Published at Sunday, December 31st 2017. by Ancil Verdier in Flooring.
Use porcelain tiles to recreate the look of stone for less. Compared to stone, porcelain tiles are smoother and can create a more uniform finish to your kitchen flooring. You can find porcelain tiles in a variety of designs, colors and patterns. Some of the more recent trends in porcelain tiles involve a metallic finish.
Probably the most important aspect of a kitchen remodel is choosing the floor plan. When deciding on how to lay out your kitchen, you should really take the time to think about how your family uses the space and pick a plan that will be most functional for you. The floor plan in a kitchen consists mainly of the cabinets and island and perhaps a separate eat in area. There‘s basically 5 different "shapes" in which you can configure your cabinets.
In the simplest of kitchen you might find cabinets along one wall only. This could be practical if you have a long narrow kitchen. This is the least functional type of kitchen. If you have to have this type of plan, make sure the sink is in the center with the oven and fridge close by so the cook can easily prepare the food. Also make sure you have enough counter space between appliances - a common mistake is to put only 8" to a foot between appliances and there is not much you can do with that little space. This type of layout is not conducive to family gatherings in the kitchen unless you have a larger area where you can put a table and chairs - even then, your back will be to everyone as you are preparing the food.
Wooden floors in the kitchen need to have a protective coating to prevent the absorption of moisture and stains. Although most of the wood floor finishes available, today are suitable for kitchens, using a water-based clear finish is often recommended because they preserve the wood‘s colour and can be easily re-coated. The best water-based finish is a factory-applied, acrylic-impregnated finish that diffuses through the wood instead of just staying on the surface. Although acrylic coated floors are more expensive, they are stronger and require less maintenance. Also using satin sheen finish helps disguise dirt.
Concrete flooring options. Concrete floors are commonly found in newer homes. They are hard-wearing and can hold heat well. There are many ways to change the look of your concrete floors. Concrete can be polished, honed, stained with acid or colored with a powdered hardener to produce different shades of grays, whites, greens, reds and even yellows. The same material can also be used on countertops to match the look of your floors.
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