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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Island Tops?

Kitchen Island Tops

When you are at the beginning of a kitchen remodel it may feel a bit overwhelming at first, but it does not have to be difficult when it comes to choosing and searching for the perfect kitchen island top. We have put together some excellent tips and pointers to help you find the best kitchen island top for you and your home.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Before you decide on the material or colour that you want to have for your kitchen island top, you need to firstly consider how you live within your kitchen and how you would use it. For example, if you have smaller children and prepare a lot of messy food then you most probably do not want to go for a white Granite kitchen island top.

Natural Stone or Engineered

After you have thought about how you would be using your new kitchen island top, you can then decide whether a natural or engineered stone would best suit your home. Natural stone such as Marble are much softer than Granite and therefore require much more delicate use and care. However, engineered stone is much more durable and very easy to maintain long-term.

Consider All Factors

When it comes to deciding on which kitchen island top you would like, you need to consider the cost, levels of maintenance and durability of the materials you are interested in. You should never go off the appearance alone to make a decision as you have to live with it and practicality is key. You also need to decide whether long-term costs such as sealing the surface is something you are happy to do, if not then an engineered stone is your best bet.

Hopefully this article has helped you on your way to deciding what material and colour you should go with for your brand new kitchen island top. Whatever you decide, make sure that it fits in perfectly with your style, personality and lifestyle.

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10 Tips to Selecting the Right Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops

When it comes to picking out the perfect kitchen countertops, it can be an overwhelming decision. Finally coming to a decision can be a long, drawn out time so this article is here to provide you with the top 10 things you need to consider to make the process easier a whole lot easier on yourself.

Fitting in With Your Lifestyle

Firstly, you should take a few minutes to consider not only what colour but what material is a best suit for your home and lifestyle. You need to think about what types of food and drink you will be preparing and what the best choice is to make. Some colours and materials may not be good for your home.

Quotes

Before you purchase anything the general rule of thumb should be that you get at least three quotes from different suppliers. This way you are sure to get a great deal.

Establish a Budget

Before you can start searching properly you need to outline your budget to stick to and what you are realistically able to spend. This will narrow your search down straight away so that you know here to direct and focus your search.

Ask for Samples

When shopping around for your ideal kitchen countertop ask for samples and lots of them. Take a variety of samples home with you, even if you aren’t fond of them at first, and hold them up around your kitchen to get an idea of what they look and feel like within your own kitchen. You may be surprised and end up ruling out some of your favourites and putting ones that you didn’t like at first on your list.

Existing Style

You need to consider what will go best with your existing style and theme within your kitchen, this will save you time and narrow your search down immediately.

Maintenance Free

If you don’t want to have to pay out for regular upkeep then search into which materials require less maintenance and hassle.

Cutting Costs

Where possible, consider repurposing leftover stone or quartz and mix materials to use for your countertops, this is a good option for saving money and time.

Types of Edges

Believe it or not, there are many types of edges available from curved, straight and fancy. You need to consider which look you prefer and what the best option is for your budget.

What ‘Speaks to You’

A good guideline is eliminating the materials and styles that don’t ‘say’ something to you when you look at them. If you need to spend a few hours looking at it to like it, then it isn’t for you.

Hygiene

Consider what different types of materials require for keeping them clean and fresh. Some materials can take a lot of work to keep clean whereas others are extremely easy and hygienic. For example, quartz has been manufactured to prevent bacteria growth so this would definitely be a good option if this would influence your decision.

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5 Advantages of White Kitchen Worktops

White Kitchen Worktops

Often when people hear about white décor within homes it can fill them with dread as it is, quite rightfully, known as a danger colour within homes – especially ones with young children. However, granite, marble or quartz white kitchen worktops can be absolutely beautiful and elegant to have within your home and for that reason white décor is a trending colour.
Here are our top five reasons why we think you should take the plunge and go for white kitchen worktops.

Stylish and Trendy

As mentioned above, white is an extremely popular colour for kitchen worktops. White is such a beautifully elegant and stylish colour and that is the main reason why it is so on trend right now. If keeping up with the current fashion trends is important to you for your home, then white worktops are definitely a good way to start.

Matching Existing Colours

A big plus for having white kitchen worktops is that white will go with almost any other colour out there, so if you have pieces and accessories that you would rather not replace then you do not have to worry. With having white worktops, you can be sure that any accessories that you already have for your kitchen will not necessarily have to be changed. White goes with such a range of colours that it contrasts exceptionally well with both darker and light shades.

Brilliant for Small Kitchens

If your kitchen is a bit on the smaller side then by introducing white worktops you can end up creating the illusion that your kitchen is much larger than it is. The reason why white is excellent for creating this illusion is because white reflects light, both natural and artificial, which means that light will bounce around your room making the kitchen appear bigger.

Fresh

You can be sure that if you decide to fit white worktops within your kitchen that the room will automatically appear fresh and cleaner than usual. White has an amazing look that ultimately appears to be hygienic and fresh in appearance and for that reason, white décor is definitely on trend at the moment and has been for a few years.

Not-So-Dangerous

Most people view white as the ‘danger’ colour within homes, and while it is true as it can show up marks if not properly cleaned and maintained, it is not alone in this. Other colours such as black have the exact same effect and yet people still go for this across their homes with less thought. If you have black décor, or ever have, then it should require around the same level of upkeep which should hopefully ease some of your worries.

Hopefully this article has helped to ease any of those worries you may be having about considering installing white kitchen worktops, but as you can see there are many good sides to having white within your home. White definitely is not entirely bad and should not be dreaded as much as it is – take the plunge and you will never regret it.

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Pros And Cons of Composite Stone Worktops

Composite Stone Worktops

When you are trying to decide on what to go for with your new kitchen worktop, you might be a little confused at the choices in front of you.

You first think of the idea to replace an old worktop and you aren’t too stressed with the whole thing, but as soon as you start to do a little research, you will soon see that there are many decisions to make, and if you go down the wrong avenue, you could be wasting time and money.

For that reason, it’s important to know what your choices are, and to investigate them all thoroughly. The first real decision you need to make however is what you want your worktop to be made of.

You have the following options:

  • Stone
  • Laminate
  • Wood
  • Stainless steel

The last three choices aren’t as popular as the top one, and for that reason, we’re going to concentrate on the pros and cons of choosing a composite stone worktop.

Within this bracket you have three main choices – granite, quartz, and marble.

Pros of Stone Worktops

Strength and durability – We are talking about stones which have been mined from the earth, and therefore these stones are strong and they are durable. Composite stone worktops retain much of their natural elements, with only a small percentage of ‘false’ materials added, to give you the colour you’re looking for.

Minimal upkeep and maintenance – Unlike wood and laminate, stone worktops do not need much in the way of maintenance, however marble and granite will need to be sealed annually; quartz doesn’t need any maintenance after the initial installation process.

Large number of colours and finishes available – The choice is huge, no matter which stone you go for. This means that you can create the ideal space for you, although do be careful that you choose a colour which goes with the other parts of your kitchen, especially if you choose to redecorate.

Widely available – Composite stone worktops are very widely available these days, in fact they are probably easier to find and install then wood and laminate. Yes, you will need a stone worktop to be professionally installed, but this is generally included in the price.

Very professional appearance – A composite stone worktop will really look the part, no matter which type of stone you go for.

Cons of Stone Worktops

More expensive than wood or laminate – A composite stone worktop is going to be more expensive, but you do get what you pay for. You can easily shop around and find deals, especially if you shop during traditional sale periods, such as New Year, for example.

Needs to be professionally installed – You cannot install a composite stone worktop yourself, and it will need to be installed by the company you purchase it from. This is generally included in the cost, but always check to be doubly sure. Yes, this is an additional cost to consider, but for a professional service, again, you get what you pay for.

As you can see from these two lists, there are considerably more pros than cons, which is why composite stone worktops are so popular these days. Of course, to give you a rounded view of what you can expect, you should also look at the other material choices we mentioned, but overall, stone is popular for a very good reason.

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7 Tips for Choosing a Stone Countertop for Your Kitchen

Stone Countertop

When you are renovating your kitchen you have many different decisions to make – what colour scheme are you going for? What sort of cabinets will you choose? Do you have space for a countertop island in the middle of the room, or do you need to stick to a functional one for your cooking space?

These are just a few decisions you should think about, with countless others, but one of the main decisions is regarding your stone countertop.

If you go for a stone countertop, which is certainly the most popular and cost-effective choice, you need to make sure you get the right one for your cash, as well as the right material and colour too.

When choosing your particular stone countertop, remember these seven tips.

  1. Think about your maintenance requirements – If you don’t want to have to think about too much in the way of maintenance after installation, then you might want to consider quartz for your worktop stone material. Granite and marble both need to be sealed annually, but quartz does not, and that means it is a much more cost-effective choice to go for.
  2. What kind of appearance do you want? – Quartz, granite, and marble are the three main stone choices you have, and all of them look fantastic, but which you need to think about how you really want it to look. Marble is the opulent, classy choice, whereas quartz is super glossy. Granite has that earthy, classic look too. You need to put some serious thought into this.
  3. How often do you want to clean it? – Of course, you need to clean regularly anyway, because otherwise it’s not hygienic, but granite and marble require more in the way of cleaning, because they are more likely to absorb liquids and therefore harbour germs. Quartz on the other hand does not harbour any bacteria and is a much cleaner choice.
  4. Do you do baking regularly? – If you are a keen baker than a marble worktop is for you. This is because the stone retains a very low temperature regardless of what is going on around it, which makes it perfect for baking, especially anything involving pastry.
  5. What sort of colour shade do you want? If you are looking for bright and vibrant colours then quartz is for you; if you’re wanting something earthy, go for granite stone; if you want classic opulence, then it’s marble all the way.
  6. Make sure you shop around – If you want the best deal then you need to shop around and see what you can find, in order to save time not only on the countertop itself, but also on installation. Bear in mind that the more obscure colour you choose, probably the higher the cost. Marble isn’t as expensive as you might think, but rarer shades will be higher in cost.
  7. Put time and effort into your choice. This is an important decision in terms of your entire kitchen and your budget, because if you get it wrong, it’s going to seriously cost you. Make sure you take advice, shop around, look at colours in person, not just on the internet, and take your time before coming to your final decision.

Bear these points in mind and you will be able to find the perfect stone countertop for your kitchen.

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8 Tips for Choosing Bathroom Worktops

Bathroom Worktops

A new bathroom needs to be shiny and fresh, but it also needs to have a worktop which is going to last you for the duration you need it to, and not breakdown after a short amount of time. If you’re not sure here to begin, here are eight tips to get you started on how to choose the ideal bathroom worktop for you.

A bathroom worktop is not the same as a kitchen worktop;

Durability is important, we know this, but when you are choosing a bathroom worktop you don’t need to think about the same things you would if you were choosing a kitchen worktop. Yes, a bathroom worktop goes through some tough tests during its lifetime, but it doesn’t need to be as hardy as a kitchen version. This gives you more flexibility.

Research about materials;

You need to have a good knowledge of the pros and cons of each worktop material, so you can identify which is the best for you. Many bathroom worktops are made of either stainless steel or marble. Marble is a timeless, classy choice, whereas stainless steel is low in maintenance and looks shiny and minimalistic.

Don’t go with colour fads;

You need to think seriously about your colour scheme. A lime green bathroom might be the new in thing at the current time, but in five years’ time is it still going to look good? It’s probably better to go with timeless, neutral colours for your bathroom worktop as an alternative, whilst also making sure that you pick a colour which ties in with any décor changes you might make.

Don’t go over your budget;

Set yourself a budget and don’t go over it. If you don’t want to end up with a rather costly project on your hands, don’t let your eyes be seduced by bathroom paraphernalia that you don’t really need – stick to what you can afford.

Research designs and trends beforehand;

Of course you want to be on trend to a degree, although as we mentioned before, avoid faddy trends like the plague. Buy a few home interior magazines or peruse the internet and see what trends are in at the moment for bathrooms – see if you can incorporate this into your new design.

Shop around for price;

This goes without saying, surely!

Think about what you use your bathroom countertops for;

Do you use hot hair tools? Do you use chemical-including products, such as nail varnish remover? If so, you need a worktop which is porous, such as marble and granite, and instead you need to look more along the lines of quartz, which isn’t porous and won’t be upset by hot tools or chemicals.

If you have children, think about bacteria;

If you have children then you need to think about how easy the worktop is to clean to sterile standards, to avoid harbouring bacteria. Again, a non-porous surface, such as quartz, is a good idea here.

These are eight tips to get you started when planning your new bathroom worktop design, starting with your new worktop. Be sure to check out all your options carefully before making a final decision, and that way your new worktop will last you much longer as a result, without making a costly mistake from the get-go.

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5 Tips For Fitting Kitchen Worktops

Kitchen Worktops

If you are keen to renovate and update your kitchen, your worktop is probably going to be one of the main things you need to replace. Over time your kitchen worktop will become scratched, marked, and basically you’ll get bored of it and want a change.

If you are ready to renovate your kitchen and bring it well up to modern day standards, you need to do some serious planning first; this is not a decision to take lightly, as you could end up wasting time and money if you don’t dedicate the time it deserves.

To get you started, here are five tips for fitting a new, shiny kitchen worktop, both in the actual installation stage, but also in the planning stage too.

Shop Around First!

Always shop around to see how cheap you can find your worktop, but also how cheap you can find professional installation too. This will mean you don’t have to do the hard work, and you can leave it to the professionals who are highly trained in fitting kitchen worktops. When you are shopping around for your kitchen worktop, ask about installation costs, and be a little cheeky, asking if you can have a discount – you don’t get if you don’t ask!

Measurements Are Everything

Make sure you measuring your kitchen work space properly before ordering your worktop – even a couple of centimetres short is going to look pretty bad indeed, so always go over, rather than under, and never guess! If you’re not so great at measuring, find someone who is, as this is an area you have to get 100% right to avoid costly mistakes.

Educate Yourself in Your Material Choices

You have a few choices when it comes to what you want your kitchen worktop to be made of, so make sure you do some research into the pros and cons of each one before jumping to a decision. Quartz, marble, granite, wood – you need to think about which one is going to work best for you, as well as the colours you want, and how durable you need your material to be.

Make Sure You Fill in Wall Gaps Before You Begin

The chances are that your kitchen worktop will run along the length of a wall, unless you are going for a centre worktop feature. Check your wall for gaps and holes, and be sure to fill any in before you begin with the installation of your new worktop. This will ensure that the material sits properly against the wall, and it also looks as professional as possible, without unsightly gaps or bumps in the final appearance.

Always Allow 2.5mm Overhang

When you are cutting your new kitchen worktop to the correct measurement length for your space, be sure to allow an extra 2.5mm at either end. This is because when you install it, you will need to plane it down and smooth it off when you have finished, and if you cut it at the exact length you need, once you have completed the process, you’re going to be a few millimetres short!

Fitting a new kitchen worktop yourself isn’t impossible, but it isn’t something you should jump into without proper planning and knowledge either. A cowboy job is only going to cost you extra money, and leave you with a kitchen appearance you are not happy with, and which you have to look at for a good few years to come.

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5 Reasons to Choose Stone Countertops

Stone Countertops

When it comes to figuring out which material to incorporate into your kitchen or bathroom, you need to think carefully, to make sure that your new worktop lasts you for the length of time you need it to, and to avoid making costly mistakes. Stone countertops are very popular, and this is for good reason.

If you need a little more persuasion, here are five reasons to choose stone countertops.

A large variety of different finishes are on offer – You don’t have to stick to natural colours if you don’t want to, which is one of the most common misconceptions of stone countertops. You can choose from bright colours, neutrals, patterns, and they are all individual because each slab you cut is different to any other.

Stone countertops are easy to look after and maintain – Stone countertops remain in top condition provided you look after them in a basic way, i.e. keep them clean and don’t open them up to too much which could harm them. Having said that, they are very strong, so it will take quite a lot of force to cause a breakage. The most important thing to remember is to ensure that you seal your countertop after it is installed, and this will mean it lasts you for much longer and gives protection.

Countertops made of stone are eco-friendly – Stone is obviously excavated from the earth and that means countertops made of stone are stronger and don’t break down the same way as anything mad-made does. You aren’t polluting the environment by choosing a stone countertop, because they are simply minded from the earth.

They are value for money – The initial cost might make your eyes water slightly but when you think about how long stone countertops last for, the investment is more than worth it. Basically, you’re not going to need to replace this for a very long time to come, and that saves you cash in the long-run.

Stone countertops are very widely available – You aren’t going to struggling to find a wide range of different stone countertops to choose from, which means you have infinite choice available. This also has the added bonus of meaning that you can shop around and find good deals, and you’re not stuck having to go with one particular manufacturer, who may be charging you more. Do some price comparisons before deciding who to go with, and make sure you get installation included in with the price, to make life easier for you.

You can choose between quartz, marble, or granite when it comes to your stone countertop, and the choice means you can easily fit whatever countertop in with your existing or new décor.

The wide range available cuts down on hassle and means you can basically work around your ideas, however try and remember that neutral or classic styles are always best, because that way you can change you wall décor, without having to think about changing your countertop more regularly instead.

Stone countertops are a popular and durable choice to go with, and they are also very long-lasting, hard-wearing, and certain ones (quartz) are non-porous, which means they don’t stain, they don’t harbour bacteria, and they last the test of time, without having to be too careful on a day to day basis.

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What Granite Countertop Looks Best With Wood Cabinets

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Obviously most cabinets in homes are made of wood, but there are many different types of wood and even more colours and stains for the wood. This means that there are many options for granite countertops to pair with your cabinets.

This article will look at some of the best combinations of granite countertops with wood cabinets.

Beige Granite – Beige granite has more dark colours in it than white granite, such as brown, grey, and black. This means that it can have a more classic look and feel to it. It goes very well with light and dark brown coloured wood. Beige granite and classic brown cabinets makes your kitchen in the styles of traditional, Victorian, and country.

White Granite White granite has many varieties to it, not just plain white. There are different styles, patterns and even colours that can be found in white granite. It goes extremely well if your kitchen has very dark cabinets, such as black or dark brown. The stark contrast in tones make the kitchen look very modern and sharp. White granite also makes any kitchen look bigger, more inviting, and obviously brighter!

Black Granite – Black granite is one of the most popular colours for home design. It is also the leading colour for a more modern kitchen design. As is commonly known, black goes with almost any colour so you can have your cabinets any way that you wish. However, going with a lighter colour, even white, will give your kitchen a very modern, contrasting look that will stand out in a crowd!

Brown Granite – Brown granite is another favourite amongst home designers and decorators because of its subtlety. Brown granite will go will any wood colouring of cabinets but it is better if it a different colour than the granite. Most people like to go with a brown granite with black and grey specs and pair it with a lighter brown cabinet. This will give your kitchen a warm, homey type feel to that is often referred to as country style or rustic style.

Other Tones of Granite – If you are looking for a more striking and exotic appearance in your kitchen you might consider other tones of granite such as red, green, or blue. This will give you a standout kitchen but you should be cautious when pairing it with your cabinets. If there is too much colour your kitchen will look confused and overwhelming. Using softer tones in your cabinets will give your kitchen the exotic look but keep it looking elegant as well.

Whether you are trying to match your granite countertop with your cabinets, or trying to match your cabinets with your granite countertop you should make sure you have all the best information to achieve the best pairing. Some colours and patterns go well together and some do not so make sure you research the colours, styles, patterns, and overall appearance that you want for your home. In the end, a great granite countertop and beautiful cabinets will make your kitchen the best room in your home!

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What Countertop Colors Look Best With White Cabinets?

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White Cabinets have been popular among homeowners and designers for many years. The reason? Because white is the most versatile color to work with. These cabinets can be placed within kitchens which have modern, traditional or even farmhouse styles. All by changing a few choice accessories and the cabinet doors.

Not only is the color itself so versatile, but when it comes to pairing countertops – pairing options are limitless when designing your kitchen theme. As Donna Dow said, “You are only limited by your imagination.” And with white cabinets this is never more true.

While all of this is exciting, limitless style opportunities can become overwhelming for you. Especially when pairing a beautiful countertop with white cabinets. So here are a couple tips to help you decide which one is best for you.

First, decide on your overall color palette and design theme.

Try and focus on what you are looking for. Do you want something modern which focuses on a simple, streamline design with a few pops of color? Or perhaps you want a more traditional theme focusing on the furniture detail and color? And of course there is the farmhouse style which is rustic, homey and inviting, with warm, natural colors.

Once you have chosen the theme of your kitchen, then you can think of the countertop and its colors. With white cabinets there are two choices regarding colors, complimenting or contrasting.

For a complimenting countertop, colors are generally lighter and/or neutral. Light colors can have warm or cool shades. Choosing one depends upon the tone you want for your kitchen.

Yellows, such as the Cambria Quartz, can offer a warmer color overall. There are many other options in this color range which offer warm yellows to pale browns. Whereas white or gray’s such as Zodiaq Carrara are your lighter and more neutral colors. They will bring out the white in those cabinets a bit more.

For a contrasting countertop, colors range from dark browns to black. There are also many other dark, bold color options in between such as dark emeralds, purples, and blues. Again, consider the tone you want in your kitchen.

The single tone black of Cambria Edinborough brings hard edges and smooth lines to a clean, modern kitchen. Dark browns such as Cambria Aberdeen which also has orange, deep greens and dark grays – can bring some warmth into a kitchen. And neutral colors such as Corian Allspice can not only be contrasting but complimenting as well. There are some dark brown bases can turn lighter when placed on white cabinets. And those other contrasting colors can turn a drab kitchen into a stunning conversation piece.

Remember with white cabinets there is no wrong way to pair your countertop colors. Any color you choose, your white cabinets will shine.

Simply remember to always consider your overall design theme of your kitchen and color palate. This will help you narrow your choices and get you closer to finding the countertop that is right for you.

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How Much Does A New Countertop Really Cost?

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While you are shopping around for a new kitchen countertop you have most likely found yourself in a dilemma. The costs for countertops between big box stores and kitchen remodeling companies or contractors are quite different. And now you are wondering how much a new kitchen countertop really costs.

If you have asked both the big box stores and the remodeling companies or contractors this question, you have most likely gotten the run-around with no one really answering the question. Well now, in this article, we will break down the charges for you. And hopefully you will then understand precisely how much that countertop will begin to cost you in the end.

What Does That Number Really Mean?

When you are looking at kitchen countertops in a big box store they generally only offer one price. That one sticker price everyone can see. They sell countertops in bulk, which may seem affordable when comparing to remodeling companies and contractors, but the price is usually not your final price. The truth is, the price usually only includes the countertop and nothing else you might need to install it.

Beware The Hidden Charges

While small numbers might look great now, the final price is often increased by many hidden charges and fees.

Before you begin your quest of buying your countertop from a big box story, you need to know the desired size, shape and style of your new countertop. Many big box stores will not include fabrication. They will often charge you for the templates and fabrication of your new countertop without offering you any other alternative.

If you are looking at bulk countertops, edge style and radius corners are not included in the countertop costs. Styling options can be a very expensive additional charge.

How About Delivery And Installation?

Delivery charges are one of the biggest expenses a big box store will hit you with when you purchase a new countertop. Many people cannot move large countertops on their own and this charge can sometimes be hundreds of dollars.

Installation is another added fee. Unless you plan on installing the countertop yourself, the big box stores can plan on adding another hidden charge. Countertop installation cost includes many steps such as: disconnection of appliances, removal of old countertop, re-leveling of cabinets (if necessary), and attachment of under mount sink, faucet drillings and installation of the new countertop. And this does not include any re-measuring of the countertop and cutting if it does not happen to fit the area.

Going With A Remodeling Contractor

As you can see, when you walk into a big box store you can be hit with a lot of hidden charges after you buy that lovely kitchen countertop. The price you thought was small is now far above the original posted sticker price.

Going with a remodeling company or contractor can save you money in the long run. They will let you know the price up front and many companies will have payment plans for their customers. Do the research and you will end up with more money in your pocket than in your kitchen.

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5 Ways to Quickly Clean Your Quartz Worktops

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Quartz is one of the hardest materials that can be used for your kitchen countertops, bathroom, or floor. It is an amazingly non porous stone with little or no channels in it. This means that the quartz countertop will probably not absorb any spilled liquids or foods inside it.

This article will look at the best ways to quickly and efficiently clean your quartz worktop counter space, in order give your quartz the best chance to have a long and healthy life!

Immediately Clean Up Spills – The best way to keep your quartz countertop or worktop clean is to immediately clean up a spill. Allowing a spill, whether it is food or a liquid, to stay and set on the quartz could lead to a staining. While it is rare that the stain will get into the quartz itself, there is a possibility, as with all surfaces, that it will produce a stain. The absolute greatest advantage you have to keep your countertops clean is to immediately clean up any spills.

Mild Household Cleaners Are The Best – If you do encounter a spill that requires more attention than a quick wipe, using a mild household cleaner is the best option. Any common household cleaning fluid will not damage the quartz and should take care of the problem right away. Simple items such as a glass cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner are the best options to clean your quartz worktop or countertop.

Rubbing Alcohol and Dish Detergent – Sometimes there are spills and stains that require a bit more strength to get rid of them. In the kitchen especially, there can be any number of combinations of spills that include wine, acidic juices, sauces and more. To make sure these items do not permanently damage the quartz countertop, there is a simple recipe to clean them. Just combine three parts detergent one part rubbing alcohol and gently apply to the stain on the surface. This should take care of the stain and is gentle enough to not damage the quartz.

Items To Avoid – While quartz is a very hard and durable material, there are always certain precautions to take to ensure that your countertop or worktop lasts as long as possible. Some of the items to avoid when cleaning quartz are: highly acidic cleaning supplies, cleaning products that contain lemon, ammonia, bleach, wax or polish. By avoiding these chemicals and cleaning products you will be adding years to your quartz. The less harmful chemicals that are used the longer your quartz countertops and worktops will last.

Water and Paper Towel – The best, most simple, and easiest way to quickly clean your quartz worktop or countertop is warm water and paper towel. If you have a spill in your kitchen or your work space, grab some paper towel or a cloth and clean it up. The longer the stain has to set, the greater chance there is of permanent damage.

Quartz countertops and worktops are extremely durable, strong, and have little or no pores to absorb spills that could lead to stains. However, the best way to get the most out of your quartz is to clean up any spills right away!

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5 Benefits of White Granite Countertops

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Granite is one of the most popular choices for countertops for many years. It has become the standard when designing a home or for a remodel. However, most people have been choosing a darker colour such as black or brown. Now, white granite is becoming more popular and this article will discuss the benefits of having white granite countertops.

Relieves ‘stuffy’ feeling with too many dark tones – If you already have chosen a darker shade for the rest of your kitchen, particularly the cupboards, you might want to choose white granite for your countertop.

Having too much ‘dark’ in your kitchen can cause it to feel closed or stuffy, especially if there is not enough natural or overhead light. A nice, light granite countertop can significantly relieve that stuffy feeling!

Modern kitchen design as opposed to contemporary dark – Many of the new home designs are incorporating white granite countertops because of their modern look. Most older or ‘contemporary’ styles use a darker style, with black countertops and darker wood cupboards. These days, home designers and decorators are opting for a lighter tone for their homes. White granite countertops are the new modern design!

Lighter colours hide marks better – If you plan on having a lot of people in your kitchen, or a lot of interaction in your kitchen, or simply plan to cook all the time, you should choose a white granite countertop.

It is obvious that when using your kitchen a lot there will be pots and pans and other heavy kitchen utensils banging around on the countertop. This will eventually lead to some marks, scuffs, scratches or possibly cuts on the countertop. A black surface will not hide scratch marks as well as a white surface. A white granite countertop will not show scratches and wear and tear as much as a darker surface.

More spacious and invitingWhite granite countertops can make any kitchen seem brighter and more lively. If you have a smaller kitchen, a white granite countertop can really make all the difference. It will make the kitchen seem brighter, more spacious, and inviting. The kitchen is one of the most social rooms in the house. People always want to help in the kitchen, see what is for dinner, and just casually chat. Having a beautiful white granite countertop will make people want to be in your kitchen all the time!

Variety – Another great benefit of white granite countertops is that there are many shades of white granite to choose from. Instead of having to pick from one or two colour varieties, you can choose a colour that perfectly suits your style, taste, needs, wants, and the atmosphere you desire.

Some of the different shades and tones of white granite include:

  • Ambrosia;
  • Amerelo Ornamental;
  • Bianco Catalina;
  • Colonial Cream;
  • Delicatus White;
  • Ice Pearl;
  • Princess White;
  • Samba White;
  • Taupe White;
  • White Moon Quartzite;
  • And Many More!

These are some of the benefits of a white granite countertop in your home. Not only is it very popular, but it is economical and durable. A white granite countertop would be an excellent addition to any home!

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5 Things Nobody Told You About Quartz

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Quartz is one of the best options for stone countertops on the market today. It has various color/pattern options and it is durable, hygienic and sustainable. If you have thought about quartz and are doing some research, we present to you five things you may not yet know about quartz.

Quartz Is Not Considered A Natural Stone Countertop

Quartz, as a countertop base, is not considered a natural stone. It is considered to be a manufactured countertop. Quartz is made by using a process of bonding pieces of quartz together with a non-porous resin. This is what gives quartz its hardness and non-porous quality. Also, because it is manufactured, it can be molded into different and unique shapes, such as curves, without seams or cuts. Natural stone cannot be formed in this manner.

They Are Not 100% Quartz

Although quartz countertops may not be considered natural stone, many contain 97% quartz minerals. The rest is usually the resin used to hold the quartz together.

Many manufacturers use recycled products or other minerals, in addition to the quartz, to expand the colors available to consumers. The many variants created from this process ensure a customer will have a countertop which resembles stone but with a color rarely found in nature.

Quartz Is The 2Nd Most Abundant Mineral On Earth

This is the sustainability factor of quartz. Other natural stones need to be mined in specific locations and many only have finite quantities. Whereas quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. There will soon be a time when other natural stones will no longer be available, which cannot be said of quartz. Because of its abundance and how its manufacturing process, quartz will be around for a very long time.

Quartz Is Better Than Granite

Quartz is one of the best and lowest maintenance stones on the market. It does not require sealing, repairs, or pro-active maintenance for the duration of its life. It is five times harder than granite and non-porous. It is also one of the few stones which is crack-, chip- and break-resistant and never needs to be sealed. This goes to making the stone also impervious to staining, etching, grime, mold/mildew and many kinds of bacteria. With just a clean rag and hot water, quartz can be easily cleaned and maintained.

It’s Made In The UK

Quartz is one of the very few manufactured countertops which are mined, fabricated and shipped to vendors in the UK. Almost all other countertops and their products are mined and fabricated in other countries then shipped to the UK. By having all aspects of quartz processed in the UK, it saves fossil fuel resources, overhead shipping costs, and helps keep your dollar hard at work in the UK, not to mention the price of the actual quartz countertop is then reflected in those savings.

Now that you know a few more things about quartz, contact us today and see how quartz can beautify your home.

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5 Most Popular Granite Countertop Colors

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Granite remains one of the most popular countertop materials for homeowners and designers today. It has a beautiful and remarkable appearance with a variety of speckled and swirl variants within its natural stone. It makes a great focal point and conversation piece to any kitchen.

With hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of different granite countertop colors and variants to choose from, you may find it difficult to choose a color of granite which speaks to your personal style. It might help to see what other homeowners and designers are choosing for their homes. So here are five of the most popular granite countertop colors which are in use today.

  1. Tan Brow

Dark countertops paired with white cabinets have become popular over the past couple years. Many people are wanting something which matches both traditional and contemporary kitchen styles and the dark, rich tones of the tan brown counters go with either style. They can even go into any farmhouse style kitchen. There are many variants of the tan brown countertop. Some trend towards a cooler gray while others the deeper browns with everything in-between.

  1. New Venecian Gol

New Venecian Gold is a great granite countertop color for modern kitchens. The granite goes wonderful with either light or dark cabinets and the metallic flecks give an added shine to light up that modern kitchen. These countertops are sure to be the highlight of any kitchen.

  1. Santa Cecilia

Though it has a lot of color, Cecelia is a light, neutral color countertop. It has a lot of brown variants which give the aspect of a lot of movement within the granite. This color goes great with either light or dark cabinets, or anything in-between. Any homeowner with this countertop will enjoy this choice for a lifetime.

  1. Uba Tuba

Uba Tuba is a lovely rich and refined color with a dark black base. It has gray, purple and gold variants which make it a granite countertop worth a second look. Uba Tuba can be used with light or neutral cabinets with its variants and can become a wonderful statement piece or focal point for any kitchen.

  1. Black Pearl

Black Pearl is a beautiful dark color countertop. It has a deep black base with purple variants, many of them speckled, making it a wonderful focal point to any kitchen. It also has iridescent flecks to give the color some extra sparkle. As with any dark countertop, it goes great with lighter color cabinets for extra definition in the kitchen. It will give those light cabinets some sharp edges.

The best granite countertop color for your home may not be one of these five but hopefully we have helped steer you in the right direction. Do not be afraid to ask questions when it comes to the granite countertop of your dreams. The one you want may be just around the corner. As you begin your foray into the world of granite countertops we wish you happy hunting.

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3 Countertop And Cabinet Combinations For Estate Kitchens

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Many homeowners who are renovating estate kitchens often face the insurmountable task of finding the perfect countertop, cabinet and accessory combinations to match chosen kitchen themes, the estate’s decor and guest and public expectations.

As you work on your next estate kitchen renovation project, we hope to help by giving you some ideas of specific themes. Here are three common themes and popular countertop and cabinet combinations homeowners and designers are using today for you to consider.

COASTAL

The goal with a coastal estate kitchen theme is to open the kitchen so that as the light changes it is brightly lit and airy one moment and stormy the next, like the seaside. Follow suggestion below and you cannot go wrong with this theme.

Create this atmosphere by starting with light-colored butcher block countertops, or natural or engineered stone with straight or single-beveled edges in light sand or pebble designs. Combine it with cabinetry featuring upper standard overlay six to eight panel flat clear glass doors and bottom flat panel vertical groove doors. To top it all off and compliment the entire combination, coat the cabinets in a bright white or light grey laminate. For accessories, use doorknobs and drawer pull crafted in burnished brass or stainless steel.

RUSTIC

With a rustic estate kitchen theme the focus is on open shelving, decorative accenting and rich colors. If you want something rustic, follow the suggestion below and you will be happy.

Create this atmosphere by using stone countertops with decorative beveled or ogee edges. Then combine these with lower open shelves and fronts with recessed center square or arched designs and decorative accessories like crown molding, grape or acanthus appliques, grape or scrolled corbels and fluted fillers.

When choosing accessories, color combinations vary based on lighting and your personal preference. But focus on the lighting in your kitchen whether you have chosen dark or light countertops. Then you can choose either dark cherry stained, or solid white or hand-distressed antique white, blue, black or green painted, cabinetry and colonial, antique or flat black or oil-rubbed bronze hardware.

MODERN

Modern kitchen estate themes can have any countertop and cabinet combinations. The key is to maintain clean, straight lines throughout the hardware, appliance, backsplash and furniture choices. Everything in the kitchen must serve as room accents instead of decorative additions.

Create this modern atmosphere by using a natural or man-made stone in light or dark color with eased edges. Combine it with a dark stained or painted wood cabinetry featuring full overlay slab or flat, single panel shaker upper and lower fronts.

Hardware for this theme should be bright, polished bar-style door and drawer handles in stainless steel or satin nickel. Island bars can be enhanced with a waterfall edged design which carries the counter material down one or both sides of the lower cabinetry.

Whatever theme you choose, remember that choosing your accessories is as important as choosing your cabinetry and your countertops. Each piece adds to the atmosphere and lighting of the kitchen.

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The Difference Between Silestone and Granite Worktops

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When choosing a kitchen worktop, you will be faced with dilemma of picking the right material. There are so many countertop materials that you can pick. Two of the most popular materials are; Silestone and Granite. All the same, the two have so much in common yet so different. Knowing the difference will help you make the right decision for you home.

Granite and Silestone explained?

Granite is a natural stone that consists of different types of rock, with the most common being quartz and mica. Due to the different concentrations of different rocks, granite varies in colour and pattern depending on the rock composition. Like any other natural stone, granite is mined from the earth’s crust as huge blocks and cut into slabs which are the polished to make them smooth and shiny.

On the other hand, Silestone is an engineered stone that is made up of approximately 95% quartz and resin. They are fused together to create a solid and consistent material. Silestone has become popular in homes given its durability, sturdiness and a range of different colours and patterns. The pattern range from solid colours to patterns that resemble natural stones. It will not be surprising to find silestone slabs that look like marble but with the strength of granite.

Silestone and granite are practically of the same weight and density. They are cut and templated almost the same dimensions. Most fabricators of granite and silestone give a 10-year warranty that most customers cannot resist.

The difference between silestone and granite worktops

Sealing

Granite is porous unlike silestone. All granites need to be sealed to prevent staining and absorptions of liquids. Most fabricators will seal the granite before supplying to end consumers while others don’t. It is recommended that re-sealing is done every two years or when it feel necessary to seal the worktop. Silestone is not porous! Silestone will resist stains caused by spills for a long time without the need of sealing it.

Cleaning

Both are relatively easy to clean. In most cases, stains can be removed by wiping with a damp sponge. This will be good enough to remove dirt and food residues. Using mild home cleaners and warm water will get rid of most stubborn kitchen stains. Silestone worktops can withstand harsh chemical cleaners but this is not the case for granite worktops since the cleaners cause the protective sealant to break.

Anti-bacterial qualities

Both silestone and granite are well positioned to resist bacteria. All the same, silestone has an advantage over granite in that it is more resistant to bacteria. Silestone has a special bacteriostatic that offers resistance to bacterial. This property makes silestone more ideal if you use your worktop to prepare food over or if you have young children.

The heat challenge

Granite is extremely heat resistant. It can take up a hot pan without cracking or scorching. As much as silestone is also heat resistant, it doesn’t perform well, when there is a sudden change in surface temperature. So if you need to let go of a hot pan quickly, then you better be having a granite worktop. To protect your silestone worktop, use trivets when placing hot pans or kitchenware on the surface.

Don’t scratch here

Granite maybe the better countertop when it comes to scratch resistance but all the same, they both have a degree of scratch resistance that allows them to be sturdy. Granite maybe slightly better because of its hardness.

Cost

There’s no big difference in terms of cost. Both the cost of the worktop and installation charges. All the same, high-end granite will be relatively more expensive that equivalent silestone.

Hottest in town

Currently, silestone is slightly more popular than granite in the UK. This perhaps because silestones has a wider range of colours and patterns when compared to granite. All the same, both materials are aesthetically good looking and perfect for any home.

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How to Choose Your Kitchen Countertop Colour?

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You have painted your walls or wrapped them in paper, you’ve settled for the kitchen layout and the kind of feel you want to have in your kitchen. You can already visualize how the kitchen will look like after you are done with it. However, there’s one key aspect that will make or break the feel of your kitchen: your stone type (Marble, Granite or Quartz) and countertop colour. The choice of colour will make or break the aesthetics of the room. It is a matter of great importance that you familiarize with all available colour options before choosing your kitchen countertop.

There are four main theories of mixing and matching colours in order to achieve the ultimate aesthetic feel in your kitchen:

Complimentary:

Basically, this is using two or more colours that are vastly different from each other and combining them to create a strong combination. This theory is helpful when you want one colour to stand out or when you want to add a degree of subtle to a brighter shade. It is of great importance that you ensure that the colours work well in this style else you will end up hurting the aesthetic feel more than complimenting it. This is quite an intense combination that needs someone who is sure of the colours.

Monochromatic scheme:

This is the direct opposite of complimentary colour scheme in that you use only one colour. Monochromatic colour scheme performs best when you use shades of the same colour to achieve a subtle colour scheme that is noticeable without detracting from the overall kitchen design. You will find this ideal in small kitchen spaces and kitchens with contemporary design elements. This gives a calming effect but it may look a little one dimensional.

Analogous

This is basically the marriage of the two schemes mention above. Here, you choose two colours that are next to each other but optically distinguishable – one colour is a stronger shade of the second colour. The idea here is to place the stronger shade in large parts such as walls and ceilings and the second colour for smaller areas. This will work best when you team up cool colours or warm colours.

Mix and match

In this colour scheme, the colour is determined by the material. Mixing of materials is an increasingly growing trend among home owners. By mixing materials, you are able to add texture to schemes and prevent the look of your kitchen being overpowered by just one material. It has the potential of reducing the cost too – without necessarily increasing maintenance cost or compromising on the styling. For instance, if you use granite and introduce timber in some areas (where no much action takes place), you will not only compliment the looks but also make your kitchen top more affordable.

Other useful tips

  • Clashing colours – if you feel brave and confident enough, you can opt to add non-related colours and still have your kitchen looking beautiful. However, if you get it wrong, you will leave your kitchen looking like a circus.
  • Choose the countertop first – before you settle for the colour scheme of your kitchen, you will want to choose the countertop first. This is because you can always re-paint your walls and ceiling later. All the same, it doesn’t mean that you install the countertop before painting the walls.

Regardless of the countertop colour scheme you go for, ensure that you take time to hunt around for the correct materials. Be sure to check out what friends and family have done with their kitchens. You will want to learn from their mistakes and take advantage of where they excel. Do thorough research before settling on a colour scheme. Take advantage of the numerous home maker apps available to help you match the colours of your kitchen or get free advice from Surafceco team.

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