Kitchen Island Takes Center Stage in Chantilly Home
Chantilly is a community in France. It sounds so delicate it was used to describe handmade lace, or Chantilly lace, which is also the name of a rock and roll referring to a giggly, pretty girl. The Chantilly in Fairfax County, however, is a census-designated place refers more to the Chateau de Chantilly of France. It was the name of the plantation owned by the grandfather of Cornelia Lee Sturberville in Westmoreland County. After she named the plantation in Leeton she inherited in 1817. Her grandfather was Richard Henry Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Sturberville, together with her husband Charles Calvert Stuart, owned the Chantilly Plantation, one of many in the area. However, this was the name the village chose to call their community and continues to this day. All that is left of the original plantation is the overseer’s quarters. Because the manor and other buildings were burned down during the Civil War.
Chantilly is a suburb of Washington, D.C, which is around 25 miles away. It is surrounded by Reston, Fairfax, Herndon, and Centreville. It was only in the 1980s that development in Chantilly really took off as a result of a surge in construction of residential and commercial property. Today, Chantilly is an affluent community with a population of 23,039. With a median household income of $118,078, the people here can afford almost double what the state median population can.
Things to Do Around Chantilly
You should visit the home of Richard Bland Lee, Robert E. Lee’s uncle and northern Virginia’s first congressional representative. It used to be called the Sully Plantation, but is now known as the Sully Historic Site. It has been kept as it had been back in the 18th Century, which in itself is a treat.
If you feel like seeing the sights, literally, climb on up to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center tower, a part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. You can watch the planes landing and taking off at Dulles Airport if you want, and you can also explore the history of space travel and aviation.
The client lives in a cheerful 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom split level home in Pleasant Valley on a quarter-acre lot. With three rambunctious boys aged 9 through 13, it was a very lived-in home. However, the client’s wife didn’t like the wood laminate on her kitchen island. The main kitchen counters were of granite, and she wanted granite for her island as well. The client contacted us to put on a new top to the island.
The consultation was short, as the client wanted the same granite for the island as the existing counters. Upon inspection, we determined was Amazon Star granite (or close enough to no difference) with a classic edge profile. The island was 4×2 feet, which is about a quarter slab with no cutouts, so it was a straightforward measurement without the need for templates. We scheduled installation two days after if the client agreed to the price.
Cutting the stone for the island counter went quickly. But the edge took the better part of four hours to do as it required some precision cutting and polishing. We could deliver the counter the next day. Installation took just under two hours, including removing the old counter and putting in the additional support needed for the heavier stone.
The client was on hand to observe the installation. After the stone was polished, he commented that while the stone was indeed darker than the surrounding counters. It was a much nicer design, and would be the center of attraction in the kitchen. The wife liked it very much, and thought it was a good idea all around, especially with the lower cost of the stone. She mused out loud how much it would take to replace all the counters with the same stone. The look on the client’s face was priceless!
We at Granite ASAP make every effort to find the best deals for all our clients. Natural stone and marble countertops can be a hefty investment, so it is always a good idea to explore more cost-effective options when possible. We were glad to have been able to offer them a more affordable package in this case. The client appreciated that we went the extra mile to give them better service than he expected.
If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel, consider how much you can save if you partner with a service provider that thinks of the client first, and profit second. With Granite ASAP, you can get the most bang for your buck. Contact us now for a free estimate and consultation.