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Quartz Countertops

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As far as Kitchen remodeling goes you have multiple different aspects that must be paid attention to. Besides cabinetry, flooring, paint, and furniture you have counter tops to worry about.

If you want something well worth the money you should try quartz counter tops. Not only are you going to get an immaculate addition to your newly redone kitchen. You will be choosing a natural product with elegant charm. Its natural beauty will help complete your new kitchen. It comes in many different colors some companies even offer up to 50 different color choices. Ranging from dark to light color you will have more than enough to choose from to make your kitchen remodel a success.

One place to find the quartz countertops would be a local home center such as a Lowes Home Improvement, or a Home Depot. You can also call local remodeling business in your area and see if they can provide you with local quartz counter top providers. Be sure to shop around and get the best price and quality. Don’t settle with looking at just one company you need to look at a few different places also see if you can get a discount on installation if you order from a certain company. Prices usually range from $50-$90 installed.

Quartz counter tops must be professionally installed. They are also very hygienic and a great surface for cooking and preparing food on. Quartz is heavier than other stone tops such as granite but it is also more durable. Quartz is also more flexible than other stones which makes instillation easier and faster. Common brands and providers of quartz counter tops are Caesarstone, Zodiac, Silestone, Technistone, Legacy, Cambria but they are not limited to that.

Quartz counter tops are stain resistant to items such as wine, fruit juices, liquid food coloring, tea, nail polish and remover, and felt-tip markers. Other Counter top materials are not as resistant to stains. It can be damaged by high heat or prolonged exposure to heat. With any other stone or surface material, strong chemicals and solvents such as Drano, Liquid Plumber, oven cleaners and floor strippers will damage the surface. So be very careful when cleaning your new counter tops or things around it. Continuous long-term exposure to direct sunlight may result in slight discoloration of Quartz Stone countertops.

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My kitchen: the Before pictures

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Here are the pictures of my kitchen in its “before” state.

Kitchen when I viewed the house before buying

First, here’s how it looked when I viewed the house before buying. There’s a black dishwasher in place, the range is sitting properly between base cabinets, it’s ugly (and dirty, though you can’t see that) but there’s a 6ft clear counter run and plenty of storage. The fridge is only a few years old.

East (dining room) end of kitchen

Here’s how it looked as I was moving in. The dishwasher has vanished and the hole is boarded up.

Old range and kitchen sink

The range has been pulled out into the middle of the floor and it won’t go back between the cabinets. Between my 6′ 3″ friend and I, we tried real hard, but it wouldn’t go. There was a piece missing off the end of the (almost new) countertop beside it, too. I later found out that an electrician who had been called in to fix the supply wiring to the range while the house was up for sale, had had to cut the counter top in order to get the range out, it was glued in so thoroughly by grease and food-goo. The reason we couldn’t get it to go back in was that the second oven, the one at the top, wouldn’t fit between the upper cabinets (which had been cut years before to get it in, but not with enough clearance. Or maybe they were built around it originally and were cut to get it out. Whatever. There was no bottom shelf to the cabinet over the range.)

Looking all the way along the kitchen

You can see from this that the kitchen is quite long – 16 feet. It’s a pity that the range and sink are, to my mind, the wrong way round: I want to move from prep at the sink, to cooking at the range, to serving into the dining room, all in the same direction. Not finish cooking at the far end near the back door!

The old range sticking out into the kitchen

Here’s the old range in all its glory. It had originally been harvest gold, but then painted white with flat latex paint, and the white was peeling off. It actually functioned quite well (I liked the eye-level oven), and it even came with all the parts to a rotisserie attachment, but it had to go. Off to a friend’s cabin it went.

The new (to me) kitchen range

I replaced it with a lightly used Kenmore self-cleaning convection range. I don’t mind the curly-wurly burners, they work just fine (and I hate the way things get baked on those smooth ceramic range tops) and I love the convection oven. AND it fits all the way back against the wall between the cabinets!

Next up: the weird lacy cabinet handles and the carpeted toekick!

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