Signature Kitchen Blog
Meet Jessica, our Newest Team Member
We’re excited to announce a fresh face in Signature Kitchens, Jessica Mahoney! Jessica is a Vero Beach native but moved to St. Augustine, FL, in order to attend Flagler College. There, she studied communications and worked for a few marketing firms before she decided her path was destined for design. Moving back to Vero, she started attending design school and served on the board of directors for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), volunteering with vendors at the Design Center of America in Fort Lauderdale. Shortly after, she began interning with us at Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board full time.
“I’m excited to continue my growth in this industry,” Jessica said. “It is an ever-changing industry, and there is never a dull moment. I love the excitement of change and aesthetic of new and restored [spaces].”
Jessica will be joining our existing team of designers and cabinetry specialist working on both construction and renovation projects.
“I live for the before and afters. I love making someone’s everyday life a little better because of good design. I know what a well-thought-out designed space can do for efficiency and ease of living and really try hard to know what clients are looking for even if they don’t know what they want…” Jessica said. “People making memories in a space you helped make part of their life really is the driving force behind what I do.”
In addition to designing, Jessica will also assist in space planning, selections, and layout as well as keeping a close eye on budgets, easing the worries of our clients.
As the Florida lifestyle lends itself to be an active one, Jessica capitalizes on this. She pulls inspiration from nature. “I spend a lot of time outdoors. Nature has always been a huge inspiration for me and I pull a lot of design ideas from nature itself,” Jessica said.
Quartz or Granite: Countertop Characteristics
When you choose to create your very own Signature kitchen, you’re making an investment in your future lifestyle, as much of your time is spent in your home’s kitchen. That being said, one of the questions our expert design team often gets is about what countertops are best. A friendly battle between quarts and granite countertops quickly arises.
While both have their positive qualities, the question isn’t” “which one is best?” The question is: “Which is best for my Signature Kitchen?” Therefore, we look at countertop materials from four different viewpoints and think about the following things when it comes to both materials: How durable is it? How easy is it to repair? Does it fit the aesthetic of the space? Is it affordable?
A lot goes on in the kitchen, and besides the bathroom, the kitchen faces some of the harshest cleaning chemicals. Therefore, durability is a key factor in deciding on the countertop material that best fits your lifestyle. Quartz and granite rank fairly equal on the hardness scale, though many manufacturers recommend not putting extremely hot pots or pans directly on the countertop surface as it isn’t quite as heat-resistant as granite. Quartz also might begin to fade or discolor when consistently exposed to direct sunlight or other harsh factors for long periods of time. Quartz countertops have a little more flexibility and are less likely to chip compared to granite.
Especially in kitchens, accidents happen, which is why reparability is important in choosing countertops. Here, the natural inclination might be that granite wins out in this category over quartz as it is less likely to chip and therefore overall considered more durable. Granite, however, is a porous material and will, therefore, need to be sealed upon installation and periodically throughout the lifetime of the countertop (this also makes it more susceptible to stains as well). As always, it’s important to be cautious with items like cast iron and other hard materials or chemicals when around your countertops to avoid the need for repair to arise.
When it comes to the overall design and theme of your space, our design team will have narrowed down a specific vision based on your tastes and opinions. With this in mind, granite, as a natural stone, has more of a natural yet gritty feel to it. Quartz, though, is often available in a wider variety of color palates and patterns to choose from – though “exotic” granite is also available, though rare - but can be more appealing to clients who want a more daring kitchen design.
For many, a kitchen of your dreams is a priceless commodity. Other homeowners, however, might have a set budget to allocate to their kitchen and might have a specific percentage to dedicate to their countertops or elsewhere. Whatever the case, affordability factors in to the overall decision when choosing countertops. Traditionally, granite is less expensive when compared to quartz but keep in mind things like square footage, backsplashes, and seam lines before you make your purchase.
Whatever your vision for your kitchen, we’re here to help you navigate these decisions to help make your dream space a reality. To begin, simply call 772.234.0155 to talk to a member of our Signature design team or visit our showroom online or at 3003 Cardinal Drive, Suite D in
Sometimes we just need a change. Whether it’s a change in habit or in lifestyle or in appearance, the urge often comes of out the blue but it comes strong and it comes fast. This need for change often manifests itself into a change in physical space. While renovations and redesigns are often larger endeavors, few people have the necessary times and means to actually complete the projects they carve. That is why Signature Kitchens of Vero Beach is here to help make that change not only possible but convenient.
Signature Kitchens is among the preferred premiere builders in the Vero Beach region of Florida. Our expertise has included numerous projects resulting in customer satisfaction and appreciation for our work. Our specialty in custom kitchens and baths proves that our work centers on you, our clients, and your vision for a space; we help make your dream space a reality.
Oftentimes when clients hear the phrase “custom kitchen” they think of a project that’s time-consuming and highly involved. As the kitchen is one of the most highly utilized spaces of a home, it therefore is one that often gets neglected when it comes to renovation. We’re here to tell you that a kitchen renovation doesn’t have to be a painful experience – it doesn’t even have to be an “experience” at all!
As a team of highly skilled designers and builders, when you choose Signature Kitchens, you’re getting a complete custom kitchen built precisely to your vision. After our initial meeting discussing this, the space, and a sense of lifestyle,