A new custom home built by Mason Construction Inc, boasts an impeccably laid out 5,000 sq. ft. floor plan surrounded by a beautiful wooded lot perched high up on Radio Hill just outside of Traverse City, Michigan. Copper gutters, a hand-built European inspired domed entry door, rustic timber and beams, maple floors, unique railings and many other custom features make this home the embodiment of “Rustic Elegance!”
Whether you are building your new dream home or remodeling your existing home, choosing the right material for your countertops is no easy task. The variety of materials and the selection of finishes and colors is vast. Your choice will likely be influenced by your personal style, your home décor, and perhaps the scenery around your home. Here in Northern Michigan we are blessed with a rich palette of natural beauty. No matter what inspires your choice, here are a few tips to help you decide.
One of the most common question that we’re frequently asked is, “Which is better: granite or quartz countertops?”
Both are great materials with each having advantages.
- 100% natural.
- Available in a multitude of colors.
- One of a kind. Natural variations in color and veining means that each counter top will be unique.
- Low maintenance. Just wipe down with warm water and mild soap.
- Non-porous and non-absorbent. It won’t draw in moisture from food that can harbor bacteria.
- It’s made from quartz stone and resin. The resin adds durability and greatly reduces the risk of fracture or chipping.
- Wide variety of colors and finishes. Since Quartz is a manufactured surface, an almost infinite number of looks are available. And yes, you can get Quartz that looks just like granite.
Care and Maintenance
Regardless of material, reasonable caution should be used. Always use a cutting board! Don’t cut directly on any countertop. This is especially true with ceramic knives or any other high-end cutlery that can scratch almost any surface.
Use a trivet or potholders. Don’t place hot pans directly on the countertops. This can scorch or burn the surface.
Wipe spills as soon as possible. Granite may become discolored or stained if a spill is left too long. While quartz may more stain resistant, don’t delay cleaning any longer than necessary.
Neither material is necessarily costlier than the other. Price varies by brand, surface finishes and styles, and edge style. An exotic piece of stone will cost more than a common variety.
There are many other options for countertops that you can consider. Just a few other options include Soapstone, Tile, Marble, Butcherblock. Stainless Steel, Concrete, Recycled Glass, and Laminate. Each of these have unique properties and appearance. It all comes down to your personal style and budget, and imagination!
Being part of the Glen Lake Cottage renovation has truly been a fulfilling experience for me as a contractor. Having the opportunity to renovate a home filled with memories dating back to 1927 brings a smile to my face.
The Glen Lake Cottage project was the epitome of preserving the vintage, while infusing the modern. It was a project where I was able to combine all of my trade skills from building, remodeling, to finish carpentry.
What started out as a summertime vacation spot for guests of the Glen Eden Resort in 1927 soon became a summertime sanctuary for White-Schilling family in 1940. The dwelling boasted of components that many would consider of a cottage lover’s dream.
A primary endeavor I was given working on this home was to preserve and refresh the existing beadboard cabinets, replicate them, adding additional beadboard cabinets in the same room. Attention to detail was of utmost importance as the room needed to look uniform. This required excellent finish carpentry skills.
Beadboard cabinets have a history in and of themselves. Beadboard originated as an inexpensive millwork sheathing that was made from scraps commonly used in seasonal homes, beach houses and cottages dating back from the 1800’s. The ridges between the planks are known as “beads”, thus the name beadboard was derived. The rustic elegance that beadboard provides today, still makes many swoon. It’s one of those building materials that just never goes out of style.
Overall, the completed project would be described by many as being “cottage eye candy”. The beadboard work was just one aspect of the overall transformation that took place at Glen Lake. As a team, we literally raised the roof, with over the top, artful combinations of vintage and modern elements.
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Change can be good. It is our hope to use this website as a tool, not just a splashy brochure. Each of our clients are important to us. We would like to continue to educate and share with you information that can help with your home projects and maintenance. Look for a weekly update from us, which will cover all area’s of home construction and upkeep. We will also include a look at current projects that Mason Construction Inc is currently working on. We thank you for your coming to our website and hope that it can be used by you as a rescource in the coming months.
Sincerely, Chris Mason