December Decisions & Countertops

Maximizing the month of December…

Laundry and mudroom tile…Blake discovered that his favorite part was grouting…

Craig installed 16 doors and trimmed 20 windows…

Master bathroom is coming together…

Boys’ bathrooms are getting finished…

Outside house color was determined….color matched to a hardie board sample…

Each board was individually stained by the Walkers and a crew installed on the front and back porch…

Little details and mishaps along the way (yep, including the fascia guy’s ladder falling into the brand new garage door)…

Countless late night hours….seeing the hard work paying off…

Counter tops installation was a big milestone…

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Countertop Decision:  Granite over Quartz

Our Chinese drywall house had corian counter tops.  They were easy to take care of and in our short two years and two months of living in that house, we were happy with the countertops.  Then our previous home, which we bought as a foreclosure, had granite counters and we never thought twice about the countertops.  Our rental house had formica counter tops and it was through prayer that a stain from bright blue slime made during a kids activity at church did not leave a permanent stain.  Anything but formica…until we started researching…

This is probably one of those areas which ignorance is bliss. However, since we were reading and researching a lot about home products we learned pros and cons to granite and quartz. We will only share the basics of why we chose quartz and don’t want to give anyone reason to not like and appreciate their beautiful granite countertops as we did in the last house we owned.

For our family, we chose quartz as we are chemically sensitive so we didn’t want to have to use added chemicals by initially sealing or resealing the countertops every 6 months to a year.

Also, we did not want to even chance receiving a granite countertop with uranium making it radon or radioactive elements.  We heard the odds are 1 in 1,000.  We have already been in the odds of having a house with Chinese drywall and a sinkhole which appears to be even way higher odds.

Boys and I had fun going to Cambria’s warehouse, in Orlando, and viewing the different slabs, seeing how they are transported on the trucks and learning about their company.

 

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