Superior Stone & Cabinet specializes in everything homeowners need to remodel their master bathroom or guest bathroom, including: bathroom vanities, cabinets, countertops, tile, and shower / bath components. If you’re a Phoenix homeowner looking to upgrade your bathroom, call Superior for a free in-home estimate. Or, visit our conveniently located showroom!
Buying new cabinets is a great way to invest in your home, but the costs can really add up. One way to save on your cabinet installation is to purchase and install your own knobs or pulls. By drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll not only save, but be able to fully customize the look and visual appeal of your cabinets.
Start with new cabinets installed by Superior
Obviously, to start, you’ll need cabinets. That’s where we come in. Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of kitchen and bathroom cabinets in the Phoenix metro area. Learn more about our cabinets and see the styles and colors we have available.
What are knobs and pull handles, and why do they matter?
In this article, we use the word “hardware” to describe the knobs and pull handles commonly found on the front of kitchen cabinets as a mechanism for opening the cabinet. Here’s an example of some cabinet hardware. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider adding hardware to your cabinets.
First, they extend the life of your cabinet finish by helping the wood avoid oils and chemicals from human contact.
Second, they’re a must when you have full overlay doors and drawer fronts.
Finally, they look fantastic and can take any kitchen from just so-so to truly outstanding. If you want your guests to stand and stare in awe of your new kitchen, customized or high-quality knobs and pull handles are the way to go.
Of course, you might also want to consider pairing your cabinet knobs and pull handles with other cabinet storage options.
Step #1: Examine your cabinets and pick the right hardware
When choosing your new hardware, make sure you examine your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Start by measuring the width of the flat areas on your doors and drawer fronts.
Some kitchen layouts have some very small doors or drawer fronts that wide handles may not fit on. You need to pick your hardware—that is, the actual knob or pull handle—based on the width of the smallest door or drawer you have.
Also, pay attention to how flat the area is where the base of the knob or pull will sit. Some hardware have really wide bases that—depending on the detailing on your calendar—may not fit.
Step #2: Make sure you have the right screws for the job
Finally, remember to check if the hardware you are going to buy has longer screws for the drawers. Most hardware only comes with smaller 1-inch screws for the doors. So, measure the thickness of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts—including the drawer box—to determine you are getting the right screws.
If the screws you have are too long or too short, you can find suitable replacements at any home improvement store.
Step #3: Figure out where you need to drill
The are two ways to figure out where you need to drill holes for installing the hardware:
- Measuring every door and drawer. As you might expect, this can take a while, especially if you live by a “measure twice, cut once” mentality (which you should, especially when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time!)
- Using a jig from the hardware store as a template. This is much faster and easier, but you’ll need to decide which holes in the template to use for the specific hardware you’ve selected. When in doubt, ask the folks at the local hardware store.
If you decide to measure manually:
Measure the width of the side rail of the door—including the detail—and divide that in half to find the center. If you are unsure about your math, measure the opposite way after you mark it to double-check your accuracy.
You can do the same vertically. Of course, pull handles and knobs on the pull-out drawers should be in the exact center of the drawer. But, for the rest of your cabinets, you’ll have to decide the vertical placement of the hardware. The standard is 3″ up the upper doors and 3″ down on the base doors.
Step #4: Drilling the cabinet fronts
Make sure that you open the door during the drilling process to ensure that you don’t end up drilling the wrong side of the door and so you don’t drill into the frame of the cabinet behind the door.
Once you drill the first holes, then you can find out which holes in the template line up the best. You may have to drill your own hole in the template. For the rest of the doors, mark the holes on the door with a pencil using the template.
Do not drill through the template. After a couple holes the hole will get bigger in the template and will no longer be accurate.
Step #5: Drilling the cabinet drawers
Drilling the cabinet drawers is a little more difficult than the doors, but it is doable for you, as a homeowner committed to drilling your own cabinet hardware.
First, measure the height of the drawer front and divide it in half. Put a pencil mark on the drawer front where the middle will be. Be sure that you do not press too hard with the pencil—you don’t want to put an indentation in the wood. This is an easy mistake to make when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time.
After you find the vertical center, measure the width of the drawer front and divide that in half to mark the center of the front horizontally. If you are drilling a single hole for knobs, this is where you will drill.
If you are drill two holes for a pull handle, you need to measure equal distances left and right to ensure the pull will be center on the drawer front. You may also choose to put two pulls on wider drawers if desired. Usually when this is done, you try to measure equal distances from both sides. Once you drill your first holes, then you can line up the template.
Additional tips for drilling your own cabinet hardware
- Always use a new, sharp drill bit and do not push hard when drilling your doors and drawer fronts. If you use a dull drill bit, or push while you drill, you’ll blow the back of the wood out and make it look unsightly behind the door or drawer.
- Make sure to make any cabinet adjustments before drilling your drawers. If you don’t wait, the hardware will appear off level and will be harder to adjust later.
- Always use a drill bit slightly larger than the screw you are using. If the screw does not go in freely, it will strip out and break off inside the drawer or door. A 3/16″ drill bit is recommended for the standard 8/32″ screws.
- If you are uncertain about anything, ask someone. Cabinet doors and drawers can be expensive to replace, so if you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll want to take the time to do things right.
Learn more about cabinets and see our selection by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet
Thinking about remodeling your bathroom or planning on starting from scratch in a new house? These both can be exciting tasks, yet overwhelming because of how many little decisions must be made regarding colors, styles, and the general layout. Where do you even start? Let’s begin with a basic overview of some popular and modernized trends being seen this year.
The 8 top trends in bathroom design
1. Neutral Color Palette
Unless you are decorating a themed child’s bathroom, neutral colors are always the safe way to go. Whites, grays, and blacks can look very modern, while shades of tan are also very appealing. Utilizing a neutral color palette when designing a bathroom is a classic choice.
Go a step further and consider adding a monochromatic element as well. You can do this by starting with a single base color hue and incorporate other elements in your bathroom that are just a couple tones, tints, or shades lighter/darker to complement the original shade. White fixtures, light grey walls, and dark grey sink faucets are just one example of how to incorporate monochromatic elements throughout your bathroom.
2. Exposed Shower Plumbing
This trend is exactly what it says. With clear shower glass becoming the new norm—especially in large master bathrooms—exposed shower plumbing has emerged as an alluring industrial look. It pairs best with the modernized color schemes discussed above, or a simple white, marble shower.
3. Marble as Art
Let Mother Nature be the artist. Marble is a timeless material that works well for bathroom vanities and countertops. It is as durable as it is beautiful. Marble is also a fantastic option because its versatility can lean traditional or modern depending on the color scheme and how it is integrated into the bathroom decor.
4. Side-mounted Faucets
It is no secret that people find enjoyment in going against the grain or defying the rules. This also applies to your bathroom remodel. One of these unspoken rules typically expected in all bathrooms is a forward-facing faucet. But lately, installing side-mounted faucets has become a fun trend that completely shatters traditional bathroom norms as we know them. Not to mention, they are a wonderful space saver in smaller-sized bathrooms.
5. Floating Vanities
Want an easy way to make your bathroom look chic? When embodied correctly and with a decent border material, a floating vanity can add a level of depth and seamlessness to any bathroom. These add a beautiful and airy feeling in your bathroom. Plus, they come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect one that complements your bathroom’s unique style.
6. Floor-to-Ceiling Shower Glass Enclosure
Another common example of how people are modernizing their bathroom by straying away from tradition is by removing water dams in the shower. The most prevalent example of this is by a complete floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure. To make this work without a shower pan or sopping mess trailed throughout your entire bathroom floor, the shower floor must be properly sloped.
This is a very sleek way to broaden your shower space and effortlessly open up your entire bathroom. Traditionally, a bathroom can appear to be closed off by sectioning each area (e.g., toilet stall, shower pan), so a floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure is yet another option to consider.
7. Wall-mounted Sinks & Toilets
Another relatively new style for bathroom design are wall-mounted toilets and sinks. In fact, floating toilets are predicted to become the standard in new homes over the next decade. They are a perfect choice in bathrooms going for a modern look. Many of these toilets have additional technology that allows for wall-mounted flush controls.
This floating concept is an alternative way to make your bathroom appear larger and more open. Typically your under-sink cabinets that touch the floor can take up a lot of unwanted space. Therefore, the advantages of a floating sink goes beyond just how it looks, but also extends to the way it makes the entire bathroom appear more open.
8. Long, Skinny Tiles
To go along with a fresh bathroom layout, now it’s time to decorate your walls. The hot trends right now include statement walls, granite walls, and tiled walls. Many people expect to see tile walls in commercial spaces—such as hotels, restaurants, and businesses—but the trend is now making its way into residential bathrooms as well. The most popular wall tile are long, skinny tiles. This tile style is just an updated version of the classic subway tile often used all around the house.
Here are your next steps!
See an idea above that you like and want to incorporate into your bathroom remodel? We can help put your plans into action. Call Superior Stone & Cabinet today to tell us what you have in mind, or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom. We would love to give you some additional insight and make your dreams a reality.
This is an exciting time for businesses here in Phoenix! The Valley feels alive with activity, as new restaurants, stores, buildings, and properties open, seemingly by the day. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our team is prepared to meet the kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs of businesses here in the Phoenix metro area. Whether you’ve been in business for years or are opening soon, we want to help you find the right commercial countertops and cabinets for your space and the needs of your customers and employees.
In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to new counters and cabinets, and why you should call our team for a free on-site estimate here in the Valley.
Does your business need to make an upgrade?
Whether you manage a restaurant or an office building, every business has a need for high-quality commercial countertops and cabinets. In a restaurant setting, granite or quartz countertops are the perfect, durable material for customers to eat on or for your team to prepare food on. Every workplace with some type of kitchen for employees can benefit from new cabinets that allow people to store food and essentials. Whether used by your customers, employees, or both, an upgraded kitchen in your commercial space can be an upgrade in both form and function.
If your existing counters are chipped, cracked, or stained, your customers will notice and may make inferences about your business and its upkeep. In many industries—but, particularly in the restaurant business—presentation and first impressions matter. If your tables and counters are starting to look dingy, we recommend upgrading to new stone surfaces.
Why have Superior install your commercial countertops and cabinets?
Here are just a few of the qualities that we believe set our team apart from other commercial remodeling businesses here in the Phoenix metro:
With our 60,000 square-foot showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, Superior Stone & Cabinet has one of the most extensive collections of new commercial countertops and cabinets in the Valley. In other words, we have a diverse selection of colors, styles, and materials for you to choose from, but we also have the inventory depth to outfit your business, no matter what size of space or amount of materials you need.
We’re a direct importer of quartz and granite countertops, which means we are able to offer new kitchen upgrade materials at wholesale pricing. Plus, we’re one of the Valley’s few companies that specializes in both countertops and cabinets, which means less shopping around as a whole and only one installation team your business needs to coordinate their schedule with.
We’re experienced kitchen installers. Our team has successfully installed new countertops, cabinets, and floors in many Valley businesses, from restaurants and food service businesses to apartments. Our team is capable of fabricating granite on-site to ensure quick turnaround times, so the disruption to your business is kept to a minimum.
We offer free estimates on commercial projects. Give us a call today and have one of our experienced commercial project experts come out to your business. Or, stop by our office if you’d like to see our selection and warehouse for yourself. Either way, we look forward to talking to you about your business’ counter and cabinet needs!
You spend a majority of your time in your home, whether you’re eating, sleeping, creating memories with family, or spending time with friends. Every so often, you may itch for a change or a new look. Whether you’ve got your eye on new countertops for your kitchen or you want to replace that bathroom vanity, a renovation of any kind can be a big commitment. You should be able to have a stress-free renovation that is simple, straightforward, and affordable. That’s where we come in.
Superior Stone & Cabinet is your premier provider and installer of cabinets, counters, flooring, and more. We know the ins-and-outs of planning a stress-free renovation, from the initial blueprint stage to laying the final tile into place or installing the backsplash. A great bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen renovation takes time, planning, and scheduling. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, call us and start with a free estimate from our team!
Tips and tricks for remarkable renovations
Do all the research you can before jumping into a major home project. Before you start swinging a sledgehammer, consider following these tips to ensure your renovation is a success:
- Plan ahead: You may have heard the popular construction saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” This means that the more thorough and careful your planning is, the smoother the actual project execution will be. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our planning process involves meeting with one of our renovation experts to make your vision come to life. We use blueprints, digital renderings, and photographs to build your dream room before the real room is ever touched!
- Make a schedule: For the most part, a renovation project can’t be completed in one day. Remodeling takes time and effective scheduling. For example, if you have children at home or want to leave on vacation, you’ll need to keep that in mind when opening your home to professionals. If you want a brand-new kitchen, plan to eat out during some meals, since your kitchen will look like a construction zone for at least some period of time. By setting a realistic timetable, you can know when the project will start, how long each step will take, and when the renovation will be done! If you’re working with the team here at Superior, we’ll provide you with a precise timetable for our work ahead of the start of the project.
- Be patient: Knowing that most projects can’t be completed overnight, you can rest easy when you follow your schedule. Patience is the key to a great remodeling project. If you become impatient and rush the job, the final result may be less-than-ideal. Our team of installers and construction experts will respect your home and property and listen to your needs. By being patient in return and waiting for the end result, you can make the process that much smoother.
Mistakes to avoid
During your renovation, there are some potential mishaps you’ll want to avoid. Check out some of these mistakes that can be easily avoided:
- Not speaking up: If, during your renovation, you notice a paint color that doesn’t seem right, say something! It’s easier to make changes when an issue is noticed right away. If you wait until the very end of the project to say something, you’ll have to wait even longer for the new result. Open communication is the key to a successful renovation.
- Making snap decisions: With hundreds of countertop options and dozens of cabinet features to sort through, you don’t want to make any quick decisions that you’ll regret later. For example, if you rush through the design or planning phase and realize that you really wanted a spice drawer or a pull-out feature in your cabinet, you’ll wish you had picked that option earlier. You should make each renovation decision with care, taking into account your daily routine, preferences, and needs.
- Trying to do your own remodel: A DIY approach can initially sound attractive and affordable, but you could be making many mistakes along the way. Using incorrect tools or trying to paint your own cabinets can be tiresome, frustrating, and ineffective. Our professional team knows how to tackle your project and save you money along the way!
Your one-stop spot for counters, flooring, tile, and more
Whether you want a new standalone bathtub, a white quartz countertop, or new flooring for the bedroom, call the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet! We’ve been in this business for decades and we can point you and your home in the right direction. Our 60,000 sq/ft warehouse is full of options available to you today! We can make your next remodeling project easy, affordable, and even fun.
Many homeowners are taking advantage of a hot housing market and tax breaks to kick off long-delayed home remodeling projects. For a vast majority of these homeowners, those projects involve their kitchens and bathrooms—and therefore new countertops. In this article, we’ll explain how Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you get great countertop value here in Phoenix, and why you should start your remodel at our showroom here in the Valley.
Alternatively, call us to schedule a free in-home estimate from our team so that one of our design experts can come and take accurate measurements. We’ll talk through your ideas and explore your countertop options and the remodeling process.
Focus on the intersection of price and quality
There’s a wide, diverse range of countertops out there. Chances are, if you’re like most homeowners, you don’t want to be in the high-end or the low-end of kitchen and bathroom countertops. In other words, you need countertop value so that you can get good, high-quality stone counters without spending a small fortune or blowing your remodeling budget on just one aspect of your new kitchen or bathroom.
That’s where we come in. Superior Stone & Cabinet is a wholesale, direct importer. This means that we buy the same countertops as many other suppliers, but we cut out the middlemen that lead to exorbitant price increases and sticker shock at those other places. We have a wide range of countertops available, including over 100 quartz colors. This means that we likely have a countertop in the color you’re looking for, at the right price for your budget.
Find ways to bundle
Chances are that you’re not just replacing your countertops. You’re probably working on your entire kitchen or bathroom all at once. This not only makes sense as a homeowner (who wants to remodel their kitchen twice?), but it makes sense from a remodeling cost perspective. At Superior, we offer several bundles that pair together cabinets and countertops. This is perfect for you if you’re looking to either upgrade your kitchen or to have a new bathroom vanity installed.
High-quality countertop value
We don’t cut figurative corners when it comes to cutting prices. We make sure that our granite and quartz countertops are high quality and ready to be installed in your home. We carry both prefabricated and slab granite, and a wide variety of granite colors and quartz colors for you to choose from. To see our selection for ourself, check out our website or visit us in-person.
Save on installation
New countertops are not something you want to be installing yourself. Leave it to the professionals. The great news is that Superior also installs countertops and cabinets. With our service, you can rest assured that your new granite or quartz countertops will be installed correctly and promptly, all at a competitive price for installation.
Schedule your free in-home estimate
If you want to learn more about how new countertops will fit into your remodeling plans, be sure to call Superior Stone & Cabinet to schedule a free in-home estimate from one of our designers. We’d love to meet with you, review your kitchen or bathroom vision, and help you translate that dream into a plan that gets you great home and countertop value.
Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom or selecting materials for a new construction, you’re on the hunt for high-quality cabinets at an affordable price. But, what makes some cabinets better than others? How do you go about deciding what cabinets to get?
High-quality cabinets are those made from better materials, featuring better workmanship, and are packaged with better warranties than run-of-the-mill cabinets. In this article, our team here at Superior Stone & Cabinet, will walk you through the cabinet buying process. We’ll discuss what the hallmarks of good cabinets are, and where to go about shopping for them.
If you live here in the Phoenix metro, we’re your best choice for better cabinets. For a free in-home estimate, give us a call. Or, if you want to see our cabinets in-person, stop by our 60,000 sq/ft showroom.
Cheap cabinets tend to feature particle board or MDF. This material just isn’t that durable or strong—it’s not made to last as much as it is to save the manufacturer money. We recommend you pass on cabinets made from either in favor of those made from either plywood or real wood. Obviously, real wood cabinetry could get expensive, so plywood is a nice middle ground. It’s much more strong and durable than particle board.
Either way, you’ll want your cabinet to have solid hardwood face frames. This is where cabinets endure the most stress and usage, so it’s important that these frames are built to last.
Opt for either plywood or real wood over other substitutes.
Another difference that sets high-quality cabinets apart from the others are the hardware features. Soft-close, adjustable hinges can stand up to frequent use without causing the doors to come loose or look uneven. They are also quieter, which means you shouldn’t have to listen to cabinet doors slamming. That also reduces the stress on the aforementioned face frames.
Undermount soft-close glides also allow for smooth, silent movement when you open and close the drawers. The hinges and slide should hold up to frequent use with minimal maintenance, which means they may last for the lifetime of the cabinets with only an occasional need for adjustment.
Install soft-close glides. They’re worth the cost since they reduce the wear-and-tear on your cabinet face frames.
Different cabinets are constructed differently. I-beam cabinet construction creates a supportive base for lower cabinets that can prevent warping over time. You should not have to worry about the weight of your stored items or other cabinets weakening or bending your base cabinets.
You should also look for hardwood dovetail joints in the drawer boxes, which is what you can expect at Superior Stone & Cabinet. This classic furniture-making technique ensures strong, well-made drawers that can hold up to constant use without falling apart.
Talk to the design expert you’re working with about the construction of the cabinets and the features that are designed to help them last the test of time.
Don’t settle for less than high-quality cabinets
Of course, the look of a cabinet is also important to homeowners, which is why Superior Stone & Cabinet offers a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials. Contact us today for a cabinet buying guide or to schedule a free in-house estimate for high-quality cabinets for your home.
A newly refurbished bathroom can add a lot of enjoyment to your daily routine. If the old one was lacking in sufficient storage, good lighting, or aesthetic appeal, a bathroom makeover can not only make your life a little easier, but also add value to your home. However, there are many factors you should consider before you get started pulling up tile.
As your premier Phoenix bathroom remolding team, Superior Stone & Cabinet is here to answer your questions and help you build the perfect bathroom. For a free in-home estimate, call our team today!
It would be great to have unlimited funds for a bathroom remodel, but that’s just not realistic. Decide how much you can afford to spend and stick to it. Do you want glass tile or a custom shower with multiple sprays? Choose your big-ticket items that you can’t live without and go with a lower price point on the things that don’t matter to you.
Of course, by partnering with Superior Stone & Cabinet, you’ll be able to access high-quality materials at a lower price point, thanks to our wholesale, direct importer pricing. That helps your budget go farther and allows you to incorporate more of your vision into the project.
Superior Stone & Cabinet will provide installation timelines at the start of every project we work on. This allows you, as the homeowner, to have a good idea of when your new cabinets, counters, and bathroom vanity will be installed.
Keep in mind that remodeling your bathroom—much like remodeling any other part of your home—is not instantaneous. If you’re taking on certain projects (such as the installation of faucets and fixtures) yourself, add that to the total time and make sure you’re okay with not having a bathroom during that time.
Design & Functionality
You may want a wall-mounted toilet, but the reality of opening the wall, rerouting the waste pipe, and installing the tank may not be worth it, particularly in a very old home. Go ahead and choose your design and style, but then check with us to see how feasible it is.
We can help you balance the vision you have for your bathroom with what’s realistic and fits within your budget.
There are so many options you can choose for vanities, tubs, toilets, tile, and so on, that it can quickly become overwhelming for any homeowner. That’s why we recommend working with a specialist from the beginning, who can help you make sense of your many options and choices ahead.
Call Superior to schedule your free in-home estimate!
A recent survey reported that Americans spend the equivalent of up to 15 days per-year in the bathroom. That’s why, whether you’re planning a full master bathroom remodel or a simple update, it’s important that the room reflects your personality. Here are a few master bathroom design ideas that will help infuse your distinct style into your new space.
Colors, textures, and patterns
The master bathroom doesn’t have to be just boring anymore. You can move away from the days of off-white paint. Not only can you choose a bold, signature color for one or more of your walls, you can also select a colorful tub, sink, or fixtures. For additional pop, pick patterned or textured wallpaper to accent the room.
Who says you can’t decorate your master bath as you would any other room in your home? Instead of the large, plain mirror that came with the house, hang two smaller, decorative mirrors that have a unique shape or embellishments, or place on the wall photographs or souvenirs that evoke happy memories.
Even your sink can be artistic, with the many shapes and styles of above-counter sinks that are available today.
Keep an eye on architectural details
Visiting an antique or salvage store can provide inspiration for your master bathroom remodel. For example, a vintage cabinet can hold towels and toiletries, while an antique wash stand or dresser can serve as a vanity simply by adding a custom sink top. Gingerbread trim, a chic chandelier, or a salvaged stained glass window can add definite impact.
Talk to the specialists here at Superior Stone & Cabinet for ideas on how we can match the right cabinets and counters to your bathroom project.
Embrace the comfort of the spa experience
Sometimes the smallest details in your master bathroom remodel can make the biggest difference. Your bath can become your own personal spa with features like a rainfall shower head, a hint of marble tile, or a towel warmer. Install a radiant-heat flooring system, and you’ll never want to leave the bathroom.
If the shower is the focus of your project, be sure to check out our shower remodel resources.
Start your master bathroom remodel at Superior Stone & Cabinet
We hope these master bathroom design ideas will spark some thoughts of your own. When you’re ready, contact us at Superior Stone & Cabinet.
From wholesale prices to our huge showroom and warehouse, we not only have the best selection at the lowest prices, we also have a professional team of experts ready to assist you with your bathroom remodeling project. We look forward to helping you add your own distinct style to your master bathroom today.