The juxtaposition of form and function often merges in islands. These multifunctional and versatile spaces can be an oasis in today’s kitchens, providing more usable cooking, dining and storage space for the homeowner.
In any home, the kitchen is the one room the sees the most activity – from preparing and cooking food, to dining, entertaining, and even working. It is obvious that your kitchen countertops should be able to withstand all that activity without having to compromise it’s aesthetic appeal.
Slate is no longer in the domain of chalkboards, pool tables, and roofs; it has entered the North American market for cladding in a big way. Along with the variety of colors and textures, slate is a stone consisting of rich tones, natural ridging, and earthy looks making it a versatile stone used in many indoor applications.
For many people, the hardest part of planning a kitchen or bath is trying to visualize the possibilities for the new space. A great technique for getting a picture of how your ideas will look is to literally sketch them out.
The cost of any remodeling project depends upon size and scope. In other words, how big is the area you want to change, and how significant do you want the changes to be? How much will your remodeling project cost? In addition to size and scope, the overall price tag depends on labor and materials costs in your market.
Choosing a kitchen design is a very important decision since it is the heart of your home which sees the most activity and guests. Having a well-designed and organized kitchen can make all the difference in the world. The countertop is perhaps the most integral part of the whole design.
An interesting trend is developing in the natural stone business and it signals a return in interest to some classic stones. More and more, homeowners and kitchen designers are calling for the use of white marble, a stone that has been used in this setting for centuries, but recently saw a decrease in interest due to the explosion of the granite market.