What Kitchen Designers Need to know about Stone: Your Kitchen Refurbishment

Stone makes a kitchen look fantastic, it also signifies longevity, permanency and luxury. A kitchen with stone blended into its design is often taken for granted because of stone’s ease of use.

Because there are many types of natural stones, there are other things to take into consideration when designing your perfect kitchen. A particular stone’s weight and natural beauty play a factor into where it’s incorporated into a kitchen’s design. Stone usually appears in three specific locations:

  • Kitchen Walls
  • Kitchen Floor
  • Kitchen Worktops

Each area has its own special things to watch out for and kitchen size plays a big part in what type of stone you use.

People often have stone installed into their kitchen during a refurbishment. During this time, they will also have new appliances, new worktops and even storage fitted. This is also the perfect time to have all of your drains unblocked and repaired.

You don’t want a brand new kitchen that has faults in the pipes, so we recommend contacting a local plumber.

A recent renovation Handy Man Home completed had an island worktop installed into their kitchen.

Stone for walls

Natural stone makes the walls of a kitchen have a rustic feel, depending on the type of stone.

Often stone is left unfinished or brushed so that it looks as natural as possible. Stone used for kitchen walls still need to be sealed and areas that can be prone to staining should be covered with a splash back in addition to the stone itself. Stone for kitchen walls comes in the form of tiles as well as mosaic and dado rail. See: Recommended Stone.

Stone for Flooring

Stone is an excellent choice for kitchen flooring. It’s robust, hard working and almost always looks good.  Natural stone is attractive to prospective property buyers meaning it retains its value over other types of kitchen flooring. Click here to see the best flooring ideas.

As a high traffic area you’ll find certain types of natural stone works better than others and again, the stone will need sealing and specialist stone care to maintain its natural beauty.

Stone for Worktops

Nothing says luxury more than a highly polished stone worktop. Practical, durable and many stone worktops have unique aesthetic qualities. Granite is one of the most popular when it comes to stone worktops, it’s rough in its natural state but when highly polished it looks spectacular. Stone worktops can be lit at night and when sealed; perfect for baking preparation.

All stone in the kitchen should be sealed before use. Stone is not impervious to water and other liquids so therefore it needs to be treated as soon as possible to maintain its natural beauty.

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