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Three Practical Remodeling Ideas for Your Kitchen

When it comes to house remodeling, the kitchen is often the last part of the house that concerns house owners. Most of the time, it is the house’s external elements like the wall, roof, windows, and doors that get the most maintenance and upgrades. They are vital, indeed. But you need to think about the inside parts of your home as well, particularly the kitchen. 

In this article, we’ll discuss three practical upgrades you can have in the kitchen. Not only will they improve the kitchen’s aesthetics, but they will also make you more productive there. 

Get a Countertop or Upgrade the Existing One

a minimalist countertopThere are many materials to make a countertop: quartz, granite, marble, wood, resin, and concrete. But here, we consider quartz and granite are the only worthy upgrades for you. 

Quartz is first on the list because it can be a cheaper alternative to granite. Quartz is an engineered material, meaning that it is not 100% natural, like granite or marble. But since quartz is made with technology, it has all the pros that other natural stones don’t have. First, quartz is poreless. You don’t have to reseal it, and you don’t need to worry about bacteria buildups or stains. Second, quartz can also mimic the veins and polished look of natural stones. If you are into the ‘natural’ looking kitchen, quartz can still be your best countertop material. There are only two drawbacks of this seemingly flawless material: it is not as heat-resistant as natural stones, and it weighs very heavy. One square foot of a quartz slab with 3/4 thickness weighs twice as much as a granite slab. 

A granite countertop, on the other hand, can withstand heat very well. A slab with 3/4 thickness weighs only 13 lbs per square foot. It lasts a lifetime as well, but you will need to reseal a granite countertop at least once in two years. And even though we say quartz can imitate the look of natural stones, sharp eyes will still notice the subtle difference between the artificial and the natural one.

Add Racks Smartly

Cabinetry alone won’t suffice. You will need racks to hang your pots and pans. Some racks are even equipped with magnets so that you can put your knife set there as well. There are so many models of kitchen racks you can find online. But you can hold to these three principles when choosing them: space efficiency, durability, and harmony. 

Install a Pull-Down Faucet 

Stiff-necked faucets dominate household sinks. And no one actually knows why that design style is recurring. If we take a look at commercial restaurants, we won’t find stiff-necked faucets but the pull-down ones. And that is because pull-down faucets give much more flexibility to us when we wash the dishes. However, make sure that the pull-down has a sprayer feature in it. It allows you to wash dishes more cleanly and saves water.