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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.

Hardware

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.

Style

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.