The most probably turn out sub-par. So while setting up your kitchen, make sure that it is done exactly as you want it. The shade and type of paint, the cupboards you may build, and the positioning of your appliances – all these details go into the making of a kitchen that makes a cook happy.
All the things mentioned above can be replaced or redone quite easily. However, there is one thing in a kitchen that is nearly permanent – the worktop.
Kitchen worktops house the sink as well as the cooking range. They are where you do your chopping, blending, washing, drying and serving – basically, almost everything you do in the kitchen. If you eat in the kitchen too, you have all the more reason to pick a countertop that both looks good and serves its purpose perfectly.
There are many materials that can be used to make kitchen worktops. From laminate – bright, vibrant and affordable – you can move to the eternally appealing marble or granite. Each material has its own pros and cons, with cost and maintenance usually being the determining factors for peoples’ choice.
The design of a countertop is also crucial. Ideally, the three “hot spots” of a kitchen – fridge/food storage, sink and stove – should form an equilateral triangle, so that walking from any one to the other is an easy process. The countertop should maximize available space, leaving enough room for a cooking range, for dishes beside the sink, and for culinary preparation like chopping, mashing and blending.
For people who enjoy cooking as a creative process, the look and feel of a kitchen worktop is also extremely important. A lot of people are influenced by color much more deeply than they know, and for them it is important to have worktops in colors they like. With shades ranging from pure white to ruby, midnight blue and granite, getting a color of one’s choice is not at all difficult in today’s market.
Because there are many variables that go into it, buying kitchen worktops is always a 2-step process, not counting the time you spend window-shopping. Most worktop suppliers on their first meeting with you will bring along sample swatches of their materials to help you choose, as well as a catalogue of designs that you can select from. After this, they will fix a date when they come to your residence and install the finished product. This is a somewhat time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be repeated too often, and the end results are always worth it.