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.

Behind the Scenes: Reclaimed Gym Floors + Granicrete 

We love a chance to re-purpose existing materials. Recently, Granicrete Minnesota had the opportunity to re-purpose gym floors into countertops with DRAS Cases, Inc for Buffalo Wild Wings. Check it out!

DRAS Cases, Inc didn’t want to use epoxy sealers on these service counters, and they consulted Epoxy Experts US for guidance. They opted for NSF-certified Granicrete sealers. These counters are bacteria-resistant and won’t stain – not even buffalo sauce stands a chance against our non-porous sealers.

These counters will be installed in one of Buffalo Wild Wings’ many North Carolina locations.

Does your kitchen need a fairy godmother?

It’s morning. Again. Time to trudge down to your kitchen, make breakfast (but first, coffee) and start your day. Maybe you’re greeted by boring vinyl counters. Maybe you walk across a cracked laminate floor. Maybe your backsplash hasn’t been updated since shag carpets were all the rage.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and update your kitchen? You know, bibbity-bop-bounter, update my counters? Look no further. Granicrete Minnesota is your kitchen remodel fairy godmother, and we’re here to dispel your renovation worries.

Common Myths About Renovating Your Kitchen with Granicrete

Kitchen renovation has to be expensive.
Have you ever priced out a full kitchen remodel? Sticker shock alert! The average homeowner spends $17,000 on a full kitchen remodel, but you don’t have to. Granicrete is a natural stone alternative at an affordable cost. Starting at $50.00 – $80.00 per square foot, Granicrete counters, floors, backsplashes, and more are within your reach… and your budget.

Granicrete counters are high-maintenance
Have you ever spilled wine on a granite countertop? If you don’t clean it up right away, liquids can seep into the porous stone and cause staining. And worse? Bacteria. Non-porous, bacteria-resistant, non-staining Granicrete is NSF Certified for your peace of mind and ease of use. Maintenance for Granicrete is so simple! Just clean your counters with soap and water, and you’re good to go. If you’ve got a stubborn bit of grime stuck on your Granicrete counter, we recommend Windex. Want something less harsh? Try “The Original Bee’s Wax” – it’s foodsafe!

Concrete is unattractive – no thank you!
Granicrete is a highly customizable product. Unlike traditional concrete, we offer Granicrete flooring, counters, and more in every color you can think of. Want marble-inspired counters without paying for natural stone? Granicrete. Looking to match a specific color in your design? Granicrete. Want a piece of art instead of a generic tile backsplash? Yep – Granicrete does that too.

Ready to wave your magic wand and update your kitchen? Call Granicrete Minnesota today at 507-373-3547 to summon your fairy godmother.