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Modern Faucet for Your Kitchen Countertops

How Do You Choose a Modern Faucet for Your Kitchen Countertops?

If you do everything right, pay careful attention to all design elements of your kitchen countertops and then choose a mundane faucet, you’re ignoring a vital aspect. The faucet can be the icing to your overall design, adding a touch of class and elegance to your kitchen. These are the aspects you should take into consideration while choosing a modern faucet for your kitchen.

Handle Use 

Would you prefer to have a handle, two handles or go without handles on your faucet? It is generally a matter of personal preference but faucets with motion sensors that activate automatically to deliver the water are becoming increasingly popular. Of course, not everyone likes that. Most people prefer single handle faucets. Double handle faucets are considered somewhat old-fashioned but they’re still in high demand.

Modern Faucet for Your Kitchen Countertops

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Height 

How you use the sink determines the height of the faucet, however, the general design of your kitchen can too. For example, if you are likely to wash big pots and pans, you might need a high faucet that would give you room to wash or fill under it.

However, if you have cabinetry or windows that take up space above the sink, a high faucet might not really be a practical option. You need to determine what kind of faucet you prefer and what would fit on your kitchen countertops.

Pull-Down and Pull-Out Sprays 

These faucets come with sprays attached that you can pull down. They’re great to wash vegetables and fruits, and allow you to direct water wherever you want. Some prefer this type of faucet to others and it’s entirely a matter of personal preference.

Pull out sprays allow you to pull the sprays out towards you and move it in different directions. They generally have a wider reach than the pull down sprays and make it easier to wash big pots and pans. The wider reach makes them more popular than the latter, but it’s a matter of personal preference yet again.

Modern Faucet for Your Kitchen Countertops

Side Spray and Faucet 

Some people prefer the side sprays to faucet sprays. They are separated from the faucet and usually require another sink hole. These are generally more affordable in comparison to pull down or pull out ones. They also have a wide reach that makes it easier for you to clean utensils and the kitchen countertops too.

Consider the Sink 

The type of faucet is determined by the number of holes in the sink as well. Sinks are available with one to four holes. One hole sinks are becoming more popular and can accommodate pull-down and pull-out spray faucets. Two holes allow for a faucet with a spray. Three holes are common for traditional kitchens that had different handles for hot or cold water. Four holes aren’t really common but they allow for more accessories.

After all these considerations, you just need to pick a design to match your kitchen and countertop. If you have more questions about kitchen countertops and accessories, you can call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or just fill out this contact us form and we’ll get back to you.

DIY Concrete Countertops

Why A Concrete Countertop?

It is the latest trend, and for good reason…concrete material provides you with far more diversity that you can apply to a personal design. This basically translates into your imagination (within reason), and is your only limitation when using concrete for your new countertop.

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Countering Concrete Countertop Costs

If you stagger the costs involved with traditional granite or marble countertops against a concrete one, you will quickly discover that concrete is a huge savings…until you pay a contractor or company to custom create it for you, shape it, style it and then deliver it to you. After all of that, you are not saving hardly anything, and you will end up paying about the same as you would for traditional materials.

Countering Concrete Countertop

Concrete Designs & Styles That Will Not Require Updating

The first thing you want to get designed out is the type of style that you are looking for with your new countertop. The best way forward is to make that (sometimes difficult) decision of the overall scheme of your kitchen; is it old and eclectic-looking, is it modern with sleek and slender lines, or is going to be a little bit more subtle and traditional? Once you know what your style is going to be, then you have half the battle won. The overall shape of the concrete countertop is now chosen, so you need to now work on texture and colour.

Because concrete is fickle and will actually change colour and become unique with each batch, you can be rest assured that no matter what design you choose, it will be unique to your kitchen! If you are recruiting the assistance of a contractor, then you will be restricted as to what colours that particular contractor offers (each contractor has their own way of mixing concrete).

Molds, Mixes and Supplies

It is not easy, but it is not impossible if you decide that you want to try your hand at doing it yourself…crafting your own concrete countertop. If you or someone you know is already in the concrete business, then you already have access to numerous supplies and tools that you will need, if you do not…you are looking at some heavy costs to get you sorted out. If you are pretty much ready to tackle custom making your own concrete countertop, then make sure that you also have the correct sealers, glass fiber, counter mixes, topcoat and molds & mixes.

Molds, Mixes and Supplies

DIY Savings VS. Contractor Costs

Is it going to save you money by doing it yourself rather than hiring a professional to just get it done for you? Well, that all depends on your actual experience with concrete, as there are many mistakes that can be made throughout this process (and that would increase your costs overall).  Fitting the concrete countertop right up to the wall can sometimes be an issue, so can ending up with a very noticeable gap between the concrete and the sink. The thickness or thinness may be off and affects proper installation of plumbing and the list goes on…you should factor all of this in when making your final decision, as to whether or not you will do your concrete countertop yourself, or farm it out to a proficient contractor.

Kitchen Countertops | 4 types of stone

The Top 4 Durable Kitchen Countertops Materials

When it comes to choosing a material for your kitchen countertops, what qualities are most important to you? Of course you want something that will match the color palette and décor scheme of your kitchen, but, more importantly, you want to know that the countertops you install will last. If you are looking for top-level quality and you don’t mind paying for it, these four kitchen countertop materials are definitely worth a look.

Most Durable Kitchen Countertops

The kitchen may be the most frequently used room in the house, so it is important that you do it right. Your kitchen countertops do more than complement your décor scheme and give you a place to set your fruit bowl — they also stand up to a lot of wear and tear in the form of chopping, kneading, scrubbing, and scraping. The four kitchen countertop materials listed below are some of the most durable materials you’ll find.

Granite Stone

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Granite is the leading choice in kitchen countertop materials among homeowners and for good reason. Not only does it look great, but it is virtually indestructible. Polished granite is a natural material that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but, because it is natural stone, there will be some variation in the stone’s pattern.

This can sometimes make it tricky to match up slabs, but it also adds a little character to your countertops in knowing that no one else has the exact same look that you do. Another thing to be wary of with granite is that you need to clean up stains quickly, and the material needs to be resealed once a year.

Quartz Stone

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Kitchen Quartz Countertops Design Idea.

Not only are quartz countertops available in a nearly endless array of colors and patterns, but they are also virtually maintenance-free. This countertop material is resistant to stains, scratches, acid, heat, and impact. As an added bonus, it doesn’t even need to be sealed like its cousin, natural stone, because the material is naturally nonporous.

If you like the look of granite but not the price, quartz may be the next best thing — plus, it doesn’t need the same level of maintenance as granite.

Marble Stone

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Kitchen Marble Countertops Design Idea.

Marble is a very popular choice among homeowners, because it gives your kitchen a “high-end” look. This material comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and its cost is comparable to that of granite. As a porous material, marble is prone to staining, but regular maintenance, such as sealing and cleaning up stains quickly, will prevent that from becoming a problem. Certain patterns in marble and other natural stones can also help to disguise the signs of wear and tear as well as light stains.

Soap Stone

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Kitchen Soapstone Countertop Design Idea.

Another type of natural stone, soapstone is available in fewer colors than granite — usually some shade of dark greenish-black or gray-green. This material is porous, so it needs to be sealed with a mineral oil in order to protect it against stains and to add the attractive sheen for which this material is known. Unlike other natural stones, soapstone does not need to be resealed each year, and it is surprisingly affordable.
If you are looking for an attractive and highly durable material for your kitchen countertops, consider one of the four options discussed above.

Kitchen Islands And Countertops a complete guide

The Essentials Of Kitchen Islands And Countertops

No modern kitchen seems to be complete without stone kitchen island and countertops. Kitchen islands offer an array of benefits. Islands can provide specialized storage for things like wine and cookbooks plus they often provide a second eating area and serve as a natural transition between the kitchen and the dining and living areas in an open plan living space or great room.

Natural stone as well as manufactured quartz countertops are rugged, long lasting work surfaces that look beautiful for many years. Adding a stone countertop island to your kitchen can enhance both its beauty and functionality. Here are some of the considerations you will need to make when planning your island of stone.

Considering Your Existing Space For Your Kitchen Islands And Countertops

The size and shape of your existing kitchen or the available space of the kitchen that you are designing from scratch will play an important role in the size, shape and location of your island. Adding an island to a small kitchen may be impractical because of clearance issues with your refrigerator or cabinet doors. Long and narrow galley kitchens may not easily lend themselves to adding an island either.

You will need at least 42 inches between your island and existing cabinets and appliances. Consider increasing this space if the area is used by more than one person at a time. If your island includes seating allow at least 42 to 48 inches behind a seated diner, consider an L-shaped island to further separate areas used for food preparation, cooking and cleaning.

If you have an L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen, an island offers a great deal of flexibility and more interaction between the cook and family or guests. Even a small apartment sized wall kitchen can benefit from a small kitchen island.  The proportion of the island to the entire kitchen will determine how comfortable the space is and how efficient the flow of people in the space will be.

5 Possible Uses For Your Counterops or Island Stones

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5 Possible Uses For Your Counterops or Island Stones

#1 Two or More Cooks

Perhaps not surprisingly, the number of cooks that will routinely be in the kitchen at the same time will have a bearing on the design and functions you will want to include in your island.  While the one-cook kitchen is typically designed around the essential work triangle of the range, sink and refrigerator, a two or more cook kitchen should be designed around separate stations, with each area dedicated to a particular activity.

When planning a two-cook kitchen it is important to provide two sinks and it is also helpful to locate the wall ovens and cooktop in separate areas. An island with its own sink and cooktop provides the perfect solution for traffic congestion in a two-cook kitchen.

#2 Specialized Storage

Wine refrigerators, plate racks, bookshelves and drawer freezers are some of the specialized storage options that are popular in kitchen islands. Carefully consider access and clearance requirements of any pullout storage when planning your island.

#3 Accessible Work Surfaces

A kitchen island with a natural stone or manufactured quartz countertop adds convenient additional food preparation surfaces to your kitchen. You can create accessible areas for young helpers and older or handicapped cooks as well.

Wheelchair accessible food preparation areas, sinks and cooktops as well as built-in retractable toe kick steps to make counters accessible to children are great features to consider. Many accessibility features of universal design can be included in your kitchen island.

#4 Eat In Kitchen

An elevated eating bar can accommodate bar chair type seating and separate the cooktop, sink and food preparation areas from the eating area. The typical bar stool height is 28-30 inches so allow 12 inches clearance with a 40-42 inch high counter. This will leave a 4-6 inch rise between your island countertop and the bar.

#5 Open Plan Living

Increasingly popular open plan living that includes the kitchen, dining and living areas in one large space is well suited to the inclusion of a kitchen island. In an open plan living area like a loft or great room, the island provides a functional and aesthetic transition from the kitchen to the dining and living area. Prepared food can be set out and dirty dishes collected at the island without constant traffic in and out of the kitchen while at the same time allowing the cook or cooks to continue interacting with family and guests.

Utilities To Consider & What

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The utilities you needed… let’s get to know them!

Utilities for your island will be one of the major considerations and depending on the current location of various utilities in your home will also be one of the major expenses involved in adding a fully functional kitchen island to your home. Electrical wiring for outlets, refrigerators and electric ranges will need to be run under the floor to the island.

Plumbing for the sink will also need to be run under the floor. If your kitchen island is on a floor supported by joists above a basement or crawl space this is a relatively easy venture but if you are adding an island and have an existing concrete slab then jack hammering a trench will be a messy and expensive necessity.

Gas lines will likely need to be extended or even installed if you want to include a gas range in your island. A gas range will also require venting to prevent the buildup of dangerous fumes and remove moisture and oil laden vapors. Many gas ranges designed for islands include downdraft ventilators which should be run directly to the nearest exterior wall. An existing slab floor will again pose its own special challenges. A ceiling vent with a hood over the island is another attractive although potentially expensive option.

In the ceiling you will also need to consider lighting requirements for your island. Good kitchen lighting is a safety must and will normally include a variety of light sources such as under counter lights under both sides of the raised eating bar and pendant lights overhead.

3 Of The Best Types Of Materials For Countertops

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Choosing the right type of stone for your kitchen countertop.

Natural stone and manufactured quartz countertops, like kitchen islands, have become synonymous with modern kitchen design. They offer a combination of durability and beauty that is hard to match with other countertop materials. As the centerpiece of many modern kitchens, an island is a great place to showcase the natural look of stone.

Granite

In recent years polished granite has become the de rigueur countertop for high-end gourmet kitchens. It’s hard to argue with a beautiful and durable surface that works equally well for rolling out dough or laying out a cocktail party buffet. Granite countertops have an excellent reputation for adding value to your kitchen and the variations of color and patterns that come from being a natural material are normally seen as adding to its appeal.

Although granite takes a little more maintenance than some other common countertop surfaces it’s normally considered worth it. As long as you wipe up potential stains like wine and oil and follow the recommended sealing schedule your countertop will still be looking beautiful in 20 years or more.

Honed granite has a silky or matte look rather than the shine of polished stone. It doesn’t show scratches as easily as polished granite but it is just as durable and resistant to cracking, chipping and heat.

Marble

The timeless style and elegance of marble is something many people can’t resist. There are detractors that warn against marble because of its tendency to stain and wear faster than granite. If you want the look of marble but want something that can withstand the onslaught of a busy family kitchen here are a few tips.

A gray veined Carrara or Calacatta marble may not seem as pleasing as pure blazing white but it also helps camouflage small stains while still giving you that high-end timeless look. Marble is much softer and more porous than granite so regularly seal your marble against spills and take particular care to keep anything acidic like lemon juice and tomatoes off of it.

Quartz

A manufactured quartz countertop (check out this link for more info about the benefits of having a quartz countertops) is a great low maintenance alternative to a natural stone surface. In most areas the cost of quartz and polished granite are comparable. Quartz is manufactured using a mixture of approximately 90% ground quartz crystals and 10% resin and colorants. Manufactured quartz countertops are resistant to heat, stains, chipping and scratches and are available in a wide array of colors. They also don’t need to be sealed like granite and marble.

Two Cents

Adding a kitchen island can be an expensive proposition depending on the existing layout of your kitchen, location of your utilities and the type of foundation you are working with. As a center for family life it can also be one of the best home improvement projects you ever take on. Carefully considering the features you want and using the most beautiful and durable materials available will insure it’s a decision you won’t regret.