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What is the best countertop material? Quartz, Marble or Granite?

When it comes to countertops, granite, marble and quartz all have their pros and cons. In fact, in many ways, they’re all pretty similar, which can make it difficult for homeowners to choose which material they’d like to use. 

What are Granite, Marble and Quartz?

Let’s start with granite. It’s a natural stone composed of a variety of different materials, including quartz, mica and more. It comes in a variety of colors and every slab is unique because it’s mined, not manufactured.

Marble, like granite, is a natural stone (limestone) and every slab is unique. In general, the coloration is more consistent with a more visible pattern than granite.

Quartz counters aren’t technically pure natural stone. While most slabs are at least 92 percent quartz, the rest is made up pigment and the resin used to bind the crushed quartz together. That’s why quartz is usually referred to as engineered stone.

Granite vs. Marble vs. Quartz

Durability

All three material options are known for their durability. Granite, marble and quartz can last up to 20 years or more with proper care. They’re also all heat-resistant.

Scratch & Chip Resistance

Marble is the softest of all three materials, which means that it can be scratched or chipped the most easily. Granite is the second softest, making quartz the most resistant to lasting damage.

Natural?

All three materials are “natural” in the sense that they’re stone. But only granite and marble qualify as “natural stone” because they don’t go through a manufacturing process - they’re mined as-is. Quartz is “engineered” because it’s crushed and mixed with pigment.

To some, this difference doesn’t matter much. To others, “natural” is the main point of differentiation. They wouldn’t choose laminate floors over hardwood, so why would they choose engineered stone over natural stone?

Stains & Hygiene

Granite and marble are porous materials, which means that spilled liquids can potentially seep into the counter and stain it. Marble especially is more vulnerable to acidic liquids like wine and juice. Those pores can also potentially harbor hard-to-reach bacteria and germs.

Quartz, on the other end, is non-porous. It doesn’t stain or harbor bacteria nearly as easily. That also makes it easier to clean.

Maintenance

One of the major downsides of marble and granite: maintenance. Since both are porous, both need to be sealed at installation. They’ll also need to be resealed every one or two years. Because it isn’t porous, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed like this.

Unique Look

Every single slab of marble and granite is unique because it is mined, not manufactured. That means you’ll never have to worry about someone else having the same counters as you do.

Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered in a certain way, which means that many slabs might look similar and won’t look quite as “natural” as granite or marble.

Variety

While every granite and marble slab is unique, they often have a similar feel because they’re formed in a certain way. And while there are many different colors and types of granite and marble available, the variety isn’t endless.

Quartz, on the other hand, can be mixed with a huge number of different pigments, which means there’s a larger variety of more consistent colors available.

Cost

If you want quality counters, then there’s no good “cheap” option. Neither granite nor marble nor quartz are cheap, though some slabs are less expensive than others.

The most affordable slabs of granite and quartz start at around the same price point (around $75 - $80 per square foot). Marble starts at around $100 per square foot.

On the higher end, quartz is the least expensivee (around $140 per square foot) followed by granite ($175 per square foot) and then marble ($200 per square foot).

So what’s the best material for counters? Granite, marble or quartz?

There’s no one “best” material. It depends on what your major concerns are.

Quartz is often the most affordable option. It’s also easiest to maintain and often more durable than marble and granite. But it doesn’t have the same high-end, natural look that marble and granite do.

Granite is usually more expensive than quartz but less expensive than marble. It’s also more durable than marble. But the coloration might not be as consistent, and it can’t match the luxurious look of a marble slab.

In the end, marble is marble, and if you’re set on the look of of marble, there’s no substitute. It might be a bit more expensive, but if you’re set on marble and it matches your kitchen or bathroom, it’s worth it for your countertop.

If you don’t have time for the TLC necessary to keep natural stone in tip-top shape, then quartz is a lower-maintenance option. Busy homeowners who have kids or who don’t want to worry about damaging their surface often gravitate toward quartz. It is a non-porous, germ-free product that doesn’t require sealing or waxing, and cleaning is a breeze with hot water, soap, and a sponge. Quartz also stands up extremely well against cuts, heat, and abrasions, and is virtually stain-resistant.

Marble also does a moderate job when it comes to resisting heat, but remember that it can stain if acidic materials are left on its surface. Marble also requires regular sealing, so you should factor that into the overall, long-term costs.

Overall, quartz is a more affordable alternative that can mimic the look of marble without the hefty price tag or required upkeep, but marble is…well, it’s marble!

Whether you want low-maintenance countertops or a one-of-a-kind instant classic, when you’re ready to upgrade your countertops, visit MSI for a large variety of quartz and natural stone products to choose from. In the meantime, check out our huge selection of Countertops and Slabs online, and see if anything catches your eye.

The Best Durable Custom Cabinets use Dovetail Joints

Joinery is the part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of lumber, to produce drawers. For the best durable custom cabinets Renowned Renovation uses Dovetail Joints. Dovetail joints are known for their strength and durability. Dovetail joints don’t require mechanical fasteners to stick together like other joinery techniques do. Rather, dovetail joints use pins and tails to interlock together, where one side has a pin that locks into the other side’s tail, and then glued together for a solid dovetail construction. The benefits of dovetail drawers are endless in addition to strength, flexibility, toughness, appearance, etc.

  • Butt joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is the simplest and weakest joint. Of those, there is the
    • a) T-butt, b) end-to-end butt, c) T-lap d) Miter butt and e) edge-to-edge butt.
  • Lap joint – The end of a piece of wood is laid over and connected to another piece of wood. This is the next simplest and weakest joint.
  • Bridle joint – Also known as open tenon, open mortise and tenon, or tongue and fork joints, this joint is where the through mortise is open on one side and forms a fork shape. The mate has a through tenon or necked joint. Bridle joints are commonly used to join rafter tops, also used in scarf joints and sometimes sill corner joints in timber framing.
  • Dowel joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is reinforced with dowel pins. This joint is quick to make with production line machinery and so is a very common joint in factory-made furniture.
  • Mitre joint – Similar to a butt joint, but both pieces have been bevelled (usually at a 45 degree angle).
  • Finger joint – Also known as a box joint, is a corner joint with interlocking fingers. Receives pressure from two directions.
  • Dovetail joint – A form of box joint where the fingers are locked together by diagonal cuts. More secure than a finger joint.[1]
  • Dado joint – Also called a housing joint or trench joint, a slot is cut across the grain in one piece for another piece to set into; shelves on a bookshelf having slots cut into the sides of the shelf, for example.
  • Groove joint Like the dado joint, except that the slot is cut with the grain.
  • Tongue and groove – Each piece has a groove cut all along one edge, and a thin, deep ridge (the tongue) on the opposite edge. If the tongue is unattached, it is considered a spline joint.
  • Mortise and tenon – A stub (the tenon) will fit tightly into a hole cut for it (the mortise). This is a hallmark of Mission Style furniture, and also the traditional method of jointing frame and panel members in doors, windows, and cabinets. This joint is a good strong joint to use.
  • Birdsmouth joint – Also called a bird’s beak cut, this joint used in roof construction. A V-shaped cut in the rafter connects the rafter to the wall-plate.[2]
  • Cross Lap – A joint in which the two members are joined by removing material from each at the point of intersection so that they overlap.
  • Splice joint – A joint used to attach two members end to end.
  • Pocket-hole joinery – A hidden screw is driven into the joint at an angle.
  • Biscuit – A wooden oval is glued into two crescent-shaped holes.
  • Floating tenon joint – See Mortise and tenon
  • Stitch and glue – Wood panels stitched together, usually with co

Townhouse Master Bathroom Remodel Irving TX 75063

The owners wanted townhouse master bathroom remodel to update the bath and add new counter-tops, shower, and amenities like a radiant floor heating system. Check out our gallery of bathroom remodels.

Renowned Renovation Services included:

  • Installed New Pocket door, Shower Pan and Walls, Electric Radiant Floor Heat Heating System with Aube Digital Floor Sensing Thermostat, New Tile Floor Installation, New Quartz Slab Countertop. 2 Sink cut outs and polish. Drill holes for faucet. Fabrication and installation vanity, shower bench top, and window sill, Install 2 vanity sinks and faucets, Reinstall toilet with new wax ring, frameless shower glass with door an a 1-Year workmanship warranty.
  • Demolition
    Removing the old tile, shower, bath counter tops, and hauling away the debris.
  • Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

    Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather



    Winter Home Maintenance Checklist




    Once the leaves start falling and there’s a chill in the air, many homeowners think the time for household chores is done. However, there are still a few things to mark off your winter home maintenance checklistbefore calling it a season.

    • Maintain HVAC Systems — Make sure your heating system is running properly before the temperatures start to drop. If you haven’t already, schedule routine professional maintenance and change the air filter. This is also a good time to give the AC one final cleaning before shutting it down for the season.
    • Clean the Fireplace and Chimney — Fireplace and chimney maintenance chores are often neglected, but they are necessary. Clean out old ashes and make sure the flue is open before use. Call a chimney sweep to remove creosote buildup; too much is a fire hazard.
    • Seal Leaks — Not only can poorly sealed windows or vents create a drafty house and increase your electric bill, but those leaks can also let in insects and rodents. Check the windows for air leaks and seal them up with caulk. Walk the perimeter of the house and make sure air vents are properly maintained and there are no gaps in the siding.
    • Take Care of Yard Work — Trimming trees in the fall may be tempting, but don’t do it. Pruning stimulates new growth in most plants and, if done in fall, that new growth will die at the first freeze. There is still plenty of yard maintenance to do, however, such as raking and composting leaves.
    • Protect Pipes — A burst pipe is every homeowner’s nightmare, but you can reduce the risk by following a few simple guidelines, especially if temperatures dip below 20 degrees. Start by wrapping pipes and covering outside faucets.

    Don’t leave yourself open to unnecessary headaches this winter. Prepare your home now to ensure you enjoy a safe and peaceful season.

    Bathroom Reconfiguration

    The owner of this single family home in Dallas wanted to update the Master Bathroom. In addition to the master bathroom the house also had a guest bathroom. The master only had a sink and commode. After meeting with the owner's our Interior Designer suggested a reconfiguration of master and guest bathrooms that would add a shower to the master bathroom

    Floor Plan Before Remodeling

    Proposed Reconfigured Bathroom

    Renowned Renovation gutted both the master and quest bedrooms, framed a smaller guest bedroom, re-plumbed the master for a shower, installed new vanities, commodes, flooring and fixtures to give this home a fresh look and appeal.

    After Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

    Before Renowned Renovation Bathroom Remodel

    Interior Remodeling: Fastest Way for Measurements, 3D Floor Plans

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    TapMeasure is a new kind of “AR utility app” for everyday spatial tasks. You can easily capture quick measurements, 3D floor plans, and align artwork. These guys will be adding more features over time, always with the goal of being your go-to “swiss army knife” as a homeowner, Download it today. If you are interested in a free in-home estimate contact us today.

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    Remodeling Ideas – AARP


    Ideas For Age
    Friendly Remodeling



    Read this article that was posted ion the AARP's website. The author, Vince Butler is a professional remodeler and writes about 21 things he wishes he'd followed based on his own advice to clients wanting to make their homes aging-friendly. Click here for the complete article or see the highlights below.

    1. Raise the Outlets. Lower the Switches
    There is no height requirement for electrical outlets or switches in most homes in the U.S. In fact, outlets are typically placed at a height equal to the length of a hammer simply because it saves measuring time during construction. Ask to have your outlets raised to 18" above the floor so they're easier to reach while standing or from a seated position. Light switch boxes are generally set above 48". If you move the box below 48" it makes the switch easier to reach from a wheelchair, scooter or by a child.

    2. Use Aging-Friendly Light Switches
    Paddle-style switches are better than a traditional toggle switch since they can be easily operated with a finger, knuckle or even an elbow.

    3. Over Light and Dim it Down
    It's always better to install more lighting than you think you’ll need and include dimmers for control. Coming back later to correct a dark corner or work area is expensive and messy. LED lights provide excellent illumination without overtaxing the wiring circuits and are easily dimmable.

    4. Use Wide Doorframes
    Use doors that are ideally 36" wide. (The minimum width used should be at least 32".) You don't have to install the wider doors now, but if you frame for that possibility you'll preserve the space and locate switches, pipes and other obstructions clear of any future widening.

    5. Select Aging-Friendly Hardware
    When choosing door knobs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, select designs that can be comfortably used without excessive pinching, twisting or force. Consider whether a child or a person without full use of his hands or arms could successfully use the item.

    6. Double-Up On Handrails
    Staircases should have a handrail on each side to provide additional support or to assist someone who has a strength imbalance due to age, injury or illness. Double handrails make staircases safer and easier to use.

    7. Wider is Better Than Narrow
    Most residential staircases are 36" wide, but if a project includes a new staircase, 42" would be better. That width makes it easier for two people to use the stairs side-by-side and better accommodates a lift chair, if required. Also, a wider staircase is especially useful when moving furniture!

    8. Deep is Better Than Shallow
    If space allows, make the treads (the flat part of the step) a bit deeper and the risers a bit shorter. Even a small change can make the stairs safer and easier to use.

    9. Put Power Nearby
    Include an electrical outlet at the top and/or bottom of the stairs. That way, if you ever install a lift chair it can be plugged in and charged without having to use an unsightly and possibly hazardous extension cord. In the meantime, having an electrical outlet near the stairs is very handy when vacuuming.

    10. Shine a Light on It
    Building codes require that staircases have switches at the top and bottom. However, we don’t always use those lights when our hands are full or we don’t want to disturb sleepers in the bedrooms nearby. Motion-activated switches that turn lights on and off automatically are a helpful option.

    11. Block the Bars in the Bathroom
    When a grab bar isn't securely mounted, it's more likely to become loose and fall off the wall. The best way to prevent this is before the walls are finished by installing horizontal wood "blocking" at the proper height for grab bars in the tub, shower and toilet areas. Installing such blocking is inexpensive and easy to do during construction but can be very costly and disruptive later. Tip: Before the drywall is installed, run a measuring tape from the floor up to the framing and take a picture to document exactly where the blocking has been placed. There are ways to install grab bars without blocking but nothing is more solid and secure than fastening directly to the wood framing.

    12. Open and Close the Door
    Doors are the number one obstacle to having a usable bathroom when someone requires assistance or is using a mobility aid. Sometimes an out-swing door works better for a bathroom than an in-swinging one. In other scenarios, a pocket door may be the better solution.

    13. Cut-out the Curb
    A shower is generally more usable and safer than a bathtub. Eliminate the typical step-over shower curb for a zero-step solution. If desired, the space can accommodate a frameless glass shower enclosure or, if needed, be converted into a fully-accessible shower for either a seated transfer or roll-in use.

    14. Grab the Grab Bars Now
    If the walls are blocked already, install the grab bars. People of all ages can benefit from having something to grab onto near the shower or tub. (I found the grab bars in my bathroom to be quite helpful while I was recovering from shoulder surgery.)

    15. Kitchen Counters - Low, Medium and High
    Various height kitchen countertops provide options for use by a child, a tall person and someone who prefers to sit rather than stand while preparing a meal.

    16. Put it Away
    Provide storage options in locations that don’t require lifting, and include pull-out drawers and trays and other accessories to increase usability. 1

    7. Pick Aging-Friendly Appliances
    Consider the design of stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators to minimize or eliminate hazards such as reaching over a hot burner to adjust the controls. Evaluate the design for usability by people with varying abilities and locate the appliances to minimize lifting or bending. For instance, placing a microwave oven above the range is an example of not planning for the future.

    18. Two Sinks are Better Than One
    Consider installing a second sink with a pullout spray faucet near the cooking area. Doing so is handy for filling a pot with water for boiling — and then emptying that pot without having to carry it across the kitchen.

    19. Easy In, Easy Out
    There should be at least one way to get into the home without having to use steps. Installing a zero-step entry into the house (and into a shower, as noted above and shown at right) solves two of the most challenging obstacles to creating an age-friendly home. If plans include adding a garage or new living space, consider options that will create an entry that can be used by someone using a wheelchair, pushing a baby stroller or dragging wheeled luggage.

    20. Stack the Closets
    If a home has multiple levels, locating the closets in the same location on each floor creates space for a future elevator shaft. It might sound extravagant, but more and more houses are including this feature and the cost is minimized when the space is already available. Also, installing an elevator is often an affordable option compared to the cost of selling a home and relocating. If an elevator isn't needed, the house has two very useful closets.

    21. One-Level Living
    In an ideal world, all multistory homes would contain a full bath on the first or entry floor as well as a bedroom or room that could be converted into a bedroom. When building a new residence or renovating one, the existence of these two rooms are key to a home being aging friendly. Look at your home and the spaces in it. A den may become a first floor bedroom, permanently or during a convalescence. A playroom might evolve into an exercise room. You probably won’t anticipate all the future uses of your home, but the benefits of these improvements will be useful today and for many years.

    360 Degree Interactive Tour: Bathroom Condo After Remodeling

    360 Degree Interactive Tour of High-rise Condo Bathroom Remodel

    Produced by Bither Braun Studios this virtual tour provides a complete interactive 360 tour of the bathroom our team created with and built for the owner of an upscale condominium in the The Travis at Katy Trail so you can navigate through the remodeled physical space as if you were really there in person.

    Let the team at Renowned Renovation create your new bathroom and transform it into a Spa experience.

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    • Call  (972) 232-7122. Phones answered 24/7.
    • Fill out our contact form and we will call you. Be sure to let us know the best to time to contact you.

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    Kitchen Fire Restoration: Lakemont-Dr, Dallas TX 75209

    See the Kitchen Fire Restoration of this Dallas Home.

    Before and After Kitchen Fire Restoration by Renowned Renovation.

    Before and After Kitchen Fire Restoration by Renowned Renovation.

    Amazing Job! Professional, Prompt. 5 Stars!

    I live in California and my mother who lives in Dallas recently had a fire her kitchen. Fournatelty no one was hurt, but mom is a senior citizen and needed help getting the damage fixed so she could move back in.

    Work kept me from being able to spend the time in Dallas helping her. Luckily, I found Renowned Renovation online and after checking out their work, reviews and ratings I contacted them.

    It was amazing. It was like they just rode in on white horses and restored everything! They were super responsive, considerate of my mother, stayed in touch, sent me pictures during the reconstruction and did job quickly. Thanks to Tyler and his team my mother is back home and enjoying her new kitchen!

    I would highly recommend them if you are looking a great Remodeling Team that delivers on what they promise.

    Kevin K. 
    Dallas Kitchen Restoration Client                

    Kitchen Fire Restoration

    After a kitchen fire the homeowner’s son needed help with the Kitchen Fire Restoration so she could move back in. Only problem, he lives in California and her house is in Dallas.

    He contacted Renovation after researching local remodeling companies based on our reviews and after remodeling pictures.He asked to do the best job a quick as we could! So we did and we stayed in touch with our homeowner’s mobile app, through phone calls and shared photos.

    Declare Your Independence and the Freedom to Dream

    This 4th Declare Your Independence by Design and Freedom to Dream!

    The most well-designed rooms always have an element of the “unexpected”. So, this 4th, declare your Independence with exciting breakthrough design!

    Meet Melissa Blassingille; she recently joined the Renowned Renovation team to head up our Dallas Design Services. She specializes in working with condo, townhome, and residential homeowners in Dallas.

    If you are ready to transform your old bathroom or kitchen or just getting started thinking about your remodeling project Melissa can help you turn your ideas into reality.

    Melissa Blassingille is Renowned Renovation's in-house Design Consultant

    Melissa Blassingille
    Design Consultant

    It all starts with a phone consultation, followed by a free in-home estimate.

    Once we start making your dream room come to life Melissa will continue to support your project with planning, schematics, selecting finishes and how to access to our secure website with all of the details of you project.

    Meanwhile here are great resources to help you Go Fourth and get your creative juice flowing:

    Call Melissa today to Declare Your Independent and Freedom to Dream! (972) 232-7122

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