Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

How New Countertops Can Transform Your Bathroom Vanity

| | Bathroom Vanities

One of the most transformative home remodeling projects is most definitely the bathroom remodel and the most transformative element within the bathroom has got to be the countertops. But it is essential to choose wisely. There are many parts of the bathroom to remodel and one essential area that should never go overlooked is the countertops. After all, countertops make a huge difference in the overall appearance of a room and can even be a deciding factor for potential home buyers.
That’s why, as experts in bathroom vanities for Minnetrista and the surrounding areas, we’d like to offer some guidance to help you select the right bathroom vanities for you.

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When it comes to choosing a material, most homeowners prefer granite for their bathroom vanities. Granite is known for being durable and there is an endless array of color schemes and patterns that make it an ideal option for matching a bathroom vanity with whatever color scheme you hope to implement. They are also scratch and heat resistant, subtle scrapes will not damage the surface and they can stand up to a hot curling iron. Regular sealing will keep things looking as they should for years to come.

It is essential, however, that you hire professional installers like us for your granite bathroom vanities. The potential for damage to occur if not handled properly, makes it wholly necessary for these slabs as bathroom vanities to be carried out by skilled technicians. No do-it-yourself when it comes to this natural stone countertop installation.

Quartz is another fantastic option in bathroom vanity countertops. Engineered stone is 93% quartz material, with the remainder being a mix of resin, glass, dyes, etc. 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 bathroom vanities. And, quartz countertops come in a very wide range of colors and patterns, including solid colors and imitation granite.

Over the years, the experts here at Northstar Granite have customized and fabricated hundreds of natural stone bathroom vanities, and we look forward to creating the perfect vanity for your home. Ready for some new bathroom vanities in Minnetrista home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us and Request a Free Quote.

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!