Granite Countertops and Backsplashes
Since kitchens have become a centerpiece in many houses, it is important to pay attention to many details. While installing granite countertops or any other material countertops, it is also important to think about backsplashes. Backsplashes not only can add a nice decorate look to the kitchen, but they also serve as a protection to the wall.
The accompanying backsplash serves many purposes. It definitely adds a nice visual effect and can create a nice design, but it also protects the wall. So it is important to keep in mind that it needs to be not only nice looking and appealing to an eye with matching colors and design, but also easy to clean.
While choosing the materials for both – countertops and backsplashes, it is important to keep in mind all aspects – budget, durability, looks, cleanability.
Granite countertops or any other materials need to be functional. It is crucial to have enough space in the kitchen and be able to work comfortably.
Kitchen needs at least one 36 inch continuous countertop for one sink, and if there are two locations, then it needs to be doubled (if possible for the right layout). Refrigerator and cooktops need landing spaces (15 in or more if possible) on one or two sides.
Countertops’ height should be determined by the preference of the cook and the family, but there are some standards. Usually, it is 36 inch while standing. Ideally, the countetop should be 4-6 inches below your bent elbow. Nowadays with new technology and development, there are designs for adjustable heights of countertops if needed for certain purposes. Dining countertops vary anywhere from 29 inches to 42 inches.
Backsplashes should suit the needs of the particular area. The standard 4 inch backplash is easy to add, and as a rule is done with the same material as the countertop. The integral backsplash can be fabricated with the countertop, or a solid-surface backsplash can also be a separate piece.
But if the preference is tile, then most of the time, then there are many options for different designs using one type of tile or combination of regular and decorative tiles to give an accent to certain areas.
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