Category: Marble

Tips On Making Your Kitchen Appear Larger Than It Is

Not everyone has a house or apartment with a large kitchen, which can be frustrating not only in terms of the space available to do anything different but also when you are trying to maximise what bit of space is available.

So if you don’t have the funds or space to build an extension to your kitchen, the following tips will reveal that there are plenty of ways to make a kitchen more spacious without breaking the bank.

One of the first ways to add a sense of space is to use mirrors. Mirrors are one of the most effective ways to bring the illusion of space into any room in the house. Add a mirror to the room and you are doubling what the eye sees as well as the perceived depth of the space.

Next up is to use glass. Glass tables are great for small apartment kitchens because they are transparent and don’t interrupt your line of sight as you gaze around the room. While not the best choice if you have children, glass tables are often less expensive than heavy wooden tables and will probably look good for longer.

When it comes to kitchen worktops, opt for lighter coloured granite or quartz worktops. The former will help reflect light and will also be a good long term investment due to its inherent durability.

Is Time For A 2016 Kitchen Makeover?

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 Want To Add Value To Your House – Get A New 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.

How Is A Quartz Worktop Made?

Quartz worktops can be found enhancing kitchens all over the world, but have you ever wondered how they are made?
Quartz is actually the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust and there are several different types ranging from more common varieties to precious gem stones such as amethysts.
Its attractiveness lends itself to a variety of uses including in recent years kitchen worktops. Quartz was first used for this purpose back in the 1980s and its popularity has grown to rival granite and wood based alternatives.
Quartz worktops are made from what is initially a destructive process. The stone is ground up into a fine material that is then bonded together with an acrylic resin and a small quantity of glass.
The material is then moulded and placed under approximately 100 tons of pressure before being put into a kiln. Once the material has solidified, then the material is polished and made ready for use.
What you end up with is a versatile material which can be manufactured to achieve various combinations of colours and finishes. From sparkly worktops to matt and gloss finishes, quartz worktops can enhance the design and appeal of any kitchen.

How To Update Your Kitchen On A Budget

If you have just moved into a new property, the chances are you will be considering updating your kitchen or fitting a new one. The cost of this can often be a barrier as the kitchen is put to one side in favour of other areas of the home that don’t cost as much to improve.
This is all very well if you are looking to replace your existing kitchen with an expensive new one, but you will find it is perfectly possible to improve the look of your kitchen on a budget if you follow these simple tips:
1. Choosing you kitchen is one thing, getting someone to fit it can be another. Like other DIY tasks, doing it yourself is an option as long as you feel confident of doing a good job. This can save several hundred pounds. If on the other hand you’re not confident with DIY, trying to save money doing it yourself can end up costing more in the long run. The best advice for people with limited joinery skills is to get a few quotes from kitchen fitters until you find one you are happy with.
2. Appliances for kitchens can be expensive and there is no shortage of expensive brands to choose from. If you’re on a budget, lots of money can be saved by opting for brands that are more basic and still have all the functions you are likely to need. Also make sure they have a good energy efficiency rating so you also save in the long term.
3. Updating your kitchen may not involve ripping out the old one. Some kitchens can get a new lease of life simply by fitting modern worktops. Granite worktops as well as quartz worktops are durable and will be highly cost effective in the long term.

How to remodel your kitchen remodel: what to remember

Updating your kitchen is not only a great way to invest in your home, it can help you enjoy time with your family and friends. This is where we tend to gather, after all. There are numerous things to remember during this process:

Taking advice from designers

Unless the person is a close friend and knows your personal style, don’t feel pressurised to go with their preferences unless you are absolutely thrilled with their suggestions. You may regret it later.

Don’t be afraid to ask for swatches or samples of materials to take home to investigate how it reflects the light in your home. How it looks on the tin will NOT be how it translates in your home. It really matters!

Don’t rush decisions

If you rushed into a decision about one area in your kitchen, don’t compound the problem by making another rash decision to rectify the first faux pas. Chances are, you will be throwing good money after bad and ending up with a new kitchen that you don’t enjoy. Take your time and choose wisely.


It’s surprising how much of a difference great hardware makes. Again, choose carefully as you may end up splashing out a large sum of money on seemingly inexpensive cabinet and door knobs. They can add up quickly if you have lots of storage space.

Functionally and practicality

Try to envision your kitchen as a triangle, where you can move smoothly between oven, sink and refrigerator. If you cook or entertain often, you’ll know how important this is.


Everyone has their own personal style, but unless you are not planning on ever selling your home, it’s best to stick with classic styles and materials for flooring and countertops and express your personality in paint, wallpaper, window dressings, decor and furnishing. It may be detrimental to the value of your home when it comes to resell if you’ve chosen layouts and materials that don’t appeal to the masses.

For help with your countertops, call the experts at Grantech.

Granite v Marble

Picking the perfect counter top stone for your house depends on a number of considerations, the top two being how much money you have to spend as well as your own personal style preference. There is certainly is no shortage of design choices. But looks aren’t everything, and something that should be at the top of your priority list is which type of material to use. Many homeowners think there is little difference between granite and marble; some mistakenly think they are the same thing. But different stones have different strengths. Every natural stone has a strength ranking which professionals call the Mohs hardness. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness was established to classify the strength of any natural mineral. For example, if a stone has a Mohs hardness of seven, then that stone is strong enough to leave an abrasion on a stone with a six (or lower) rating. The following will hopefully give you a better idea of the characteristics of each stone and their respective Mohs hardness ratings.

If you are concerned about nicks, scratches or chinking of counter tops, you may want to contemplate the use of granite. It’s an extremely hard stone and can hold its own against many types of damage. Even though it comes in a multitude of colours and variations, granite is largely made up of quartz, feldspar and a mix of different minerals, which gives the stone a somewhat gritty look. The Mohs hardness rating of granite is seven.

Made up of limestone, marble is the result of millions of years of the stone being compacted and heated. Because of this complex process over such a long period of time, marble is slightly stronger than limestone, but cannot compare to granite in sturdiness. Although there are some exceptions in rare types of marble, most varieties only rank an average of 4 on the Mohs hardness scale.

If you are considering a new countertop, contact the professionals at Grantech or come for a visit and walk around our showroom.