Can you believe it’s 2016 already? It doesn’t seem that long ago since people were popping the champagne corks and welcoming in the new millennium. If that was the last time your kitchen had a makeover then now could be the time to look at bringing some new life into your kitchen.
More and more these days the kitchen is where people spend a lot of time. The kitchen is the place where we entertain guests and the first place people look for when they are viewing a house. Many people even use it as an office space to cut down on the costs of renting an office!
So modernising a kitchen is certainly worth the investment particularly if the fittings and fixtures are starting to look a little bit dated and space could be better organised. Despite the obvious attractions of a new kitchen many people put it off due to the expense.
Yet updating your kitchen needn’t cost the earth – even in 2016. If beneath all the clutter there are some high quality cupboards and other kitchen fittings already in place. Revitalising your kitchen may only require an update to worn out worktops.
Granite worktops work particularly well because they not only look good, they are also durable and add a touch of class to any kitchen.
If you’re planning to make a fresh start and sell your house in 2016, then the first advice is to set your asking price as high as possible as the property market is set to grow. The second piece of advice is to take a hard look at your kitchen to see if it could do with an upgrade or remodel.
At least this is what the estate agents have said when they have looked through the what home improvements can make all the difference when you’re trying to get that important sale. Tired old kitchens are unlikely to impress prospective purchasers as they try to imagine themselves spengin a lot of their time in this popular area of the home.
Worktops in particular can become shabby over time and not in a chic way. A good quality granite worktop on the other hand will not only provide a facelift but buyers will be impressed that you went to the trouble of adding what most people see as an expensive material to your kitchen.
The survey of over 100 estate agents found that more than half of them 57% saw kitchens as offering the best return on investment followed by the bathroom.
If someone asks you about your new kitchen and you say you are going for quartz countertops, then they may look at you with some confusion. When most people think kitchen work surfaces, they think either wood or granite countertops. So which should you go for? Which one looks more appealing?
Let’s go through the pros and cons of each to help you decide…
Granite is still the biggest selling material when it comes to countertops but quartz catching up due to its versatility and its resistance to most of the little accidents you may have in the kitchen. Granite meanwhile offers durability and strength, two things that are attractive when it comes to the kitchen where we will be spending a lot of time preparing meals and increasingly entertaining guests.
Quartz edges it when it comes to stain resistance because it is nonporous and will remain so for as long as you have it. Granite is a natural stone, so it needs to be sealed to prevent any liquid leaking through and spoiling the look of the stone. If the seal wears or is damaged in anyway then it will need to be replaced.
Another reason why quartz is becoming popular is down to its hygienic properties. Because it is non-porous, germs are unlikely to get into the material and hide there after you have cleaned the surface.
So this, then, leaves us with which one is the most attractive. This really depends on the kind of finish you prefer. If you like your countertops natural looking then granite may be the choice. If youprefer not to see the joins and prefer something more slick then quartz may be the way to go. It really comes down to your personal taste. Quartz can also come in a variety of patterns and colours to suit any style of kitchen as can granite.
With the economy appearing to be stabilising, homeowners are once again investing in their properties. While a kitchen and bathroom remodel are one of the first and most popular improvements people tend to make, there is a movement to make your garden area part of the living space for the family. Weather and space permitting, outdoor spaces are great additions to any home. Here are a few things to think about if you are considering making your garden a more liveable extension of your home.First things first:
Consider how much space you have to work with and what your budget is. If you entertain quite a bit, you may want to invest slightly more to make the most of your outdoor space.
Be sure to use waterproof materials: The UK is renowned for its soggy weather, but depending on where you are located, you will experience considerably more precipitation and should prepare for it. One of the best materials for outdoor countertops is granite. Highly durable and easy to care for, it is an ideal choice for an outdoor living area. Large, durable patio umbrellas made of easy to clean, high density knit polyethylene. They are mold and mildew resistant and can block up to 90% of sun’s harmful UV rays, and keeps your guests fry too.
Built in barbecue grill: BBQ’s are (and will likely always be) the most popular outdoor cooking surface, but increasingly we find homeowners deciding to include an integrated grill in their outdoor spaces. These grills areas can include food preparation areas, refrigeration units and storage areas for cooking equipment.
Fireplaces: Even if you don’t have a large budget for a total make-over for your garden, a fireplace or fire pit can bring warmth on a cool night. Fire pits are affordable and can bring ambiance to your backyard.
For ideas on how granite can transform your outdoor space, contact Grantech. Come pay us a visit and walk around our showroom, and enjoy a cup of coffee while you browse.