Ordering New Countertops

If our last post inspired you to order new countertops you’re probably wondering to yourself, “what happens next!?”. Bethany, one of our Kitchen and Bath Designers, breaks down the next steps of ordering your new countertops and how to prepare for the installation. According to Bethany, “Once we’ve finalized the details of your new countertops including the color, edge profile, backsplash information, sink/faucet information, and quote, we are ready to move forward with the process.” Depending on the scope of your project, we’ll need to make sure your cabinets are installed before we schedule the countertop template. It’s important for existing or new cabinets to be in place prior to schedul

Granite or Quartz?

One question we get quite often in the showroom is, “What’s the difference between Granite and Quartz?”. We sat down with Bethany Nebel, one of our Kitchen and Bath Designers to discuss the difference. “Granite is a natural material that has one-of-a-kind beauty so your countertop slab will be unique and won’t look exactly like anybody else’s,” said Bethany. Granite is a natural stone formed in the Earth from cooling and solidifying of molten materials. This natural process makes it almost impossible to have repeat or identical patterns. Thus giving you a wide variety of selection without the fear of someone else having the same countertops as you. “Although it’s difficult to reproduce grani

Remodeling on a Budget

We here at Studio H2O know that remodel projects come in all shapes and sizes. There are a variety of ways to make a big impact without taking everything down to the studs. We sat down with our Kitchen and Bath Designer, Bethany Nebel to discuss some tips and tricks on how to get your dream remodel without blowing your budget. The first tip Bethany has is to consider keeping your existing cabinets and only replacing the countertops, sink and faucet. This can help reduce the cost of your project while still giving it that updated feel you’re looking for. “Changing your countertops alone can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen and create an inviting space that your family and

Three Must Know Ratings for Bathroom Lights

It’s our last post in our lighting series so we thought we’d end it back where we started, in the bathroom. In our final chat with Lauren she gave us some great pointers on the three types of ratings to look for when buying lights for your bathroom, Dry, Damp or Wet-rated. First things first, let’s break down the difference between these three ratings. Dry-rated: fixtures are to be installed in areas where there is little to no moisture contact – like the living room or dining room. Damp-rated: fixtures are specified for areas where there will be a fair amount of moisture – a bathroom or screened-in porch. Wet-rated: fixtures are more sealed-in and can handle some direct water contact. Your

Picking the Perfect Ceiling Fan

For today’s post, we are going to switch gears a little and discuss ceiling fans! Lauren has provided us with a wealth of knowledge on how to pick the perfect ceiling fan, where to mount it and whether to use it as a sole light source or just a fan. When choosing a ceiling fan, the most important factor to consider is the size and height of the room. The first thing you need to do is calculate the square footage of your room. “If your room is less than 175 sq. ft, you’ll need a 42” to 48” ceiling fan. If your room is 175 to 350 sq. ft, a 52” ceiling fan is the size for you. And if your room is more than 350 sq. ft, choose a ceiling fan that is 60” or more,” said Lauren. Most rooms are big en

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