Get Your Home Ready for Fall!

remodeling siding on the exterior of the house

Being proactive about exterior home maintenance saves you plenty in terms of money and headache. Seasons love to play havoc on your home. From wood expansion in wet weather to UV-exposed shingles and siding in hot weather, there’s a lot of push and pull that goes on with your home’s building materials. As the days move into autumn, you should think about how to prepare your residence for the cooler times ahead. From the roof to the siding, your home deserves expert attention from someone who can professionally fix or replace your home’s exterior. Instead of putting off your home’s upkeep or trying to DIY it yourself, set up a time for a professional home maintenance check. By entrusting your home’s exterior to a professional team, you can enjoy more cost-effective living while knowing that standard issues won’t build up and become pricey unexpectedly.

You’ll want to have professionals check for roof leaks, clean the gutters and roofing materials, and check the siding and flashing for any gaps or broken sections. Gutters and downspouts are often forgotten, but they can clog up with leaves and dirt, leading to leaks, pooling water, or damage once the wet fall weather and winter snow make their return.

When It’s Time for Exterior Replacement

Natural wear and tear on your home can be so gradual that you don’t notice the hole in your roofing until the next time a rainstorm hits. Then, not only do you need emergency roof repair, but you could also spend more to repair the damage to walls, furniture, and flooring. All building materials have a finite lifespan, with some lasting much longer than others. Even with routine maintenance, your home’s exterior will need more extensive replacement at some point.

 

 

Average Lifespan for Roofing and Siding:

Roofing

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, and they can last for about 12 to 20 years before requiring replacement.
Slate tiles can last about 50 to 100-plus years because they’re hardwearing and resistant to heavy snow, rains, and fire. They are more expensive than asphalt shingles. Wood shingles, also called shakes, adapt well to variable climates and can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. They do need more upkeep than a slate roof but are also less expensive.

Siding

Vinyl siding is popular for its durability, low maintenance, and affordability, and it can last 50-plus years. Wood siding is a classic type of siding, but it does need more maintenance than vinyl. With routine care, it can last up to 50 years. Aluminum siding isn’t as popular, but it is still a reliable choice for long-lasting siding. It requires painting every 10 to 15 years but can last up to 40 years before needing replacement. Fiber-cement siding is a durable and water-resistant siding that can last 50-plus years. It is heavier than other types of siding but may not require repainting for 15 to 20 years.

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Contact Take2 Remodeling to professionally repair or replace your home exterior. Our team of specialists has been working all around Warrenville for more than 20 years, and we’re always proud to leave our work in people’s homes. Get your home in tip-top shape and enjoy the rainfall and the beauty of each changing season.

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Choosing Mindful Home Renovations

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Return on Investment, or ROI, is a measurement of the efficiency of an investment. For renovation aficionados everywhere, a good ROI is the holy grail of home improvement. Who doesn’t want to beautify their home and recoup some of their hard-earned money in the process? If you’re looking to refresh your home and earn back some money in the process, there are a few elements to consider to get the most bang for your buck.

Follow Your Heart and Remodel for Your Unique Homerenovation shower

No matter what the ROI of your renovation, you can’t put a price on joy. While wise investments certainly have their appeal, the most crucial part of the custom home remodeling process is making your dream home a reality. Every region, neighborhood, and home all come with their own unique elements. If you’re looking to remodel, there are some high-impact factors to keep in mind such as the Neighborhood dynamics and locale. No matter how dynamic your renovations are, your home is usually only as valuable as the price ceiling in your area. Even the most innovative or luxe upgrades won’t typically coax homebuyers to buy above the neighborhood price ceiling. In order to make back your investment, you’ll need to renovate within the bounds of your neighborhood’s average selling price.  Make the most of your money by investing in renovations that work for your unique home and locale. 

 

 Every year, Remodeling Magazine conducts a survey to determine the hottest renovations that are most likely to create some serious ROI. According to the experts, these are some of the best renovation choices:

Bathroom Remodel or Renovation

At 81%, the bathroom addition handily sits in the top 3 home improvements. Many a charming older home lacks the bathroom space to accommodate the modern family. Investing in an extra washroom is an excellent way to clean up when it comes to earning back your investment.

 Kitchen Upgrade Renovation or Remodel

With an estimated 87% ROI, an upgraded kitchen is a solid choice if you’re looking to elevate your home’s look and value. Less is more when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. Sprucing up your cabinets, countertops, and appliances with a minor refresh can entice buyers just as much as a major overhaul.

Second-floor Additions

With an 83% ROI, a second story can add serious value to your home. Buyers are often looking for a little more space to roam, and a second story can add some eye-catching curb appeal!

Take2 Remodeling can make your remodeling dreams come true!

Take2 Remodeling can make your remodeling dreams come true with our expansive custom options and quality service. Contact us today to make the most of your home with custom renovations and home improvements!

Outdoor Living Spaces are On The Rise

Creating an outdoor living space is on the rise in the US

Outdoor living is becoming an increasingly popular trend all across the United States. Many homeowners are adopting this outdoor living trend by adding decks or expanding their existing deck space. Decks are also becoming larger and more elaborate. Homeowners are showing more interest in larger decks and building decks with multi-story or multi-levels, which provide even more space. A deck with more available space provides homeowners with the usable space needed to construct outdoor kitchens, bars, lounging areas, pools, and more! These larger decks will sometimes use pergolas and walls, which look nice and also add some privacy. Some homeowners are even opting for additional foliage by using their decks as places to plant herb or container gardens. Strategically placed plants create a peaceful haven to escape from the stresses of life and enhance the natural beauty of the outdoor décor.  All of these features will increase the value of a home and add to its owner’s enjoyment.

There are more decking materials on the market now than ever before

Deck boards are available in a variety of natural and synthetic materials from exotic hardwoods to rustic pine, ranging from a simple, traditional diagonal to a complex geometric design. Decks are defined as unroofed, floored areas that are attached to the exterior of a structure and typically located at the rear of a home. Deck boards are used to make the floor of the deck, as well as railing systems, and other built-in accessories, such as stairs, benches, and planter boxes. Even though Wood decking requires more maintenance and is less durable compared with other decking materials like Vinyl, (which accounts for the majority of plastic decking demand), natural wood still remains the largest decking material used today.

Decking Materials are broken out by:

Wood

  • Pressure-treated wood (southern yellow pine, ponderosa pine, douglas, and hemlock fir).
  • Other treated wood, such as cypress, Siberian larch, birch, maple, and ash.
  • Redwood
  • Cedar
  • Tropical hardwood – such as ipe, mahogany, teak, tigerwood, cambara, garapa, cumaru, balau, and meranti.
  • Untreated white oak and black walnut, as well as other types of oak.

Wood-Plastic Composite

  • Plastic-type: wood-polyethylene and other combinations such as wood-PVC and wood-polypropylene.
  • Surface treatment: capstock-coated and uncoated varieties.
  • Capstock-coated composite decking is encapsulated with a plastic resin or an acrylic compound.

PVC Vinyl & Other Materials

  • Plastic: vinyl, including both standard and cellular PVC.
  • Polyethylene; polystyrene; polypropylene; and laminated PVC membranes.
  • Other materials including fiberglass, aluminum, and other metals, concrete, stone, and non-wood composites.

 

Despite major gains in wood-alternative decking materials, wood still remains the most popular.

Because of its relatively low cost, aesthetic appeal, and familiarity with homeowners and contractors, wood decking remains the most popular. While PVC offers the surface texture and hue of wood decking but is much less impacted by degradation caused by exposure to the elements and mold growth. Standard PVC decking is predicted to increase as homeowners use vinyl materials for railing and other components. Wood-plastic composite is gaining popularity among homeowners because of the material’s durability and wood-like appearance. Lumber made from non-vinyl plastics often features high recycled content, which promotes use in public projects. The good news is that deck boards are available in a variety of natural and synthetic materials so you can express your design aesthetic with natural or composite wood material. 

 

 

Decks give a whole new perspective to outdoor comfort

Far from the simple porches of the past, modern decks offer versatility and comfort, allowing you to enjoy your own little slice of nature and still offering the feeling of comfort and privacy. Outdoor living spaces are such a popular trend that it’s even a growing trend in those states that are not as seasonally friendly. Those of us in the cooler parts of the country can still join in on the outdoor fun year-round through the installation of fire pits, heaters, or even hot tubs for keeping warm outdoors in those colder months. A gas or electric heater can help you use your outdoor space year-round. Heaters can be mounted on walls, fences and ceilings. However, mounted heaters have to be hardwired electrically or to a gas line and you will want to hire a professional to make sure you get the wiring right.

Let Take2 bring your outdoor living space dream to life!

There are several good reasons to add a deck to a home, such as increasing the value, expanding living space, and upgrading the look of your surroundings. Adding a deck is a great way to enhance the value of your home and upgrade or expand your outdoor living space. At Take2 Remodeling, We offer designing and installation with the highest quality materials. Working directly with you, the homeowner, we create spaces that combine form, function, and style. Whether you’re leaning toward a classic hardwood deck or a modern composite deck, take2 can create the ideal outdoor space for your lifestyle and budget.

   

 

Take your Kitchen from Average to Extraordinary with a Custom Backsplash

A great way to give your space an updated, modern look is to install a backsplash!

No matter if you’re fully renovating or simply want to upgrade your kitchen, putting in the perfect backsplash is the starting point for a beautiful result. Not only will renovating your cooking space make you happy, but every time you enter your kitchen you will feel motivated to spend more time there.

 Backsplashes are usually installed on one wall primarily, the wall behind the sink (which is why they’re referred to as backsplashes). The purpose of a kitchen backsplash was originally very practical. The backsplashes’ main function was designated to protect small areas from sprays of grease or dirty dishwater using wipeable materials like tile. As time passed, the role of backsplashes expanded, becoming as much about style as function.

Typically, backsplashes span from where the countertop meets the wall to the bottom of the kitchen cabinets. You can take the conventional approach, where backsplash tiles start at the countertop and end somewhere below the cabinets. Alternatively, you can add a backsplash in your entire kitchen to give the space an upgraded feel and continuity. Backsplashes are also a great choice for the bathroom. Tile backsplashes can be added to bathrooms, behind toilets and sinks, and even surrounding showers. They can be installed underneath the mirror to add a creative flair or more color to complete the room. A stylish backsplash can add the perfect pop of color or texture into any space! 

There are a variety of options and decisions to make when it comes to Kitchen redecoration, factors like aesthetic appeal, and the functionality of the installations that all play into your decision making — however, budget is typically at the forefront of these decision making processes. One thing to keep in mind is that not all tiles will cost the same. Tiles are priced by the square foot and the cost can vary depending on the type of material. Some materials (like marble) are more expensive than others.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for backsplash materials:

  • The look of marble for less: To mimic the look of expensive marble, go for a glazed porcelain tile, with high gloss coated over its surface for shine.
  • Porcelain and ceramic tiles: These types of tiles have many options to make your kitchen traditional to contemporary. With endless designs and options, it’s easy to find a tile that makes your kitchen unique.
  • Stainless steel and natural stone: This material offers warmth to your kitchen space. Together, these materials can create one of a kind looks.
  • Mosaic tile: Mosaic tile packs in smaller patterns and seemingly offer more bang for your buck. Depending on the range of materials – this can be an easy way to turn your kitchen space into a work of art.
  • Sheet glass: Glass can add a lighter look for your space to complement any style. A trend that has been growing in popularity as a great backsplash material for the kitchen is sheet glass. Sheet glass is very low maintenance and incredibly easy to clean.

When selecting the best tile for your backsplash, it is always worth considering what your overall design goal is for the space. A well-maintained kitchen will help increase the value of your home. Although – you may have heard that backsplashes are relatively simple to install yourself, we don’t recommend a DIY backsplash. While it may seem simple enough, it’s not as easy as it looks. There are a lot of issues you can run into when installing a backsplash.

While it’s true that renovating your kitchen can be a big undertaking, it’s also an investment as remodeling projects or renovations will increase the overall value of your home, thereby increasing the permanent worth of your property. When it comes to kitchen remodeling and custom backsplashes there are plenty of options to choose from. Take2 has designers to help you find the pattern, style, and color to create the backsplash that’s right for you.

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Which Siding Material is Best for Your Home?

When you look at your home, its most prominent feature is its siding.

New siding can help you increase your property value while creating a more beautiful home. There are a lot of attractive material options available to help improve the exterior of your home. Choosing the best siding for your home can be a tough one. The choices available to you are extensive, with each material offering vastly different aesthetics, durability, energy efficiency, and price. It is important that you educate yourself on the different available materials to get a better understanding of each material’s capabilities.

Vinyl Siding

One of the most affordable and versatile materials you will find is vinyl. It’s reasonably cheap, and even though some are put off by its plastic-like appearance, vinyl is the most commonly used material in the United States. The simplicity of this siding means that it’s relatively low cost and simple to install. As long as you take care to follow the instructions. It’s important to remember that the savings you get from using vinyl could be lost if significant damage to the siding occurs; this material can be brittle and fixing it can require a full replacement.

Wood Siding

If you’re interested in a classic look that will last upwards of 100 years, then wood siding might be the right choice for you. Along with a wide array of colors, you can also choose from a few different styles: lap, bevel, shakes or shingles.Wood is a more durable choice than vinyl and will bring a classic style to your home. It’s a smart idea to have it treated with flame-retardant stains, especially if you live in a high-risk area. Moisture can also create problems for wood siding. If you start to notice mold or excessive moss, it might be time to replace some of your shingles.

Metal Siding

Aluminum siding is another cost-effective option that can go the distance when properly installed. It can last as long as 35 years without any need for replacement. You can buy several different sizes, ranging from 40-gauge to 53-gauge. Thicker siding is more durable and provides better insulation.At the same time, higher gauges cost more per square foot. Metal siding is also prone to denting from rocks and other debris, and in warmer temperatures, the metal can expand and contract. Although this isn’t dangerous, it can make metal siding noisy in the summertime.

Brick Siding

Another reliable material, brick siding is durable and nearly impenetrable. Once a mainstay for construction, brick is now commonly fused to the wooden frame of new dwellings with concrete. While it may have lost its luster due to the demanding process of installation, brick can bring a beautiful and modern look to any new home. It’s important to note that the concrete used to affix the bricks to the wooden frame can break and cause cracking. This can allow water to get through. However, you can install a membrane between the house and the brick siding to offer additional protection.

All four materials are well worth considering, and the final decision is, up to you!

The Takeaways:

  • Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to replace
  • Wood siding is classic and long-lasting
  • Metal siding is less expensive and great for insulation
  • Brick siding is traditional and lasts for generations

 

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 To understand why we live up to our reputation, you need only look through our reviews of satisfied customers giving testimonials. Our team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, granite slab specialists and tile setters have been working all around Warrenville for more than 20 years, and we’re always proud to leave our work in people’s homes when we pack our bags on the last day!

 

Exterior Home Additions

Considering an Exterior Home Addition? 

Do you wish you had some extra breathing room in your house, but you don’t want to move? We hear the same stories all the time— you want more space for the kids, you need more room to cook, eat, relax, or play. You might just want some studio or office space or an area for your own craft or woodshop, but you don’t want to sell the house. At Take2 Custom Remodeling, we’ve got your back in these situations. We love working with homeowners who love their homes but need some renovations done. We’ve worked on bump-out kitchens, garage add-ons, screen porches, and sunrooms, just to name a few. Here, we’ll go over many common home additions and remodels, and we’ll address some of the pros and cons of having different kinds of additions done to your home.

                                                               

Sunrooms

A sunroom makes a great addition to any house with a view and some extra outside space. A sunroom can often be just a glass or screened-in porch with couches, plants, and coffee tables. They are one of the most picturesque ways to enhance your home and look great on the market and in media listings. In practice, they provide scenic outdoor living spaces for relaxing—during the appropriate seasons, that is.

Pros: Since sunrooms are mostly windows, they don’t disturb the architectural style of any home. You can affix a sunroom almost anywhere on the perimeter of a house and it will be aesthetically pleasing. Since they are designed for letting in natural light during warmer months, sunrooms are a great way to increase the living, dining, and socialization area of your home without spending more on lights or heating. It may be possible to build a sunroom or other open porch without hiring an electrician at all!

Cons: As the value of your home increases, your property taxes may take a slight spike, as you’ve added another room’s worth of square footage to your home. The outdoor perks of a sunroom can also be liabilities—be prepared for rugs and furniture to fade in the sun and dew and moisture to erode pillows and fabrics. Leaves and moisture will collect on windowsills and curtains. Don’t leave an antique armchair in your new semi-outdoor room or expect not to have to sweep any dead moths off the floor once in a while.

Kitchen Bump Outs

A kitchen remodel is known to be one of the best things a homeowner can do to increase the resale value of their home. A common way to capitalize on the timing of your kitchen remodel is to take the opportunity to add some bump-out space. Instead of adding another room, a kitchen bump-out is just that—pushing the wall out and expanding your kitchen. You can use the space to create a cubby or more room for cooking and storage.

Pros: Since there’s no need to build another room, kitchen bump outs require little or no work with the foundation. Even if the structure of the house doesn’t support the newly created space, it’s not difficult to work around the lack of foundation by using floor extensions. Often, your HVAC bill won’t go up significantly due to the extra area—you’ll have the space you want without worrying about heating another room. Finally, the bump-out format is a great way to get extra space cheaply. Moving a wall out a few feet is much quicker and cheaper than building a whole new room.

Cons: Sometimes, the existing walls and floors may be hard to match. Unless you have a common or easily replicated style of flooring, the contractors may have to replace the entire floor and repaint the walls to match.

Garage Additions

This might be a second runner-up for getting homeowners a return on their investments. Garage conversions and expansions, while expensive, can exponentially increase the value of a home. There are many types of garage renovation—you can add a detached garage if your property doesn’t have one, attach a new garage to your home, expand your existing garage space, or build a floor on top of your garage for storage or even living space.

Pros: Detached garages add a lot to home value in colder climates, where keeping cars indoors preserves their condition. They also provide the benefit of keeping carbon monoxide out of the house, a common issue with attached garages. If you don’t have building space next to a drivable entrance, a detached garage can be a great choice. Multi-floor garage additions can also provide space for living, storage, studio work, office space, or even renting out on hosting apps such as Airbnb.

Cons: If you plan on building a detached garage, it’s likely you’ll need to install a driveway to match. In addition, when building new structures or levels, it will be necessary to hire an electrical contractor to do the wiring for the building or apartment and install the electric garage door system.

In-Law Suite

An “in-law suite,” as it’s called, is a miniature apartment—or at least a bedroom and bathroom configuration—affixed somewhere in your house. One of the most common second-story additions, it can be constructed above the garage, built as an addition on a home, detached from the home, or worked into sheds or outbuildings if there are any on your property. In-law suites can be used for a number of things. Many families choose to build one if they find themselves in a position to be a caretaker to a disabled or elderly relative, or they may simply want an independent guest bedroom for visitors. In-law suites can also be rented on Airbnb and are perfect for other short-term living arrangements.

Pros: Whether an in-law suite is appropriate for your family’s needs and lifestyle depends heavily on the circumstances. However, a separate living area will increase the value of your home whether you plan on making use of it or not. It can also be a more financially efficient choice than looking for a new home when your household size changes. In-law suites can be used for anything you might want separate living space for. Many families have members who work in professions in which entertaining travelers and other guests is necessary, or they may want to host exchange students and workers.

Cons: Adding an entirely new living space will require consultation with your homeowner’s association, and you’ll have to adhere to stricter city zoning regulations than if you were just adding a room to your own home. This is because you’re technically adding another home—albeit a small one. Unlike a shed, this requires the construction to be up to living code with the proper permits in terms of electricity and plumbing, and it may influence the way your property is classified by the city.

Exterior Additions Increase Your Home Value

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to add to or remodel a part of their home. Some homeowners have specific needs for their families, whether it be room for more children, the ability to host parties and large gatherings, or accommodate someone with a disability. When you’re building a new piece of your home to meet your wants or needs, you’re also increasing the permanent worth of your property and can see significant returns—often as much as 80% on your investment! Additions and renovations will be factored in during refinancing time on your mortgage, and with higher home value, you’ll hold proportionally more equity. 

Take2 Custom Remodeling has Years of Experience!

When you are commissioning something that’s built to last, you want the best professionals to do the work. At Take2 our goal is to get your home additions or exterior renovations just right. We make sure that the new structure fits aesthetically into your existing home and complies with best practices for construction. To understand why we live up to our reputation, you need only look through the number of satisfied customers giving testimonials. Our team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, granite slab specialists and tile setters have been working all around Warrenville for more than 20 years, and we’re always proud to leave our work in people’s homes when we pack our bags on the last day.  The good news is, with the right contractor, you can have your cake and eat it too.

 

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A Finished Basement Will Add Value to Your Home

A basement can be so much more than a place to store unused exercise equipment and old lamps. It can be a lounge for entertaining guests, a space for pursuing hobbies, or even an additional bedroom! Once completed, basement renovations add value not just to your property, but to your life as a whole. However, before you start investing in new appliances and flooring, be sure to do your due diligence. Keep local laws and your wallet in mind.

How Much Do Basement Renovations Cost?

On average, a basement remodel costs around $30,000. The cost to remodel a basement varies based on size, location, and quality of materials—to name just a few factors. To start, the cost of basement renovations depends on whether your basement is finished or unfinished. In other words, does your basement need to be converted into a livable space? There may be a light fixture and a couple of electrical outlets, but that won’t be enough for an entertainment room. Plus, you may need proper flooring. You could go for an industrial look and polish the concrete, but for a cozier, more aesthetically pleasing environment, a material like wood, carpet, or tile may be a better choice. You may also need to build some walls—at least for the bathroom. If your basement will include a bedroom as well as an entertainment area, your guests or residents may want a sense of privacy for their sleeping quarters. Walls will reduce noise, allow space for more electrical outlets, and help insulate the space.

One question you need to start with is, can you legally remodel your basement? Make sure you check the building code regulations set by your local jurisdiction. Even if your house already has a basement, it may not meet the standards for a living space. For example, if you want to remodel and then rent out your basement, there may be requirements for windows and a private entry. You may also need to inspect it thoroughly for leaks and mold. Additionally, it will likely need plumbing, electrical, and insulation upgrades. A professional contractor will help you navigate your local building codes so that you can transform your basement into a safe, comfortable living space.

Basement Renovation Ideas that Add Value

There are different ways to upgrade your basement—and some can even earn you a bit of income. Once you account for those basic costs, you have to consider furnishings and decorations, including paint. Bring your space life with modern furniture and new appliances, or choose a style that fosters a fun environment. After considering your costs and restrictions, the fun can really begin. We have a few ideas for how different kinds of basement renovations add value to your home.

En Suite Apartment

Whether you regularly host guests from out of town or you want to rent the space for a little extra income, an en suite apartment is an ideal upgrade for any basement. If you have limited space, you can modestly transform it with just a bedroom, bathroom, and a kitchenette. Visitors will get a sense of privacy and comfort without imposing on your daily routine. With a larger space (and larger budget), you can make your basement into an ideal weekend rental. Build out a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen for a completely independent living space. And with a separate entrance, your guests can come and go as they please.

Game Room

A game room can be an escape for both adults and children! With a modest budget, a kid’s game room can simply be a soft, well-lit space for playtime. If it’s a large enough space, you can include bigger equipment such as tents, playhouses, slides, or swings. Either way, it’s a great option for storing toys away in one room. Or, if your family is tech-savvy, a basement can be a perfect space for video games and VR. Set up multiple screens for PC gaming or one large screen with an open area for VR and interactive games. Plus, by moving all or most of your digital entertainment systems to the basement, it may be easier to enforce screen time limits for the whole family. For teenagers and adults, go for a classic game room with a pool or ping pong table. But if you’re into card games, a poker table may suit your style better. Or, if you prefer tabletop gaming, build yourself a space where you can campaign for hours.

Entertainment Area

If you enjoy hosting events, basement renovations add value to your entertaining possibilities. Regardless of size, a bar can fit in almost any basement. You can design it like a classic pub or a sleek modern club. Add a few stools and, if you have space, a few high-top tables, too. Hang some TVs for an in-home sports bar, or even add a small stage and sound system for live music and karaoke. Or take your entertainment plans in a different direction and transform your basement into a dining experience. Install a wine rack and add an extra-long table to seat multiple guests. Whether you prefer a rustic look with wood and brick or a sleek modern style, a professional contractor will help you build the entertainment basement of your dreams.

Home Office

Create a separate business environment within your home for your clients. These basement renovations add value not just to your customer’s experience, but also your own productivity. With a modest space and budget, you can have a built-in desk and a seating area for meetings. Even in a small space, you can impress clients by installing a monitor on one of the walls for presentations. If you have a larger space, you can build office space in addition to a waiting area and meeting room.

black flat screen computer monitors on wooden table

The possibilities for remodeling your basement are endless.

Ready to Renovate?

Upgrading your basement requires more than just a nice area rug and a comfortable couch. The greatest cost, however, is often labor. It may be tempting to get your friends together to help with the remodel, but if you want basement renovations with a high ROI, hire a professional contractor to ensure a job well done. With some careful consideration, the possibilities are endless.

Want to know more about how basement renovations add value to your home? Contact us for a quote!

What to Expect When Remodeling Your Kitchen

There are few things that can transform a home as dramatically as a kitchen renovation. Sleek modern cabinets, gleaming new appliances and countertops—they’re a quantum leap from the old kitchen that once was.  It sounds like a dream come true, but then you hear the stories of homeowners who failed to plan ahead to make their kitchen remodel a smooth process and the result was a bumpy ride. 

Fine-Tune Your Vision for Kitchen Remodeling

Do you want to replace existing fixtures with minimal fuss, or move the stove to a new location? Are the current dimensions fine, or are you expanding the space? It’s best to consider the scope of your project before construction begins. If you suddenly need to move a gas line or tear out a wall, it’ll be a costly change. If you live in a historic home, or local building codes apply to your renovation, you may have to wait for permits before you can upgrade your kitchen. Make sure you research your area’s building codes before you begin.

Helpful Tips to Plan Your New Kitchen Project:

Jot down the elements of the kitchen of your dreams: the stainless steel refrigerator, the white opaque cabinets, the granite countertops. Then, rank them in order from “must-have” to “maybe.” This gets your priorities straight from the start. You can always eliminate items from the bottom of the list if you need to. Talk over your plans, including layout and design, with your contractors. They may know innovative ways to trim costs and even help you afford some “extras”. They’re also experts on which changes add value to your home and which might be costly mistakes. Regular communication with your contractors will help you avoid pitfalls along the way. Create an idea book with swatches of materials, favorite finishes, and snapshots of your overall style. This helps you create a harmonious look. It also gives your contractors a visual reference for your project as it progresses. And, it’s a fun and exciting project to put together.

Do Your Research before Picking Appliances, Countertops, and Cabinets

You may love that double-wide refrigerator or bulky convection oven, but those specialty appliances have to fit the dimensions of your cabinets and countertops. These details can get lost if you’re caught up in the excitement of a longed-for appliance. A great tip is to sketch out all of the design elements—countertops, appliances, and cabinets—to make sure the measurements fit. The carpenter’s motto “measure twice, cut once” is definitely true of countertops and cupboards. In addition to proper measurements, it is equally important to give your kitchen a cohesive look. Modern stone countertops like granite, marble, and quartz have intricate veins of minerals running through the slab. This forms a unique pattern or design. Many people like to keep their cabinets neutral as a counterpoint. Floors and cabinets often have similar tones for a unified feel. For pops of color and contrast, use accessories like stainless steel, copper and bright enamel cookware.

Practical and Energy-Saving Appliances

One huge benefit of kitchen remodeling is the updated appliances. Look for these types of bonus features that save energy and streamline your life. New appliances are very efficient. Some modern stovetop burners can take food from a low simmer to a fast boil in a flash, according to the experts at This Old House. A standard burner has a low of 2,000 BTU and a high of 12,000 BTU. New models can simmer sauces as low as 400 BTU and then quickly ramp up to boiling pasta at 15,000 BTU. Energy efficiency helps you save money and the planet’s resources. Be on the lookout for appliances with Energy Star ratings. Efficient ratings mean that if your appliance lasts for 10-20 years, you’ll use between 10 to 50 percent less energy annually. Practical features built into your appliances can make life much easier. Dishwashers with a higher loading capacity save you countless wash cycles. Smart refrigerators are programmed to sense when your milk is going sour when your lunchmeat expires, and whether you’re out of mayo. Sound trivial? The average American throws away 103 pounds of spoiled food each year at an average cost of $2,798, so keeping tabs on what’s in the fridge spares you a lot of waste.

Bumps in the Renovation Process & Coping with Delays

Living without a kitchen can find you impatiently counting down the days until its completion. Delays do happen, though, and they’re not always the contractor’s fault:
Contractors might find unpleasant surprises like unexpected mold or shoddy woodwork that needs repair. Once your kitchen renovation is underway, appliances may be out of commission for a while. The kitchen is the focal point of the home, and when it’s down for the count—even temporarily—it can create disruption.  Plan a mini-vacation at a local hotel when you need a break from the construction zone. If you want to check on progress, it’s easy to do. Many homeowners decide that the perfect time to go on vacation is during a kitchen renovation. Others feel too out-of-touch with the process if they’re not nearby.

If you do decide to stay home – here are some ways to limit the endless takeout-and-paper-plates scenario:

  • Use convenient options like toaster ovens, microwaves, and outdoor grills to cook your meals.
  • Create an “alternate kitchen” in a pantry or small room.
  • Set up an area to stash dishes, utensils, and your pantry basics.
  • A small dorm refrigerator is helpful if you can’t use your kitchen for an extended time. 

You might Change Your Mind on Certain Non-essential Improvements

You might change your mind about improvements mid-renovation – and that’s fine, as long as you work it out with your contractor (as it can affect your contractor’s schedule in big ways). Out-of-stock items can also delay your project. Even one appliance or small part on back-order can hold things up for weeks. It’s wise to build some wiggle-room into the renovation schedule. Even better, order fixtures well in advance, before construction begins. Avoid heartache and frustration by knowing what you want and what will work for your budget as well as your timeframe.

 

A kitchen remodel can be a very exciting time in your life as a homeowner. It can also be incredibly frustrating if you don’t take the time to prepare for the unexpected. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to kitchen renovations. Planning ahead will help to preserve your sanity and keep your peace of mind.

By keeping your expectations reasonable and timeframe flexible – you’ll be enjoying the kitchen of your dreams before you know it!

 

 

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Tips for Winterizing Your Home

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Winterizing Your Home

There’s nothing quite like the despair you feel when you’re woken up in the middle of a snowstorm to find icy water leaking straight into your bedroom. Winter can be hard on both you and your home, but fortunately, this and many other home disasters are avoidable with the right preparations.

Here are two main things you should keep in mind when winterizing your home: 

  • Prepping the infrastructure
  • Buying the right equipment

Read on for some helpful homeowner tips on how to winterize your home and set yourself up for a cozy season.

Infrastructure: Keeping Cold Out and Heat In

Doors and Windows
The most basic step to winterizing your home is stopping drafts. Door drafts and window drafts are an endless source of problems, from allowing warmth to escape to causing ice buildup inside your home. Weatherstrip tape is often the quickest fix for gaps. Just measure, cut, and stick. You’ll have a snug seal all winter long! An additional challenge with windows is the glass itself. Even with weather stripping in place, window panes are a major source of heat loss. One easy fix is window shrink film. This is a clear, thin sheet of plastic that will hold tight to your window frame when heat is applied. A hairdryer is all you need to get the job done.

But what if you’d rather not have all your windows look like they’ve been Saran wrapped? Thermal curtains can be a stylish and cozy alternative. It’s important to note, however, that the tradeoff is a higher cost. A pair of thermal curtains will run you anywhere from $30 to $150, depending on size. On the other hand, a shrink film kit averages less than $3 a window.

Fireplaces
A roaring fire is the classic focal point of winter socializing. As such, ensuring your fireplace is operating correctly before the snow hits is essential. Check if the chimney is drawing smoke up and out, not letting it collect indoors. If the smoke isn’t being drawn up, try opening a window in your fireplace room. The pressure change can assist in correcting the airflow. If this doesn’t do the job, you can try using a hairdryer or heat gun to pre-heat the chimney, which can also help direct airflow.

Furnaces
Another fundamental step to winterizing your home is tuning up your furnace. Experts recommend getting a furnace inspection at least once a year. Such inspections will help you get ahead of any major problems. However, there are some small things you can do on your own to help guarantee smooth operation. Completing these basic steps before turning on your heat for the first time will help ensure that your furnace keeps you warm from the first frost to the first day of spring. Prior to winter’s arrival, you can:

  • Replace the filter
  • Dust and vacuum the interior
  • Check for loose connections

Insulation
Something which can save you a lot of money, if you are proactive about it, is ensuring your roof is well insulated. Besides being an expensive source of heat loss, if the underside of your roof gets too warm, the snow outside can melt and run towards the eaves. This melt will re-freeze at the colder eaves, creating an ice dam. Subsequent water is then trapped, and its only point of drainage is into your home.Check your insulation depth in your attic. Ideally, there should be 12 to 14 inches. If you need to add more, blown-in insulation will fill nooks and crannies better than insulation batting. Doing it yourself can save quite a bit of money, usually costing around one third the price of hiring a professional. Make sure you do your research before you get started, though. Blowing insulation can be a pretty messy process, and you don’t want to do it more than once.

Equipment: Things to Keep On Hand

Besides the basics, there are some additional pieces of equipment you’ll want to have on hand, however, that might not immediately come to mind. Stock up on these gadgets and tools to make your transition into winter seamless.

Boot Draining Tray
Boots are meant to keep your feet warm and dry, but sometimes they can end up doing just the opposite. Wet boots left on the carpet or hard floors create massive puddles of cold water. One distracted step and your cozy evening is ruined. Buy or make a boot draining tray to keep your floors clean and dry. A fairly simple DIY option is to take a plastic or metal tray, such as a cookie tray, and cover it with small rocks or tiles. The space between the rocks will allow your boots to drain into the tray, drying them out nicely by the time you need to brave the outdoors once more.

Roof Rake
These fabulous devices look kind of like big squeegees on a very long handle. They’re designed to allow a homeowner to remove ice and snow from the roof while standing safely on the ground. The biggest benefit of owning and using a roof rake is the same benefit of improving your insulation: no snow on the roof means no opportunity for ice dams.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Finally, an important safety addition when winterizing is installing carbon monoxide alarms in your home. With the house sealed up to prevent heat escaping, and with heating devices running 24/7, the risk is much higher for a buildup of this lethal gas. There are a variety of device options, including combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors—and you can get hardwired or plug-in versions of these—so there’s an option out there to fit your needs.

Every season comes with its own unique set of home maintenance requirements. However, with winter’s destructive potential, protecting your home is vital, it pays to be prepared. Much of the equipment you should have for winter house maintenance is pretty straightforward. Sidewalk salt, a sturdy shovel or snowblower, and something to safely remove icicles are all necessities. It only takes a small amount of planning ahead and a little bit of your own labor to ensure you’ve taken every precaution against unpleasant surprises.

Best of luck to you and stay warm!

Hardwood Flooring: Natural vs. Engineered

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If you are considering installing wood flooring in your home, you will first have to decide exactly what type of wood you’ll use. Making that decision will depend on the amount of traffic (from both people and animals) around your home, the look and feel you want your home to have, and your budget for your new flooring project. If you decide to go with solid wood or engineered wood for your flooring, you’ll have to decide which specific wood species is the right choice for you. There are many different types—from the traditional to the exotic—but the few listed below are some of the most common options for homes today.

Types of Wood Flooring

 

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood floors are single-cut strips of natural wood. This has become less popular lately as engineered flooring is now a go-to favorite for home remodels, but solid wood floors still have many desirable qualities. Solid wood is the most durable type of wood flooring. You’ll be able to sand and stain it several times, giving it a long lifespan. You’ll also have a lot of different types of solid wood to choose from, letting you pick the look and feel that works best for you. On the other hand, solid wood is the most expensive flooring option. It can also expand or warp with varying moisture levels and can only be installed by nailing it to the subfloor.

Oak Wood Flooring

One of the most common species for wood floors, you can find both white oak and red oak flooring in many homes. It’s a very hard wood with beautiful colors ranging from creamy and rusty in red oak to chocolatey and silver in white oak floors. It tends to fall in the middle of the affordability scale but offers a lot of value for the price. It’s vibrant grain patterns tend to hide dents, scratches, and stains well, making oak a great choice for homes with pets and children.

Pine Wood Flooring

Pine is a softwood, making it less suited for high-traffic areas like entrances and kitchens. It is, however a much cheaper and more environmentally friendly option than hardwood floors. Softwood trees like pine grow much more quickly than hardwoods, making them more sustainable and renewable.

Maple Wood Flooring

Maple ranges in hardness depending on the type of maple tree. Hard maples like sugar maples and rock maples are even harder than oak, while red and silver maples produce much softer wood, similar to pine. Maple gives a light color with a faint grain pattern, giving homes with maple flooring a more modern look. Depending on the type of maple wood, it can be great for all areas of the house. It is more expensive than oak or pine.

Birch Wood Flooring

Often confused with maple, birch floors are lightly colored with a muted grain pattern. Birch is still relatively hard, although not quite as hard as maple and oak. For homes with lighter foot traffic, it would work well. It is often used as a more affordable substitute for people wanting the light, modern style of maple.

American Cherry Wood Flooring

Cherry wood has a vibrant red tone that tends to darken over time as it is exposed to light. It is a soft and delicate wood, making it less suited for entryways and other areas of the home with heavy foot traffic. Cherry is much more expensive than oak and maple.

Bamboo Wood Flooring

Although not technically a wood, bamboo is becoming popular as a flooring material because of its sustainability. Families with young children would likely consider this type of flooring. Most parents want to make their home healthy, so products with a LOW VOC or ZERO VOC is a big priority. VOC stands for Volatile organic compounds which occur when chemicals release a gas into the environment. VOC results from new furnishings, wall coverings, and office equipment such as copy machines or paint, which can off-gas VOC into the air. Bamboo offers this “green” healthy quality as it typically contains no added urea-formaldehyde in its adhesive and uses a zero VOC finish which will not off-gas any toxic chemicals. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that is pressed together with resin and cut into flooring strips. It can vary widely in quality, hardness, and price, so make sure to do your homework before buying bamboo!

 

 

Engineered Wood for Flooring

Composite Wood Flooring

Composite wood floors are made by gluing a thin hardwood veneer onto layers of compressed wood, resin, and polymers. On the surface, engineered hardwood looks almost identical to solid hardwood. It comes pre-finished and can be installed on top of existing surfaces. Engineered wood is also more resistant to moisture, so you can use it in basements and other areas that are more susceptible to moisture. With that, they are less likely to warp or expand with environmental changes. Engineered wood floors are usually cheaper and easier to install than hardwood. You can nail or staple the boards to the subfloor, glue it down or attaching it as a “floating” floor. However, engineered wood can only be sanded and refinished a couple of times before the hardwood veneer wears down into the board underneath. This gives it a much shorter lifespan and less customizability over the years.

Laminate Wood Flooring

People often confused laminate and engineered wood because their cores are basically the same material. Like engineered wood, laminate is made from a pressed wood core, but instead of gluing a thick layer of hardwood on top, laminate has a high-quality image of wood grain printed onto it before being sealed with a clear protective coating. Like engineered wood, it is highly water-resistant, making it applicable in more areas of the home than solid hardwood. Each piece is designed to fit together with the next one without any nails or glue, making installation very easy. Laminate is durable. The clear protective layer makes laminate much easier to clean than both solid hardwood and engineered wood flooring. It is also the cheapest of the three options, although the highest quality laminates will be close to the same price as solid hardwood. Although it doesn’t damage easily, it does happen. Unfortunately, significantly damaged laminate has to be replaced instead of repaired. It usually does not improve home resale value in the same way that solid or engineered hardwood does.

 

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At Take2 our goal is to get your home additions or exterior renovations just right. We make sure that the new structure fits aesthetically into your existing home and complies with best practices for construction. You’ll find that the many different types and species of wood give you complete control over how your home looks and feels. As you set your budget and weigh your options between durability, affordability, natural vs. engineered, and resale value, you’ll be much more equipped to pick the type of wood flooring that matches your goals for your home.

Once you have reached a decision on what type of wood flooring you want contact us for your flooring installation! 

 

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How to Get the Most out of Your Bathroom Renovation

How can you ensure a good return on investment (ROI) for a bathroom upgrade?

If you’re thinking about refinancing your home or selling within 2 to 4 years, you’re likely searching for ways to improve home value. The value of your home depends on many factors, such as home condition, the value of your neighbors’ homes, the real estate market, your location and the type of upgrades you complete. Before you start a bathroom renovation, take some time to check out what else is on the market in your neighborhood. You can go to open houses to see what similar-sized homes sell for in your area. While there, inspect the bathrooms for upgrades or recent modifications. This can show you what buyers are looking for. 

Costs vs. Value of Remodeling
According to the 2019 Cost vs Value Report, you can expect to get an average ROI of about 67 percent for a mid-range bathroom upgrade. This means that if you spent $20,400 on the renovation, you’d recoup about $13,700 in the home’s sale price.For an upscale bathroom renovation, you can expect an average ROI of about 60 percent. In this case, spending roughly $64,700 would net you $38,900 with the sale price. Location matters, though. In the East Central market that includes Chicago, a mid-range bathroom remodels can have an ROI of up to 64 percent. The Pacific market might yield an ROI of 75 percent, while the South Atlantic market can see returns of up to 67 percent.

How to Get the Most from a Bathroom Upgrade
How can you ensure you get the most money back from your investment? Start by assessing the condition of the room.
– Are there plumbing leaks?
– Is anything structurally unsound?
– How’s the electrical system?

Get the basics set before moving to the cosmetic upgrades.
Small Projects:  You’ll likely recoup the most by undertaking several small projects instead of gutting the entire
bathroom and starting fresh.

Lights
Lighting is easy to update and can have a significant impact on your home’s value. Get rid of
gloomy light fixtures and install recessed lights or wall sconces.

Faucets
Brushed metal faucets are elegant but relatively inexpensive, and they are much more desirable
than older styles. Nickel, silver, bronze and pewter faucets are all common.

Flooring
Whether you go with tile or vinyl, you should consider changing the flooring. Bathrooms get a
lot of foot traffic over the years, and they can become tired-looking. If the tiles are in great
shape, consider re-grouting or using a grouting paint pen for a brighter finish.
Walls. Always give the walls a fresh coat of paint using a neutral paint scheme. It brightens the room instantly.

Moderate Projects: What Should You Look At?
Does your bathroom require a mid-range upgrade? You’ll want to look at the following areas to
get the most money back for your investment.

Vanity
Consider replacing a worn-out or chipped countertop with one made from granite or quartz. If
you have the space for it, pick a vanity with dual sinks to increase functionality.

Tub/shower
Most buyers want stand-alone showers or a well-designed combination tub/shower. You’ll want
to consider adding frameless glass that’s easy to clean.

Toilet
Energy efficient toilets are the best option here. A low-flow toilet saves about 1.2 liters (0.3 gal)
of water with each flush. A dual-flush push button toilet offers different options—one button uses 3 liters (0.8 gal) of water, and the other uses 6 liters (1.6 gal) per flush.

When it comes to home renovations and your property value, you should keep your renovation appropriate for your current home value. If a home appraisal listed your home on the lower end, going all out with a luxury bathroom remodel won’t add as much value as you’d expect. This is because it would price your house out of the local market, meaning you’d never recoup most of what you put into it. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home or refinance it, you can still reap the benefits of remodeling your bathroom. A more functional bathroom can be the perfect space to relax and wash off the stress of the day.

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Which Flooring Should You Choose for Your Home Renovation?

As you start to consider your flooring options, take a walk through your home and perform a quick evaluation. Do you see missing or broken tiles? Is your grout discolored or moldy? Does your carpet have holes in it or an odor that’s impossible to get rid of? If you find weak spots in your floor, it’s definitely time to replace it.
The type of flooring that’s best for your home will vary according to your decor, but also by the amount of foot traffic in each room. If you notice signs of wear on your dining room carpet, for example, you might want to opt for tile flooring in that room.

Carpet

The great thing about carpet flooring is that it comes in hundreds of different colors and textures. If you’re going for a warm, welcoming atmosphere in your home, a fluffy carpet will give your guests a big, friendly “hello.” Carpet is perfect for your bedroom, living room, and den. If you have pets in your home, though, you might want to get carpeting that repels pet hair and mold. It’ll make cleaning up much easier and help manage your indoor air quality. In general, carpets with shorter fibers are easier to clean and last longer than varieties with longer fibers. Shag carpets are best suited to parts of your home that you don’t walk through very often. Carpet has a reputation for wearing out quickly, but heavy-duty varieties can last for 10 years or more with proper maintenance.

Vinyl and Linoleum

Vinyl is another durable flooring option that can last for 10 to 15 years or more. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and can be made to mimic pricier ceramic tile.
Linoleum is similar to vinyl, but it’s made from natural materials like cork and wood flour. Vinyl is made from the same material as PVC piping and does not have any natural ingredients. Vinyl gives your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway a clean, modern look. It stands up well to heavy use and has a mold-resistant surface. Linoleum flooring has the same characteristic shine, but can break if exposed to standing water. You’re likely to find linoleum in older homes, but unlike many older materials, it doesn’t typically contain asbestos. Linoleum is more expensive to install than vinyl but lasts for 20 to 40 years. To save time, you can install vinyl or linoleum flooring over an existing floor that’s in good condition.

Composite Wood

Composite wood has long been used for outdoor projects including decks and pathways, but it’s starting to trend for indoor use. Where traditional hardwood needs to be refinished every three to five years, composite wood can endure for 25 years or more. Made from plastic and natural wood, composite wood resists splintering and is less prone to termite infestations. It comes in a wide array of colors and can tie together your indoor and outdoor color schemes. On the downside, composite wood can look unnatural, and is prone to mildew and mold growth. If you’re going to install composite wood, opt for natural, earthy colors. Composite wood is great for mudrooms, patios and decks, and some basements.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is the most durable flooring you can choose. It can last for 50 years or more, even in a busy kitchen or bathroom. It comes in a wide variety of colors and can be used on walls as well as floors. If you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s important to get a head start on home repairs. You don’t have to paint all your walls the same color, but you can use ceramic tiles to unify your home’s decor. Blue tile in the living room? You might talk to your contractor about installing a kitchen backsplash that has blue accents. There are also ceramic tiles that look like wood—perfect for your entryway, living room, or attic.

Take2 Remodeling is an Experienced Local Contractor

While you might not know exactly which flooring you should choose for your home, you probably have a few ideas now. Before you talk to a contractor, think about taking a trip to your local home improvement store. You’ll be able to get started on color selection and jumpstart your creative process. If you’re ready to begin your home improvement project, contact the local professionals at Take 2 Remodeling. We’re an award-winning home remodeling company, and we work with homeowners on projects of all sizes. We believe that custom renovations aren’t just for luxury properties, and we’re committed to doing our best work every time.

Bring us your ideas and we’ll work with you to make them a reality. We specialize in bathroom, kitchen, and guest house renovations. We also remodel basements, attics, and decks. Check out our testimonials to read about some of the work we’ve done in the greater West Chicago area. Then give us a call or make an appointment online so that we can come out, see your property, and give you an estimate.

Marble, Granite, or Quartz: Which Stone Countertop Is Right for You?

When guests enter your kitchen, the first thing they’ll notice is your countertop. If you feel like your cooking space could use a facelift, it might be time to look into replacing your old counter and introducing a modern and sophisticated touch. A stone countertop makes an excellent addition to any kitchen.

There Are a Few Options to Consider When Choosing the Right Stone for Your New Countertops:

Marble
Marble is a classic and relatively affordable option. Marble lasts a long time and offers a clean, simple and beautiful look. You can get it in two finishes: honed and polished. A honed finish will give your counters a softer matte look, while a polished surface will be shinier and will be more resistant to stains. If you’re considering marble, you’ll want to watch out for stains. As a porous stone, marble has the potential to trap fluids if spills are not dealt with quickly. As mentioned, having your countertop polished can prevent staining, but it will also leave your marble open to scratching. It’s also worth considering how you want your countertop to age. If you want a weathered, worn-in look, then go for honed and leave out the polish.

Granite
If you’re looking for a countertop that communicates “elegance,” then granite might be your best choice. It’s a natural beauty that can bring something special to almost any kitchen. It’s also an environmentally-friendly option, and, if adequately treated, it can be stain-resistant as well. If you’re considering granite, it’s important to think about the cost. Although it’s not the most expensive option, granite doesn’t come cheap. It is also susceptible to chipping if anything heavy lands on it. Lastly, if you’re looking for a wide array of colors, you might want to look elsewhere; granite offers relatively few options, in contrast to other materials like wood and laminate.

Quartz
Of the countertop styles we’ve looked at, quartz is the most refined. The process of creating a quartz countertop includes combining the hard stone with polymers, resins, and different pigments. The result is a nonporous, reflective surface that can resist cuts and stains with ease. It doesn’t need to be resealed and makes any mess a quick cleanup.
Due to the nature of the building process, quartz tends to be more expensive than other countertops. Although it can resist knife marks and food stains, the polymers used to forge this type of counter aren’t very resistant to heat. Placing a pot of boiling water on a quartz countertop can leave a permanent ring.

The Takeaways:

Marble
• Affordable
• Can be polished or honed
• Easier to stain
• Polished surfaces can be scratched

Granite
• The classy choice
• Eco-friendly
• Prone to chipping
• Fewer color options

Quartz
• Shiny and nonporous
• Allows for easy cleaning
• Not heat resistant
• More expensive than the other options

 

No matter which stone you choose, it’s a sure bet that your friends and family will love the way your remodeled kitchen looks.

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