The Most Important Room: Your Kitchen!

When you think of your home, what room immediately springs to mind? If you’re like most people, it’s probably the kitchen. What makes the kitchen so important to family life? 

    • Good Beginnings. Whether with breakfast, or just a cup of coffee or tea, the kitchen is probably where you start the day, setting the tone for everything that comes after. You deserve to have a peaceful start! The more tranquil your surroundings first thing, the better you’ll feel.
    • Feed Your Family. Healthy eating begins in the kitchen. Let’s face it, cooking at home is better for your body, your mind, and your budget than eating out. With a clean, beautiful, well-organized space to do it, you’ll enjoy your time in the kitchen more, cook at home more, and save money and empty calories. Cooking together as a family teaches children skills they will Kitchen Remodelcarry with them the rest of their lives. It’s even a great way to practice their math. And of course, eating together is the perfect time to connect each day.
    • Make the Party. Gathering friends and loved ones is especially important around the holidays, and your guests will naturally gravitate towards a lovely room. Most parties circulate around the kitchen, and with good reason–that’s where the food and drinks are coming from!

No matter how you look at it, the kitchen is a vital part of your home life. When you’re ready to make yours feel as important as it is, contact us at Williams Fabrication, and let’s design a kitchen as beautiful and strong as your family!

3 Fall Kitchen Maintenance Tips to Remember

Deep Clean Your KitchenMany people think of giving their kitchen a good scrub during the well-known spring cleaning season. However, it’s also a good idea to go ahead and deep clean your kitchen before winter arrives! This will cut your spring cleaning work in half and allow your kitchen to shine throughout winter.

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So you’ve already purchased beautiful kitchen countertops from Williams Fabrication, and now it’s time to tidy the rest of the kitchen. Giving it a deep clean will help make it sparkle and shine a little brighter! Take into account these tips to deep clean your kitchen.

Scrub the Oven

Many people use their oven every day to cook. It’s important to scrub your oven every few months to clean off food or juices that may have dripped to the bottom. If your oven is self-cleaning, let it do the work for you!

Clean Between Tiles

Sweeping and mopping your tile floor is important to keep bugs from being attracted to your kitchen. However, every once in a while, grab a toothbrush and grout cleaner and scrub in between the tile. This will remove any food or dirt is caked in the cracks.

Wash the Walls

Your kitchen hosts many dinners throughout the year. After 52 weeks of cooking, there is probably grease, food, and juice on your walls. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to clean your kitchen’s walls, backsplash, and cupboards! If walls could talk, they’d thank you for this much-needed shower.

Sometimes, deep cleaning your kitchen just isn’t enough. You want a whole new look! If you want to give your home an even deeper fall refresh, contact us today about our beautiful kitchen countertops.

3 Tips for Dealing with a Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen RemodelMaybe you’ve purchased new granite countertops from us, and you’re beyond excited because now the value of your home has increased. Or, maybe you’ve bought quartz countertops to add to your kitchen for a beautiful touch. Either way, your kitchen is about to have a makeover. There are a few things to remember before demolition begins.

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Consider the following tips before starting your kitchen remodel.

Buy Disposable Utensils & Plates

If your kitchen is temporarily out of order, you won’t have access to your sink or dishwasher. To avoid turning a bath tub into the place to wash your dishes, stock up on disposable utensils, plates, and cups. This life hack will save you a lot of time!

Use Your Small Appliances

You may not have access to your full stove and oven during your kitchen remodel. So, plan your meals around smaller appliances such as a toaster, toaster oven, waffle iron, and blender. Dedicate a different room in your house to keep all of these appliances so your makeshift kitchen will be the go-to place to eat and make food.

Get Creative With Your Meals

If you don’t want to make every meal at home, go out to eat with friends! Or, if you’d rather stay home, dust off your grill and make delicious food while enjoying the outdoors. Even though your kitchen isn’t available at the moment, it won’t be long before you can display food on your beautiful new countertops.

Do you have questions? Contact Williams Fabrication today, or come down to our showroom to see our quartz and granite countertops!

3 Trends to Consider When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Bathroom RemodelDid you know that remodeling your bathroom can significantly increase your home’s value? Easy ways you can remodel your bathrooms include changing out light fixtures, updating the bathtub, and replacing the countertops. At Williams Fabrication, we are ready to deliver a fantastic product for your remodeling project!

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It’s 2017, and the remodeling trends are much different than they were a decade ago. Before buying your must-have chandelier or clawfoot bathtub, consider these three bathroom trends that are taking America by storm.

Storage Galore

Gone are the days where a single medicine cabinet and a mirror were the only things on your bathroom walls. Today, storage is a sought-after bathroom feature. Use the vertical space in this small room to create storage. Don’t be afraid to have your cabinets climb to the ceiling – you can always store the “once in a blue moon” items at the very top.

Light Colors

It’s true that dark paint makes a room feel smaller than it is, while light paint makes a room feel bigger. This is especially true in small rooms in your home such as your bathroom. Paint the walls a light version of your favorite color, and use white subway tiles to build your shower. The combination of light paint and white tile will make the room feel bigger and fresh.

Bathroom Music

Singing in the shower is a thing of the past now that you can have your music built into your bathroom fixtures. That’s right, your shower can do the singing for you! There is even a showerhead that has a speaker built into it (made by Kohler). This bathroom trend is surely here to stay.

Are you ready to remodel your bathroom and turn it into one of the most stylish rooms in your home? The experts at Williams Fabrication are here to help!

Can Granite Countertops Impact Your Home’s Value?

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertops

Your home may easily be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Not many purchases you make cost upwards of $100,000. So, it only makes sense to make sure that everything inside this investment is well taken care of and top notch.

At Williams Fabrication, we want to help you increase your home’s value with our products and services. One of the ways we can help is providing you with stunning granite countertops. How will this impact your home’s value? Let’s consider the facts:

Granite countertops are trendy.

  • While some trends come and go, granite countertops have stayed and thrived. Granite is easily one of America’s most-loved looks due to its uniqueness.

Granite countertops are durable and affordable.

  • With granite, you get what you pay for (and more). You will love the way it looks and, if you ever choose to sell your home, the granite countertops will be a selling point that will put money back in your pocket.

Granite countertops are easy to maintain.

  • Just like other countertops, granite should be cleaned and taken care of properly and regularly.

Granite countertops are very difficult to stain or scratch.

After choosing beautiful granite from Williams Fabrication, hire the right contractor for the job. With granite countertops, your home will look and feel new! Contact us today with any questions you may have or come by our store to see our products.

5 Tips for Hiring a Good Contractor

Once you find that perfect slab of granite, you may think your countertop renovation troubles are officially over. But hire the wrong contractor, and you could find your counters improperly installed or damaged. Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you in both stress and fix-it costs. So how can you make sure you’ve found the right contractor for the job?

How to the Best Contractor for Granite Installation

  1. professional contractorsAsk around. When in doubt, phone a friend. Ask them to share the pros and cons of their bathroom or kitchen renovation, so you’ll have a better grasp of what to look for. If they were happy with their installation, ask for the contact information of the contractor they hired for the project.
  2. Talk to the pros. In many cases, your fabricators will carefully measure, cut, and install granite countertops themselves. If installation isn’t a service provided by your fabricator of choice, ask them to recommend a contractor. Fabricators typically have insider information about the best in the business, and they also have a vested interest in making your project a success.
  3. Look online. While you can’t trust every online review, Google, Yelp, and Facebook reviews are a good indicator of whether a contractor is hard working, honest, and affordable.
  4. Get several estimates. You wouldn’t buy a car after only test-driving one model. Narrow it down to a handful of contractors, then talk to each about the project parameters and timeline. Get a written estimate of the cost of installation, so you’re not surprised by additional charges down the road.
  5. Go with your gut. If you don’t like the contractor you’re working with, the project will become a major headache. Choose a contractor who’s upfront, friendly, and shares a vision for your remodel.

To learn more about installing granite countertops, call Williams Fabrication in Woodstock, GA.

Cleaning Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops have a lot of advantages. They’re lighter than granite and come in just as many unique colors and patterns, and are so easy to clean! Here are some tips for cleaning your beautiful quartz countertops.

First, as with any countertop you should clean up spills immediately. Quartz resists staining, but stains will still set if given time! Glass cleaner and a nonabrasive sponge will take care of many heavier spills. Tricky stains like permanent marker or cooking grease will need special attention, but in general you should be able to wipe up spills with no problems.

For everyday cleaning, either gentle wipes or a mild solution of soap and water applied with a nonabrasive sponge or cloth will do just fine. Quartz resists bacteria, but if deeper cleaning is called for, spray a gentle, nonabrasive surface cleaner on your countertops and let sit for up to ten minutes before wiping away. egg broken on counter

When cleaning your quartz countertops, there are definitely some things you want to avoid! Never use scouring pads or abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch or dull the surface of your beautiful counters. Harsh chemical cleaners that are either very acidic or very alkaline will also cause damage. If bleach or oven cleaner ever comes in contact with your quartz, rinse it immediately and thoroughly with plenty of water! For general maintenance and to keep your countertops looking beautiful, also avoid exposure to high heat, and never cut anything without a cutting board.

If you have questions about cleaning your countertops, don’t hesitate to call Williams Fabrication in North Atlanta!

Quartz or Granite?

When selecting the best countertops for your home, it can be difficult to decide between quartz and granite. WIlliams Fabrication in North Atlanta offers a great selection of both granite and quartz, and both options have their pros and cons. How do you decide which to get?

  • Granite is mined directly from the earth, and aside from being cut into manageable sizes and polished, it basically comes to you as it was mined. We offer granite in many beautiful colors and unique patterns, so you can pick the one that best suits your decor. Granite Countertops
  • Quartz is what is called engineered stone, which is to say that it is created by mixing ground quartz, a small quantity of polyester, and pigments. It is possible to manufacture quartz in almost any color or pattern. Many of our quartzes come with 25 year manufacturer guarantees! 

Again, there are pros and cons to both materials. Both granite and quartz are beautiful, strong, and resist bacteria–quartz was actually created for use in hospitals. Granite is very hard and heavy, and resists heat, scratches, and bacterial contamination. Quartz is lighter than granite and much easier to replace if you change your mind about it, because unlike granite, quartz is not sealed onto the counter. Granite lasts forever, which can be good or bad depending on how decisive you are! Quartz has less impact on the environment, especially in transportation.

Whether you want quartz or granite, or haven’t made a decision yet, come down to our showroom in Woodstock and take a look at what Williams Fabrication has to offer!

Can You DIY a Stone Countertop Installation?

Why did the DIY craze become so popular? People started realizing that there was no reason to shell out cash for straightforward home improvement projects. Doing-it-yourself is a great way to expand your skillset, invest labor into your home, and bond with your spouse (or wind up sleeping on the couch). But which home projects are DIY-ready, and which require a professional hand?

Kitchen Countertops: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Woman holding wrenchInstalling a countertop is a little more straightforward the rewiring the house, and you’re unlikely to electrocute yourself or burn anything down if you mess up. But installing a natural stone countertop can still be dangerous. Granite, quartz, and marble countertops require special equipment to install. You may need a belt sander, scribing tool, filing tool, hand saw or jigsaw, drill, or stone sealant to complete the project. Natural stone countertops are heavy and unwieldy, and in most cases, measurements must be exact. Since you’ve already called Williams Fabrication to cut and prep the stone, it’s easy to let us handle the installation as well.

When can you install a new kitchen countertop yourself?

  • If you have the necessary equipment, experience, and manpower to move and install the stone
  • If you know how improper installation of stone can cause stress fractures
  • If you’re installing a tile or laminate countertop
  • If you have the time to invest in a DIY countertop project

Before deciding to do a DIY countertop installation, contact Williams Fabrication. We’ll help you find a countertop that fits your budget, labor and all.

How Natural Stone Countertops Are Made

Do you ever sit in front of the TV, enraptured by How It’s Made? There’s something about behind-the-scenes looks that captures our attention, and nothing is more captivating than discovering how the items we use everyday are designed, created, and shipped out for our use. Williams Fabrication is giving you a peek into our world. Learn how stone countertops are made, polished, and installed in your home.

How Stone Countertops Are Made

If you’ve ever seen an episode of the Flintstones, you know the basics of how granite, marble, and quartz countertops are made. First you saddle up the dinosaur . . .

Okay, okay. Here’s how natural stone countertops are actually made.

  1. quarry lakeStart in a quarry. A quarry is an excavation pit where stone is cut or blasted from the earth to be used in building materials. Some quarries contain veins of multiple varieties of stone, while others contain primarily one type of stone. Quarries themselves haven’t changed much since ancient times, only the technology we use to remove the stone.
  2. Fire up the equipment. There are three basic types of equipment used for fabricating natural stone: saws, polishers, and routers. Saws cut huge chunks of stone from the earth. Diamond wire saws (yes, they’re embedded with actual diamonds) quickly cut through even the hardest stone. A smaller bridge saw shapes the chunks of rock into kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks, or anything else the stone destined to become. Polishers grind away the rough outer layer, leaving a gleaming slab of marble, granite, or quartz. Finally routers hone the edge and cut decorative designs so it fits homeowners’ specifications.
  3. Make it yours. Once the stone is cut and polished to perfection, it’s time to install a new countertop in your home. Enjoy the strength, durability, and unique beauty of your natural stone kitchen.

Want to see step #3 in action? Contact Williams Fabrication in Atlanta.