easy but can be fun as well! And, when you’re ready to get started, contact the experts here at Northstar Granite and we can help you get started selecting your new, beautiful kitchen countertops!

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Start By Doing Some Research

The internet is not only a good place to learn about which materials work best in given areas of the home, but it is also a good place to start viewing materials. Our Stone Types page describes many types of stone and where they are generally used in the home.

Visit the Showroom

After you’ve done a little research online, stop by our showroom to see the stone slabs in person! This can help you really envision how your new kitchen countertops will look in your home. You can even bring paint swatches or samples of your cabinets or appliances to make sure everything looks good together.

At our showroom you will be able to see samples of available stones as well as learn about pricing. Of course, the price will differ depending on which stone you choose, the edge profile etc.

Get Your Free Estimate

We suggest you request a quote once you have identified a color or two. Submitting a drawing is an important part of getting a quote from us, and our Quote Request page walks you through that process. The more information you provide at this point, the more accurate your quote will be.

Once you receive your quote back from us, review it carefully to ensure that it reflects what you want.

Down Payment

Once you have made your final stone selection and received our updated quote we are ready to proceed with production of your kitchen countertops. All we need before templating and fabrication begins is a signed quote and down payment from you. Upon receiving both of those items, we will put your project into production and you will be enjoying your new kitchen countertops within two weeks!

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Other Considerations

While all of this is going on, you should also be selecting your new sink, faucets, backsplash, etc. We will need to know how many holes to drill in the granite, and may need to see a specification sheet on the faucet and sink you choose. Also, decide if you would like to have a granite backsplash or new kitchen island to match your kitchen countertops.
We will walk you through everything, step by step.

Ready to get started finding new kitchen countertops for your Plymouth area home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote!