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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available

If you are in the process to plan a design of your new home or are even renovating your existing one, make sure to give enough time with a lot of effort to the kitchen bench top.

Various Types of Kitchen Bench Tops Available

This tends to be a prominent feature that is required for the preparation of meals. You can think of the bench top as a focal point of your kitchen. There are multiple types, styles, and designs besides the materials that are available for these bench tops. As said there are different materials to choose from, out of which some are listed below.

7 Types of Kitchen Bench Tops


Using timber for a kitchen bench top can add a country side charm to the whole setup. If paired with marble, they can give the perfect look. Using timber, you need to be aware that this is not resistant to scratching and also requires regular sealing. The cost of this depends on the type of timber that you opt for.

2. Engineered Stone.

This is one popular material for kitchen bench tops as this material is scratch and heat resistant and it is non-porous, besides being free of much maintenance. These stones are composed of resin and natural quartz.

3.Stainless Steel.

For those who prefer a commercial or an industrial styled kitchen this is a best choice for them. Besides giving your kitchen a sleek look you need to be aware that this material is impervious to bacteria and heat.

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4.Synthetic Solid Surface.

Bench tops of a solid surface can be molded and shaped with ease. Besides this, they are able to hide the joins in the slab and are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. These are considered as one of the most hygienic options available. You need not worry about the scratches and cuts as they can be easily repaired. Though these might work out a wee bit expensive but since they tend to last long, work out a sensible investment.


Undoubtedly, marble offers a luxurious look to any space but requires more of maintenance and care. As this is a porous material that is soft, it tends to crack, stain and scratch easily. Sealing and maintenance of this might avoid staining. Though this material might work out cheaper as compared to the other options but you need to add the cost of maintenance to this, if you want it to last long.

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With due course of time, you have a wide range of options available in laminate, with different colors, styles and designs. Although this might work out beneficial it can be easily scratched and you find it tough to get this repaired. This does provide a stylish solution to the kitchen as the joins are not visible.


Though considered as the toughest material for kitchen bench tops, it requires maintenance on a regular basis. If you make an effort to maintain this, it can last for a long span of time. It is considered a premium material as it is long lasting and does not cost as much as engineered stone or laminate bench tops.

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Before making a decision for the kitchen bench top, you need to make sure about the budget as there are a number of options available which can work well within your budget.

Once you know how much you can spend on a bench top you can go to the next step of making a choice between the different materials, colors, styles within the budget. Make sure the bench top can blend well with the cabinets and also the splash backs and the color scheme of your kitchen.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. Pictures and text are provided by contributor.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Top 10 Kitchen Renovation Tips That You Should Know About

Kitchen Renovation Tips

Are you planning for kitchen renovations? If yes, then it is very important to make sure that you carry out smart renovation. This means that you need to follow tips that will make your home a smart home and start with the kitchen.

When you are renovating your kitchen would you not want it to be the latest? Getting the latest appliances will make sure that you do not have to renovate it again in a couple of years as everything is latest.

Top 10 Kitchen Renovations Tips That You Should Know About

Some people make their living room look attractive with the latest equipment. In the same way, you need to pay proper attention to the kitchen renovations

The reason behind this is that it is a place where food is cooked and so it needs to get proper attention. Converting your kitchen into a smart one means that, everything in the kitchen is simple yet latest. A smart kitchen will make everything simple for you and also gets things done within a short period of time. In order to make things in the way you want, there are some important tips that you need to keep in mind and below listed are those:

1. Do not add many Small Storage Features:

One important thing that you need to keep in mind when you are planning to renovate your kitchen is that do not add plenty small storage options such as drawers, cabinets and dividers. These will take up a lot of space and also much space will get wasted too. Apart from this, they will also prove to be expensive.

2. Plan according to the Workflow:

During kitchen renovations, you need to do is plan according to your work flow. This is also known to be one of the most common mistakes made by people that they do not renovate the kitchen based on their workflow. The most used areas in the kitchen are the sink, refrigerator and gas. Ensure that these appliances are positioned in an efficient manner that you save time.

3. Counter Space:

Counter space is one of the most useful things in your kitchen and you need to make sure that you do not settle for less. Ensure that you have sufficient counter space.

4. Contact a Professional:

Even if you feel that you can do the kitchen renovations in the best manner, it is still best to hire the professional. He or she will ensure that the kitchen space is utilized efficiently which matters a lot.

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5. Protect the other Rooms:

While renovating the kitchen most people forget about the other rooms. You need to make certain that other rooms and walls are protected from paint dripping, debris etc.

6. Consider the Home Layout:

In case you are going to renovate other rooms as well after the kitchen or not, you need to consider the home layout. This will help you make certain that the entire home looks one.

7. Flooring Options:

The flooring options that you choose will help you make your kitchen spacious or congested. If you hire a professional, he or she will help you to select the right one.

8. Stove:

It is known as the designer handbag of the kitchen as it makes it look good. You need to ensure that the stove is functional and classy.

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9. Stain or Paint:

One vital decision that you need to take is whether you wish to paint or stain. Choose a latest and long lasting option. Ask your professional for help.

10. Height of the Cabinet:

The cabinet’s height should be such that it is possible to reach for an average height person. Keeping it too high or low would not work.

Disclosure: This is a guest post. All images are provided by contributor.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Add Value to Your Kitchen With a Makeover

Do you think your kitchen is already outdated and you need to add some new features and details into it? For sure the first thing you will be worried about is the budget. You can set a budget for your kitchen makeover so that you will know your limits. Then look into the design and style you want. Check if your budget fits it and your good to go. But make sure you will contact an expert on kitchen design and a professional to help you. So, here is a guest post about kitchen makeovers that may help you.

A kitchen makeover is a great way to add value to your property. For kitchen makeovers in Brisbane, there are many options. This article goes over several things to look for when deciding who you should hire to enhance your kitchen and the property's value.

One important factor is a price quote. There is no shortage of kitchen renovators in Brisbane who won't offer a free quote. They should be avoided at all cost. The likelihood is they'll milk you for whatever you'll let them get away with, and turn in a sub-par renovation that falls apart on you over time. Any organization which doesn't offer a price quote probably can't guarantee you satisfaction. Now, if you can find an organization that offers a satisfaction guarantee and a price quote for free, it's kind of like having your cake and eating it, too. Before any work begins, you can rest assured that your money is properly invested in the right renovation experts. For kitchen makeovers in Brisbane, this is an integral thing. The kitchen is almost like the heart of a home--for many people, it's the heart, brain and stomach all combined in one. To have that out of commission even temporarily is necessarily a substantial hassle. So, added stress in addition to that is just too much to bear. Or can be, at times--that's why it's important to go with services that are vetted before you use them.

Price is the next thing to look for. Obviously, the services offering a price quote for free are more likely to have options that are affordable. But renovations can get expensive, and there are certainly things that crop up which may increase or decrease the price of a given renovation. So, when receiving a price quote, you should expect to receive a "spread", or more than one variable in their assessment. What you're looking to renovate and how you intend to see that renovation done will also play heavily into the renovator's cost. Expect to hear something like, say, between five and ten thousand, depending on conditions. This gives you an even, realistic idea of what you're looking at in the end. When the actual cost ends up being smack-dab in the middle, everybody is happy.

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For kitchen makeovers in Brisbane, look for renovators that aren't merely experts in renovating kitchen. Since the kitchen is only one room of the house, it makes sense that not everyone is going to need or want that specific renovation exclusively. And, on the other side of that coin, some folks may want additional renovation in another room after the success of the first renovation. So, makeover experts realize multiple areas of the house must be their forte, not just the kitchen. Ideally, you should be looking for a renovations expert that specializes in every aspect of interior makeover and renovation. All your bases will certainly be covered that way.

To recap, you're looking for a free price quote, a satisfaction guarantee, reasonable pricing, and a variety of offerings beyond simply the kitchen. These are the minimum things to look for in a decent kitchen makeover expert in Brisbane. One such service which has been growing in popularity is Brisbane Makeover Company, the Property Improvement Specialists. With years' experience in multiple houses across Brisbane, these expert craftsmen provide free quotes, satisfaction guarantees, affordable services and home makeover options to renovate the whole house from the inside out. This is a complicated, often stressful road to travel; but good renovations can increase a property's value and your own peace of mind.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kitchen Worktops: Granite or Corian?

Just recently, we read a post about kitchen worktops. Today, we have another one stating a comparison between two worktop materials, the granite and the corian. This is another informative guest post from one of our friends!


Modern kitchens are far more than a functional place tucked away where food is prepared. The modern kitchen is usually an open plan space more often than not and, even where it is not, it has become a key gathering place in any home.

Kitchen worktops play a vital part in the overall look of your kitchen and ultimately your home. A wide array of worktops is available on the market, but none is more desired than granite and Corian worktops. There are several differences between these two worktop choices and each has its own pros and cons.

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Granite vs Corian Kitchen Worktops and the Differences Between the 2

Granite has massive appeal, especially in high-end homes. It is a natural product mined directly from earth where nothing is added or removed in the process. It is cut into slabs, prepared and polished.
Corian, on the other hand, is man made and thus a synthetic hard worktop using binding resins like acrylic polymer and alumina try-hidrate as well as minerals.

• General Appeal
No solid surface material beats the sheen and depth that slab granite has. Corian is attractive in appearance, but will never match granite’s splendour.

• Heat
Slab granite has an extremely high resistance to heat whereas Corian does not. In fact, over exposure to heat will damage the finish on Corian while not on granite as it is sealed.

• Stains and Scratches
Slab granite is resistant to scratches, stains and chemicals as well as requiring less maintenance than Corian. Scratches and cracks are inevitable in Corian, but can be repaired, usually at a high cost. However, it is important that granite is sealed on a yearly basis while Corian does not as granite is porous and Corian non-porous.

• Selection
Slab granite is natural stone and thus the variety available is far less than in manmade Corian’s case. Corian is available in a wide variety of colours and styles. Corian also offers more accessories like integrated sinks and backsplashes.

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• Ease of Installation
Both these materials require expert installers like our expert installers at Kitchen Finesse to complete such an intricate job. Corian is easier to install, as it is less prone to chipping or breaking than slab granite.

• Cost
In general terms, granite is more expensive than Corian. The exact cost difference between slab granite and Corian differs and is very often comparable in price depending on the quality of granite or Corian you require.

 The Green Factor
Corian can be melted down and be used as a worktop again while this is not possible with granite. This has the effect that Corian is the greener choice between the two materials.

• Seams
The seams on Corian worktops are invisible as it is sanded and polished to create a seamless look. Slab granite has seams, as it is a natural product with natural irregularities in pattern. Our skilled team will however minimize the appearance of seams and make them less visible to the naked eye.

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• Return on Investment
When selling your house, slab granite will add more value to it than Corian and other hard surfaces. Corian is the second best choice after slab granite and has major consumer recognition.

In the end, it comes down to personal choice. Granite vs Corian kitchen worktops and the differences between the 2 only illustrate the pros and cons. It does not matter which one you choose, they are both excellent choices.

For more information on slab granite, Corian and other hard worktop advice, please contact us at Kitchen Finesse. We have been serving the UK mainland since 2007.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Choosing the Right Worktop for Your New Kitchen

When you are a mother, you would spend time not just in your work areas but even in the kitchen. We also make sure that we will be able to serve the kids and the entire family a healthy and delicious meal. Because of that, we love our kitchens. Our kitchen, being the heart of the home, isn't just a well organized area but is also clean and well-designed. Sometimes, we even opt for a makeover when we feel like the kitchen is no longer suitable to the way we use it. One feature of the kitchen that is important is the countertop or the worktop. So, today, we will learn about the different kinds of worktops that we can use for our kitchen. Take a look at this guest post where I added some lovely kitchen interiors!


Selecting the best worktop for your kitchen is about more than just style or personal preference. Cost, functionality, and durability must be considered. Here are some surfaces that can help you with choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen.

Stainless Steel 

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Professionals have fallen in love with stainless steel worktops because it it stain free, resists heat, and cleans very easily. Finger prints show up and scratches can be hard to cover or repair but it holds up well to the normal wear and tear of kitchen work. Its price tag means it's more affordable option and it is a great investment option too.


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Used in laboratories, doctor offices, in workshops, and in many other environments, silestone is a popular choice because of its resistance to stains and bacteria. Silestone is a durable choice that offers many colour options for those wanting a natural worktop in their kitchen. It can be a bit on the expensive side, but in most cases the surface lasts for many many years and is well worth the investment.

Plastic Laminate

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Completely man made and fabricated in a factory, laminate worktops are becoming more popular every year. It can be manufactured in a wide range of customizable edges and finishes, making it easy to fit into any d├ęcor. When choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen, laminate seems like a good option, but for those who cook a lot it might not be the best option as it can be dented and scratched fairly easily.


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While it is not the most common option, a copper worktop is very easy to maintain, clean, and work on. It will react to certain things such as acids from foods and this can cause discolourations to the surface. Some people find that this adds to the charm and appeal of the unique looking surface and others find this to be a drawback. It can be expensive initially but the integrity of the metal itself will last a lifetime in most cases.


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Ceramic or stone tile is not just one of the most popular options for worktop surfaces, it is also one of the most affordable. Prices vary depending on the tile chosen but it by far one of the cheaper options. Tile is durable, and it is one of the few options available for a full DIY project. Grout can be hard to clean but many find that to be a more than air trade off for the versatility of tile.


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Granite is another popular natural stone that works well as a kitchen worktop surface. It comes in many different colours and patterns so you can likely find one that fits your kitchen remodel plans easily. When sealed, granite can be one of the most durable options available. Prices vary depending on the colour and pattern but when choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen this is a great option to consider.


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For some people, wood and worktops might not seem like a good match, but if you choose high quality wood and take care of the surface a wooden worktop can be a viable option. The price you can expect to pay can vary greatly depending on the type of wood you choose. Use care when cleaning as chemicals and cleaners can damage the surface, but with proper care wood surfaces can last for years.

It can be a challenge to find the right worktop for your needs, but choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen can be easier than you think if you know what to look for! The Ramsbottom Kitchen Company are the UK's leading kitchen installers and can help review these options in detail with you, providing the right choice and the right finish for your new kitchen. 

Image Source: 1. Turner Pocock 2. Woodale Designs Ireland 3. Caroline Browne Interior Design 4. Palm Design Group 5. Carlos Delgado Architect 6. Harvey Norman Architects 7. Sims Hilditch