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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Want Granite Countertops? 4 Ways To Get The Right Ones

If you are upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, one of the areas most people upgrade is the countertops. One of the top materials for the kitchen and bathrooms is granite when it comes to countertop materials.

Make Sure You Want Granite Countertops

Before you get into the nitty-gritty of picking out granite countertops, you need to make sure granite fits your lifestyle. Granite is designed to be heat, chip, and scratch-resistant, which is why it is such a popular home countertop material. Granite works well in most homes, but it is always a good idea to make sure it is the material you want in your home. Another similar material that many people also like is quartz because it is scratch and chip-resistant, but it can't handle heat like granite, although it tends to be less expensive. Check out different stone materials in person, and make sure you like the granite's function and visual appeal.

Head to the Showroom to Choose Your Material

Next, when it comes to picking out the right color of granite for your home, don't rely on tiny little sample chips. Instead, head down to the showroom, and check out the actual slabs of granite they are selling.

Granite is a natural stone and often has many colors within a single slab. Looking at a large slab instead of a tiny sample will really allow you to see what colors are dominant and what colors could be picked up with the right accents.

When you head to the showroom, bring a cabinet door and some flooring with you, so you can see how the granite will work when next to the other big elements in your bathroom or kitchen.

You can pick out the exact slab you want to have cut and turn it into your custom countertops.

Think About the Edging

Finally, you need to think carefully about edging for your counters. The edging is how the countertops' outer edge is shaped and will impact the overall feel and style of your countertops. Do you want rounded corners? Do you want to have a bevel? You will want the edging to work with the other style elements of your kitchen and bathroom. If you are unsure how to edge your countertops, bring in some pictures of the other visual elements in the room the granite is going in, and the assistants in the showroom can help you pick out the right edge.

When it comes to picking the right granite countertops, make sure granite is the material you want in your home. Then, head to the showroom to look at the slabs they have on-hand instead of just looking at a tiny sample. Feel free to bring in cabinet and flooring samples so you choose the best-looking slab, and talk to the professionals about the best edging that will complement the overall look.