Host With the Most!
It's a typical Toronto party. The guests have arrived and are enjoying
drinks and food. People are circulating, enjoying themselves, moaning about the
tragic Maple Leafs and complaining about traffic and politicians. In other
words – having a good time. The guests ebb and flow through the house but –
inevitably – they end up in one room. Your kitchen. There is food on the
kitchen island, ice in the fridge, and the atmosphere is light and convivial.
And the room is also elegant.
The kitchen has gone from being a workhorse to a showcase. Realtors will
tell you that a well-designed and
modern kitchen is one of the prime components of a house's desirability, and
sophisticated finishes enhance the home's long-term resale value.
How to get
Stone is increasingly one of the ways in which home owners get "that
look”. Natural stone materials – granite and marble in particular – have many
pluses. The initial expense is quickly covered by a superior aesthetic,
enhanced durability, and a resistance to all kinds of specialized wear and tear
that can happen in a busy kitchen. Modern stone and stone tiles are easily
customized to suit the special requirements of the kitchen. And the ultimate
look can be timeless, rather than trendy. Stone does not go out of style. You
only have to look back in time to see the truth of this: consider the buildings
that are enduring, architectural classics and you will find that one of the
common linking denominators is stone.
versus solid Granite
In fact, the argument for stone is so persuasive, that the only real
discussion is – what kind? With granite – popular because of its durability and
look – the first choice is between tiles or solid stone. Many homeowners are
opting for the former. A blend of materials, granite tiles are difficult to
tell from the solid granite slabs, and are available in a range of colours,
patterns and styles. They are less costly to buy and easier to install than
solid granite, but still have the high quality, durability and low maintenance
advantages of the stone. Granite is
bacteria resistant; unlike wood, for example, it can easily be sanitized.
Granite is also stain, scratch and burn resistant and, of course, tiles are
easily replaced or reconfigured, should the kitchen design change.
Taking care of
Stone is easily cleaned. There's nothing worse than a dirty kitchen –
especially when you have twenty guests coming and you just know they're going
to end up around your kitchen island. Stone should be dusted with a cloth and
cleaned with mild, non-abrasive soaps. Once every two or three years granite
needs to be resealed, and the grouting checked. They are small steps to ensure
the longevity of your investment . In fact, given the range of "looks” now
available in granite, your toughest task will be to decide which tiles will
best suit your taste – and that of the guests who will be thronging your
elegant and functional room.