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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 11/27/2019

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Having a beautiful home is wonderful, but having a beautiful home with an elegant and functional kitchen is fantastic. Updated kitchen décor and finishes are an on-trend way to create a warm gathering place for friends and family. A real wood countertop is a top option for perfecting the natural kitchen décor motif.

Wooden Countertop Styles

There are distinctive styles of wooden countertop materials available, and each serves a different purpose and esthetic.

  • Butcher Block Countertops: For countertop that allows you to slice and cut directly on the surface, the butcher block is your best choice. The wood is two to three inches thick of alternating species and can withstand damage from chopping and dicing with proper care. Available in various wood mixtures as end-grain and edge-grain, its hardness and color options make it easier to choose the one that fits into your kitchen theme.

  • Reclaimed Wood Countertops: For people who appreciate the rustic look, a repurposed wood countertop is a great option. Currently among the trending countertops, reclaimed wood is relatively simple to find and source locally. Most reclaimed wood countertops come from recycled or discarded wood.

  • Live Edge Wood Countertops: Made from planed but not trimmed raw wood, a live edge countertop retains the original shape of the tree. The unique thing about this countertop is its rustic and uncommon look; it curves inward in some areas and rounds out in others, giving your kitchen or bar area a beautiful and unique look. 

  • Solid Wood Countertops: The solid wood countertop option works well with all kitchen designs, creating a timeless and traditional look for your kitchen. Thick planks of mahogany, walnut, knotty alder, or other hardwoods waterproofed with acrylic polyurethane come in flat, dull, satin, and semi-gloss finishes for an elegant addition to your countertops.

Your Choice of Wood

Ensure that the design, grain, and finish of the wooden countertop you choose is appropriate for its purpose. Hardwood like maple, teak, oak, chestnut, and mahogany make great countertop material, especially if you intend to chop and slice directly on the counter surface. For a more sustainable option, bamboo, while not technically wood, is an attractive and durable choice. 

Your kitchen countertop has a significant impact on the look and feel of your room. For best results, consult with or hire a professional contractor who is knowledgeable about the installation process for these unique surfaces.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 5/15/2019

Making a kitchen look beautiful is easy enough to do with several options in appliances, sinks, and countertops. Out of these three options, the countertop is the biggest player because it poses a significant role in determining your kitchen designs in terms of weight, balance, proportion, and scale. The kitchen countertop options nowadays are made of materials that would both upgrade your kitchen and boost the overall value of your home. So, it is no wonder that homeowners consider luxurious countertops for their high-end kitchen renovation. Check out the list of some the high-end countertop options that will bring sparkle into your kitchen:

Exotic Wood

Woods have risen like a phoenix from the ashes and are a go-to solution for homeowners who want an upscale renovation for their kitchen. Wood countertops come in different colors and materials such as oak, maple, teak, walnut, and cherry. Wood countertops can have different finishes, with some being more durable than others, so consider the use your countertop will get before deciding on this route.

Granite

Granite has long been the number one choice for upscale homeowners looking for a luxurious finish to their kitchen. Some of the benefits of a granite countertop are that it is extremely durable and holds up to heat. Also, granite has the second highest hardness rating after diamonds, and will tremendously boost the resale value of your home.

Engineered Quartz

Quartz is another option that homeowners use to add elegance to their kitchen. Quartz is a natural material that is highly durable, ranking just under granite for hardness. Engineered quartz is a blend of quartz crystals with a polymer resin. The output is an extremely durable and low-maintenance countertop that is available in different colors. Also, engineered quartz has a non-porous surface, so buyers don’t need to worry about damage from water exposure or permanent stains. 

Copper

Copper is a less popular choice for kitchen countertops, but one that showcases elegance. Copper has plenty of benefits, but it's important to note that over time its aging will show in its appearance as it develops its sought-after patina with exposure to water and heat. Copper countertops are easy to maintain with quality finishes. All that you needed is to clean it with regular dish soap and periodically wax it. 

Soapstone or Slate

Soapstone is a stylish option for homeowners wanting to give their kitchen a dark and soothing air. Slate comes in different shades of red, green, black, and purple which can give your kitchen an elegant look and pop of color. If you manufacture either material into the sink, you can give your kitchen a modern look with clean lines.

Recycled Glass and Cement

Give your countertops a modern finish with recycled glass and cement countertops. These countertops are easy to maintain, incredibly durable, scratch resistant, and have a life span of 50 years. Furthermore, when buying these countertops, producers allow you to pick the pigments of the glass pieces that will be used in your countertops so you can choose a color scheme that blends with your home.

Visit your local home supplies store to see what options are available for you to choose. If you're planning to upgrade your countertops to sell your home, ask your realtor what gives the best return on investment in your community.




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Posted by Pamela Bailey on 3/9/2016

If you have been packing on the pounds it may be your kitchen that is to blame. New research has shown that it could be your kitchen making you gain weight. Here are some tips on how to keep your kitchen from contributing to a growing waistline. No Media The TV in the kitchen is now a media snack station. Parking yourself in front of the TV with food all around you makes snack time a lot easier. Computers in the kitchen can also lead to mindless munching and web surfing. It's too easy to grab a bite when all the food is within arm’s reach. Stand Up Who doesn't love an island prep station? But all the handy seating around the island is an invitation to linger over snacks. So lose all the stools to help resist temptation to gather in the kitchen. Open Invitation The so-called great room isn't so great for your weight. Combination living/kitchen areas make your kitchen the focal point of the home. Add a few partition walls or screens to keep the fridge and cabinets out of sight when relaxing, and watching TV in the living room. Skimp on Storage Pantries, large cabinets are so appealing and offer a great place to stockpile food. They also offer lots of temptation. Too many trips to bargain bulk stores will have your storage full in no time and also create a mentality of surplus. More is always more especially when it comes to food.




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