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.
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.
Whether it’s your first time hosting for the holidays or you’re a seasoned pro, you might be feeling the stress that comes with having friends and family over at your home. Every homeowner wants their kitchen to look its best before people arrive. In this blog, we’ll explore three kitchen upgrades projects that can help get your home ready for the holidays.
A new kitchen won’t just look good, but will help you better utilize your space and kitchen ahead of a hectic season. That’s more time to spend with your friends and family.
Upgrade your countertops
During the holidays, your kitchen countertops will go through it all. Between raw turkey and sticky pie fillings, you’ll find yourself wiping down this surface a hundred times before the new year hits.
If your countertops are worn out, chipped, or even cracked, then it’s time for a refresh. New granite or quartz countertops are durable enough to last for decades, and it’s a breeze to wipe the surface clean.
Reconfigure your cabinet system
Of all the possible kitchen upgrades, new cabinets will make the biggest difference in your life. If you’re not very well organized when cooking several large meals, it’s easy to get stressed out.
Well-configured cabinets make the job easier. Cabinet design today goes beyond a box with shelves. Superior Stone & Cabinet has many options that can help you maximize your underused space and keep you organized during the hustle-and-bustle of holiday meal prep:
- Corner cabinet with “lazy susan”
- Cabinet with slide-out drawers
- Skinny cabinet for tight spaces
- Drawer dividers
- Pull-out trash can
Not only will new configurations get you organized in a snap, but you’ll be able to free up counter space by tucking everything in its place. This means you’ll have more room to work.
Redo your floors
As guests gather in your home, many will congregate in the kitchen to lend you a hand or simply watch you prepare the meal. With so much foot traffic coming in-and-out, you should have flooring that can stand up to the strain and look great. There’s nothing better than being complimented on your choice in flooring decor!
Dirty or stained flooring will make any kitchen appear drab and dated, which is surely not the impression you want your holiday guests to get when seeing your kitchen. In contrast, fresh flooring gives your kitchen a nice base to build up from. Consider something modern and long-lasting, such as a wood tile or wood laminate.
Get the kitchen upgrades you need
You’ll be under enough stress with the upcoming parties. Let Superior Stone & Cabinet help you get the kitchen you need for the holidays. Contact us now for a free in-home estimate, and one of our kitchen remodeling design experts will advise you on the best options and get the job done in time for the holidays.
You’ve decided your home could use a little updating: maybe new cabinets in the kitchen, or a new countertop in the bathroom. Now, you have the find the right professionals to help you realize your vision. Here in the Phoenix metro, that’s as simple as calling Superior Stone & Cabinet.
In this blog, we’re going to run through what makes our countertop and cabinet installers better. To get started on your project with the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet, contact us today!
1. Our team works efficiently without sacrificing quality
Living in the middle of a remodel isn’t easy. There’s noise, dust, and people moving in-and-out of your home. Any delay in a single part of the project (say, installing cabinets) can hold up other parts of the project (such as installing countertops). This is just one of the reasons that dependability and an existing record of success is so important when selecting countertop and cabinet installers.
The right professionals (such as ours) will be understanding of your own commitments and work with you to finish the job as quickly as possible. No waiting around means more peace of mind for you.
2. Great selection at a great price
Remodeling is an investment in your home, and you want great quality for an affordable price. The company you work with should have a wide selection of products to choose from without breaking the bank. You deserve a beautiful room without going over budget.
Here in the Phoenix metro, Superior Stone & Cabinet has not only a great selection in our 60,000 sq/ft warehouse and showroom, but we also are a direct importer and wholesaler, which means we’re able to provide quality materials for far, far less than our competitors who work with middlemen.
There’s very few companies who are willing to work with you or suggest alternative options when it comes to counters and cabinets. When you schedule your free in-home estimate with our experts, we do just that.
3. Exceptional communication, no matter the issue
When countertop installers and other hired professionals understand your needs, the remodeling process will be smoother and less stressful. Countertop and cabinet installers should be able to work with you, your budget, and your ideas to help you get the design you want.
Good communication establishes trust between you and a hired professional. Great installers provide you with accurate estimates, and explain any complications that might arise during the installation process.
With all the time, money, and energy you’re spending on your project, you want to know you’re working with an ally, not an obstacle. We’re the former. Superior Stone believes in thorough communication with our clients, to make sure that they’re satisfied with our work.
Choose the counter and cabinet installers at Superior Stone
If you’re looking for professional installers of cabinets and countertops, Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for experienced installation teams and quick turnaround times. Contact us to start your remodeling journey today.
Functional countertops are a necessity in a commercial kitchen, but how do you know when you need to replace your commercial kitchen countertops? In this blog, we’ll review the six signs that you should have your old countertops replaced with new granite or quartz counters.
Running a business is a matter of balancing what you need with what you can afford. When it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen counters, you should make the call to (or visit!) Superior Stone & Cabinet. We can help you find counters that are in your business’ budget, yet meet your needs. See some of our recent commercial projects.
6 signs you should replace your commercial kitchen countertops
#1. Your laminate counters are a decade old or more
Laminate is only supposed to last about ten years or so. If your laminate counters are older than that, you should consider new granite or quartz counters when budgeting for commercial office kitchen upgrades.
#2. Your counters are chipped, cracked, or gouged
All commercial business countertops are subject to damage over time with normal wear-and-tear. Laminate countertops are susceptible to damage from knives or other sharp kitchen implements, as well as delamination over time, while granite countertops can be chipped or cracked by heavy impact.
#3. Your counters are out of style
While perfectly serviceable, laminate countertops went out of fashion about 15 years ago. Granite and quartz give your kitchen an elegant, timeless look that will last for decades.
#4. Your counters look dirty even when they’re not
You’re probably already aware of the value of first impressions, so this is particularly important when your counters are visible to customers, i.e., at front of store. Regardless of what it’s made of, a countertop that’s especially speckled could give the impression of being dirty even when you employ impeccable cleanliness standards.
#5. Your counters are stained or burned
While you may use the most diligent methods you can think of to remove a stain or a burn mark, if you cannot do so, you may need to replace your commercial kitchen counters. While they may not impede your work, these telltales also reflect badly on your business, giving an impression of carelessness or negligence.
#6. Your counters have water damage
When countertop laminate has been punctured by a sharp implement, water can get into the crack or crevice. The water can seep under the laminate and cause it to bubble.
Is it time to replace your commercial kitchen counters? Call Superior Stone & Cabinet!
At Superior Stone and Cabinet, we can help you determine when it’s time to replace your commercial kitchen countertops. For questions about our products and services, contact us today!
If you’ve recently decided to get new countertops, a vital part of the process is seeing to it that you opt for professional countertop installation as opposed to trying to take on the task yourself. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we believe that one of the best things you can do for yourself and your counters is making sure the right people take care of the job.
Here are 5 reasons that getting your countertops installed by a professional matters
No matter if you opt for granite or quartz for your countertops’ material, it’s bound to look and perform better with expert installation. A company that specializes in professional quartz countertop installation (that’s us!) or professional granite counter installation (also us!) knows just how to handle the material during installation so it lasts as long as possible.
A professional granite counter install job can require some heavy lifting. Even if you have help with the task, there’s no need for you or anyone else to risk injury to improve the look and feel of your kitchen. You could seriously injure yourself, which requires a trip to the hospital and possibly time off work.
There could also be special tools or equipment that need to be used to complete installation. Experts know what those tools and equipment are and how to use them safely. You may be able to rent installation equipment and tools, but why waste the money and why risk getting the wrong pieces?
In addition to new countertops, you might also need plumbing or electrical work done. Professionals likely either know how to do additional jobs for you, or know whom to contact. By doing the job yourself, you may not notice if anything else needs to be done, which could lead to issues later on.
Your home’s resale value is something else to consider. A professional installation job is likely to increase the overall value of your residential property if you decide to put your home on the market in the future. On the other hand, a poor installation job might need to be redone, which can put a dent in your property’s value.
Call Superior Stone & Cabinet (or visit us!)
Start exploring your options for new granite and quartz countertops today by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet for a free in-home estimate here in Phoenix. Or, visit our conveniently located showroom and warehouse!
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!
Spend your tax refund the right way
The biggest misconception about tax refunds are that they’re a form of “free money,” akin to 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
1. 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.