Host Like a Pro

Today’s the big day. You’re hosting an event in your home. You’re entertaining guests. You’ve deep cleaned and decluttered. The wine is aerating, and the food is ready to serve. But is your space ready for guests? And more importantly, are you ready for all the clean up after guests leave? Don’t worry. Granicrete Minnesota has you covered.

KITCHEN
During the Party: The kitchen is a fantastic room for starting a party, but there’s also a fantastic chance for messes to occur. Guests gather around the island and snack, pour wine, and mingle. Did Karen use a coaster on the kitchen island for her glass of red wine? Did Bob spill salsa on the counter? If you’ve got a natural stone counter, you might be fretting over stains instead of enjoying your event. Instead of stone, think Granicrete. Granicrete is stain-resistant and non-porous, so wine and salsa won’t leave any residue on your counters.
After Guests Leave: Granicrete is low maintenance and can be cleaned quickly with just soap and water. When your guests have left, you won’t need to spend hours scrubbing your kitchen.

BATHROOM
During the Party: When you’re hosting, your bathroom is sure to see higher-than-normal traffic. With natural stone, this is a chance for new bacteria to be introduced to your home. But not with Granicrete. Granicrete is bacteria-resistant and NSF-certified so you can enjoy your party knowing that you’re keeping your home free of germs just by having Granicrete counters in your bathroom.
After Guests Leave: Remember all that extra traffic of guests coming in and out of the bathroom? With Granicrete floors, you don’t have to worry about dirt or grime build up. All Granicrete floors are sealed and don’t use grout.

LIVING ROOM
During the Party: We all know Minnesota winters (and springs, and autumns) can be frigid. After the snow-covered boots come off, your guests might be chilly if you have a traditional floor in your living room. Wood, tile, and even carpet can be cold and uninviting. Granicrete can be easily installed over heated flooring so guests feel comfortable keeping their feet on the floor – and off your couch.
After Guests Leave: Is Stacy drops a heavy glass on your wood or tile floor, you might be looking at a costly repair. Not with Granicrete. Our innovative products are extremely durable and stand up to significant wear and tear. In the event that a repair does need to be done, we can quickly and cost-effectively fix your Granicrete.

Granicrete lets you host like a pro, before, during, and after your event. To get your next project started, contact Granicrete Minnesota at 763-367-0947.

Top 5: Eco-Friendly Design Tips

We’ve all heard it before: If you want to show the earth some TLC, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But it can be tough to be eco-friendly when you’re remodeling or redecorating. Throwing out counters or ripping up flooring may be necessary for your design but might feel wasteful. How can you be eco-friendly while you remodel? Here are our top 5 tips.

Re-purpose: What do you own right now that could be used in a new, creative way? Instead of buying new patio furniture, consider re-purposing your coffee table with high-gloss exterior paint.

Re-surface: If your kitchen counter layout won’t change during a remodel, but you’re planning to rip out the cabinets and replace them with new ones, consider re-surfacing. Granicrete can be applied over your existing countertops. Bonus? No demolition mess to deal with, and counters are usually done in three days. Pro Tip: You can even resurface your existing floors or showers!

Reclaimed: Buying reclaimed materials like wood is a great environmentally-friendly choice. Instead of paying for newly-created materials or items, you can reclaim them and save on energy, time, and even money.

Refresh: Spruce up your décor by rearranging it. Add a fresh coat of paint to your existing table. It’s amazing how much small changes can brighten up your space.

Research: When you’re taking on a remodeling or redecorating project, research what eco-friendly options suit your needs, budget, and the environment. If it seems overwhelming, consider starting small; energy-efficient appliances for the kitchen, low-volume toilets in the bathroom, and high-efficiency insulation are all great places to start your redesign!

Granicrete Minnesota & DRAS Cases, Together Again

Last year, Granicrete Minnesota worked with DRAS Cases to build bar counters for Buffalo Wild Wings made from recycled gym flooring. Well we’re back at it again.

Granicrete Minnesota and DRAS Cases for Buffalo Wild Wings

We put our NSF-certified sealers on these counters to make them bacteria-free and stain resistant. Perfect for a busy bar!

Granicrete Minnesota and DRAS Cases for Buffalo Wild Wings

These counters are headed down south to be installed.

Happy Anniversary!

Granicrete Minnesota opened its doors on April 1st, 2008. For the past 11 years, we have established our place in the residential and commercial design industries. We provide the look of luxury natural stone for less.

Thank you for being part of the Granicrete Minnesota family. Here’s to 11 more wonderful years of custom concrete, more special than stone.

Granicrete MN + MPLS Home & Garden Show IDEA HOME

Granicrete MN to be featured in IDEA HOME at Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Granicrete Minnesota will be featured in the IDEA HOME at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show. The show runs from Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This is the third year Granicrete Minnesota has been selected to be part of the IDEA HOME. This year the theme is “Building a Healthy, Happy Home.”

Granicrete MN joins EPS Builders, HOM Furniture, Kohler, Andersen Windows, California Closets and other vendors to build this contemporary home, right in the middle of the convention center! They have teamed up with Puustelli Kitchen Cabinets with a Granicrete kitchen counter and island top. They also
custom built the unique bathroom vanity that has been overlaid with their concrete coordinating with the Kolher tub surround.

Guest celebrities this year include: Drew & Jonathan Scott from “Property Brothers”, Clint Harp from “Fixer Upper”, Brad & Heather Fox from “Stay or Sell,” Matt Muenster from “Bath Crashers,” and Kelli Kaufer Designer.

For more information call Granicrete Minnesota at 507-373-3547 or visit us at www.GranicreteMN.com.

Granicrete Minnesota + Lake Home & Cabin Show

Granicrete Minnesota will be at the Lake Home & Cabin Show February 15th – 17th. Find us at booth 742. Get your tickets and save here. We’ll see you at the show!

Lake Home & Cabin Show | Feb. 15-17

There’s nothing more Minnesotan than spending your summer weekends at the cabin.  Some of us own or share a slice of “Cabin Heaven,” while others are known as “OPC’s” — we get invited to other people’s cabins.  Both of us are the lucky ones when there’s a chair at the end of the dock for that first cup of morning coffee.

We have a love affair with our lake homes and cabins and each year we rekindle it at the Lake Home & Cabin Show.

Now in its 15th year, the Lake Home & Cabin Show is Minnesota’s ONLY show that specializes in second homes and the second home lifestyle.  If you own a lake home, cottage or cabin or you want to own one this is a truly unique and focused event you’ll want to experience.

We’ll see you in Minneapolis!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find at the Lake Home & Cabin Show:

  • Rustic and Specialty Furniture & Furnishings
  • Architects, Builders & Remodelers
  • Real Estate & Finance
  • Sporting Gear, Outdoor Equipment & Marine
  • Landscaping & Lakeshore Maintenance
  • Custom Products, Accessories & Publications
  • How-To Seminars & Demonstrations

Granicrete Minnesota Honored in Mortarr Awarrds MMXIX

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Granicrete Minnesota has won the Tag! You’re It! Awarrd in the Mortarr Awarrds MMXIX, the inaugural awards show from Mortarr, the AEC industry’s leading online inspiration and networking platform. The Mortarr Awarrds honor subscribers who exemplify what the Mortarr platform is all about — making waves within the commercial and design industry, through amazing photography, beneficial connections and building beautiful business around the world.

No one should have to go it alone, and the Tag! You’re It! Awarrd recognizes the Brand most committed to working with others, and giving credit where credit is due. It requires collaboration to get your product into great projects and luckily Mortarr provides the very tools to do just that.

“Tagging is the lifeblood of our site as it encourages the very collaboration Mortarr was founded to create,” says Abby Murray, Mortarr Chief Marketing Officer + Co-Founder. “Granicrete Minnesota is defining the future of the commercial construction and design industry with their incredible work. This Mortarr Awarrd honors their vision and commitment to creating a more beautiful commercial landscape.”

The Mortarr Awarrd MMXIX badge will appear on Granicrete Minnesota’s profile and on their website as a sign of excellence within and for the commercial industry. Follow Granicrete Minnesota on Mortarr at https://www.mortarr.com/granicrete-minnesota/.

Mortarr, an imagery driven and search-based website and app, serves as an inspiration gallery, networking and promotional tool for professionals, brands and individuals in the commercial construction and design industry. The winners of the Mortarr Awarrds MMXIX were chosen by The Forum Editorial Team and honor subscribers showcasing the best projects, photography, marketing strategies, and initiatives within the commercial industry. The full list of Awarrd winners can be found at: https://www.forum.mortarr.com/mortarrawarrds.

About Granicrete Minnesota
Granicrete Minnesota is a concrete overlay company who offers concrete overlay for every area of your commercial business or home – both indoor and out. Granicrete’s goal is to provide quality, artisan options for commercial clients. Granicrete specializes in emphasizing high-end looks that rival real stone surfaces and give clients unique custom works of art. Granicrete has two locations in the state of Minnesota located in Albert Lea and Golden Valley.

Please contact Jean Eaton, Granicrete Minnesota for inquiries: granicreteminnesota@gmail.com or call 763-367-0947.

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About Mortarr
Mortarr is the leading online inspiration and networking platform for commercial construction and design. Building the largest commercial design database in the world and empowering industries with technology, Mortarr allows users to showcase commercial projects and products, connect with industry professionals, grow networks of partnerships, and collaborate and track decisions in real time with clients and project teams. Headquartered in Minnesota, Mortarr, the Mortarr logo, Building Beautiful Business, Design Room and Showroom are registered trademarks of Mortarr Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit mortarr.com.

Granicrete Minnesota: Best of Houzz 2019

GRANICRETE MINNESOTA of Albert Lea, MN
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

Albert Lea, MN, January 25, 2019 – Granicrete Minnesota has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 11-year-old decorative concrete company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are
recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by this national residential remodeling and building website platform! We have worked hard to give our clients the best service, artisan designs and custom work that we can with our decorative concrete overlay,” states owner Jean Eaton.

“Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design,  remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners
on the Houzz website and app.”

Follow Granicrete Minnesota on Houzz

About Granicrete Minnesota
Decorative concrete overlays are still a relatively new product in the building industry. Granicrete Minnesota works in the commercial (see on Mortarr.com) and residential areas in the new build and remodeling projects for both interior and exterior applications. They provide overlays for countertops (NSF certified), interior floors, garage floors, bath/showers, patios/walkways, outdoor kitchens, walls, pool decks, furniture, fireplace surrounds and much more! They have been featured at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show in the “IDEA HOUSE” 2017, 2018, 2019, on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, three episodes of I HATE MY KITCHEN, HGTV magazine and many artisan home tours in the Minneapolis area. Granicrete Minnesota has a large showroom in Golden Valley and a training center-warehouse in Albert Lea, MN.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest
residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

For more information about Granicrete call 763-367-0947 or 507-373-3547.

Granicrete Minnesota + Australia: Reunited

Lee and Scott are two of our students from our Summer 2017 Floors & Counters classes. They’re also from Australia. This couple traveled over 8,000 miles to attend! Talk about a long trip.

Recently, they made the trip again to reunite with friends Pat and Bill, as well as Tom and Jean Eaton. Pat and Bill used to live Australia. After they moved to Minnesota, they took our Granicrete Floors & Counters Classes. When Pat and Bill shared what they’d learned with Lee and Scott, they knew they had to take the classes too. While attending class, the couples learned how to install Granicrete products, work with our colors and isopropyl alcohols, and how to use our epoxies and light-weight concrete.

Today, Pat uses Granicrete in commercial and residential projects. She’s done work in their coffee shop, The Bean, as well as their Air B&B homes. She even took the class with her sister Nora; they hope to start their own business together. Nora uses Granicrete on furniture that she sells, such as table tops
and resurfaced end tables.

Lee and Scott took their knowledge back to Australia and are starting their own epoxy company called Pro Surfaces-Australia. We’re so excited for their new adventure! Someday, we’d love to visit Lee and Scott – like with many of our students, we’ve become close friends with them over the years.

If you’d like to join our Granicrete Minnesota classes, you can view more information here. We offer Floors & Counters classes ($500 per class) and Designer I & II classes ($800). In these classes, you’ll learn about concrete and epoxies, and how to use them in many applications like interior
& exterior surfaces, art, furniture, and commercial & residential applications. We also teach some classes, such as our Showers Class, by request.

For more information or to book your spot for our next class, call us at 507-373-3547.

Out With the Old: What Trends are staying in 2018 and what’s replacing them?

New year, new trends. Some interior design trends that were popular in 2018 will not be joining us in 2019. House Beautiful interviewed 5 interior designers, and here are some of their top tips to stay up-to-date for 2019.

Old: Bedroom Accent Walls
New: Textured Wallpaper (Yes, wallpaper!)
A subtle textured wallpaper can elevate an entire space, instead of drawing focus to only one wall. You could draw attention to just one wall, but why not give the whole room a cohesive vibe?

Old: Mass Produced Cabinet Fixtures
New: Handcrafted, Embellished Fixtures
In 2019, we’re going to see embellished, hand-crafted, and maximalist design in the kitchen. Consider handmade leather pulls instead of chrome, brass, or rose gold knobs.

Old: One Color Palette
New: Color Curtains
Kitchens can be clinical and cold. Instead of stark white, chrome, or black, consider adding splashes of color to your kitchen with curtains or table settings. Adding color to the kitchen will tie it better to the other living spaces of your home.

Old: Matching Metals
New: Mixing Metals
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: you CAN mix metals. Letting gold and silver mingle together is okay. And it gives your rooms a more luxe feel.

Old: Plain Ceilings
New: Ceilings with Flair
We often focus so much on the walls, the furniture, and the flooring of a room, and the ceiling is left neglected. Give your ceiling some extra love with attention to detail.

What interior design projects do you have planned for 2019? Granicrete Minnesota is here to help. Call us at 507-373-3547 to get started on your next renovation, remodel, or redesign.