Invest your tax refund in your home with new counters, cabinets, and floors

It’s tax season, and this is the time of year where a vast majority of Americans receive a tax refund.

There are many things you can do with your refund. However, instead of buying a new car or taking a vacation, we’d argue that you should consider new counters, cabinets, or floors. In fact, making upgrades to your home is one of the most prudent things you can do with your refund.

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for granite, quartz, cabinets, and floors here in Phoenix. We offer free in-home estimates in the Valley, and we have everything, all in one place, at our 60,000 warehouse and showroom. To see our selection and meet with home remodeling experts, visit us today!

Pictured: If you're planning on getting a tax refund this season, consider reinvesting it in home upgrades.Spend your tax refund the right way

The biggest misconception about tax refunds are that they’re a form of “free money,” akin tso a work bonus or gambling winnings. Not really: your refund is your money, being returned to you in a lump sum format. Unfortunately, this often leads people to make poor spending decisions with their refunds.

In reality, it’s best to be judicious with your use of your tax refund. Most experts advise paying down debt or spending it on things that keep their value. In this blog, we’ll be making the case for the latter option: by reinvesting your refund in your home, you’ll permanently boost its value, while also transforming it into something you can enjoy in the present.

Improve your home’s value

Most experts agree: your kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to invest in upgrades, as they’ll have the biggest impact on your home value and your home’s curb appeal. After all, you know this just from experience: when your friends and family come over, there’s a lot of time spent together in the kitchen.

By reinvesting your tax refund into your home in the form of kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, you’ll be boosting your home’s value when you’re ready to sell.

This may be a seller’s market here in Phoenix, but buyers are more discerning than ever about what their future kitchens and bathrooms should look like. Having a modern, stylish kitchen or bathroom could make the difference between selling your home fast and at asking price, or not.

Create a more enjoyable space for you and your family

Of course, making upgrades to your home doesn’t have to be a completely utilitarian exercise. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, you can still use your tax refund to transform your kitchen and bathrooms into spaces you’ll enjoy for decades to come.

No matter what your current kitchen or bathroom looks like, Superior can help. For example, our team recently transformed a Mesa home into a space the homeowner could enjoy for years to come. With new cabinets, counters, floors, and some other design upgrades, we created a modern, stylish, and usable space.

For a free estimate, call Superior Stone & Cabinet

Whether you’re interested in new floors, cabinets, or countertops, Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. We offer free estimates, and we can help you realize your remodeling dreams. Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro, or visit our conveniently located showroom.

How upgrading your kitchen and bathroom can improve your home value

Every decision a homeowner makes has to take two things into consideration: do I like this, and will the person who one day buys the house from me like this?

This is a strong deterrent against painting your walls seafoam green, but the opportunity to improve your home value is also a great reason to have Superior Stone & Cabinet upgrade your kitchen and bathroom.

In this blog, we’ll review the top things you can do as a homeowner to improve your home’s long-term value while simultaneously creating something you and your family will enjoy in the present.

Start in the kitchen

Most experts agree that the kitchen is the place to start when you’re looking to add value to your home. In hot seller’s markets—like the one here in Phoenix—the upgrade can easily pay for itself in a rise in your home’s value.

Why is the kitchen the best place to make changes?

It’s partially because kitchen design trends have changed so much since the early-to-mid 90s. Granite and quartz countertops have become popular, backsplash tile is in, cabinets have gone generally toward new colors and options, and linoleum is getting swapped out for tile or laminate.

What kind of upgrades should you make?

If nothing else, focus on counters and cabinets. These are the highly visible parts of your kitchen, and improvements here will instantly give your home more “pop” when it’s being shown off to prospective buyers.

You’ll have some decisions to make. What type of countertop? Should you add cabinet organization? Of course, the design and remodeling experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. More on that in a second.

Have the funds for something bigger? You can consider opening up your kitchen, which is a popular trend at the moment and makes your home feel more roomy and welcoming.

Move on to the master bathroom

Most homes have “master” bathroom located off the main bedroom. Remodel this next. Prospective buyers will want a stunning master bathroom that they can use and admire on a daily basis.

Tackle that shower project

Superior Stone & Cabinet can help you create the perfect shower for your home. We have the right materials in our 60,000 SQ/FT warehouse and showroom for any shower design, including a wide variety of shower tile.

Creating a modern shower with upgraded faucets and fixtures can really pay off when you go to put your home on the market. This is something realtors and buyers are looking for in used homes.

Upgrade your bathroom counters and cabinets

Bathroom counters and cabinets can significantly increase the visual appeal of your bathroom, and the corresponding value of your home.

Keep up with the arms race

You may not think you need upgrades to improve your home value. After all, home prices are going up based on your location here in the Valley.

Here’s what you have to think about, though: even in a seller’s market, homeowners are in an arms race against their neighbors and people many blocks away. If your house is outdated compared to other houses in your price range, you’re going to be in a tough spot.

By investing in your home value today, you can ensure that—when you go to sell your home in the future—you’ll get the most out of it.

Call or visit Superior Stone for ideas, materials, and more

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to remodel your kitchen or bathroom in Phoenix. If you’re thinking about upgrading your home—either for future sale or for your personal enjoyment—contact us or visit our conveniently located showroom.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: which is better?

Granite is a popular and preferred material for countertops because of its durability and stone-like visual appeal. However, many homeowners are unsure whether to go with granite slab versus prefabricated granite. In this blog, we’ll review what makes these countertop types different, and what you need to know going into your project.

If you’re in the market for granite (or quartz!) countertops, be sure to check out our first-time buyer’s guide.

Prefabricated Granite

Prefabricated granite is still granite. It’s just been cut to standard sizes before being shipped to the distributor. They are suitable in situations where multiple pieces are required and all the pieces must be of the same size. Installing a prefabricated stone is much easier and faster as compared to a custom cut slab.

While they look and feel similar to custom granite slabs, they are available in a narrow range of sizes. They offer no customization options since they are prefabricated. Selecting a prefabricated stone is suitable when they can fit in the existing space.

As we discussed recently, prefabricated granite is certainly a great choice for office and commercial settings.

Custom Granite Slab

Custom granite slabs are custom-cut pieces made according to the requirements of the clients. They are more expensive to install than prefabricated pieces since they need to be cut down to the size needed. In most cases, custom granite slabs are perfect for non-standard kitchens that have unusual countertop needs and sizes.

Some homeowners choose customer granite slab versus prefabricated granite because they like having more customization options when it comes to edges, seals, and more.

Learn more about how granite countertops are cut and made.

Granite slab versus prefabricated granite: what’s the difference?

The main difference between the two is price. Since prefabricated granite is mass-produced with no customization, it’s generally less expensive than a custom granite slab. If you’re willing to have less customization options, you’ll be able to get a better deal with prefabricated granite.

Let’s get this out of the way: most homeowners, homebuyers, or anyone short of being a countertop expert cannot tell the difference between prefabricated granite and granite slab once each is installed. If anything, quality is determined by the cost and origin of the granite—not the manufacturing style.

So, which is better?

Truth be told, that depends on the buyer, the context, the budget, the home, and a number of other factors. Superior Stone & Cabinet carries and installs both prefabricated granite and granite slabs. We’ve seen customers happy with both types.

If you’re interested in granite counters, but you’re still deciding between granite slab versus prefabricated granite, start by giving our team a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro. Or, come visit our showroom.

Our friendly team will help you find the countertops that are right for your home and budget.

DIY cabinet organization: 7 great ideas for getting more out of your kitchen

Whether you have older cabinets or new cabinets installed by the professionals at Superior Stone & Cabinet, you’re always looking for ways to get organized. Thanks to sites like Pinterest and blogs, DIY cabinet organization is more popular than ever.

In this blog, we’ll run through some DIY projects you can do to spruce up your cabinet storage—and share what storage options we offer at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

7 ways to organize your cabinets

DIY Cabinet Organization Ideas Should Be Part Of Your Dream Kitchen1. Store cutting boards and baking sheets

These are some of the most-awkward shaped things in your kitchen, and they’re never easy to store. We’ve seen a few cool ideas for this, but our favorite has to be the ideas that use wood or metal to fix cutting boards to the back of the cabinet door. Talk about a space-saver!

The under-cabinet hidden cutting board idea is cool, too. Just make sure you really like that particular cutting board, since you’re committing to a certain size ahead of time!

2. Keep smaller items together

If you’re like us, organizing cans is a total pain. Luckily, there’s some DIY cabinet organization tricks that you can use to better sort and organize your boxes and cans.

People rarely are going to be in your cabinets. It may seem low-brow, but you can upcycle a soda box (the 12-pack kind designed to be stored in the fridge) into a can holder. Use different boxes for different canned items.

Of course, if you want a plan that won’t give you cavities, you can also turn small, clear file holders from your office into can storage. You can even label them. However, if you have to buy these, it might defeat some of the purpose.

This is where you might want to give us a call. We install all kinds of cabinet storage options, including a nice setup for cans and spices. Good deal, right?

3. Keep your spices together with a DIY spice rack

Ah, spices. You might say that they’re the literal spice of life. They’re also a pain to keep in the kitchen, since you need to sift through them to find exactly what you’re looking for. Annoying!

Not surprisingly, Pinterest has a number of ideas for DIY spice racks. Our favorite: using a magnetic backboard to hold magnet jars of spices vertically. Of course, this means you have to use some wall space, and the amount of spices you can hold may be limited by the size of the magnetic containers.

With new cabinets from Superior Stone & Cabinet, we offer a number of cool storage features, including pull-out, built-in spice racks that are as convenient as they are clean-looking.

4. Put spices on a Lazy Susan

Ok, one more DIY spice rack idea that we’ve seen that you should consider. Use an old “Lazy Susan”—those rotating trays used to move food around—in your cabinet to quickly cycle through your spices and find what you’re looking for.

5. Group like items together

You should group like items inside the cabinet. Sort and pile the cooking and baking items together. Similarly, you should group the glassware, dishes, and cutlery inside the cabinet. Also, you should group items that are used during special events. Sorting items in this way will help in retrieving them when required.

Sometimes, DIY cabinet organization isn’t about installing anything, but about taking things away. Think about what you truly need in your cabinets, and what you can donate or get rid of in your pantry. This kind of organization will pay dividends down the road.

6. Utilize your vertical space

Make the best of the cabinet storage spaces by utilizing vertical spaces. Consider placing hooks above the countertops in the cabinets to hold mugs. In addition, you can hang stemware rack in the same area for holding glasses.

To store oven mitts and measuring cups, you can also hang adhesive hooks on the inside of the pantry doors. Lastly, you can use the ceiling rack and wall space to hang pots and pans. This will free a lot of space inside the cabinet.

7. Make use of drawer dividers

Drawer dividers are perfect for storing cooking utensils. The dividers will allow you to assign a spot for miscellaneous items in the kitchen. However, avoid overflowing the dividers as it will defeat the purpose of organizing your cabinet.

When DIY cabinet organization isn’t enough, call Superior Stone & Cabinet

For more information about great kitchen and bathroom cabinet ideas, you can contact Superior Stone and Cabinet. We can help you in selecting the perfect cabinet design. Contact us today to get a free in-home estimate for new cabinets and learn about our cabinet storage options.