Published at Thursday, October 18th 2018. by Aubine Duclos in Kitchen.
Put an upper counter 8\" above your countertops (i.e. 6\" wall, 2\" thick upper counter). In an \"open floor plan\" concept, this 8\" of height hides a \"messy\" kitchen counter from view to the other rooms. It also gives you plenty of room for multiple electric outlets in the in the 6\" wall areas. The 6\" tall wall is the right height for 6\" ceramic wall tile. The upper counter is 44\" (elbow height) a perfect height for \"leaning\". This allows your guests to \"lean\" on the counter (out of the kitchen) and talk with you while you're preparing food (in the kitchen). It's also a good height for serving food or for tall stools as a breakfast bar. Not all of the upper counters have to be the some width. Some sections may be 9\" wide (just a top to the kitchen partition, while other sections of the upper counter can be 24'' wide, for serving food or as a breakfast bar.
The counter tops are important not only for the aesthetics of the kitchen but also these are the surfaces that will come in contact with your food. There are many materials you can choose for your counter tops whether granite, engineered stone, plastic laminates or tiles. Your choice of counter top material should be durable to hold your food. Your kitchen designer can help you minimise stone waste and save on material costs.
Cabinets are also much needed in your kitchen to store your wares. The cost of cabinets and quality features vary. It is really worth spending more on quality kitchen cabinets. Wooden cabinets are very vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes, and European made cabinets are also well-made but expensive. Ask help on this from your kitchen designer.
Texture: Depending on the style of kitchen you choose, the texture of the kitchen finish will come in to play. Let's say your choice is a contemporary kitchen, then you will have the choice between a high gloss or matt finish. High gloss kitchens are still very popular, but expect to see more matt finishes in 2011. High gloss kitchens are easy to clean but can show up marks and finger prints quite easily. Matt finishes are easy to keep but don't show up marks as much as high gloss.
Now we have a choice of so many designs and layouts, accessories and appliances, we can create pretty much any kitchen we want. Open plan kitchens are becoming more popular if you are lucky enough to have the space. Modern appliances and so many colours and products mean that you can have the kitchen of your dreams much easier.
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