Countertops September 17, 2017. Terrazzo. Originating in Italy, terrazzo was traditionally made with cement and marble. Today's terrazzo countertops are made of a host of recycled materials—crushed stone, glass, metal and even seashells—that have been bonded with a colored epoxy resin binder and polished smooth. A terrazzo countertop is made to last for the life of the home and can be recycled at the end of its usable life. The countertops are durable, easily cleaned and resistant to bacteria growth. And they make a one-of-a-kind design statement.
Countertops September 18, 2017. Plenty of countertop options are durable, user-friendly, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly, and they come in a range of colors and prices. Following are nine popular materials, with descriptions of their environmental impacts and performance features. The materials are grouped into three categories: natural materials, manufactured materials and recycled-content materials.
Cabinets & Drawer October 05, 2017. If stock cabinetry is your choice for your kitchen, it is recommended that you research the options of manufacturers in your area and visit the showroom to see first-hand the quality of the cabinetry you are purchasing. Once you've picked out your specific kitchen cabinets, the fun can begin.
Countertops September 17, 2017. A warm alternative to cool stone, character-rich wood countertops are staging a comeback. Traditional wood surfaces often are reserved for lower-traffic applications, such as islands that double as eating areas.
Kitchen Style September 18, 2017. If you're designing a small galley kitchen or looking to remodel an existing one, it's likely that job one for you will be to maximize the space you have to work with. Kitchen lore states that the ideal width of a galley kitchen aisle is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your small galley kitchen is dead on with that measurement or even smaller, you can create a more efficient space and also add design features that can expand the area visually.
Sinks September 17, 2017. And if your kitchen's small, a pot filler can throw the scale of the design out of whack, says Crossman of Costa Quality Kitchens. "If you have a smaller space, it's pretty easy just to carry the pot of water from the sink to the stove," she says.
Cabinets & Drawer September 18, 2017. Cabinets are top of mind among homeowners considering kitchen remodels, and it's easy to understand why. The role of cabinetry in the finished look and function of the space is crucial to the success of a kitchen design and the enjoyment of spending time there. And since roughly 60 percent of an average kitchen's cost is spent on the cabinetry, choosing the right cabinets is a critical decision in remodeling and in new construction.
Kitchen Style September 18, 2017. Accessories like cookware, containers and other storage options similarly tend to reflect a countrified, down-home theme. Straightforward flatware designs may feature rustic wooden handles. Mason and other traditional canning jars may be used for storage, reflecting the historical traditions from which farmhouse kitchen design grew.