How To Measure For Countertops

 

I’m Todd Bauer from Builder Surplus, and today, I’m excited to revisit our popular guide on measuring countertops for granite and quartz. I’ve created a detailed YouTube video to make this process even easier for you. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned DIYer, this updated guide, paired with our new video, will ensure you get precise measurements for your dream kitchen. Let’s dive in!”

Measuring Guide:

“Measuring your countertops is the first crucial step in your kitchen makeover. With our latest techniques and tools, you’ll find this process a breeze. Here’s a quick refresher on the essential steps:

  1. Measure Length and Depth: Start by measuring the length from the corner to the end of your countertop. Remember, standard countertops are about 25.5 inches deep, but always double-check your specific layout.

  2. Consider Appliance Spaces: Don’t forget to measure the spaces around your stove or other appliances. For instance, standard stoves are typically 30 inches across, but always measure to ensure accuracy.

  3. Island Measurements: If you have an island, measure both the length and the depth. A standard small island might be 60 inches by 36 inches, but variations are common.

  4. Calculating Square Footage: Now, let’s do the math. Convert all your measurements from inches to square feet. For example, 120 inches in length and 25.5 inches in depth will give you 21.25 sq. feet. (See our video for a detailed walkthrough of these calculations!)

  5. Account for Overhangs and Cutouts: If your island has an overhang, or if you have cutouts for sinks or cooktops, measure these separately. These details are crucial for a perfect fit.

“Ready to transform your kitchen? Watch our detailed video guide to master countertop measurements like a pro. Once you have your numbers, schedule a FREE countertop consultation with our experienced designers. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Happy Remodeling, and we look forward to bringing your dream kitchen to life!”

 

Schedule your FREE countertop consultation today with one of our experienced designers!

 

Happy Remodeling!

 

T.B.

Corbels: 8 Unique Ways To Use Them In Your Home

What are corbels you might be asking? For those of you who don’t know, corbels are structures projecting out from the wall or some other surface, supporting something above it. Pretty descriptive, huh! Some people have never used a corbel, but they can be great for adding something extra to the design of your home. If you’re looking for ways to use them, we’ve compiled a few for you below!

1. Corbels Under Countertops

This is one of the most common ways to use corbels is to put them under countertops to support an overhang. You can use wood or metal, whatever you feel matches the design of your kitchen best! You will generally see these used on islands or peninsulas.
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2. Corbels Under Shelves

You can use corbels under open shelves, in your kitchen or somewhere else in your home. These add a beautiful design accent and also give your shelves the support they need. Check out the beautiful shelves using corbels from Brittany at PrettyHandyGirl!

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3. Corbels Under Fireplace Mantle

Using corbels under either end of your fireplace mantle is a great way to add a unique touch to what could be a standard looking mantle. You can use them to extend your mantle farther than the fireplace or on the base of the fireplace, the choice is up to you.
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4. Corbels Under Front Porch

This is not something that people usually think of when they think of ways to use corbels, but it gives it a great architectural accent! Hopefully you don’t NEED them to support your porch, but they are beautiful.
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5. Corbels Under a Balcony

Similar to using corbels under your front porch, using large corbels under your balcony can be a unique way to add curb appeal and more depth to the front of your home!
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6. Corbels as Bookends

This is a really cool way to use new or vintage corbels. Kathleen from FadedCharm used hers as bookends, and I have to say it turned out beautifully!

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7. Corbels as a Nightstand

Laura, from Laura Miller Interior Designs, used an extra large corbel as a nightstand base, and I think it is such an amazing idea! You can use smaller ones as well, and it shouldn’t affect the strength of the end table.

8. Corbels Under a Kitchen Harth

Using Corbels underneath the hearth area of your kitchen is a great design addition. Again, you should not rely on these for the structural support, but it is a beautiful way to accent a custom area of your kitchen!
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What are your favorite ways to use corbels in your home? Let us know in the comments below!


Builders Surplus is a full-service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops, backsplash tile, and cabinet hardware in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

Why Should I Buy Quartz Countertops?

Are you wondering if you should buy quartz countertops? Countertops for your kitchen or bathroom can be a major investment, so weighing all the options is definitly in your best interest. There are several different materials that you could choose from when selecting countertops, and quartz is one of the most popular.
Quartz Countertops are made up of natural quartz and other man made materials like resins, polymers and pigments. The end result is a very hard surface that is ideal for kitchen countertops, bathrooms, flooring or accent walls. There are several reasons why the choice to buy quartz countertops is a good one.

Quartz Countertops have the largest color selection

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Because quartz is a man made product, the color options are much more robust than you would find with a surface like granite. There are natural looking designs that imitate marble, with a white base and light veining. You can also find the speckled look that imitates beautiful granite countertops. Then, you have your exciting colors, such as neon orange, red, blue, aqua, and even more unique color combinations and patterns. This is a big reason that people opt to buy quartz countertops.

When you buy quartz countertops, your environmental impact is low

Quartz is the second most abundant material found in the earth’s crust. This means that you can find it easily, meaning less excavation time. Many quartz manufacturers, such as Silestone, are GreenGuard Certified for low emissions when creating their quartz countertops. Companies such as Cambria mine and produce right here in the USA, meaning its not only easy on the environment, but good for the economy as well. For some, this is as good of a reason as any to buy quartz countertops.

Quartz Countertops are the hardest of all countertop surfaces

Quartz countertops are the most durable countertop material that you can find. That is because of it’s intense hardness. This hardness comes not only from the materials but from the way that it’s produced. Quartz is a 7 on the MOHS hardness scale, and second only to diamonds. Quartz countertops are much harder than quartz or marble, meaning they could take a beating from pots, pans or anything else you could throw their way and they’ll still look fabulous. This is a great reason to buy quartz countertops.

Quartz countertops are extremely heat resistant

Quartz is very heat resistant. This is important when having them in a kitchen using hot pots and pans.

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Quartz Countertops are stain resistant

Quartz is a nonporous material. Granite and marble are both porous materials. They both have capillary channels between the minerals and if you spill something on unsealed marble or granite, chances are it will stain fairly easily. Quartz has no channels and it never requires sealing, so it’s ideal for wine drinkers, or those who have their fair share of accidents in the kitchen.

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Quartz Countertops are low maintenance

Quartz is extremely low maintenance. You can clean it with a simple soap and water combo, and you’ll be good to go. It is an antibacterial surface and you could cut food right on it’s surface and it would be considered safe. Quartz is used in the majority of commercial kitchens for this reason.  With all of the other housework that piles up, no fuss maintenance is a perfect reason to buy quarts countertops.
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Quartz is the most scratch resistant of all countertop surfaces

As we mentioned above, quartz countertops are extremely hard. Because of this, it is extremely difficult to scratch them. This means you can feel at ease using sharp knives and other utensils, even directly on your countertop.

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When you buy quartz countertops, your ROI is high

Everything we’ve listed about quartz countertops so far, goes into it’s incredibly high return on investment, or RIO. The beautiful colors and low maintenance care are very popular with buyers if you’re looking to sell. It’s been proven in studies that the term “quartz countertops” in home listings help to sell the properties faster, and for more money. The heat resistance, stain resistance, hardness, and difficulty scratching, means that you won’t have to replace your countertops nearly as quickly as you would with other materials. They will stay looking brilliant for decades! The price for quartz can be higher than common granite, but lower than exotic granite. However, you get what you pay for and more when you buy quartz countertops.

Buy Quartz Countertops for the colors

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, quartz countertops, granite countertops, marble countertops, bathroom vanity tops, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

The Hottest New Cambria Quartz Colors

Cambria Quartz is our top of the line quartz countertop product. It’s amazing colors and high quality makes it a customer favorite. Today, we’re going to be showing off the hottest new Cambria Quartz products and you’re sure to love them!

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Why Buy Quartz Countertops In The First Place?

If you’re not up to date on quartz, then you’re missing out. A few of the most important aspects to know about quartz countertops and Cambria quartz are:

  • Quartz is a man made product
  • Because it’s man made, the color selections are endless!
  • Quartz is the strongest and most durable countertop material
  • Cambria Quartz Countertops are super scratch resistant – ranks #7 on Mohs hardness scale (That’s really good!)
  • Quartz is extremely heat resistant
  • Quartz is easy to clean
  • Quartz is nonporous making it an antibacterial surface

Those are just a few of the things we love about quartz.

What Makes Cambria Quartz Countertops Special?

Cambria Quartz Countertops are some of our favorite countertops in the world! But what makes Cambria Quartz so special?

  • Cambria Quartz is a Family Owned company. They take pride in their work and it surely shows!
  • Cambria Quartz is MADE IN THE USA! That’s very important to us, and we know it is for many of you as well.
  • They’ve been in business 80 years! That says something.
  • Their are true innovators in the field.
  • Builders Surplus has Cambria Countertops for the LOWEST PRICE in the area! ?

The Amazing New Cambria Quartz Colors!

Ok, let’s get to it! Cambria has 8 new STUNNING quartz colors in their portfolio, and I for one am a huge fan. Here we go! Click here to see more of our favorite Cambria colors!

Clareanne Cambria Quartz

1.  Clareanne – Cambria Quartz Marble Collection

Clareanne is an amazing new color with a gorgeous matte finish. Matte is a very popular trend in countertops right now. This design is elegant and flowing and the calming design features a light gray background with end-to-end linear white threads that weave across the face of the quartz.


2.  Queen Anne – Cambria Quartz Marble Collection

Very similar to Clareanne, Queen Anne is a velvety gray-marbled design. The background provides clean canvas for the dramatic white flowing veins that intertwine, creating imperial movement and depth. The veins are much more elaborate than the Clareanne but still provide an elegant matte finish.

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3. Beaumont – Cambria Quartz Coastal Collection

The beautiful Beaumont design is one of my absolute favorites! It provides soft swirls of warm cream and beige are accented with shimmering gold and crystal-white veining to create a gracious and welcoming effect. It gives a raw feel with the gold flecks and a very polished appearance in the cream areas. The thick veining is dramatic and is definitely a show stopper!


4. Kelvingrove – Cambria Quartz Coastal Collection

The Kelvingrove is an incredible design from the Coastal collection, and it definitely evokes the feel of the beach. It’s aqua hues and tan veins give the movement of water. It’s warm and nurturing Earth tones of taupe, white, and the robin’s egg blue-green blend organically in striking variation and glistening streams that prove not all masterpieces hang on the wall.

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Annicca Cambria Quartz

5. Annicca – Cambria Quartz Marble Collection

The new Annica is amazing! A new spin on classic marble, a neutral white background is infused with subtle gray veins and regal gold and purple sparkle that recall the majesty of court during the reign of Queen Anne. The incredibly dramatic lines draw your eye from one end of the room to the other, giving the feeling of wide open spaces!


6. Skye – Cambria Quartz Waterstone Collection

The Skye design is intense and incredible! The vibrant blues, greens, and grays dance with white veins that mimic the white caps found off the rugged shores of Skye. Twisting and turning with intense, multi-dimensional patterns, this dynamic design presents an unprecedented reflection of nature in all its glory. This is an amazing addition to the Cambria Quartz design collection. It would be striking against white cabinets.

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Rose Bay Cambria Quartz

7. Rose Bay – Cambria Quartz Marble Collection

Rose Bay creates a striking contrast! A white foundation is infused with robust black marble veining, creating a intense abstract effect where opposites definitely attract. The tone and colors are very consistent throughout the slab.


8. Rosedale – Cambria Quartz Marble Collection

The Rosedale is the sister of Rose Bay. Intricate black and white splashes and veins fade across the surface, creating a slight ombré effect, reminiscent of crumbling stone structures that stand in testament to days gone by.

There you have it! The gorgeous new Cambria quartz colors for 2017! What’s your favorite of the new Cambria Quartz colors? Let us know in the comments below! Click here to see more of our favorite Cambria colors!

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, quartz countertops, granite countertops, marble countertops, bathroom vanity tops, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

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5 Best DIY Granite Countertop Cleaners

Granite countertop cleaners can be tricky. If you’ve ever been interested in granite countertops, or own granite countertops yourself, you have most likely heard about the “tedious” granite countertop maintenance. Most people believe that it is very difficult to keep granite countertops clean without damaging the stone, but that is simply not the case. However, there are some things you should and should not do to maintain the integrity of the stone.
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What NOT to use for granite countertop cleaners:

Some people think that the proper granite countertop cleaners will be expensive. Because of that, they try and save money by using certain chemicals. This is not only untrue, but will have the opposite effect. It will cost you a lot more time and money in the long run. Do not attempt to use generic cleaners like bleach, degreasers, glass cleaners, or any other household cleaners on your granite countertops. These are acid based cleaners, or contain alkalis or other chemicals that will destroy the sealer that is protecting your granite countertops. Granite countertop cleaners should not contain these ingredients. It will leave your granite, marble or other stone more vulnerable to staining.
Because these typical cleansers are not going to work for you, we’ve come up with the 5 best DIY granite countertop cleaners that you can make at home to protect those surfaces you love so much!

Do It Yourself Granite Countertop Cleaners:

 

1.Jillee’s Home made Granite Countertop Cleaner: Onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Her Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka)
  • 3 drops of Dawn or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer)
  • Water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell)

Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.
Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try!  It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

2. Cambria Bold’s Granite Countert Cleaning Solution: thekitchn.com

Cambria’s contribution to our granite countertop cleaners is a little less of a formula, and a little more of a process. Here is what she has found works best:

What You Need

  • Materials
  • Warm water
  • Mild or gentle dish soap
  • Dish cloth
  • Clean microfiber cloth or terrycloth towel
  • Isopropyl alcohol (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wet your dish cloth with warm, soapy water. Fill the sink with warm water and a mild dish soap, then thoroughly wet a clean dish cloth.
  2. Wipe down the granite countertops. You don’t need us to tell you how to do this part. Just wipe away any spills or crumbs on your countertop!
  3. Dry with a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking. Dry and buff your granite countertop thoroughly with a microfiber cloth or soft terry cloth towel to avoid streaking.
  4. Shine and disinfect with a water and isopropyl alcohol solution. To periodically disinfect your granite countertops, remove soap residue, and restore shine, mix together a 50:50 solution of water and 91% isopropyl alcohol. Spray onto the granite, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with water and dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
  5. Enjoy your nice, shiny, clean granite countertops!

3. Clean Mama’s Granite Cleaner: Cleanmama.net

Clean mama’s recipe is pretty simple, but super effective! It’s one of our favorite, easy DIY granite countertop cleaners.
INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon castile soap (citrus orange is my favorite)

TOOLS:

  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoon
  • microfiber or a cleaning cloth
  • funnel
  • clean and empty spray bottle

Combine ingredients, close spray bottle, shake, and clean!
 
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4. Nature Hack’s Easy Granite Cleaner: naturehacks.com

Nature Hack’s idea for granite countertop cleaners doesn’t get much easier than this:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups water

Mix in a spray bottle and wipe off with a cloth!

5. Sherry’s heavy duty granite countertop cleaners: overthrowmartha.com

  • 3 oz Parts Distilled Water (or soft water)
  • 1 oz Part Alcohol
  • 1 oz Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils
AND
  • 1 part 100% Acetone (dark granite)
OR
  • 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide (light granite)
  • 3 parts Distilled water
Mix the distilled water, the alcohol and the baking soda in a 3:1:1 mixture in a jar. Shake it up.
In spray bottle, mix the distilled water and the alcohol OR hydrogen peroxide, depending on the color of your granite. Make this 3 parts water to 1 part acetone or hydrogen peroxide.
On a clean granite surface, pour some of the baking soda/alcohol/water liquid directly onto the counter. Use a microfiber cloth to push the liquid around to deep clean the countertop. If you have any old caked on food stains, you can pour a little extra baking soda onto the site directly, wet it with the mixture and lightly scrub.
After you have cleaned the granite, you will need to wipe it down with a wet microfiber cloth.
Now spray the acetone/hydrogen peroxide cleaner on the granite and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Wipe away the excess with a microfiber cloth.
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The NON-DIY Solution:

For our last cleaner, it’s not exactly DIY, but it does work wonders! We sell it here at Builders Surplus and our customers have had wonderful results. It’s called Rock Doctor and it’s a natural way to clean without harming your granite countertops. We also offer the sealer and polish along with the granite countertop cleaners.
 


 
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd

Silestone: Serene Spring Colors!

 
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Spring has sprung and Silestone has some new colors! We’re excited for the remodeling season that is fast approaching here at Builders Surplus and we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite times of the year and one of our favorite products as well!

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Silestone Basics

Who?

Silestone is a quartz countertop brand by Consentino. They call themselves “The Original Quartz” and have been manufacturing quartz countertops for bathrooms, kitchens and commercial applications since 1990. Consentino also produces and distributes other natural stone and architectural products, exporting to over 80 different countries around the world.

What?

It’s Quartz. And quartz is one of the greatest products for countertops that anyone could ask for! It’s both all-natural and man-made. The combination of quartz and other raw materials make for a super strong and resilient product.

Why?

Silestone, being made of quarts means that the product is extremely strong and can stand up to a lot! The fact that it’s made up mostly of quartz means that it’s not porous like other stone surfaces. Translation: It’s not going to hold on to harmful bacteria, it won’t stain as easily, it doesn’t need sealing, polishing, or refinishing. Quartz will also resist discoloration from acids, mild chemical cleaners, sunlight & UV rays, and even heat or spills.

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White & Light Grey

These colors go with anything year-round, and the white contrasts nicely with the bright colors that are popping up all over! If placed in in areas that get plenty of sunlight they’ll reflect the light even more and brighten everything up even more!
Brightest Choices:

Silestone:White Zeus Extreme

White Zeus Extreme


Silestone: White Zeus Extreme

White Zeus Extreme Countertop


Silestone: White Platinum

White Platinum


Silestone: White Platinum

White Platinum Countertop


Silestone: White Diamond

White Diamond


Silestone: White Diamond

White Diamond Countertop

Pop Colors

Silestone has the ability to take the hardness of quartz and turn it just about any color that you can think of! These gorgeous colors mimic the beauty and bright colors that are associated with springtime! They’re also a fun and different way to express yourself and your personality through your kitchen! These countertop colors are definitely not for the more traditionally minded home owner!
Popular Choices:

Silestone: Rosso Monza

Rosso Monza


Silestone: Rosso Monza

Rosso Monza Countertop


Silestone: Orange Cool

Orange Cool


Silestone: Orange Cool

Orange Cool Countertop


Silestone: Stellar Sun

Stellar Sun


Silestone: Green Fun

Green Fun


Silestone: Green Fun

Green Fun Countertop


Silestone: Aqua Fraccaroli

Aqua Fraccaroli


Silestone: Aquafraccaroli

Aqua Fraccaroli Countertop


Silestone: Blue Enjoy

Blue Enjoy


Silestone: Magenta Energy

Magenta Energy


Silestone: Magenta Energy

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Kat Flaherty