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House & Home: Home Kitchen Design Pt. 6 – Countertops & Backsplashes



House & Home Stylist Reiko Caron and Builder Dave Depencier talk kitchen designs in the sixth installment of the Home Kitchen Design series. They visit a 1400 sq. ft. two-bedroom open concept home in Dresden, Ontario, where they continue their step-by-step process to building a new kitchen.

Kitchen are truly multi-functional spaces, where friends and family can gather to cook, eat, and entertain! So kitchens truly have to be both functional and beautiful.

When choosing your countertops or backsplashes, it’s important to remember that they have a job to do. If you’re a serious cook, you may want a tougher surface that doesn’t need a lot of care. As you weigh all your options, think in terms of longevity and make choices for both style and function that will suit your evolving tastes over the years.

When deciding between Granite, Quartz, or Laminate countertops here are a few things to consider. Granite is a natural stone so the pattern is unique to the stone. For some people that’s also its big appeal. Although granite is the hardest, most durable, and least scratchable of the natural stones, it can still stain.

Quartz is man-made and comes in a much broader range of colours. The pattern can also be more consistent throughout, giving you a more uniformed look. It is extremely hard and durable material that has become a popular choice for kitchen countertops. They require less maintenance than granite and don’t need to be sealed.

Laminate countertops have come a long way. If you’re looking for a lower price point or something you can use in the bathroom or laundry room, they’re a great option. You will need to be more mindful not to stain, scorch, chip, or scratch the material. Consider a matte or textured finish over a high-gloss to better camouflage everyday wear and tear.

Another consideration for your countertops is to choose an edge treatment that complements your kitchen’s architectural style. There are a lot of options out there, whether you want a clean modern line with a straight edge, or something with a bit more of a profile. If you’re unsure of what to do, our Home Installs team is ready to help: http://bit.ly/2h7eSdY.

In this kitchen, the team went with Wilsonart’s Haida quartz countertop. It’s a bright white with fine short black veining resembling a marble look. It’s low maintenance and won’t need to be sealed. It provides more stain resistance, and has clean edges.

The backsplash (http://bit.ly/2hhEEzr) is an ideal spot to get creative and add some colour or texture into your kitchen. When choosing your backsplash, remember to think long term. Ask yourself if the tile you like today, you’re still going to like in five or ten years. If you’re a fan of DIY, or on a budget, you may want to consider doing the installation yourself.

To start the tiling process, find your spacing by using spacer clips (http://bit.ly/2iVxqlT). They go in between on the bottoms, sides, and tops to create the perfect amount of space in between each tile. This allows you to keep the tile perfectly straight and leaves that perfect amount of space in between each tile for grouting. At the end, it will look like a job that was professionally done.

For this kitchen, the team chose a Masia Subway tile (http://bit.ly/2hhGEaJ). The wavy texture reflects the light and the irregularity gives character to the backsplash.

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