Oceana Designs owner George Gavallas has been in the custom fabrication and installation business of kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, fireplaces, and tub surrounds since 1996. Along with his wife, Catherine, he launched Oceana Designs in 2011 as a one-stop-shop, where stones including granite, marble, and quartz can be fashioned into works of art for customers’ homes.
The company designs and installs countertops, tabletops, bartops, vanities, fireplaces, tub surrounds, outdoor kitchens, and more. Ocean Designs prides itself on its personalized, one-on-one service and expert guidance that’s supported by two decades of experience in the industry.
What are some of the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom remodeling?
Today you can find a variety of materials, including granite, marble, quartzite, and quartz-engineered stone materials for your home remodeling project. For most consumers, it’s a matter of aesthetics and considering the attributes of each type of material.
White is becoming a huge trend in terms of color choices. Many of today’s customers are opting for quartz, which can closely mimic the appearance of white marble but can be more practical for the average person. A decade ago, all products were constructed of 100 percent granite and other natural materials, but today, a major trend is engineered stone quartz products.
What are some of the considerations when choosing materials for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is how you use the space. Do you do a lot of cooking, or are you better at making reservations? If you’ll be using your countertops on a daily basis, you want to shy away from products that can easily etch, stain, and scratch. We advise consumers to go with the hardest surface that they find most aesthetically pleasing, and that won’t have inherent issues like scratching and staining.
You may like the look of marble, but you’re not going to like what can happen to it when it comes into contact with lemon juice. If you’re shopping for products for an outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to know that some quartz products can fade in the sun, and that choosing darker colors can lead to very hot surfaces when they’re exposed to direct sunlight.
What can homeowners expect from the process, from choosing their products to final installation?
There’s going to be an educational process when it comes to figuring out which materials and colors will be the best fit in your home décor and lifestyle. Consumers will be educated on the maintenance requirements of certain products, like annual sealing of granite. You’ll also have to consider your budget; with the wide variety of choices on the market today, there are products to fit everyone’s budget – from $300 for a vanity top in the bathroom to tens of thousands of dollars for a countertop in a higher-end kitchen remodel.
The process of matching colors can often be a difficult decision; shopping with your paint or tile colors in hand can go a long way towards finding the right match for your stone products. If you visit a showroom, you’ll have an opportunity to view finished products and get a better idea of what they might look like in your own home.
Once all of the decisions are made, measurements are taken so there are no surprises when the product is delivered into your home. It’s typically a short lead time from the time you measure until the time the installation is made, often within five business days.