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The Joys of Buying an Older Home

My dream home was not new construction in a planned community. It was a rambling old structure in a neighborhood that was beginning to recover after years of decline. I got the place for a song and started in on all the tasks associated with restoring it to new glory. I soon found there was a lot to do. While the house was sound, it needed to be fumigated after several years of standing vacant. All the tile needed replacing, and the floors cried out for refinishing. Little by little, I got the place ready for me to move in. Today, I like to think it is the nicest home on the block. If you are thinking of buying a fixer-upper, try my tips. From redoing the wallpaper to choosing the right pest control service, what I learned will save you a lot of time and trouble.

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Take Stone Counters One Step Further With The Look Of Gorgeous Gemstone

If you are looking for one way to make a significant improvement in your kitchen's appearance and utility, consider a natural slab-stone countertop. For something extraordinary, choose natural gemstone! These unique and gorgeous counters will make a dramatic change in the space, while also providing a useful surface for all of your culinary tasks and activities.

Here are some reasons to look at gemstone for your kitchen counters:

Distinctive durability. For a tough and hard counter, you can't go wrong with gemstones such as quartz or amethyst. These are also non-porous, which helps to prevent stains that plague other surfacing materials. These countertops can withstand extreme temperatures, and natural gemstone maintains their luster so these countertops have a very long life despite heavy use.

Awe-inspiring attraction. Gemstone countertops are top-of-the-line and a feature found in luxury homes. Unique applications of stones such as labradorite are being found in kitchen and bathrooms surfaces more widely. Imaging inviting friends into a kitchen lined with a deep black natural stone counter that reflects deep hues of green, blue, and silver--stunning!

Unique feature. Imagine the look of a slab of amethyst, tiger's eye, or quartz in your home. The individuality of each stone promises a one-of-a-kind feature that is sure to evoke compliments and conversation. Quartz is particularly versatile and comes in a variety of shades from white to green, with flecks and grains that are unique since no two slabs of this gemstone are the same.

Color cohesion. Bring out the hints of color in your favorite artwork, furnishings, or flooring with your gemstone countertop. The lavender sparkle of amethyst, the blue tint of hematite, or the icy pink of quartz are the ideal colors for bringing out beautiful shades and changing the overall appearance of your space.

Beautiful backsplashes. Once you have installed your gemstone countertop, complement the space with a beautiful gemstone backsplash. You will find more options in terms of shape, texture, and application when installing your backsplash, since it is not technically a work-surface. Accentuate the flecks in your counters with coordinating colors in your backsplash; you will be amazed at how this enhances the overall look of your kitchen!

If you want to make a dramatic upgrade in your home's kitchen, go with a natural stone countertop; for extra sparkle and allure, choose authentic gemstone. These features look luxurious and impressive, but they are most often chosen for being very resilient and utilitarian--perfect for the kitchen! Make sure to have your counter installed by a professional, such as those at Alma Granite, for best results due to the heft and weight of these slab surfaces.