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Making the Case for Marble

While some countertop and flooring materials burn red hot for a few years—or even decades—before fading into home-decor oblivion, none have shown the staying power of marble. Its first known use in architecture was in the Parthenon in 438 BC. Marble has been around that long.

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We remodeled the kitchen above, at a historic home in Osterville, several years ago. The marble countertops were a period-appropriate choice, but the overall look felt fresh and new, just as the owners wanted. It still looks fresh, doesn’t it?

Pros & Cons

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The pros of marble are many. The material has a classic beauty that contributes to its timeless appeal, plus it’s available in a bright white that can’t quite be achieved with soapstone or granite. The price is right, as well: common Carrara marble makes for one of the least expensive natural countertops. Marble is also widely available, from nearly any stone yard or fabricator.

On the other hand, marble can scratch easily, particularly when something acidic comes in contact with it for a long period of time. A slice of lemon laid down on a polished countertop overnight, for example, can leave a mark in the shape of the lemon slice, duller than the surface around it. Similarly, marble can also stain, with red wine and some fruits being common culprits.

See below for some inspiration featuring this traditional material.

A Classic Approach

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A marble countertop with an ogee edge paired with a backsplash in marble subway tile is such an ageless look.

New Takes on an Old Favorite

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Yes, marble has been used for nearly 2,500 years in building, but that doesn’t mean designers can’t come up with new ways to use the ancient material. In the photo above, from DecorPad, added depth and a clean edge give the island’s countertop a contemporary twist. The backsplash is slabs of marble, rather than tile, which adds to room’s clean look.

In both of the kitchens below, the designers have used a marble slab for a backsplash that runs all the way up the ceiling. Such a bold look!

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Wondering how marble can add to your home? Please contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation. The team at C.J. Riley Builder is here to turn your custom home vision into a reality.

Cape Cod Kitchen Remodeling: Benefits of a Kitchen Revamp

Considering a remodel in your Cape Cod kitchen? We’re not surprised. As the hub of most homes, the kitchen is all-important when it comes to home design. Remodeling, or even making a few key changes to your kitchen can completely freshen and transform your entire home. If you’ve been dreaming of an updated kitchen, consider these benefits as a sign to finally take the plunge:

Open Up

A kitchen remodel allows you to renegotiate your space and really open up your home. Many older kitchen layouts are rigid and create cramped, limiting spaces; opening up your kitchen floor plan will allow you far more room to cook and entertain. Adding a bar or island can help you incorporate more seating and accommodate more guests, and updated storage spaces will keep clutter at bay.

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Stay Trending

Remodeling your Cape Cod kitchen is also an opportunity to try out new design trends. Maybe you want to add a pop of color to your formerly grayscale kitchen, sneak in some sleek storage options, or incorporate bold chrome fixtures where there were once only meh cabinets. Granite countertops or modern lighting fixtures can dramatically modernize your kitchen as well.

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Make Cooking Fun Again

If you’re not in love with your current kitchen, you probably aren’t eager to play chef. A kitchen renovation often includes updating appliances, which not only transforms the space but also reduces energy costs. With a sharp stainless steel fridge or a deluxe gas stove, you’ll find yourself tossing the takeout menus and creating gourmet meals for friends and family.

Increase Value

Whether you’re looking to sell or stay put, it never hurts to boost your home’s resale value, and updating your kitchen is a surefire way to do so. Making improvements to your home’s kitchen means you can recoup a good portion of your renovation budget if and when you do sell. Who can resist such a return on investment?

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If you’re ready for a Cape Cod kitchen remodel, look no further: our team has more than 25 years of experience bringing homeowner wish lists to life. C.J. Riley Builder is here to work with you on transforming your kitchen and breathing new life into your home.

Introducing Kitchen and Bath Designer Stephen Ryan

Say hello to our new collaborator, Stephen Ryan!

Stephen is a kitchen and bath designer with more than 15 years of experience. For more than ten years, he was a designer at Main Street at Botello’s in Mashpee. He also spent several years designing at Marine Home Center on Nantucket.

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While the team at C.J. Riley Builder, Inc. will expertly construct the bones of your new or updated kitchen or bath, electrical and plumbing work is typically subbed out to other contractors. Similarly, the look and feel of your kitchen or bath should be handled by a designer, who works with you to design your space and choose color schemes, tile, cabinetry and pulls, appliances, lighting… everything that will make the space uniquely yours.

While we’ve handled countless kitchen renovations in our nearly 25 years in business, they were typically done in tandem with a kitchen showroom. This new collaboration allows our clients to work with just one company throughout the process, eliminating the hassle that can come with two businesses working on one custom project.

“We’ve created a one-stop-shopping experience for our clients,” says C.J. of the collaboration. “There is no longer a need to work with an additional designer or home center.”

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Working with C.J. Riley means working with an expert team ready to make your custom building vision a reality. Whether you’re building a new home or just looking for a modern update on a more traditional space, we’re here to make it happen. And with Stephen collaborating on your kitchen or bath project, we can move seamlessly from the build to the design phase, allowing you to customize your space (and use it!) much sooner.

Ready to get started? Please contact us with any questions or to arrange a consultation.