Tips For Keeping Your Granite Countertops in the Best Shape

Granite Countertops

Granite is a popular surface for many countertops, whether in the kitchen or bathroom, as it is known for having a very resilient surface that can withstand the daily wear and tear of today’s busy families. However, like any countertop surface, granite requires some simple maintenance tips to keep it looking fresh and protect your investment for years to come.

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Kitchen Islands to Consider for Your Remodel

New kitchen island

A kitchen remodel can be an exciting but overwhelming task. There is a lot to consider. For example, where do you start? Consider starting with improving the functionality of your kitchen…and what’s more functional than a kitchen island?

A custom kitchen island can be used as an extra workspace, cooking station, breakfast bar, beverage center, or the focal point for entertaining. It can be the center of family life, providing a place for your family to gather, eat, and share household memories. Kitchen islands also serve beyond a functional purpose; they can also be a design statement with stylish features ideal for enhancing your room’s appearance.

So what kind of kitchen island works best in your new kitchen? Let’s look at a number of styles that are possible for your remodel:

L-Shaped Island

If you have a large open space in your kitchen and would like to add more storage capacity, workspace, and seating, an L-shaped island may be the right design for you. Their sprawling design ensures there’s plenty of workspace for multiple cooks and surface area for entertaining. This style is also a nice fit if you are looking to add an appliance to your island or achieve bar-style seating.

Outside of function, this unique shape can add a nice design element to act as a focal point of the room. Adding interesting tile or a splash of color to your kitchen island is a fun way to bring function and style together.

Circular Islands

Circular islands are a great choice particularly if you’re looking to add personality to your kitchen layout and expand seating space. Round islands will add an interesting visual appeal and elegance to your kitchen and are a go-to option if you want a unique island design. The design can go full circle or a semi-circle.

This island design is best suited for smaller kitchens and tends to provide the ease of being reachable from all angles. Circular islands incorporate roomy seating areas, usually for table height seating, and are very suitable for entertaining. Everyone sitting around the island is visible and there’s enough room for guests to comfortably eat and strike conversations. And since there are no sharp edges featured in other types of islands, a circular island is less accident prone and can be a great choice if you have active children.

Galley Island

Kitchen Island Home Remodel

The galley island has a straightforward design and fewer frills. It is typically built to be a workhorse. This style of island fits in just about any kitchen layout, provided there is enough space. Often built in open concept kitchens, galley kitchen islands ensure that your space remains efficient and flows with their streamlined design.

This design provides an extra work area and maximizes storage space due to the lack of curves and corners. Cabinets can be put back to back, making this style a good fit for a kitchen that may be tight on storage. A galley island is simple and efficient, making appliances and stored items easily accessible. The design also supports bar-style seating for entertaining.

Fully Functional Island

The fully functional kitchen island is basically a perimeter counter in the middle of the kitchen and can do everything that the primary countertops do. It is an auxiliary counter space; almost an entire second kitchen. A fully functional island is large, fixed, and has drainage, water, and electrical capabilities. It has ample countertop space that can even house another kitchen sink.

With this design, you can also incorporate appliances into the island to create a functional layout. You can have an additional water source and cooktop, or even a built in wet bar at the center of your kitchen. Do you live in a family of wine connoisseurs? A small wine fridge could make the perfect accessory! Additional appliances can be added on top or built into the structure of the island kitchen

Multi-Level Island

Is a kitchen island for eating or for cooking? A multi-level or double-tiered kitchen island is both. This type of island is ergonomically correct and has two countertop levels, making it a multi-functional piece. Cooking can be done on a lower level and eating on a higher level, acting much like the bar area in restaurants. Because it is often situated between the dining/living room and the kitchen, it also typically serves as a dividing and transition area.

U-Shaped Island

A U-shaped Island lends itself well to a large open kitchen space and is perhaps most accommodating of all kitchen island styles. Both spacious and functional, U-shaped islands give you three walls of cabinetry and a generous amount of workspace, increasing the efficiency of your kitchen. And if your island is big enough, you can add multiple appliances or seating with room to spare. This means that you can prep, cook, eat and clean without ever leaving the island. Great for busy families who are in and out of the kitchen, this space can serve everyone’s needs all at once.

 

A kitchen island can make a huge difference in how you go about your business in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to achieve a modern, contemporary, or traditional look with your kitchen renovation, Kingswood Designs will create a functional and spacious kitchen tailored to your needs and lifestyle. We can update your existing space to create more storage and maximize efficiency, or help you design a totally new space. Contact us today to learn more!

Your Ultimate Kitchen Remodel Checklist

 

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Renovating your kitchen will increase your home’s value and make it a more enjoyable place for you to live. Before starting your remodel, it’s important to think ahead and plan accordingly.

A Kingswood Designs kitchen remodel

This checklist will provide you with a roadmap for your kitchen remodel with Kingswood Designs. Using this list, you’ll be able to achieve the kitchen of your dreams!

Plan Your Project

  • List everything you hope to achieve in your remodel
  • Make sure your lifestyle, likes, and dislikes are listed
  • Decide what’s necessary and what items are on your “wish list”
  • Think about what you consider to be most important in a kitchen
  • Determine whether you’ll be getting new appliances or re-using your existing appliances
  • Gather ideas you like from magazines, Pinterest, etc.
  • Plan for what you’ll do without the use of your kitchen during the remodel

 

Assess Your Needs

  • Determine whether you have any special storage needs
  • Identify if there are any traffic bottlenecks or areas that accumulate clutter
  • Identify your cooking style, whether professional, casual or occasional
  • Consider whether different areas should be larger or smaller
  • Consider a timeframe that works for your schedule
  • Think about which materials you’d like for flooring, sinks, countertops, cabinets, and backsplash
  • Have a clear idea of the features in your current kitchen that you’d like to keep and those you’d like to change
  • Identify other activities besides cooking that happen in your kitchen
  • Consider the future and how your needs will change over time
  • Consider the age and condition of your home
  • Develop your budget
  • Determine the value of your home
  • Include a 20% buffer in your budget for unexpected expenses

 

Hire a Professional

 

Create a Kitchen Design

  • Discuss your requirements and vision with your designer
  • Work with your selected designer to develop a detailed layout
  • Settle on the layout that will prove to be functional and fit for your lifestyle

Kitchen styles to consider:

 

Tap Into Your Style

Kitchen Countertop types to consider:

New kitchen remodel - swirly countertop design

Kitchen flooring types to consider:

  • Porcelain Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Engineered Wood
  • Wood plank tile
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile

Kitchen cabinet lines to consider:

Kitchen sink materials to consider:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Coated cast iron
  • Composite

Kitchen sink features to consider:

Kitchen lighting and electrical features to consider:

  • Track
  • Recessed
  • Inside cabinet lighting
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Exhaust hood/fan

Kitchen finishes to consider:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Polished Chrome
  • Venetian Brass
  • Oil-rubbed bronze

Special features to consider:

  • Appliance panels
  • Wainscot panels
  • Crown moldings
  • Fluted or turned columns
  • Furniture kicks
  • Wine cooler
  • Television
  • Island stools
  • Butler’s pantry
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Coffee ‘bar’

Review the contract

Review the contract to ensure it covers all the important elements including:

  • A detailed description of the project
  • Responsible party for drawing permits and submitting paperwork necessary for inspection, if applicable
  • Materials to be used
  • Brand names of products
  • Payment amounts and due dates
  • Warranties and guarantees for the final product and craftsmanship
  • The contractor’s property damage liability and insurance coverage information

Construction Stage

  • Have a temporary kitchen or consider your dining out options
  • Make room for the renovation team’s vehicles and materials by clearing out your driveway and garage

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, you need a partner you can trust. Kingswood Designs delivers on all projects they complete with unprecedented quality. Our installers are full-time employees whose priority is to provide quality services from start to finish. Contact us for more information. If you can dream it, you can have it!