PhD Contracting Corner

The World of Home Building & Remodeling Simplified

Autumn is here, and I am feeling very positive about 2017. I think that Precision Home Development is going to have its best year since I opened the business in October of 2007.

Remodelers across the country are predicting that this is going to be the best year for the industry since before 2008. The only downside to this development is that we are seeing a shortage of skilled labor and projects are taking longer to complete. If anyone is thinking about remodeling in the near future, please plan ahead!

One of the most common remodeling projects that we work on is the kitchen. The question raised is “what material do you recommend for the countertops.” The surface options today have certainly broadened extensively over the past five years.

Almost everyone is familiar with Granite, which can come in 5 different grades, ranging in various patterns, colors, and thickness. The most expensive granite slab, exotic, can include fossils, geodes, and petrified wood. Often lighting is installed on the underside of the slab to highlight the splendor of the stone. One of the more current trends for granite is having it honed to a soft matte finish called leathering. The benefits of granite are that it is reasonably durable, affordable, and has the beauty of natural stone.

One of the more current products on the market that appears to be evolving rapidly is Quartz , a manmade product, also known as Caesar Stone, Silestone, Cambria, Viatere and Zodiaq. We have been installing more of these products because of the high demand from designers and clients that are leaning toward a clean finished appearance. The possibilities are almost limitless with all the colors and patterns available. It has wonderful functionality because it is durable, sleek looking, and it fulfills lifestyle and esthetic requirements.

Granite and Quartz countertops are the most common types we install, although there are other options depending on budget and functionality. One other well-known surface is Marble, which has a classic, timeless beauty, but can scratch easily.

In addition we have installed concrete tops, a modern sleek look that can be dyed in different color finishes, stainless steel and wood, as a supplementary surface in the kitchen as well. Lastly, one of the more recent countertops available is Agate, a semi-precious stone cut and set in epoxy, forming an astonishing slab.

Though there are a wide variety of countertop choices, ultimately your decision should be based on functionality, budget, and, most of all, personal taste. Precision Home Development is here to help you with your selections and questions. Please feel free to call me!

Keep Building!

 

Keith Pickering

Keith is the owner of Precision Home Development; and believes that his key to success is in the relationships he builds with his clients. Keith began his construction career 1999 with Classic Stellar Homes, a luxury home builder, where he was a construction manager in Scottsdale and Phoenix. The construction boom in Phoenix was occurring at this time, and sometimes Keith was managing as many as ten new home construction projects at once. The homes that he built ranged in size from 2,800-15,000 sq. ft. This experience gave Keith the tools to build a strong team of subcontractors through respect and reliability. Keith works closely with many of the exclusive design firms in Scottsdale, and has built homes and completed remodels though out the Phoenix area.