New Kitchen Countertops for a Kentlands Home

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New Kitchen Countertops for a Kentlands Home 


The Kentlands community is now 25 years old and it is time for some home owners to upgrade their kitchens. Our home was built in 1994 and we still had laminate kitchen countertops. If we sell the home, home buyers now prefer other materials. We did some searching and pricing and made the decision to purchase new quartz countertops which have now been installed. Quartz is more expensive to granite but requires little maintenance. 

Dolores and I worked with Design Consultant Chris Nader at Granite Works at 1090 Taft Street in Rockville, Maryland 20850. They provided the countertops, installation, a new double stainless steel sink, facet and soap dispenser. Separately, we purchased a new garbage disposal and it was installed at the same time. If you have a gas cooktop, make sure the reconnection is included in the contract. I prefer an all inclusive contract. There was some minor drywall damage that will not be corrected by the installers.

Chef Dolores is happy with the new look. I will talk about appliances in another blog.


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Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Roy. I have quartz in my kitchen too and like the look too. I'm not a granite person and I am happy with my choice. Lovely flower.

Apr 24, 2016 08:36 PM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Congrats on your new kitchen counters, Roy.  I would love to see some pictures.

Apr 24, 2016 08:38 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you  very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Apr 24, 2016 08:44 PM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - good luck with your new counter tops.  They make a difference.  I have heard good things about quartz.  I upgraded mine to granite.

Apr 24, 2016 09:09 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Quartz is definitely the first choice these days! Congrats on the new kitchen. Enjoy your day!

Apr 24, 2016 09:26 PM #5
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information and advice to get gas reconnected at the same time. We are thinking of getting new counter tops this year.

Apr 24, 2016 09:37 PM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We chose quartz in our kitchen remodel...less maintenance more "control" over color...we love it !

Apr 24, 2016 10:18 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, where is your photo of the counters?  Let's see what you chose!   I love my quartz! 

Apr 24, 2016 10:26 PM #8
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

Wonderful shout out to your installer ! As we know, most buyers prefer to have the updates done already vs out of pocket expense . If those improvements are not done, the buyers mind calculates much higher than realistic prices and often moves on to the next home for that reason. I warn buyers not to calculate in their heads but to calculate out loud so I can correct them if I can add insight to that improvement.

Apr 24, 2016 11:28 PM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like Dolores has a very nice kitchen now to prepare the wonderful meals that she does!

Apr 24, 2016 11:59 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, again, for your feedback. It is always good to receive your comments.

Apr 25, 2016 12:27 AM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interested in seeing that new quartz countertop, Roy.  Time to take the Canon out :) .... when you have time.  Have a great day.

Apr 25, 2016 01:32 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like many I am tired of granite, and we hope you will share with us the photos of your quartz countertops.  Like Michele Connors I am in love with marble.  We all have our preferences.  A

Apr 25, 2016 02:03 AM #13
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I want to see some pictures Roy Kelley . I do love Quartz, many here are choosing that as well. SO happy she loves her new kitchen. 

Apr 25, 2016 04:07 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roy, I also like quartz better than granite. I know Delores loves the new look.

Apr 25, 2016 04:50 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy- quartz is definitely being seen more and more.  But as you said, if Chef Dolores is happy, then you're happy. 

Apr 25, 2016 11:40 AM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I would love to see the new quartz and sink and faucet. Older homes in our area almost always require some updating to sell.

Apr 25, 2016 01:40 PM #17
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Quartz seems to be more popular these days. Any pictures of the new look?

Apr 25, 2016 09:18 PM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Apr 25, 2016 09:47 PM #19
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I make it a habit to revisit some old blogs and reblogs on a regular basis. I delete some material and might even find some good ideas for new posts.

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