Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kitchen Design Part 1: Guide to Granite.

Kitchens can be one of the most difficult home remodel projects. They are not only technical but a balance act between function and aesthetics. Being the meeting point in most households, the right design is crucial for gathering and entertaining and when done correctly kitchens can become the focal point of any home. 

It is important to plan for this remodel since they often consist of an entire demolition.
You will go from this...

To this in a matter of days.

One of the most important decisions you will make is the countertop. Making a modern statement or a practical solution, the right countertop material can withstand wear and tear for a lifetime. Ranging from corian, quartz, marble, tile, laminates, stainless steel, butcher block and even concrete anyone can be overwhelmed with the possibilities. 

Granite is the most popular and effective option. On a function level granite will withstand the daily use of knifes, splashes, and everyday traffic offering the most value for your money. On a visual level the variation in this popular stone can add depth and natural versatility to your design. With different grades of granite being offered this decision doesn't have to be the most expensive in your kitchen either. 

If you are looking for a high end unique piece of granite making a trip to a stone yard may be worthwhile. Stone yards are direct suppliers and sometimes manufacturers of granite. They offer a high end and unique selection. You could spend many fascinating hours (at least I could.. and have) discovering wonderful pieces of art like stone.

A unique piece of granite I recently found at a stone yard.

Sometimes stone yards will have reminates of granite that can be sold for a discounted price. These smaller pieces can make a statement on a small bathroom vanity.

For customers seeking the function and appeal of granite on a budget, kitchen centers most often have selections of granite that can be chosen according to price range. It is also important no matter where you make your granite selections from that you ask for samples to compare with your cabinet choices, backsplash, and paint options.

The finished edge of granite is also a very important aspect. My favorite is the beveled, not only does it offer a polished classy feel but it is also the most practical for areas by the sink where water will roll off the edge for easy clean up. 
Beveled Edge

This Flat Edge offers a more modern look.

I recently used this chipped edge on a high countertop to highlight the texture and natural variation of the granite.

When remodeling your kitchen it is important to focus on one decision at a time, and of course the right professionals can help you through. 

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