Countertops October 06, 2017. While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent—and affordable—option. Ceramic tile is impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, it won't stain. Proper sealant helps ensure grout won't discolor or stain, and large-format tiles cover a lot of area with minimal grout lines. Still most popular out west, ceramic tile is a solid option worth a second look.
Countertops October 04, 2017. Face Grain. Also called "plank grain," this orientation contains wood planks adhered together with the wide surface positioned upright. This surface, which showcases the beauty of the wood grain, is considered more decorative. Edge Grain. The edges of the boards are assembled in an upright position to form a light work surface. It appears less busy than the squares of butcher block. End Grain. The ends of the boards are positioned upward, forming a distinctive checkerboard appearance, for a heavy-duty work surface that withstands chopping. This is considered true butcher block. It is usually reserved for small prep areas.
Countertops October 06, 2017. Engineered stone. This countertop product is manufactured by combining quartz and pigments with polyester resin and pouring it into a mold to create a dense slab resembling granite. Using regionally manufactured stone and local fabricators cuts down on transportation distance, which is less harmful to the environment. Engineered stone is extremely durable, heat- and stain-resistant, and available in a wider range of colors than natural stone. Its nonporous surface resists scratches and cracks, and unlike natural stone, it does not require annual sealing.
Cabinets & Drawer October 07, 2017. The most common kitchen cabinet door accessory is the hardware—the door handles and drawer pulls on cabinets (usually made of metal). There are also many other options for spicing up your kitchen cabinet doors, starting with the door itself. With a little extra budget, you can explore custom cabinet doors with recessed or cutout designs, or, for an economical option, add molding to flat doors for a custom look that's less expensive.
Cabinets & Drawer October 06, 2017. Ready-to-assemble is the least expensive, stock cabinets (pre-made and ready for installation) are usually a little better quality, semi-custom is what its name implies with some prefab elements, and custom cabinets (the most expensive option) are designed by you and built according to your specifications.
Countertops October 04, 2017. Concrete. Manufacturing concrete countertops requires a lot of energy, and cement production pollutes more than most processes. Some redeeming environmental qualities of concrete, however, are that recycled materials such as fly ash and glass can be included in the concrete mix for texture and variety, and concrete can be recycled into aggregate at the end of its usable life. When coloring concrete for countertops, be sure nontoxic, natural pigments are mixed into the concrete rather than applying surface stains. Concrete looks exotic and unusual, it’s heat- and scratch-resistant, and new treatments help eliminate cracking and diminish porosity.
Cabinets & Drawer October 06, 2017. Refacing is a less expensive option than replacing the cabinet doors, though refacing won't work on some cabinets. Double-check the material your cabinet is made of before you decide to reface.
Kitchen Style October 06, 2017. Furniture in seaside kitchen designs tends to be simple and sturdy; it's often constructed from traditional hardwood. Many homeowners designing coastal kitchens decide to leave furniture unfinished or with a somewhat natural stain or finish, as this style works well with a light and bright kitchen design.
Kitchen Style October 06, 2017. Lighting in coastal kitchen designs is often subtle and soothing, in concert with the commonly light and bright color schemes featured. Task, decorative and main lighting may be used to illuminate key areas. Understated track lighting can be used for main lighting, hanging pendants can hover over the sink, stove and cooking preparation areas, and rope lights or soft LED lights can brighten spaces above and below cabinets for decorative touches.
Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. U-shaped kitchens are often a preference of homeowners with a larger kitchen space; they require three adjacent walls, and many homeowners use the space in the middle to feature a kitchen island, perfect for food preparation and extra storage. Because of their larger design and luxurious utility, U-shaped kitchen layouts are favorites of homeowners looking for a large, functional and attractive kitchen space that can be used for cooking and cleaning as well as for conversation and gathering.