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Top Kitchen Planning Tips For 2016

At this time of year you may be considering updating your kitchen to make it look more contemporary or to better suite your idea of how a kitchen should look. Planning your kitchen design may involve a lot of compromise if you have a small kitchen and for larger kitchens, then you may have the opposite problem of having a lot of space to fill.

With this in mind here are our top tips to plan your kitchen design for 2016…

Set a realistic budget
No matter how big or small your kitchen is, unless money is no object it is a good idea to set a budget. It is so easy to go over budget and then face having to cut corners but the best kitchens will see money spent on the things that matter, such as good quality worktops and appliances. Granite worktops for example will offer durability and style to any kitchen.

Think carefully about the kind of kitchen you want
If you’re a young trendy type of person, then the traditional farmhouse style kitchen may be as wrong for you as a cutting edge contemporary kitchen may be for a person with traditional tastes. It is possible to mix the two styles but also easier from a design point of view to pick a theme and style that fits with the style of your home as well as being practical.

Invest in the best materials
The best advice when upgrading or building a new kitchen is to aim for quality. From the worktops to cupboards and appliances, a kitchen will look better for longer if investments are made in materials and appliances that will stand the test of time.

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.

Quartz Or Granite? Which Is Best For Kitchen Countertops?

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.

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.