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live at home Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Whether it's a new roof you need, a finished basement you desire or a cabin you dream of, two area events present the chance to make your plans a reality this month What's Cookin' When a kitchen has good bones (read: a layout that works) but the finishes need updating, budget-friendly options abound—unless you're looking to swap in new countertops, that is. While cabinets can be easily painted and hardware quickly replaced, those unsightly old countertops are often left behind. Today, the look and functionality of quality materials such as granite are what customers are after, but the price tag associated with them isn't. "People want a high-end look with- out any demolition," says Linda Young, co-owner of Madison's Granite Transfor- mations franchise. "Then they also want something they can use that is easy to take care of." That's precisely what's been sending area homeowners into Young's home-makeover showroom. As an alternative to a tradi- tional counter replacement, homeowners are opting for a counter overlay—a ¼-inch thick custom-made piece of composite granite or recycled glass that is affixed atop 20 BRAVA Magazine January 2012 Getting a high-end kitchen look without the high-end kitchen price an existing countertop. It's the simple solution many are after: A sleek style, durable material and new kitchen look without the cost. The trend: Composite granite and recycled glass countertop overlays that give a space a new look—no demolition required. Best for: Those looking to update a kitchen, bathroom or bar counter on a budget as well as homeowners looking for the aesthetic of composite granite or recycled glass. The cost: Not sold by the square foot like many counter materials, these are priced per project. Locally, most projects aver- age between $3,000-$5,000, including installation. Granite Transformations is located at 2501 W. Beltline Hwy., Madison; (608) 442-3070 or Madison. Madison Home Expo Jan. 6-8 Explore, plan and dream your way through the annual Madison Home Expo, where you'll find local exhibitors offering products, tips and information for all your home maintenance, building and remodeling needs. When: Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Monona Terrace, Madison Admission: Adults, $5; children under 18, free. Register online for an admis- sion discount. Information: Visit Lake Home & Cabin Show Jan. 27-29 If you own a lake home, cabin or cottage (or just like to pretend you do) this annual show offers ideas and inspiration aplenty. Find builders and remodelers, landscapers and lakeshore experts alongside furniture purveyors and more. When: Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center, Madison Admission: Adults, $10; kids ages 5-15, $4; under 5, free. Visit the website for an admission coupon. Information: Visit lakehomeandcabin-

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