Your kitchen remodel starts at Superior Stone & Cabinet. That’s because we’re your one-stop-shop for everything you need to transform your kitchen from drab to modern. That includes high-quality granite and quartz countertops; a wide selection of cabinets; tile and laminate flooring; and the installation to bring everything together. Start your remodeling journey by calling us for a free in-home estimate. Or, stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom.

Debunking common myths about prefabricated granite

In general, places that offer the more expensive custom slabs of granite will tell you that prefabricated granite is worthless and you’d be better off putting cardboard in as a countertop. This just isn’t the case, and they’re downplaying some of the benefits of prefabricated granite to (understandably) help them make the sale of more expensive custom granite slabs. In fact, there’s a great deal of misinformation out there about prefabricated granite. In this article, we’ll review the common myths about prefabricated granite, and which ones do not stand up to further scrutiny.

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we install both prefabriated granite and granite slabs here in the Valley. To get an estimate and see our selection for yourself, visit our showroom or give us a call today.

The 6 most pervasive granite countertop myths

prefabricated granite countertopMyth #1: You won’t actually save money by going with prefabricated countertops

Custom cuts of granite slab can be extremely pricey, limiting their use to only the most extensive and expensive kitchen remodels. If you’ve been pushing your budget and you’re looking to cut costs, prefabricated granite is a great alternative to custom granite countertops. You’re slashing the per-square-foot cost without significant loss of quality or look. In fact, prefab slabs can be up to 45 percent less expensive!

If you’re just starting your kitchen remodel and you’re looking for ways to keep your costs down, check out this infographic we created. It contains a full breakdown of what the average homeowner spends on each aspect of their remodel.

Myth #2: You’ll notice the difference right away

Most experts agree that—once installed in your home—only a seasoned countertop professional can spot the difference between a prefabricated countertop and a custom slab. In fact, some custom granite dealers contradict themselves by saying that the differences are highly noticeable, but then noting that scams exist where customers are unknowingly tricked into buying a prefabricated countertop instead of a custom one. To the average eye, including yours, prefabricated granite looks similar to custom granite.

Myth #3: Prefabricated countertops don’t increase your home’s value

Many realtors agree that adding new prefabricated granite countertops to the kitchen is one of the few things you can do for less than $5000 to increase the value of your home and help you attract buyers. Remember: there isn’t a noticeable difference between pre-fabricated countertops and those cut from a custom slab of granite, so from a curb appeal standpoint, prefabricated counters might be perfect for your home.

Myth #4: Prefabricated countertops limit your color selection to just a few options

This is partially true: after all, a custom slab of granite can, quite literally, come in any color, depending on where it’s from. However, that doesn’t mean that prefabricated countertops don’t provide customers with options. Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we have nearly 30 different colors and styles of prefabricated countertops available. That’s not quite the limitation that many custom granite retailers make it out to be.

Myth #5: Prefabricated granite is easier to damage and needs care

All granite, whether prefabricated or custom, needs regular care and upkeep. All granite can be damaged, stained, or scratched. And both kinds of granite can be sealed for added protection. From a functionality standpoint, prefabricated granite operates in a similar fashion to custom slabs.

Myth #6: Prefabricated granite is always shoddy and poorly installed

Not always! Here at Superior Stone and Cabinet, we offer quality granite and installation from professionals. We’re not a fly-by-night company that will rush the job.

Have granite questions? We have answers.

If you’re interested in learning more about prefabricated countertops, give us a call at (602) 437-0088 or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix, Arizona showroom.

What’s the best kitchen cabinet varnish for your home?

If you have kitchen cabinets in your home right now, they are being protected by varnish. Kitchen cabinet varnish is a specially formulated protective topcoat layer that protects cabinets from stains and wear-and-tear. When applied correctly by a professional to newly installed cabinets, bathroom and kitchen cabinet varnish can guard your cabinets for many years to come.

In this article, we’ll review how varnish works, the different types of varnishes out there, and why it makes sense to have a professional install your new bathroom and kitchen cabinets here in Phoenix, Arizona.

Are you currently in the process of planning a kitchen remodel? Check out our new infographic! It contains everything you need to know before starting a remodel.

What is a kitchen cabinet varnish?

Kitchen cabinet varnish is a protective, sealing layer that protects the cabinet surface from stains, nicks, heat damage, and other types of common kitchen wear-and-tear. All cabinets should have some type of varnish added to them to keep them looking great for the long haul. However, the type of varnish used greatly depends on the nature of the cabinet and its paint.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

In a kitchen like this one, the kitchen cabinet varnish will help protect the cabinets against stains and the sunlight coming through the skylight.

Different types of varnishes

Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.

Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.

Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.

Applying a varnish

Applying the varnish on the wood is, in effect, sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.

Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.

The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.

So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?

Start by giving the pros at Superior Stone & Cabinet a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new kitchen cabinets. We’ll help you pick out the right style and color for your cabinets.

Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to airborne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.

Painting kitchen cabinets and adding a varnish can be complicated. There are many steps, the process is time-consuming, and the margin for error is relatively small.

That’s what makes professional installation and an in-home estimate a good choice.

Call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet

If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.

We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.

Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.

Drilling Your Own Cabinet Hardware (Knobs and Pulls)

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?

Pictured: Brown kitchen cabinets with dark metal hardware. In this article, we review steps for drilling your own cabinet hardware.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.

This cabinet unit has unique knobs, each different from one another.

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:

  1. 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!)
  2. 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.

The right cabinet pulls can complement your new cabinets and countertops. Here’s an example of an installation completed by our team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

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

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for quality cabinets and cabinet installation. Give us a call at (602) 437-0088, visit our Phoenix, Arizona showroom, or contact us online with your questions.

Here’s what to consider when choosing flooring for your home

No home remodel is complete without new floors. However, even in situations where homeowners have decided on everything else, choosing flooring can be a challenge. After all, you have to weigh the aesthetics against the material’s durability and price. Do you want tile or laminate, or carpet and stained concrete? In this article, we’ll provide you with a list of important factors to consider when selecting flooring and how you can go about finding the right flooring for your home.

At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we are proud to offer high-quality tile and laminate flooring at wholesale, direct importer prices. To see our wide flooring selection for yourself, we recommend you swing by our showroom here in Phoenix. Or, contact us to schedule a free in-home estimate so that one of our designers can meet with you and discuss what you’re envisioning for your floors.

What should you take into consideration when choosing flooring for your home?

Here are the four main factors that homeowners should think about when deciding on a type and style of flooring for their home:

Superior Stone & Cabinet has a wide selection of tile and laminate flooring. If you need help choosing flooring for your home, talk to our team.

Superior Stone & Cabinet has a wide selection of tile and laminate flooring. If you need help choosing flooring for your home, talk to our team.

Location

Not every type of flooring is a fit for every room of your home. While tile and laminate flooring are durable and versatile, they might not be great for a children’s room that would benefit from the softness of carpet. For obvious reasons, carpet is a no-go in bathrooms and kitchens. You need to take the planned use of the room into consideration when choosing flooring for that space.

Here’s something to consider, however: you can always utilize rugs on top of tile or laminate floors to soften the surface, reduce the amount of echo in your home, or just to make a living room cozier for time with the family. In this way, tile and laminate are a bit more versatile throughout the home than carpet.

Durability

Changing your flooring is a big investment, both in terms of time and money. As a homeowner, you want floors that will last and continue to look good for many years to come. Durability is an important factor in your flooring decision because the quality of your floors can influence both the value of your home and how much enjoyment you get out of the space every single day.

Tile is obviously one of the most durable forms of flooring, but be sure to also take a look at laminate. Vinyl and laminate flooring have come a long way from their roots. Today, they offer all the look of wood with superior durability to real wood floors. They are water-resistant, making them ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. Laminate floors resist scratching or damage from dropped objects. If your home has children, they’re as close to an “accident-proof” type of flooring as you can get.

Aesthetics & Style

Of course, on top of all this, you want something that looks good and fits your own style sensibilities. The good news is that tile and laminate floors come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Tile is now available in everything from wood-style “planks” to traditional square tile. With laminate floors, you can choose almost any type of flooring you want, making it easy to match your already-installed kitchen cabinets, for instance.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your home and installing new flooring in the near future, our recommendation is that you stop by our conveniently located showroom here in Phoenix to start getting design ideas and to talk with our design team. We can help you find the right floors for your home.

Price

Floors can vary wildly in price. Stone floors are incredibly expensive. Tile and laminate floors generally start reasonable but can get pricey depending on where you shop and what flooring you’re looking at. Here are Superior Stone & Cabinet, we’re able to offer some of the best prices on flooring here in the Phoenix metro, thanks to our status as a direct importer and wholesaler.

Always ask about the price of tile or laminate before you fall in love with it: you don’t want to be set on a flooring option that’s out of your price range and budget.

Talk to a design professional

Choosing flooring can be difficult. Here’s how to make it easier: chat with a professional. If you talk to our team here at Superior Stone & Cabinet and tell us what you’re looking for envisioning, our team can help you find something in your price range and let you know what your options are. It’s as easy as that.

To schedule a free in-home estimate on new flooring, contact us today.

We install commercial countertops and cabinets in Phoenix businesses

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.

New commercial countertops and cabinets installed in a break room setup.

Upgrade your employee break room with new commercial countertops and cabinets, installed by the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet.

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:

Extensive selection

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.

Competitive pricing

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.

Quality installation

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.

Free estimates

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!

Brighten up your new kitchen with under cabinet lighting

You’ve probably heard of kitchen pendant lights, overhead lighting, or chandelier lighting. These kitchen lighting options add personality to the room and bring a touch of color and style to any kitchen. For example, a modern farmhouse kitchen might feature exposed light bulbs with wood features for a down-to-earth aesthetic. In contrast, a more modern kitchen may have gold pendants or a sparkly chandelier as a visual focal point. Depending on your personal preference and your home’s style, your kitchen lighting can totally be a game-changer for the look of your space. It’s something you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

Under cabinet lighting can bring the best out of your kitchen remodel.

Effective under cabinet lighting can be a great way to show off your new cabinets, countertops, and backsplash.

Another type of lighting that homeowners sometimes overlook is under cabinet lighting. These are lights that are attached underneath your cabinets, providing ample light above your countertops. These lights add a subtle but strong effect in your kitchen, highlighting the countertops and surrounding appliances. Under cabinet lighting brings out the color and vibrancy of your new granite or quartz countertops and have the potential to be a great addition to any kitchen, no matter what decorating style you prefer.

Benefits of under cabinet lighting

Most kitchens still continue to use standard, overhead lighting, so a kitchen with under cabinet lighting will stand out compared to the rest. Plus, under cabinet lighting is simple to install and extra convenient, especially for those late-night refrigerator runs. Here are a few more benefits of choosing under cabinet lighting in your home:

  • More versatility in lighting options: You’ll have more options when it comes to brightening your kitchen. If it’s late at night, for example, you can easily turn on the under cabinet lighting for a softer, less harshly bright look.
  • Beautiful, subtle glow to your kitchen: Under cabinet lighting provides a soft glow in your kitchen, setting the mood for a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Better visuals when cooking or cleaning: This benefit is a no-brainer—you’ll be able to see your food and cooking more clearly with additional lights installed!
  • Energy- and cost-efficient: Instead of lighting up the entire kitchen each time you walk in the room, you can save energy by only using the under cabinet lights. Additionally, these lights are cheap and easy to install.
  • Eliminates dark shadows: Say goodbye to dark, hidden corners of your kitchen when you install under cabinet lights.
  • Higher interior value: When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the look of under cabinet lights because it makes the kitchen feel a little more complete and highlights its best features, namely the new countertops, cabinets, and appliances.

You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Under cabinet lights bring an extra layer of warmth and brightness to any kitchen, no matter how large or small. You don’t need to have an unlimited budget for these lights, either. They’re affordable and add a simple touch of elegance to your home! When you’re chopping up vegetables at the counter, you’ll be thankful you have a little extra lighting to see clearly.

Other lighting features your kitchen needs

While you’re exploring under cabinet lighting options, check out these additional kitchen lighting features that can spruce up any kitchen space:

  • Vent hood lighting
  • Wall-mounted lighting or sconces
  • Metallic or textured lights
  • Lighting over the sink
  • Mix-and-match lighting pendants
  • Bold-colored lighting

Your lighting options are almost endless! You can find additional lighting inspiration in popular home magazines or from your favorite home decor accounts or bloggers. The beauty of kitchen lighting is that there’s no right or wrong answer—whatever look you love can work great in your kitchen, provided you have the space to make it work.

If you want to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, try gold pendant lights over the island or a pair of big, industrial hood lights. If you want a more subtle, traditional look, go with recessed lighting. For more creativity, install cabinet lights and island lighting, so your whole kitchen can glow with a modern feel! Remember, your lighting choices can change the entire look and perception of your kitchen.

Get started on your kitchen remodel today

If you’ve been putting off your kitchen remodel, now is the time to get started. Don’t wait another few months for your to-do list to pile up. Call the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet in Phoenix, Arizona.

We have a team of professional design consultants who can help take your vision and bring it to life. We have affordable options and creative ideas for lighting, countertops, cabinets, and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a free estimate from our design experts.

Improve your home with these incredible kitchen features

When you’re cooking, cleaning, and entertaining in your kitchen, that room of your home can see more wear-and-tear than the rest of your home put together. If you have limited cabinet space or an awkward kitchen layout, you could find yourself struggling to make full use of your kitchen on a daily basis. Why work around these kitchen stumbling blocks when you can improve your home with new kitchen features that make this your favorite room in the house.

Even simple kitchen add-ons can greatly change your kitchen situation. Contrary to popular belief, these additions don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With a professional design and installation company like Superior Stone & Cabinet, you can work within your budget to find features that fit your home best. For a free estimate, call us today.

Floating shelves are one of the most popular kitchen features we install.

One of the most popular kitchen features requested by today’s homeowners, floating shelves can be a great way to display decor and dishes alike in your kitchen.

Cabinet add-ons and improvements

Upgrading your cabinets and drawers with a new color and finish is a great move to make in any kitchen, but did you know you can also include other cabinet features when you replace your cabinets, such as lift-up cabinets, soft-close cabinets, and corner drawers? You can customize your cabinets to best suit your personal needs. For example, if you want easy access to your spices, you can add a vertical spice drawer with multiple levels that fits nicely between your oven and your other cabinets. That’s a kitchen feature that will directly lead to some great cooking!

Choosing the best countertop for your home

Any kitchen renovation should include some type of countertop improvement. When it comes to countertop materials, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of options available. Do you go with butcher block, quartz, or granite? What color of countertop or look will pair best with your cabinets?

Depending on your cooking habits, personal preferences, and maintenance capabilities, you’ll be able to narrow down your wide number of options to a countertop that you love. Superior Stone & Cabinet has hundreds of countertop options to choose from, and we’re with you every step of the way! We have expert consultants who can provide advice and tips on picking the right material for your remodel.

Hidden kitchen features

When you work with a professional company like Superior Stone & Cabinet here in Phoenix, you even have options for hidden kitchen features that will greatly improve your life. For example, you can add a cutting board drawer that easily pops in and out of place when you need it for quick cutting. There are no-spill protectors you can add underneath your sink for easy wiping and fast cleanup. If you like the look of glass cabinet fronts, those can be added as well! There are almost endless options for your kitchen, and it all starts with your design dream or vision.

Here are just a few hidden kitchen features that can greatly improve your home:

  • Floating shelves: A floating shelf is not part of an enclosed cabinet and doesn’t feature a swing-open door. These shelves are mostly decorative, but they also offer creative space solutions for homeowners wanting to display their best kitchen items. If you are working with a smaller kitchen, floating shelves are a good choice to make the space appear larger and less cramped.
  • Soft-close and lift-up cabinets: These cabinet features add variety to your space. With soft-close doors, you can avoid the loud banging that accompanies many cabinets. Lift-up cabinets are usually attached to the countertop on the lowest level and provide more room to store bread, butter, or produce on your counter without it being in sight of all your guests.
  • Pull-out cabinets with lazy Susans: Have you ever been on your hands-and-knees, searching for a pan that’s hidden in the deep caverns of a corner cabinet? With a new pull-out cabinet and lazy Susan, you’ll be able to reach those pots and pans without hassle. The definitive spinning feature of a built-in lazy Susan makes it easy to find and store kitchen items.
  • Vertical drawers: Like the spice rack drawer we mentioned, vertical drawers add a nice visual element to your space. They’re also highly functional—you can use vertical drawers for easy-to-reach items like spices or utensils.
  • Plate drawers: These larger drawers are often located on the kitchen island or near the oven. They are long, deep drawers suited to fit your plates, instead of having to stack heavy plates on high shelves. These drawers often feature wooden pegs to separate and organize fine china or plates. A drawer for your plates make it easier for storage and entertainment.

See the selection that Superior has to offer

With so many choices and design options, place your dream kitchen in the hands of the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer wholesale prices and have a 60,000 sq/ft warehouse for you to explore! Think outside the box, and your kitchen could become a new oasis for you to enjoy. Contact us for a free estimate, or come visit our showroom to speak with one of our designers.

How to have a stress-free renovation in any room of your home

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.

A stress-free renovation starts with visiting our showroom to see our selection, including our backsplash options.

From the right tile to the backsplash that matches your countertops, Superior can help you have a stress-free renovation.

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

How to find the right quartz countertop colors for your remodel

If you’re planning on starting a kitchen remodel this year, you’ve probably already started thinking about countertops and cabinets. If you’ve already decided on the modern look of quartz countertops, the next step is finding the right countertop colors for your remodel. That’s where we can help! In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the things to consider when looking for the right countertop for your newly remodeled kitchen.

Of course, if you’re trying to decide on a new countertop material, style, or color, there’s no substitute for speaking with one of our design experts. Visit our showroom to see our quartz selection in-person and speak with one of the members of our team. Or, call us to schedule an in-home estimate. The pros here at Superior Stone & Cabinet are ready to help.

This kitchen features matching cabinets and countertop colors for your remodel here in Phoenix.What to consider when looking for countertop colors for your remodel

Take a look at undertones

The best place to start looking for a new quartz color is your current or dream kitchen. What colors are your cabinets and walls? The undertone of your quartz should typically match or compliment the undertones of your entire kitchen setup.

For example, white cabinets could use either a white quartz countertop, or a contrasting grey or black quartz. White is an easy example, but follow the same strategy whether your cabinets are yellow, blue, wood or any other color or pattern.

If you’re installing new cabinets at the same time you’re getting new countertops, this is even easier! Talk to one of our design pros here at Superior Stone & Cabinet and we can suggest any number of aesthetically pleasing pairings of quartz and cabinet colors.

Remember your complimenting colors

Your kitchen isn’t monotone, so don’t choose a countertop to simply match the existing colors. Think about complimenting your current look and style with a complimenting color.

If your kitchen is missing a splash of color, look for a more bold quartz choice. Or tone down your vibrant walls and cabinets with a calm white or grey monotone countertop.

The perfect pattern

A patterned countertop can incredibly striking. For better or worse, the style of pattern on your countertop can set the tone for your entire kitchen. Particularly if you have large, open areas of countertop, consider the style of pattern that works best for your style.

Patterns are more complex than simple color options. Some patterns offer a fresh, natural look, while others are smooth and sublime.

If your kitchen already has a variety of textures and patterns, consider a muted quartz option. Or for a touch of personality, choose quartz that has speckles, swirls or other natural features for added visual interest.

Enjoy the stunning quality of quartz

Few countertop materials can match the elegance and natural durability of quartz. Whether replacing an outdated style or upgrading to your first quartz countertop, let Superior Stone & Cabinet assist you with your purchase. Contact us today to discover how you can get more out of your kitchen remodel with our wide array of quartz color and style choices. We have the countertop colors for your remodel.