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Sep

1

Kitchen and Bath Counters That Inspire

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

From butcher block to marble, countertop surfaces come in an array of materials and colors to suit your style and your needs.

The counter: It’s a key component to the kitchen or bath. It has to be sturdy, practical, and, of course, look good. The best countertops are timeless, not trendy, and stand up well to wear and tear. Top-notch materials span a range of styles, from industrial-chic stainless steel to classic marble or granite, so there’s an option for every taste. Looking for inspiration?

Mar

27

Choosing Your Kitchen Benchtop

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When it comes to buying a new kitchen, choosing the right benchtop is probably the biggest decision you’ll make. Not only does it need to perform well with the rigours of cooking, but it should harmonise with your kitchen cabinetry and have an enduring style that will last at least several years. The most popular choices include natural and engineered stone, Corian, laminate and stainless steel, each with its pros and cons.

What Are The Main Benchtop Choices?

Engineered Stone

Materials such as Vstone and CaesarStone are made with around 95% natural quartz, giving you the look of natural stone, but with added durability. Engineered stone is scratch, stain and chip resistant, and will give your kitchen a sophisticated, modern look. It’s less costly than granite and marble, and requires no special maintenance.

Granite

Natural granite will give your kitchen the wow factor, but it’s expensive and does require sealing. Choose between a glossy polished finish, and a more contemporary, honed finish. Liquid spills should be mopped up immediately to prevent staining.

Corian

Corian is an acrylic material and can be formed into just about shape, making it possible to create a curved benchtop or an integrated benchtop and sink. It’s non porous, stain and scratch resistant, and has a chic, modern look.

Laminate

You can recreate the look of just about any material you like with laminate, including stone, concrete and timber, at a fraction of the cost. Look for quality laminates that are specially withstand the rigours of a busy kitchen – it will have a tougher, more scratch resistant surface than standard laminates. Can be installed by a competent DIYer.

Stainless Steel

The benchtop material of choice in professional kitchens, stainless steel will give you a professional look at home and blends in well with both contemporary and traditional kitchen styles. It tends to scratch and show fingerprints, so probably not the best choice for families.

Jan

28

Elegant Bathroom Vanity

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

This cream-color vanity exudes a soft, elegant atmosphere. Frosted-glass doors create a break from the wooden cabinetry and stylishly hide clutter, and the creamy tones blend with the light color scheme of the bathroom. Adorn the cabinets with dark handles to break the monotony and add a splash of contrast. To ensure continuity, a light granite countertop sets atop the vanity, meshing with the hues found throughout the rest of the bathroom. This classy look can be attained in your bathroom by using a light color scheme and elegant woodwork.

Jan

23

Traditional Bath Vanity

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

For a more traditional bath, richly stained cherry woodwork and classically styled doors are ideal. Offset the dark wood with a light granite countertop for a beautiful and easy-to-clean grooming space. This traditional vanity fits in beautifully with the reproduction light fixture. Bathroom Vanity stools, such as the one in this bath, create a place to sit at the cosmetics counter. A triple mirror creates ample amount of space for two to get ready simultaneously, and the stained cherrywood matches the cabinetry found throughout the rest of the bathroom, creating continuity in the bath.

Jul

5

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Worktops & Countertops for Kitchens

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Countertops and Worktops for kitchens are available in a variety of materials. The most popular options include: Laminate, Granite, Stainless Steel, Wood, Quartz Surfaces and Corian.

The countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen it is also an integral part of its design. Food preparation can deliver a large amount of wear and tear to the surfaces in the kitchen. Within this article we look at the various materials used for countertops and discuss the reasons for choosing them for your kitchen. Whether its durability, hygiene or cost, you can find both the advantages and disadvantages of each material below.

May

26

Preparing to Install New Kitchen Cabinets

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When installing new cabinets, plan to do the job after completion of rough wiring and plumbing but before the finish flooring has been installed. By installing the flooring after cabinet installation, you won’t use more flooring than needed and the new floors are less prone to construction damage.

Unpack your cabinets and make sure all components are on hand. If your cabinets arrive disassembled, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. Wait until after cabinet installation to add drawers, doors, and shelves. If you remove any parts, be sure to label them so you can return them to their proper places.
Solid Cherry Kitchen Cabinets 
The wall that backs cabinets should be level, smooth, and clean. To check it for flatness, place a long straightedge against it. Mark any bumps or voids so that, during installation, you can adjust for them.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy–just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware and food. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened very securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet such as a support rail that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws which penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches. For cabinet installation techniques, see How to Install Kitchen Cabinets.

Mar

13

Elegant Kitchen Countertops

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Elegant Kitchen Countertops

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Three considerations to remember:

  • When you choose your countertop, select a color and texture that compliments your cabinetry, floor or paint selection.
  • Don’t be afraid to combine two or more countertop materials in one kitchen. Complimentary colors or textures on adjacent surfaces can create visual interest.
  • Remember also that it pays to select a material that will withstand years of use without extraordinary maintenance requirements and is easily repairable should an accident occur.

Your options:

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Granite Countertops

Granite is…well…hard as a rock. Though costly, when buffed to a shine it creates a smashing look for kitchen counters. It is also riding a crest of popular style that began over 10 years ago. With granite tops, the experience and expertise of the fabricator is vitally important.

Marbel Countertops

Granite, marble, and limestone, all popular for countertops, are beautiful natural materials. In most areas, you’ll find a great selection of colors and figures.

Wood Countertops

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The quality of the countertop edge treatment is important. As an example, a solid surface counter is easy to clean and repair and will take years of use. It might look terrific with a wood edge to match the cabinets, but the wood will not withstand constant exposure to water and household chemicals like the solid surface material. Restrict the wood edge to an area such as a freestanding hutch and use matching or contrasting solid surface material for the front edge.

Consider combining quality decorative materials such as tile, granite or marble with solid surface. Many fabricators can create custom designs for a spectacular visual effect without compromising durability and easy maintenance.

When there are budget constraints, it makes sense to use the highest quality material for the counter areas that will sustain the greatest amount of use, specifying other materials to less often used areas.

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel countertops are not very elegant and look “cold”. They do not absorb stains oils or odors, but it will scratch easily and scratches cannot be repaired. You can view stainless steel countertops on this page

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