With Spring fast approaching, (wishful thinking), it might be time to think about a new concept that is emerging. I recently ran across an article in the January 2008 issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine discussing the increased populartiy of outdoor kitchens.
Granite countertops were mentioned as a very durable, practical surface to use, as it is more resistant to the outdoor elements. Since granite is a natural product, you do not need to be concerned with the possibility of surface fading in the sun, which is a concern with engineered quartz products.
Granite also comes in a wide variety of color options, and the ease of clean-up and maintenance make it a perfect choice for any outdoor surface. With so many of us deciding to entertain at home with close family and friends, the outdoor kitchen is a very appealing addition to any home.
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An evening of fun was had by all at PGC’s annual Winter Party. This years event was held Saturday, January 26th at the Superbowl in Ramsey, MN. PGC team members, spouses, and significant others gathered together to enjoy some bowling, food, and camaraderie. Teams were formed based on bowling averages, which allowed for some good old competition.
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Following are some photos from the event:
Here’s a good recipe for all of the spinach lovers out there. It is easy to prepare, is good for you, and tastes great.
1 -10 oz. package frozen spinach
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove of garlic
1 cup herb flavored stuffing
1/4 cup butter, melted
Cook spinach, drain and squeeze out the excess water. Add soup, cheese, onion, and garlic. Put mixture in a glass baking dish.
Mix the melted butter and herb stuffing together in a separate bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the spinach mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool a bit and serve.
I was browsing the internet and came across an article on About.com, that stated that “granite is both durable and beautiful, but requires regular maintenance and comes in a limited number of colors.” WHAT?! Sometimes I get really upset when I come across mis-information such as this.
First of all, any type of countertop out there requires regular everyday maintenance. It is common sense, at least to me, that any spills should be wiped up immediately and any food prep areas should be cleaned with hot soapy water. Maintenance other than that is minimal. Any reputable fabricator will seal their granite countertops before installation. Other than that, most granite countertops do not need to be sealed for years, if ever again, according to the MIA’s position on sealing granite countertops.
As for a limited amount of colors—well over 400 colors is way more than a limited amount. In fact, many consumers are overwhelmed with all of colors that are available to them.
As I’ve said before, please verify the information that you are reading and make sure it is coming from a reputable source.
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Not too long ago, granite countertops were mainly found in homes of the rich and wealthy. The average consumer was stuck with then, more affordable formica countertops and linoleum floors. Those days, however, are thankfully gone! “Today, exquisite stones such as marble and granite are increasingly within the price range of a vast majority of homeowners at very affordable prices,” according to “Say ‘Goodbye’ To The Old Formica And Linoleum-Coverd House…And ‘Hello’ To The Natural Stone-Enhanced Home,” an article found in the Winter/Spring 2008 issue of Stone Dimensions.
Over the years, pricing for granite countertops has come down drastically making them more affordable for the average consumer. New equipment technology has also contibuted to their affordability. Consumers today, have more choices than ever before when it comes to countertops and flooring. Hundreds of color options are available, as well limitless kitchen and bathroom designs.
If you’re looking at doing some kitchen, or bathroom, etc. remodeling this year, why not not enhance your home with the natural beauty of granite? We’d be happy to help you with your granite counter top selections, as well as tile for your any of your flooring needs.
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