This kitchen and  dining room area features  a curved eating island.

This kitchen and dining room area features a curved eating island.

Photo provided by Lois Haron Designs

Cook up a kitchen renovation

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published October 23, 2019

METRO DETROIT — After years of daily use and food preparation, a home’s  kitchen can start to look like stale leftovers. But when it’s time to cook up something new, professional renovators are dishing out some design tips based on common sense and the latest trends.

Keith Sadowski, Michigan regional sales manager at Cutting Edge Countertops, said granite and marble are common go-to options to top a kitchen counter. But he explained that quartz has become more popular in the last couple of years because of how it looks, as well as the possibility of lighter colors.

“You can mimic some of the marble looks with it,” he said. “A lot of the people like the very consistent, clean look for quartz.”

He said quartz tends to have a higher base cost per square foot than granite, though prices may vary based on color or style. He also praised quartz’s durability.

“You can get years out of it,” he said. “It’s something that you’ll end up growing tired of the style before the countertop will wear out.”

Sadowski said Cutting Edge Countertops is introducing a “chip minimizer” technique to its stone countertops that rounds out and eases the edges around sinks. He said the sink deserves extra attention because it’s a high-traffic area in the kitchen. In addition, he said his company offers a 15-year sealer that protects against countertop stains.

A kitchen designer must also consider matching the countertops to the walls and cabinets. Sadowski said the trend of an all-white kitchen is fading away as grays and blues become more common. As a result, quartz and granite with bluish tints are becoming trendier.

“I think people are now starting to step away from that white-on-white look and are looking to pop a little color in it,” he said.

According to Lois Haron, interior designer and owner of Lois Haron Designs, white, wooden, Shaker-style cabinets are still widespread. She said people who won’t want white cabinetry may choose a light wood color.

“If you ever decide to stain the paint, it can always be easily done,” she said.

Haron said wooden cabinetry can last a very long time, and she recommends cabinets with full-extension slides and self-closing doors and drawers.

In terms of fixtures and appliances, Haron said single-bowl, undermount kitchen sinks are the most popular. She added that homeowners should pick appliances that fit with the space they have. And if there is enough central space to fit an island, it’s often wise to do so.

“It doesn’t have to be a seating island,” she said. “Just make sure you can open a refrigerator door or an oven door if you’re near it.”  

Ultimately, homeowners who are considering a kitchen renovation need to plan carefully and consider the cost, Haron said.

“They should keep in mind that in most cases, it’s going to cost a little more than what you think,” she said. “I would use a very reputable contractor.”

Learn more information about Cutting Edge Countertops in Troy by visiting or by calling (248) 509-4838.

Find out more about Lois Haron Designs in Farmington Hills by visiting or by calling (248) 851-6989.