Granite vs. Quartz – Which One is the Right Choice?

One of your biggest decisions when updating your kitchen will be whether you should go with granite countertops or quartz countertops. At Altra Home Décor in Surprise, AZ we know it’s more than just about price, it’s also about color, durability, design and maintenance. In order to make a well informed decision we must first properly define Granite and Quartz.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertop

Granite Countertops

Granite Countertop

  • Granite is a very hard, granular, crystalline, igneous rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar and often used as a building stone. Quartz usually makes up 10 to 50 percent of the light-colored minerals in Granite, with the remaining minerals consisting of the feldspars and muscovite.
  • Quartz is a hard white or colorless mineral consisting of silicon dioxide, found widely in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. It is often colored by impurities (as in amethyst, citrine, and cairngorm). Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust, after feldspar. Its crystal structure is a continuous framework of SiO4 silicon–oxygen tetrahedral, with each oxygen being shared between two tetrahedral, giving an overall chemical formula of SiO2.

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Kitchen Backsplash Creates Wow Factor in Buckeye AZ

Kitchen Backsplash Needs Dramatic Overhaul

Altra Home Decor Showroom

Altra Home Decor Showroom

We got a call from a customer who told us she needed our help with her kitchen backsplash project that she has wanted to do for years. She said her old outdated backslash was the first thing you see when you enter her home and lacked the “wow” factor was dreaming of.

In-home Design Consultation

We discussed a few of her ideas on the phone and she said she had some pictures she had cut out of a magazine to show us. We schedule a complimentary in-home design consultation to begin the process of putting a plan together to turn her drab kitchen backsplash into a showstopper. [Read more…]

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Discover Your New Kitchen Style

Kitchen design styles - PhoenixRemodeling your kitchen can be stressful, but it’s also one of those projects that you’ll enjoy for decades. There are so many different variations of kitchen designs and styles, making decisions about your new kitchen can be a little intimidating. From major details such as the cabinets to the smaller things such as hardware and accessories, you have a lot of decisions to make. Working with a remodeling contractor with design expertise can be a lifesaver. At Altra Home Decor, we’ve been making kitchens beautiful in the Phoenix area since 1998! [Read more…]

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Thinking of Remodeling?

Remodeling - PhoenixRecent economic news in the Phoenix area shows that home prices up about 3% compared to a year ago. While this modest growth is encouraging, it leaves Phoenix homeowners asking the age-old question — “Should I remodel, or move?” If you love the area and your neighborhood, then a little remodeling might just give you the house of your dreams without the hassle and expense of a move.

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Kitchen Window Treatment Ideas

Kitchen Window Treatments - PhoenixIf you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you’re probably focusing a great deal on countertops and cabinets. Those are definitely important, but window treatments also play a significant role in the functionality and look of your kitchen.  As both kitchen remodeling experts and your local Hunter Douglas window coverings dealer in Phoenix, our consultants can help you make a selection that works and looks perfectly in your kitchen. [Read more…]

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Interior Decorating with Color of the Year

Interior Decorating with Marsala - PhoenixMarsala is more than just a wine, it’s also Pantone’s color of the year! As a reddish-brown color, Marsala is an earthy shade with an organic feel.  Sophisticated and bold, Marsala works well in any room as either the main focal point or as an accent.  Here at Altra Home Decor serving the Phoenix area, our decorators can help find ways to incorporate Marsala into your home design. Here are just a few ideas: [Read more…]

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Kitchen Remodel – Surprise, AZ

This kitchen remodel project in Surprise was a huge success! We had a great time collaborating with these homeowners on how to give them the kitchen of their dreams. Their original kitchen had a very obtrusive wall right in the middle. They wanted to open up the area and add a peninsula by the sink for better function. If they were entertaining the kitchen was cut off from the rest of the home.

Kitchen – Before

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Kitchen Remodel Before - Surprise AZ

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Altra Home Decor at Maricopa County Home Show

Altra Home Decor is proud to be exhibiting at the Maricopa Home Show in January of 2015. Stop by booth 790 to see our selection of home fashions, including window treatments, flooring, countertops, cabinets and more! We hope to see you there.

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Client Work: Peoria, Arizona Home Gets A Kitchen Make-Over

One morning, while sipping your coffee, you look around your kitchen, where you having prepared hundreds of meals for the family and remember the HGTV room makeover show you watched the other day and think, “Hey, my kitchen needs a face lift.”

Where to Begin Your Kitchen Makeover?

You have heard over and over, kitchen and bathroom remodels add value to a home, but you don’t have the time to run all over town looking at cabinets or countertops or appliances, so you make the decision to call in a professional. Enter Marianne, owner of Altra Home Décor, in Surprise, AZ. [Read more…]

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Custom Countertop Options

Quartz CountertopsDesigning a new kitchen or bath? Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing one, your choice of countertops for your kitchen or bath needs to last for years. With so many countertop options available, the selection process can be a little overwhelming. At Altra Home Decor serving Phoenix, we can help you make the choice that meets your style preferences, functional needs, and budget requirements. [Read more…]

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