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From the design files of Heather B – Replacing Granite Countertops

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Design Question

Hi there…The countertops in my kitchen are granite. Two counter sections are fine but the granite counter between the stove and the fridge is pretty scratched up. Should I replace all of the countertops or just the one? And I don’t think I want granite again – if I wanted to replace all of the countertops so that they match are there any alternatives you would recommend?

Design Answer

Thanks for writing in. You might want to give replacing them some more thought. As a construction material for kitchen countertops, granite has more pros going for it than cons. It is a hard, nonporous stone, which makes it durable and heat resistant: you can take hot pots off the stove and place them directly onto a granite counter without having to use a trivet or a hot pad and being able to cut food on the granite itself eliminates the need for buying separate cutting boards.

As for the scratches, have you considered consulting a local retailer that features granite products? Because granite is so durable, often granite countertops, even severely damaged ones, can be repaired and restored. It might be less expensive than have to replacing all three countertops in your kitchen.

Should you need to choose new kitchen countertops, there are plenty of different types to choose from – one isn’t necessarily better than any other. It largely depends on personal preference. Three main factors to keep in mind when selecting a construction material for kitchen counters are: cost (how much you’re willing to spend; appearance (does it blend with cabinets and the other décor elements in the space); and lifestyle (you love cooking for friends or you can never remember to grab a hot pad when taking a casserole out of the oven).

Also take into account that each type of countertop material has its own set of pros and cons. Laminate kitchen countertops are economical and most versatile, but isn’t as durable as some kinds of stone counters. Stainless steel is very easy to clean but can be easily scratched if not sealed.

Come back next week when I will answer another one of your design questions. Don’t forget to keep sending them to. I don’t have a one-question rule; you can ask as many design question as you want; just remember to send one per email.

Some like it Hot: Kitchen makeover tips

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

If your kitchen isn’t quite guest-ready for the holidays, but you don’t have the budget to fund a major remodeling project, there are ways to give it a much-needed makeover without breaking your piggy bank. There are a number of fairly simple things you can do to breathe new life into your kitchen without have to accommodate a big reno or budget for one.

Grab a Paint Brush

It is disruptive, and yes it does require some elbow grease, but painting the room is one of the cheapest ways to “remodel” the kitchen. Especially if you choose a totally different color, it can instantly (well, almost) brighten the room and lighten the mood.

If you don’t want to do the whole room, pick one wall to paint as an accent wall. A bright or bold color in a kitchen that has a neutral palette will make the room “pop.”

Maybe you don’t need to paint the kitchen, but how about the cupboards? Especially if they are throw-backs from some decade we don’t care to mention, a fresh coat of paint can transform your cabinetry from thumbs down to thumbs up.

Rethink Storage

What kitchen ever has enough storage? Add a kitchen island with drawers for more work space. Not only can kitchen accent furniture like a bakers rack, china hutch or kitchen cart can add those special finishing touches to the room that many of us think of as the heart of the home, it can also help you get organized. Furniture accent pieces that include several different types of storage features increase the efficiency of your kitchen as well as the aesthetic value of the room.

New Hardware and/or Fixtures

Whether you end up painting the cabinets or not, simply by replacing the hardware, you can make your old cabinets look like new. Consider selecting themed hardware (forks, vegetables, fruits, etc.) for a really unique touch.

If your taps are more the ten years old, now is a good time to replace them with a more contemporary faucet. And because faucets are available in a range of prices, you’ll be able to keep your budget in mind.

Were you ever really happy with the overhead light? Particularly if your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light by changing the lighting fixture, you can make the space appear brighter.

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