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Upgrading your countertops adds instant appeal whether you are doing a full remodel or not. Two great options are engineered or natural stone. Here is a quick run down when choosing stone countertops.
Engineered stone has gained a lot of steam in the countertop industry. The material is largely made up of natural quartz mixed with resins used for bonding. This makes the material stronger, lighter, and slightly more flexible than its all-natural counterpart. The material is not absorbent, so it has less maintenance and is considered more sanitary. Quartz products use specific dying patterns ensuring a consistent look, even when choosing an option with “natural movement” to it. Cambria and Silestone are two of the most popular brands of engineered stone.
Natural stone has proven to be timeless with a rich and unique look. Granite and marble have unique natural movements in their patterns, which allows you to find an incredible looking slab that no one else will have. It is a more porous material so sealants are necessary and recommended yearly. Granite has become the more popular option between the two because it is more durable and usually less expensive. Although on paper marble is hard to justify, it has a look that is second to none.
Granites are usually grouped A – E. Group A being the least expensive and Group E being the most. Quartz are priced by color. Once you have chosen the material the process for installation is very similar. I recommend a company that will digitally measure on site. Cabinets have to be set in place for this to happen. Confirm with your contractor or vendor the sink, faucet, faucet placement, and seam placement. From there it usually takes 7 days to fabricate and 1 day to install.
There are some fees to factor in when deciding on a square foot budget. There is usually a fee for templating the tops, sink cutout, holes for the faucet, delivery, and installation. This ranges from company to company but $400-$600 should have you covered. The cost of the sink, faucet, garbage disposal, and the plumbing connection also needs to be accounted for. You should be safe factoring in $500-$800. Upgrade options to consider are custom edge details, backsplash, waterfall options, built up edge for a thicker look, and extended over hang which is usually in bar areas. I recommend working with your contractor, even if you are just swapping out countertops, so that they can make sure all the factors have been taken care of.
Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to know which vendors we use for each specific type of countertop material. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @LegacyHomesDMV and like our Facebook page Legacy Home Improvements for project inspiration and breaking news.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
Please register in advance to assure your place at the webinar, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/29543206508863839.
About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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