Cabinets & Drawer September 18, 2017. But even for professional contractors who may build dozens of kitchens a year, it can be difficult to confidently advise clients on selecting a finish that will enhance the overall kitchen environment and is appropriate to its level of use, as well as provide the best possible quality at an affordable price.
Countertops September 17, 2017. Wood. The manufacturing of wood countertops has relatively little environmental impact, because wood doesn't need to be processed, only sawn, which uses a small amount of energy. Choosing wood countertops that are certified as "sustainably harvested" by the Forest Stewardship Council also helps protect wood as a natural resource. Wood countertops are easily cleaned with soap and water and have inherent properties that protect them from bacteria buildup. Wood also can serve as a built-in cutting surface. Maintenance includes oiling regularly and sanding and resealing scratches as needed.
Countertops September 17, 2017. Solid surface. Solid-surface countertops are made from fillers and resins. The filler is often a form of bauxite, the ore used to produce aluminum. The resins are polyester or acrylic, which are derived from oil and natural gas products. The components of solid-surface countertops are nonrenewable, but solid surface does have some "green" characteristics: it's durable and won't need to be replaced for a long time; it doesn't react readily with other chemicals or elements, which means it has low impact on both indoor and outdoor environments; and it's nontoxic, with virtually no off-gassing of VOCs. Solid-surface countertops are seamless on the surface, heat- and stain-resistant and available in a variety of colors, patterns and styles. Scratches can be easily softened with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad. A drawback to using these countertops in the kitchen is that hot pans can damage the surface. The countertops also are moderately expensive.
Sinks September 17, 2017. Regardless of the design, though, your cabinets will require some extra reinforcement to support a stone sink, says Joe Percoco of Percoco Marble and Tile in Denver, Colo. He strongly recommends that the sink cabinet be reinforced to hold the extra weight, which can total more than 300 pounds. Joe says that one of their block sinks can require "four guys to get it into place." Make sure your cabinets have similar strength.
Countertops September 18, 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.
Kitchen Style October 07, 2017. Mixers, blenders, coffee makers and other accessories are available in bold colors and unique designs that seem positively science fictional. Cookware, utensils and flatware are all available with a modern twist, both in terms of design aesthetic and bold, up-to-date colors. Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design.
Kitchen Style September 18, 2017. The bottom line is that no cook wants to beat an inconvenient (and potentially disastrous or even dangerous during meal preparation) path from stove to sink to refrigerator. So even if you're considering a unique layout for your U-shaped kitchen design, you should definitely make every effort to maintain the work triangle.
Cabinets & Drawer September 17, 2017. If your existing cabinets are of good quality, still function, and their current existing layout works with the blueprint of your new kitchen, try refinishing them for a new look. Re-staining or repainting kitchen cabinets is the most affordable way to achieve a new look in your current kitchen. You can also try applying wood veneer to the existing doors to give them a fresh look as well. Finally, something as simple as replacing the hardware on the doors and drawers of your existing cabinetry can go a long way in changing the look of your kitchen.