Kitchens Worktops and Countertops MaterialsThe worktop or countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen it is also an integral part of its design. Food preparation can deliver a large amount of wear and tear to the surfaces in the kitchen.

Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.

Laminate worktops

This in expensive option is a very popular choice for kitchen countertops and it comes in a variety of colors and textures. It isn’t that hard wearing and can get scratched or burned, and gets dirty very easily. It is not built to last. If you do choose laminate you can protect your surfaces with trivets and chopping boards.

Advantages

Fairly Inexpensive

A wide range of colors and patterns to choose from

Easy to apply fancy edges

Stain resistant

Disadvantages

Not wise to use as a cutting surface or to place hot pans upon

Cannot be repaired if it gets damaged, it must get replaced

Noticeable seams because of a dark backing sheet. This is most apparent with light colors

Granite worktops

Granite is the most common type of stone used for a countertop. Granite is quarried worldwide, with colors and patterns that reveal the region and the geological conditions that created it. Each slab is unique, with random and inconsistent patterns for a great character and look. It is highly durable, it doesn’t scratch or burn and it keeps its color. Unfortunately Granite is a very expensive material though the finished look is often well worth the cost.

Advantages

A variety of colors of natural stone

Extremely durable

Heat resistant and hard to scratch

Disadvantages

Expensive

To prevent staining it will need to be resealed

Stainless steel worktops

Often associated with professional kitchens, stainless steel is stylish and contemporary. Steel is highly durable and can be shaped in many ways to fit your kitchen. The backsplash and the sink can be made out of the same piece of steel, ensuring that there are no awkward corners or gaps for food to get lost in. Stainless steel is hygienic and is the only surface that can be safely bleached.

Advantages

The only surface that can be safely bleached

Corrosion proof

Very durable

Sinks, draining boards and backsplashes can all be fabricated into the counter top.

Heat proof

All the joints can be polished for a seamless effect (may cost extra).

Disadvantages

Can scratch and dent (though newer designs can include textured finishes that can hide the scratches).

A high maintenance option

Expensive

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Do you want to sell your rehabs fast? That’s an obvious question – we all do! So what is the trick? So much time and money is spent on systems updates, roofs, and structural issues, that many times there’s nothing left for what really makes the sale: what your potential buyers see. And more importantly, what they fall in love with.

People don’t walk into your house, and say, “Wow, they have all new electric. Let’s buy.” That’s just a core expectation. The trick to selling houses fast is to seduce your customers to fall in love when they walk through. It has to feel like a home to them.

The two most inexpensive yet surefire ways we have found to create this atmosphere is through color and through decorating.

A tastefully decorated house really stands out from the others. New house builders learned this a long time ago. Why do you suppose they hire interior decorators? But they have the advantage of creating one masterpiece to sell many. Rehabbers don’t have that luxury. But we discovered that a house can be “staged” to feel like a lived in home.

Staging is the art of artistically placing decor items around the house. Perhaps a colorful place setting on the kitchen counter along with open coffee beans for aroma, and an open recipe book turned to a colorful picture. Bathrooms dressed up with beautiful towels, sweet smelling soaps, and window treatments as shower curtains.

Finally, fireplace mantels decorated as if the family was already living there. But even staging doesn’t create the ambiance you need. It is the warmth that comes from color. You may have heard to use a white-on-white color scheme to remain neutral and not turn anyone off.

The truth is – no one is turned ON either. Buyers aren’t attracted to all white houses. At best, there’s no emotion.

With the use of contemporary designer colors, however, these same people fall in love with the home. That’s the emotion that sells. When they love, they buy. And they fall in love with houses that are brought to life with full color.

You can hire a professional decorator to design all of our color schemes. This will improve the house appearance, so buyers will fell in love with the look and feel inside the house.

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Purchasing a New RefrigeratorGoing appliance shopping is a lot like buying shoes. Some people hate it, while others savor the opportunity of inspecting various models to find just the right fit for their kitchen and lifestyle. If it has been a few years since you bought a new appliance, and especially a refrigerator, you may want to give some thought in advance to the type of features you want it to have, including size, storage space, compartments, and freezer capacity.

Start by browsing current newspaper ads or local appliance stores for sales or discount items. While it is not always best to buy cheap, it doesn’t hurt to check out the bargain deals first to see if you can find what you want. This also will help you get a better idea of regular prices, available features, and comparison-shopping.

You will need to give some thought to design, model, and color, as well. Some shoppers prefer white or black appliances to blend with kitchen decor, while others prefer another color that goes with the theme or style of the rest of the home.

When you finally head to the appliance store to check out the various models on display, start by reading the sticker ad on or near each refrigerator. This should tell you how much each unit has of shelf space, for example, as well as other consumer interest information like how much electricity various models will use. Look for the energy saver brand, since energy use can vary widely from one unit to another.

Consider the amount of freezer space you need. If you buy meat or frozen food in bulk quantities, you may want a larger freezer that can hold a lot. Otherwise, though, you may be paying more in energy costs to keep your freezer cold when it doesn’t have very much food to fill it. Find out whether a model is self-defrosting; nearly all are nowadays.

Another thing to keep in mind is how to clean a particular model. Some of the exterior casings are made of a vinyl-type material that seems to absorb grease from adult fingers and dirt from toddler hands.

Ask how easy or hard it may be to clean a particular appliance before you buy it. For example, you will probably have to unplug your refrigerator and pull it out to dust or vacuum the refrigeration coils. Make sure you can easily move the unit yourself without getting hurt.

Don’t buy more refrigerator than you need. A gorgeous side-by-side ice-maker model might look great in the store, but it could end up crowding your small kitchen or sit around mostly unused if you live alone and don’t use it much.

The final steps to making a purchasing decision might rest on the payment options and delivery terms. This would be a good time to ask about product warranties and replacement parts while you’re at it, so you’ll know who to call if something goes wrong or a part breaks.

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Iron FurnitureBuying furniture for your home, or even for one room, can make a very significant difference in the way your home or rooms looks and feels like. Furniture determines the ambiance in the spirit of the room, many try to have their furniture reflect the same idea as their house design, using the furniture to increase the harmony reflected by the homes designed. Many find that using the material out of which the furniture is made the most difficult and complex question.

Even furniture offers a lot of different varieties and forms, including the material where it is made from. Plastic furniture is one of the most popular choices nowadays, and with good reason, for they are lightweight, functional, somewhat heavy-duty, and less expensive than some of the other available types. On the other hand, like many other things, plastic furniture also has its negatives.

Most pieces of plastic furniture, because they are inexpensive, sacrifice artistic quality and design, for functionality purposes. These types of chairs and tables are usually very dreary to look at and simply just boring, even if they do function properly, the way they are supposed to. However, some people would simply prefer a bit more style, especially if it is the design of their own home that they are considering.

The iron furniture are furniture that is made from sturdy material that offers strength and durability while offering grace and style, something rarely or not seen with other types of furniture. Iron furniture is the one of the most, if not the most, elegant types of furniture out in the market today. It instantly brings class and elegance while still maintaining functionality (its purpose).

Imagine a million dollar home with a patio that is laced with dull-looking plastic chairs and tables. Not too good, is it? Imagine the same patio but replace the furniture with wrought iron ones, and instantaneously, it brings about a whole new different dimension.

One of the great benefits of iron furniture is its durability. Since it is made from iron (even if it is not 100% iron), it brings about toughness and stability, which is an attribute that is almost always considered very important. That is understandable, since who in his right mind would purchase pieces of furniture made from good-looking material but will break down in just a short period of time?

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