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Protecting Granite Counter Tops

One of the most beautiful stones used in construction today is granite. It comes in a variety of colors and textures, and because it comes from nature, each piece of granite is one-of-a-kind – adding a distinctive look to any space.  While many homeowners are attracted to the luster and deep richness of granite countertops, they often overlook how to…read more →

With A Touch Of The Screen You Can Style Your Kitchen

Whether you’re just starting to think about a new kitchen, or you’re making your final selections, there’s a great tool for you in Swartz Kitchen and Bath’s Harrisburg Showroom. The Merillat Visualize 2 Realize Kiosk is a state-of-the-art interactive brochure. Use the 24-inch, high definition touch screen to walk through a virtual showroom of Merillat products to see styles and color choices…read more →

Shedding Light On Your Kitchen

By Tim Weaver: Don’t overlook light fixtures in your kitchen design. Well placed lighting can help set a mood, draw attention to special features and help you with cooking and serving tasks. Make sure you account for ample lighting in your kitchen budget. In the timeline of a kitchen design, your lighting plan comes after the kitchen layout is determined….read more →

Our Award-Winning Kitchen Designers Share Their Recipes

What goes into an award-winning kitchen? Swartz Kitchens and Baths supplied area builders with the recipe and ingredients for four award winners in multiple categories during the recent Lancaster/Lebanon Parade of Homes. We asked kitchen designers Pam Clements and Kent Neff to share the key features of these award-winning kitchens: Best Of Show, Best Kitchen Division 2– Single Family Home,…read more →

Countertops 101 (Part II): Some strategy and insights

I recently wrote about the types of countertops and their qualities to help you hone in on surfaces that will meet your needs. Here are some additional strategies and insights I’ve gained over the years: Ready for resale? There are many beautiful, inexpensive options in the solid surface and laminate categories that you can purchase to replace worn, stained countertops…read more →

Countertops 101 (Part I): A primer on countertop choices

Don’t underestimate the importance of your countertop choice. Both workhorse and beauty queen, your countertop is always on display providing a place for cutting, mixing, setting down hot foods, serving and even spilling. We’re finding that many customers want to splurge on high-end countertops. But even if you’re on a strict budget, there are many innovative and affordable materials to…read more →

What’s Going Into Today’s Kitchen?

By Donna Felker, Designer/Sales Consultant at Swartz Kitchens and Baths While some of what was considered trendy in kitchens just a few years ago is becoming standard, a new group of favorites are on their way in. The preferences of homeowners are reflecting a growing trend toward creating a kitchen that is sleek, efficient and low maintenance. Here’s what mid-state…read more →

Pretty Face Or Complete Replacement? Take A Second Look.

By Bonnie Dietrich, Design and Sales Consultant, Allentown, and Jim Rhoads, Corporate Sales Manager There are two major options for updating your kitchen cabinetry—refacing and replacing. We encourage customers to consider both options carefully. Base your choice on what you want to accomplish in your kitchen. Are you making it pretty for resale? Do you love the layout but want…read more →

Who Will You Call—Mr. Big Box?

Who Will You Call—Mr. Big Box?

By Tim Weaver, Kitchen Designer/Sales Consultant, Swartz Kitchens & Baths Even when you do everything right with planning and purchasing a new kitchen, the unexpected can happen. In these moments you will recognize the value that decades of experience can bring. There are many places where you can buy cabinetry. But when the wrong piece is delivered, there’s a flaw…read more →

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