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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.

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.

Treat Your Kitchen To A 2015 Makeover

With 2014 now behind us, it may be a good time to start looking again at the kitchen.

It was once the case that people would spend most of their time in the lounge. Guests would be entertained there and the kitchen would just be a place to cook and prepare meals while people would gather around the TV.

How things have changed. The kitchen is more often than not the focus for get-togethers. The kitchen is now the hub of most homes and a place to eat drink and socialise. As life gets more casual, grabbing a quick bit to eat in the kitchen is preferable to a formal sit down meal in the dining room.

So perhaps these are just some of the reasons to consider giving your kitchen a fresh, new make-over this year. Updating your kitchen needn’t cost the earth either. Often a kitchen can be revitalised simply by updating worktops, cabinet doors and fresh coat of paint.

Replacing tired old work tops with granite could be an option. Granite work tops now come in all sorts of colours and styles and can add a touch of style and glamour to any kitchen Granite is also incredibly durable and strong so you won’t need to worry about the wear and tear you might get from wooden surfaces.

Please have a look through our range to find a finish that is right for you.

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.

Utilising Your Outdoor Space

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.

Spend Most of Your Time in the Kitchen?

It’s no secret that the room people spend most of their time at home is in the kitchen. Historically, the practical reason for this was because the hearth was the centre of family life where people kept warm, cooked their food, dried their wet clothes and was the only source of light when darkness fell.

As homes became more elaborate during the Victorian era, it was highly unusual for the affluent residents of the home to step foot into the kitchen, but in order to keep up the appearance of wealth, massive kitchens with all the latest gadgets of the time were clear indicators of the status of the homeowners as belonging to high society.

Today, family life is far more casual than the uptight times at the turn of the century but we still love a large, welcoming kitchen with mod-cons that let us spend more time with each other. Each individual has their own preference when it comes to their dream kitchen. Here are some tips to consider if you are fitting a new kitchen:

1. Find a reliable kitchen fitter. Don’t decide on your fitter based on price only. As the old adage says, you get what you pay for. Do your research and check the internet for consumer complaints.

2. Keeping the basics of the kitchen simple will ensure your style of kitchen will never grow old. Opting for extremely flashy designs may mean you will need to completely replace your kitchen as styles change and evolve.

3. Don’t go overboard when choosing which appliances to install in your kitchen. Think about what are the ‘must-have’ and ‘nice to have’ items. Over-spending on unnecessary items at the onset of a refurb is the fastest way to blow your budget.

4. The most visible and most used area of the kitchen has to be the worktops. Granite worktops are the perfect material because of how durable they are as well as being aesthetically beautiful. This is where you should invest wisely, as quality granite could last a lifetime.

If you are thinking of a kitchen redesign, contact Grantech . Come pay us a visit and walk around our showroom, check out our large selection of granite kitchen worktops on display and have a cup of coffee while you browse.

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