By Aidan Payne. The Kitchen. Published at Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 - 01:43:21 AM.
To Distress Or Not To Distress? When it comes to installing stone kitchen counter tops, Granite tends to be the material of choice because it is so durable. Marble is much more likely to chip and break and it is more at risk form the day to day kitchen accidents like broken glasses and spilled food or wine. Granite is much more able to withstand this type of ongoing punishment and is far less likely to fall victim to staining like Marble is. Some people actually see this as positive thing in relation to marble. They like the aesthetic effect of a little bit of wear and tear on their counter tops to give a slightly vintage look to them, in such the same way as people often do with intentionally distressed clothing. Marble is quite often likened to a fine wine which gets better as it matures. One of the main benefits of Marble is that it is completely waterproof and will not suffer damage from steam or splashes from washing dishes. However, to really prolong its life the stone does need to be sealed by a professional. This needs to been repeated every so often to maintain the seal. The manufacturer should be able to offer advice about how often this needs to be carried out.
However, by paying attention to our own health and safety around the home and particularly in the kitchen, a lot of the minor accidents that happen in the home can be avoided, if you take care and bear a few basic facts in mind. First look at the layout of your kitchen and consider ways that you could simplify things. This will involve taking a general overview as to the space itself. While doing this, look for any potential hazards which may arise such as obstructions or tripping hazards. Ensure that your floor covering is not wet and wipe up any spills straight away. If you have rugs make sure that they have a non-slip surface to avoid trips and falls. Once these are identified, you can take steps to make things safer and improve the safety of your kitchen.
The kitchen is crowded. Technology has invaded the kitchen space. Today, a homeowner uses several kitchen appliances that were non-existent a few years ago. As a result, old kitchens have become crowded. If you find that the kitchen counter-top and the dining table is covered with kitchen appliances, dinner plates, glasses, cooking pots etc., start thinking of hiring a renovation contractor. If you hire an experienced contractor, he will able to suggest you with modern ideas for increasing space in the kitchen. Ask him to make optimum use of the free space by adding more cabinets in the kitchen.
The Right Size TV Set in Your Kitchen. Size is one of the most important considerations. You do not want to give up precious counter space to your television set especially in a smaller kitchen where that space is already at a premium. For most people, a nineteen inch television is a good size. However with the low profile, flat screen models a larger screen can be more achievable. If you are concerned that your TV will not fit, measure out the spot that you would like place the set in and then go from there. Another option, which does not require any space at all, is to use an under the counter mounted television set. Flat screens can also be mounted directly to the wall, making sure that they are not being mounted above sinks or any other sources of water.
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