Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets

Ceiling Height Kitchen Cabinets

What style of Kitchen Cabinets do you prefer? Selecting the perfect cabinet style can be very difficult when designing or redesigning your kitchen. There are a huge variety of colors, materials and door styles available. Do you want doors on your upper cabinets, or no upper cabinets at all? What style door should you choose? Do the upper cabinets and wall cabinets have to match? What about trim styles, custom vent hoods, appliance panels and hidden pantries. The possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples of how our client’s incorporated ceiling height cabinets into their kitchen designs.

Full Height Kitchen Cabinets

Full ceiling height cabinets are an excellent way to add dimension to your kitchen while also increasing storage. The top row of cabinets can be fully framed to hide less used items or open framed to display your favorite dishes and decor. Open shelves and recessed lighting can be added to create focal points within the design.

In this project and in the project above, inset cabinetry with recessed panel doors creates a clean and contemporary look. The top of the cabinets and the vent hood are finished with crown molding that adds formality to the design. 

In both kitchens, grey and white veined marble countertops with a straight edge complement the monotone color scheme and a marble backsplash above the designer cooktop becomes a focal point of the room.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

This kitchen design combines more traditional style raised cabinet doors and drawers combined with a modern veined marble backsplash. The open-frame glass-front upper cabinets include recessed lighting to display the owner’s favorite decorative items. Other traditional elements that bring the style together include custom scrollwork on the cabinetry, a vintage style chandelier and a soft ogee edge on the marble countertops.

If you are designing or remodeling a kitchen, Surface One can help you find the perfect countertops to complement your new cabinets. If you need help pulling your project together, our sales team can recommend interior designers, builder and remodelers to help you design the kitchen of your dreams.

Photo Credits: Tasha B Interiors, Twin Construction & StyleBlueprint, B-Metro.

What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

What is the Difference Between Quartz and Quartzite?

Quartz vs Quartzite

It may surprise you that many people do not know the difference between Quartz and Quartzite. Both are beautiful materials that are very popular choices for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Although many people think that Quartz is a natural stone, in the countertop industry the term Quartz actually refers to a synthetic material that consists of ground up Quartz combined with binders and colorants. Quartzite is the natural stone that is mined from the earth in slabs and then fabricated into countertops. 

A great way to remember that Quartz is the engineered product is to remember it is manufactured under brand names, such as Caesarstone, Silestone, Corian and Cambria. All of these manufacturers create different colors and patterns of Quartz by combining quartz crystals (found in quartzite) with resins, pigments and other materials.

How Do You Decide Between Quartz and Quartzite

So how do you decide whether to use Quartz or Quartzite in your Kitchen or Bathroom? They are both excellent choices for use throughout your home and in commercial business too. These are a few factors to consider:

What Is The Look You Are Trying To Achieve

Quartzite has a natural stone pattern with multiple colors typically in shades of white or light grey. There are also variations of Quartzite that embody pink, gold and brown hues. Quartzite is often mistaken for Marble or Granite because of the rich colors and natural veining. If you are looking for a pop of color or focal point for a room – such as a kitchen island – then Quartzite may be the choice for you.

Quartz is man-made and has a more consistent color and pattern. Quartz can have a clean, modern look with a wide variety of colors and consistent patterns. Some brands and colors of Quartz may also mimic the look of natural stone veining while others have a flecked appearance.

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Aria Quartzite

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartz

Do You Want Maintenance Free?

Quartzite is an extremely durable surface often compared to granite due to its strength. It is more resistant to scratching and more heat resistant than quartz. However, Quartzite is a natural stone that can be stained and therefore should be sealed.

Quartz is very low-maintenance because it is non-porous, so it is resistant to stains and bacteria free. It is a very popular choice for restaurants and commercial office spaces.

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White Quartzite

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

White Quartz

Final Decision: Quartz or Quartzite… Or Both???

It may surprise you to know that many of our clients pick both. Quartzite on a kitchen island can bring a high-end look with strong veining and brilliant colors that is complemented by a sleek Quartz on the surrounding countertops.

Quartz is a very popular choice to bring modern style and color to master bathrooms, while Quartzite can provide the wow-factor in a powder bathroom. Contact us at Surface One today to find the best countertop materials for your home or office.

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.
Kitchen Remodel Calcutta Gold Silestone Quartz

Kitchen Remodel Calcutta Gold Silestone Quartz

This kitchen remodel designed by Crystal Tucker of Twin Construction features stunning Calcutta Gold Quartz countertops by Silestone. The simple white and grey pattern of the countertops emulates the look of marble while providing the low-maintenance durability of quartz.

Crystal choose deep blue cabinets with brushed champagne brass hardware and a custom-made deep blue vent hood to add a punch of color that contrasts the white countertops. Open wood shelving mounted on a ceiling-high white subway tile backsplash brings a spacious and casual feel to the kitchen design.

Quartz countertops are stain resistant and bacteria resistant making them an excellent choice for family kitchens and bathrooms. They are also impact and scratch resistant. Quartz is a great alternative if you are interested in the look of marble with less maintenance required.

Read more about this fabulous renovation at StyleBlueprint. Images: M. Fehr Photography

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.
White Kitchen Inspirations

White Kitchen Inspirations

From cabinets to countertops the color white is dominating kitchen designs all over the country. White marble and quartz countertops are favorites of many of our clients. Here are a few ideas on how to use white in your kitchen. All surfaces in these featured projects were fabricated and installed by Surface One. Ready for an update? Make an Appointment with Surface One Today!

White Quartz Countertops

The stunning white quartz countertops in this recently remodeled kitchen are Calcutta Gold quartz countertops by Silestone. These quartz countertops have a grey and white pattern that emulates marble, while providing the functionality of a quartz product. 

Quartz countertops are non-porous which makes them stain resistant and bacteria resistant. They are also impact and scratch resistant. Quartz is a great alternative for kitchen countertops if you are concerned about maintaining marble.

Crystal Tucker of Twin Construction chose to complement the white quartz countertops with white island cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash while contrasting deep blue wall cabinets and vent hood add a dramatic punch of color to the room.

Read more about this fabulous renovation at StyleBlueprint. Image: M. Fehr Photography

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White Marble Countertops with Dark Backsplashes

These creative backsplashes are breaking tradition with dark colors and bold designs. Both of these Twin Construction kitchens pack a high impact punch by contrasting white countertops with a dark custom backsplash. The project on the left features a large marble waterfall island with contrasting black lower cabinets and a high impact custom black tile backsplash over the range. The project on the left features a dark navy herringbone subway tile backsplash contrasted by white cabinets and white and grey marble countertops.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Crestwood Cottage Kitchen Remodel with Alabama White Marble

Crestwood Cottage Kitchen Remodel with Alabama White Marble

Remodeling an older home can be a challenge. In this featured project, Lauren Brown, interior designer for Twin Construction, chose to remodel a 99-year old cottage in Crestwood North. Once Lauren had made the necessary structural repairs, she “began to layer the newly open floor plan with a calming color palette accented by playful, eclectic elements.” 

In the kitchen, Lauren chose to create a dramatic contrast by layering Alabama White Marble Countertops over dark blue-grey cabinets. She installed a white herringbone tile backsplash that goes all the way to the ceiling, creating an elegant backdrop for the natural wood shelving and a custom built range hood. Copper accents and lighting fixtures add flair to the high contrast design, while a natural wood island topped with Alabama White Marble pulls the look together and keeps the room feeling light and bright.

Learn more about this project at StyleBlueprint. Article written by Lauren Helmer. Photography by M. Fehr Photography. Countertops by Surface One.

Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops
Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. We are a leading source for custom fabricated countertops. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One design team can accommodate the design and budget requirements of any project. The talented designers offer styles, colors, materials and pricing options including rare surfaces for high impact design and renewable surfaces to meet Green Building and LEED standards.
5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

Whether you are considering building a new home or thinking about remodeling your current home, here are 5 kitchen design ideas that are sure to still be popular in 2019. Ready to get started on a new kitchen? Make an Appointment with Surface One Today!

Open Shelving

Open shelving has become a very popular trend in the kitchen. Homeowners are opting to forgo upper cabinets to open up wall space for windows and open shelving. While this trend may decrease storage space, it provides a great opportunity to use contrasting shelving materials as an accent or focal point, and it provides a great way to display your favorite glassware and serving pieces. For the project below our client chose rustic wood shelving to complement the limestone countertops and white subway tile walls.

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Vintage Vibe

Using vintage elements to accent kitchens and bathrooms continues to be a popular trend as we move into 2019. According to Interior Decorator Patrick Ediger on Elle Decor’s website, “We’ll continue to see traditional elements and forms in harmony with modern design in 2019. Think honed, natural stone, organic basalt tiles, hand wrapped rattan furniture and vintage-inspired fixtures and lighting.” In the project featured below, our client combined vintage style light fixtures and rattan furniture with marble countertops and backsplashes to create a dramatic design.

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Single Level Island Countertops

Over the past few years single level kitchen islands have become more popular than multi-level islands. According to Decor Mag’s website, single level islands will continue in popularity because they “don’t block light, increase prep space, and create an unobstructed conversation and dining area.” Waterfall edges remain popular in a variety of materials including Marble, Granite, and Quartz.  Using our Slabsmith software and robotic technology we create smooth seamless waterfall edges, like the one below for a Mountain Brook kitchen remodeling project. 

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Quartz Countertops

According to Better Homes and Gardens, Quartz Countertops will still be super popular in 2019. “The shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you’re unlikely to grow tired of it. Quartz countertops pair well with both light and dark colored cabinets, making them easy to integrate into any kitchen design.” The Liberty Park home pictured below featured Silestone Quartz throughout the kitchen and bathrooms of the home. 

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Blue Cabinets

Yes, you read that right, blue cabinets are a thing and according to Better Homes and Garden they will continue to be popular in 2019. Now, we have to admit that blue cabinets are not the right choice for every home, but one of our favorite design projects from 2018 included pairing White Quartz Countertops with Blue Kitchen Cabinets. Pretty stunning, don’t you think?

 Montclair Danby Marble Kitchen Countertops

Surface One custom fabricates and installs beautiful and unique surfaces for residential and commercial projects. Located in Pelham, AL, Surface One has been in business since 1999. Surface One fabricates natural stone, quartz, solid surface and specialty surfaces for residential and commercial clients. The Surface One team would love to help you create a beautiful new kitchen in 2019. 

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