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Why It Might Be the Perfect Time to Replace Your Denver Kitchen Cabinetry


July 18, 2018

For most adults, owning a home is one of the biggest investments they will ever make. Purchasing a home usually takes quite a bit of saving and planning. Once you are a homeowner, there is still money to be spent when it comes to keeping up your investment, and that includes making changes to the home. If you want to update your kitchen, new Denver kitchen cabinetry might be just what you need.

Here are some reasons now might be the perfect time make an upgrade.

Your Current Cabinets Are Inexpensive Builder Grade Cabinets

Often builders want to save money by putting in cabinets that are not well constructed. These types of cabinets will often deteriorate over time—and they don’t look as nice as they could. You will pay more for higher-end cabinets, but it is an investment that is well worth making.

Your Current Cabinets Are Broken and Beyond Repair

Things break down, and that includes such items as hinges or knobs. These are fairly minor problems and easy to fix, but if you notice a pattern, it might be time to replace the cabinets altogether. Often the structure of the cabinet can start to deteriorate as well—frames that are rotting away and so forth—and this is a good indicator that it is time to replace the cabinets. If you have cabinets that are not structurally sound, this could even cause an injury to someone if they end up falling out of place.

You Don’t Want to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets

Sometimes refacing your kitchen cabinets is an easy fix—and it can save you a few dollars. But in some instances, the thought of refacing might not be appealing. In this situation, it’s best to replace the cabinets with new ones.

You Want to Revamp the Layout of Your Entire Kitchen

If you aren’t happy with the flow of your kitchen layout and you want to adjust it, you’ll need to get new cabinets installed. This is when it’s a good idea to get the professionals involved. They can help you figure out your needs and work with you to come up with a layout that will work better than your current one. (Here are some tips from the pros at HGTV on planning a kitchen layout that works for your lifestyle.)

The team of professionals at HTI Granite and Cabinetry is ready to help you get your kitchen cabinetry project off the ground. By getting new cabinetry your kitchen, you will not only add value to your home should you decide to sell, but you can get years of enjoyment out of new cabinets in the meantime. At HTI Granite and Cabinetry, we can help you with your entire project, from start to finish. If you want to do some of the work yourself, and we are happy to work with you in whatever capacity you need.

Call us at 303-592-9090 or reach us via our website to get your next home project started. Our experts are here to help you. Contact us today!
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Tips to Ensure Your Denver Kitchen Remodeling Project Goes Smoothly


July 4, 2018

It is exciting to finally get started with your Denver kitchen remodeling project, but it is also a big decision. You want to ensure you get the design right—and you want to make sure the project goes well. Check out this kitchen remodeling guide from the experts at This Old House before you get started. Then take a look at our tips below to ensure the project goes smoothly from start to finish.


Start With a Plan


Sit down and think about the way your kitchen currently flows. Does it work for your family? Or are you running into each other when there is more than one person preparing a meal? You might want to consider a completely different layout.
Do you need more storage? Do you need a breakfast bar? Do you want a large island? All of these items should be considered when you plan the way your kitchen will look in the end.

Research Your Options


Once you figure out the layout of your kitchen, you’ll need to decide on cabinets, countertops, and appliances. This will also help you determine a budget for your project. This is a good time to separate th
must-haves from the want-to-haves so you don’t break the bank with your project. 

Don’t miss our recent blog post on kitchen cabinetry trends you might want to consider.


Hire a Contractor


With a good contractor, you have a much better chance of staying on budget and finishing on time. A contractor will know things you don’t know, such as building codes and regulations that must be followed with such a project.


Finalize Your Design


Together with your contractor, you want to finalize the design of your kitchen before the project gets officially underway. Now is the time to be realistic about your budget.


Go Shopping


Once you have finalized the design, it’s time for the fun part: choosing appliances, cabinets, countertops, colors, and finishes for your new kitchen. You can save or spend in the areas that mean the most to you. For example, if you have your heart set on high-end appliances, you might be able to save money by using a quartz rather than a granite countertop. Keep your priorities in mind so you can stay within budget.

Get Your Kitchen Ready


Before any of the work begins, you have to get your kitchen ready by clearing everything out. You need to empty the cabinets, clear off the walls, and move items out that are not going to be staying. If adjacent rooms will be impacted by the work, you might want to clear out those areas as well.
The team of professionals at HTI Granite and Cabinetry are ready to help you get your kitchen remodeling project off the ground. Whether your “heart of the home” is in need of new cabinets, countertops, or a full renovation of your space, let us guide you through the process. By remodeling your kitchen, you will not only add value to your home should you decide to sell, but you can years of enjoyment out of it in the meantime. Contact HTI Granite & Cabinetry for a more information on remodeling your kitchen into the dream space you’ve always wanted.

 
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How to Prepare for Your Denver Kitchen Remodeling


June 20, 2018

It’s exciting when the kitchen remodeling project you have been planning for in your Denver kitchen finally starts to take shape. It might seem a bit overwhelming at first, to think about functioning in your home without a full kitchen. But there are some steps to take that can help the kitchen remodeling process go smoothly. It just takes a bit of planning ahead of time.

Gather Supplies

Stock up on packing materials, including boxes, packing materials, tape, plastic Ziploc bags, and markers.

Put Aside the Essentials

Take the items you use every day and pull them aside so you don’t pack them. Think about what you use on a daily basis, including the coffee maker, pots and pans, mixing bowls, vegetable peelers and cooking utensils, and can openers. Also set aside plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and containers for leftovers.
It’s also not a bad idea to stock up on disposable plates, cups, and dinnerware—just to make cleanup easy during the remodel.
From the pantry, pull out the food you think you’ll use. Keep in mind that you want easy prep items such as breakfast food, canned foods, sauces, pasta, spices, baking supplies, drinks, pet food, and cooking oils. Keep them in open boxes so they are easily accessible during the construction period.

Store Infrequently Used Items

Think about the things you use only occasionally and pack them up. Holiday items, specialized bakeware, platters, and the like can be put down in the basement or garage during the remodeling project. Keep like items together and label all boxes so they are easy to put away.

Purge Things You No Longer Use

This is a great opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer use. Put only necessary items into your newly remodeled kitchen, this includes dishes, utensils, cookbooks, and the like.
Remove Window Coverings and Decorative Items
Take down wall decorations and other items, blinds, curtains, and rods. Store them carefully so you can put them back up once the project is over. Now is a good time to clean and dust everything so they are clean for your updated kitchen.
If there are valuable wall hangings on the walls of adjacent rooms, you might want to store those so they don’t knocked down during the remodeling process

Protect Electronics

If you have electronic equipment, be sure to cover everything or remove it completely. Dust from the construction area could damage them.
Need more help with your project? Are you on a budget with your kitchen remodel? Read what the professionals at HGTV have to say about saving money on your kitchen remodel.
The team of professionals at HTI Granite and Cabinetry can help you get your kitchen remodeling project on track. Whether your “heart of the home” is in need of new cabinets, countertops, or a full renovation of your space, let us guide you through the process. Add value to your home while feeling confident in our ability to address the functionality and beauty of the space and the assurance in your contractor to get job done right and to your standards. Contact HTI Granite & Cabinetry for a more information on remodeling your kitchen into the space you’ve always wanted.
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What Makes Denver Granite Countertops So Popular?


June 5, 2018

Granite is undoubtedly one of the most popular materials that people use for countertops. Denver granite countertops are hard, strong, and heat-resistant—and they can take a beating from the wear and tear your kitchen or bathroom countertop goes through on a daily basis. Granite countertops can also be affordable, so they can add great value to your kitchen or bathroom.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons granite countertops have become so popular in today’s kitchens and bathrooms.

The Uniqueness of Granite

There is a huge variety of colors available in granite. Some granite countertops are almost black, whereas others are very light. There are blues, greens, pinks, beiges—and pretty much every color in between. You can find it speckled or nearly solid. Regardless of what color you want in your kitchen or bathroom, you will be able to find just the right color. Just make sure you pick a color you love. Your granite countertop will last for a very long time!

The Need for Sealants

Some granite countertops need a sealant and others don’t. If you don’t have to use a sealant, don’t! How will you know? You can use the towel test. Here’s how it works: Take a plain white or paper towel and soak it with water. Put it on your countertop for five minutes, then lift it up. Examine the area that was under the towel. If it is darker than the surrounding surface, you’ll need a sealant. If you can’t see a color change, you can skip the sealant.

Keeping Granite Countertops Clean

When you invest in a beautiful granite countertop, you want to make sure it looks nice—and lasts for a long time. Be sure to wipe down counters daily—even if they don’t look dirty, which is often the case for granite. You can just use a microfiber rag that is dampened with water (do not use alcohol on granite). Be sure to wipe up spills as they happen.
Weekly cleaning with a cleaning product specifically designed for granite is also a good idea. Avoid using harsh chemicals and cleaning products that are not designed for granite because this can damage your countertops over time. This article by the folks at Kitchn goes into more detail on keeping granite clean and disinfected.
If you’re not sure about choosing granite for your countertops, take a look at our gallery for some countertop inspiration.
Are you still wondering if granite countertops are right for your home? At HTI Granite and Cabinetry, we can help you with your entire project, from start to finish. If you want to do some of the work yourself, and we are happy to work with you in whatever capacity you need. Regardless of how much or how little of your next home project you intend to tackle yourself, see us for the best materials around. Our experts can also provide advice when you need it. Call us at 303-592-9090 or reach us via our website to get your next home project started. Our experts are here to help you. Contact us today!
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Keep Your Denver Bathroom Remodeling Simple With These Easy Tips


May 23, 2018

If you know anything about home resale, you know that kitchens and bathrooms are often considered the most important rooms when it comes to attracting buyers. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by upgrading these rooms. If you are considering bathroom remodeling in your Denver home, you’ll not only improve your own quality of life and enjoyment, but you will also get a good portion of the money back when it comes time to sell your home. According to US News & World Report’s article 10 Home Renovations With the Best Return on Investment, bathrooms will net homeowners more than half of their investment when they sell their homes. Plus, having an attractive bathroom—especially for the master bath—often means less time on the market.

But because remodeling a bathroom is such a big project, you want to keep it as simple as possible—and here are some tips to keep in mind.

Plan Your Project Ahead of Time

Whether you are doing the entire project yourself or if you are hiring professionals for some or all of the work, you want to plan your project well before it gets started. Figure out exactly what you’ll be replacing and what—if anything—you’ll be keeping.

Make sure your budget is set ahead of time as well. According to HomeAdvisor.com’s article How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom, the average cost of a bathroom remodeling is just under $10,000. This is a sizable chunk of money for most homeowners.

Spend Some Time Gathering Inspiration

Find out what you like—and what you don’t like—by looking at showrooms or magazines. (Be sure to come to the HTI Granite showroom!) Watch home improvement shows on television. Start a Pinterest board for ideas on bathroom fixtures, mirrors, lighting, and so forth.

It might not be a bad idea to schedule a consultation with an interior designer who can not only help with design ideas but can also bring up ideas about things you might not have considered.

Keep Ventilation in Mind

Although not a very glamourous aspect of your bathroom remodel, ventilation is something you will need to keep in mind. Protecting your investment from the normal bathroom humidity is important.

Decide What You’ll Do Yourself—and What You’ll Outsource

The more work you can do yourself, the more money you’ll save on your bathroom remodel. But if you bite off more than you can chew, it can end up costing you. So be realistic about your abilities.

At HTI Granite and Cabinetry, we know that our customers have varying do-it-yourself skills, and we are happy to work with you in whatever capacity you need. Regardless of how much or how little of your Denver bathroom remodeling project you intend to tackle yourself, see us for the best materials around. Our experts can also provide advice when you need it. Consider us your local, go-to professionals. We have the years of experience to help. Call us at 303-592-9090 or reach us via our website to get your next home project started. Our experts are here to help you. Contact us today!
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