1. Monochromatic palette – A kitchen with uniform counters, walls, and floors will feel much more spacious than a mix and match kitchen. Heavy contrast can create a jarring distraction visually and cause the room to appear smaller. 2. Mirrors – Mirrored cabinets and other furniture are gaining popularity again in 2016 and it is no surprise. Mirrors help reflect light and create a visually large...

There are many decisions when it comes to building or remodeling a kitchen and one of the most important is the countertop material. We've compiled a chart that details the pros and cons of each type of countertop we offer at Graniterra. Three stars mean it performs high in the category, two stars means it performs fairly, one star means it performs poorly. Categories Each of these counter compa...

Now that we're a few months into the year, it's the perfect time to analyze what bathroom trends are popular and will continue to grain traction this year. Contact Graniterra to see how we can help you add some of the top bathroom trends 2016 to your home 1. Shower seats - A great place to rest and enjoy the full spa experience of the shower, or a place for extra storage, the shower seat is on th...

What are the top kitchen trends 2016? Graniterra picks our favorite trends, many of which, we can help you add to your kitchen! 1. Maximum kitchen storage – Utilizing your precious cabinet space is big this year. Smart spaces make the most of your space and organize.   2. Mixed textures – whether it’s countertops or tile backsplashes, mixed materials are in! Try a textured backsplash f...

Gray Color Schemes Gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths have witnessed a dramatic escalation since 2010, particularly over the past year. Used currently in 55% of kitchens and 56% of bathrooms, shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire. White Cabinetry This year, transitional-style kitchens and baths have clearly surpassed tr...

When you use natural stone for your project, you are in good company.  Let's take a look at some ancient masterpieces from around the world. The Duomo in Florence, Italy The Taj Mahal in India Petra in Jordan Ancient Ruins of Anjar The Parthenon in Greece Stone is forever.  There is not a more beautiful nor a more durable choice. To learn more about the natural stone options for your home co...

Those who enjoy the design process will agree: choosing a backsplash can be the fun part.  After you've finished all the big decisions in a kitchen renovation: layout, wood species & door style for cabinetry,  color & type of granite or countertop, it's time to really express yourself.  The backsplash can be the focal point of your kitchen if you choose.  It can set the tone: an arabesque ...

People are indeed looking online for remodeling & building inspiration. Graniterra has posted many  photos on Houzz &  they are being seen.  We have posted most of the pictures over a year ago & many are added to thousands of ideabooks.  Every few hours someone is adding one of our  photos to their idea books (the site gives us this info).  We recently got an "award  for being "The Bes...

Wow, have things changed in the last 5 years.  Being a design junkie,  I have loads of folders with hundreds of tear outs.  Any beautiful design photo I came upon, I had to rip it out and save it.  I can't even say I restrained myself  in our dentist's waiting room.  But that's our secret.   Even if I knew I'd never build an outdoor shower or put in a slide next to my staircase- I just couldn't he...

Now that summer is coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about your next project.  If you have been considering a new bathroom, here's some tips to get you started. Budget:  First things first.  As you begin to dream up your new bathroom, you need to set a budget.  This will help set limitations  and give you an idea on which materials to consider.  Material costs vary dramatically &a...