Last Post: May 19, 2015

Designing the Perfect Laundry Room
May 19, 2015

Many of us would shove the washer and dryer into the basement. Admit it, the laundry room isn’t one of your priorities but making design decisions now, can turn doing the laundry into less of a chore.

Here are some tips for creating an effective laundry room in which you’ll actually enjoy spending time and money.

Consider the laundry zones. Your laundry room should have these three zones: preparation zone (a space for baskets of dirty clothes, overhead cupboards, and a sink), wash and dry zone (includes your washer, dryer, shelving, and storage for cleaning products), and folding zone (a space for a countertop and a basket for clean clothes).

Update your space with fun additions. Drying cupboards come with adjustable pull-out racks that are helpful in air drying large quantities of clothes or heavy duty items during cold climates. Drying rods above your sink is another great option. Raised appliances can free up storage space and are great ergonomic options.

Choose laundry flooring that works best for spills. With so much water in the room, you need flooring that can handle leaks. Experts recommend applying a waterproofing membrane before laying down your flooring. Non-slip tiles also come in handy and are very practical in high-moisture zones. Tiles are also great for laundry rooms.

 

Need help in getting your laundry room organized? Milan Stoneworks installs countertops not just in the kitchen and bath, but in laundry rooms, too! Having a nice countertop means plenty of space for folding clothes, making the task quick and easy. Get a quote for your custom project today.

 

Buying the Best Granite Countertop: What You Need to Know
May 12, 2015

A shiny, new countertop adds value and unique appeal to your home, especially when it is made from durable granite. But the process of getting one for your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room can be expensive and overwhelming.

Here’s some advice that will make your purchase easier than ever.

Beware of deceptive tactics. Companies that offer prices that are too good to be true may have inadequate liability insurance. They could also charge you with overhead expenses after they’ve provided a quote. Some might even lure you with freebies. It is always best to investigate prior to purchase.

View full granite slabs. Granite is a beautiful natural stone that varies widely in color, veining and patterns. On smaller sized samples, these variations don’t appear accurately so it is always a good idea to visit our showroom to view the granite slab before you purchase it. We will lay out your slab and show you exactly what color or veins can be seen on areas of your countertop and where a seam might be placed. No surprises here.

Ask about granite remnants. For smaller sized projects, granite remnants are the perfect way to get a discounted price without sacrificing quality. They are leftovers from other jobs, which can save you money.

Sealing and cleaning granite.  We will seal your countertop the day it is installed. Also, we are going to show you how to clean your new countertop as we don’t want any stains on your beautiful granite.

 

We’d love the opportunity to work with you on your project! Hire Milan Stoneworks today and let us complete the project from start to finish.

 

How to Choose Kitchen Finishes: Three-Step Guide
May 5, 2015

One of the most challenging parts of a kitchen remodel is deciding on finishes. While there’s no set rule to choosing materials and every project is different, there are some guidelines to help you choose a kitchen material palette.

Start with your countertops. Choose easy-to-clean and durable materials. For instance, natural stone minimizes grout lines creating a polished surface. Look into granite, quartz, or marble and aim for smooth reflective materials.

Don’t forget the cabinets. Keep your choices as simple and natural as possible. Designers recommend sticking to a small palette with three or four materials to keep it simple. Light-colored cabinets are also suggested if you want to have a bright and open space.

Use subtle matching elements for a coordinated look. This can give you the custom look you want. The right kind of faucets, lighting fixtures, cabinets and hardware, metal-finished appliances, countertops, and tiled walls reflect your own personal style and choices. Again, the keyword here is balance. Not every surface has to match, but integrating a variety of matched surfaces helps pull the space together.

        

If you lost your way with the extensive options for countertop, cabinets, and hardware finishes, you can play with different ideas and hit the one that clicks or you can contact us to get started creating a fantastic new kitchen.