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Alaskans tend to like their things and homes to be like them, hardy and resilient. So when people look at or choose butcher block counter tops, sometimes we worry that they aren't aware of what these counter tops require. This article will pinpoint some of the drawbacks and benefits of butcher block counter tops, so you can make a well educated decision about your counter top material.

The first thing anyone considering a butcher block counter top should know, is that they are high maintenance! You will want to oil your butcher block regularly. When first installed it should be oiled as frequently as every day, as the butcher block sits it will require less oiling, but you will still want to oil it once a month at the minimum. It is also ...

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When home owners get ready to replace cabinets, it may seem logical to measure the sizes of the existing cabinets. While this MAY work on occasion, it is usually not the most effective way to work for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, depending on when the cabinets were manufactured, the industry standard sizes may have changed. This means the sizes that are existing will not correlate to the new cabinet sizes and it is likely all of the sizes will need to be changed. If the existing kitchen has custom cabinetry, and the homeowner wants pre-manufactured cabinets instead, the sizes will not often be the same, presenting the same issue. Additionally, when a home owner is looking for options that are in stock (usually the most cost effective opt...

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We have many clients who come to us when they are getting ready to sell a house. We get it, sometimes remodels get pushed to the backburner when we are living our lives. Before we know it, we are ready to sell and the house is looking a little worse for wear. It's always a shame though, that homeowners often don't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Here we are going to explore a few reasons you should make your remodeling projects a priority, before you are ready to sell!

1. Less stressful

Often when people wait till they are ready to sell their house to make improvements, they are working on a timeline. In Alaska this can be especially problematic as not as many things are readily available, and it can take several weeks at the leas...

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Well, the odds are, if you worked with us, the cabinets came first! It's actually a question we address a lot. Homeowners may often wonder which of these items they need to start with, or may be confused about it. Let us explain a little bit more about why and how this works.

There are a couple reason's it is best to put flooring in after the cabinets are set. Firstly, cabinets and counter tops are heavy, the pressure that cabinets and counter tops put on the flooring will often not only ruin the flooring, but void the warranty of said flooring. Secondly, almost no home will have a totally level floor (especially in Alaska, hello permafrost). In order to make the cabinets and counter tops level, installers use shims underneath the cabinet...

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Many of our readers will know that Builders Bargains prides ourselves on carrying all plywood cabinets. You may find it surprising then, that our new stock of white cabinetry incorporates an MDF door. Before you write us off as frauds, hear us out, we promise there's a reason!

In case your skin hasn't notified you recently, Alaska has a very dry climate. Wood is very susceptible to changing with the elements. It shrinks in dry environments and swells in humidity. That being said, when you paint a wooden surface, anywhere that joints come together the paint is going to be vulnerable to acquiring cracks when the wood shrinks. In order to combat this issue manufacturers have started MDF which is a tightly compressed material that is very dense. It is not the same as particle board but a similar idea.
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If you have read anything from us with in the past couple years, you know we are big proprietors of quartz counter tops. We feel that they require much less upkeep than granite and are just as beautiful and resilient.

That being said, we have a lot of clients who come in asking for quartz bathroom vanity tops. The problem with quartz vanity tops is they are not usually very cost effective. We have yet to find a manufacturer that produces pre fabricated vanity tops like we are able to get in granite. In order to create a quartz vanity top we have to order and cut down a whole slab of quartz. 2cm material can be a little easier on the pocket book, but we still find that by the time we cut down and fabricate a piece of quartz it usually runs...

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Anyone who has purchased cabinets from us knows that our cabinets are RTA (ready to assemble) cabinets or, in other words, they come unassembled. However, some may not know WHY we get our cabinets this way. There are several different benefits of getting an RTA cabinet, especially when you live in Alaska.

Alaskans are all too aware of the expense of shipping goods to Alaska. We know that, in order to live in this beautiful place, we are going to end up spending more on almost everything we purchase. Many of the larger stores don’t take shipping into consideration when they order their cabinets in Alaska, hence they ship them assembled just like they would to the continental U.S. Why does this make a difference you ask? Well, take a...

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Anyone who uses their kitchen a lot knows that counter tops are a big deal. Not only does one need to consider the amount of space to prepare food, but the type of surface to prepare on, is equally important. Todays market boasts a large variety of different materials, and, although more expensive, stone surfaces have reigned in recent years as one of the most popular options. This is due in large part to the fact that they are a durable product that can withstand heat and cutting with ease. For the most part Granite counter tops took up a large part of the market and were revered as the “go to” counter top for newer homes and remodels. However, recently a new contender, called quartz, has come on the market.The first thing t...

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Why go through the trouble of changing out your windows?

Huge savings on energy bills, 30-50%. That amounts to $30-50 for every $100 on utility bills.

New windows give your home an updated appearance and increase your homes value.

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