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And of course, the countertops: quartz, marble, granite, other kinds of stone? Or stainless steel, or recycled, or solid surface (whatever that is) or tiles? To help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing the right type of countertop material for your kitchen, here’s a list of the most popular and their pros and cons.
3. Be realistic What you see on reality TV renovation shows is not what you should expect in everyday life. It’s easy and so common to underestimate the time involved in renovating. So when you create a schedule for your renovation, consider all aspects of time: the spare time you have, the fatigue of renovating, allowing for rest, and how slow you can be when you are doing something for the first time. There are also a lot of hidden costs that can surprise – so don’t be naive. When a contractor asks if you would like additional elements or upgrades on products, always ask the question: how much will that cost and how much longer will it take? It is easy to assume they are offering it out of the kindness of their hearts – and that may be the case – but it is highly likely it will still be added to their invoice too.
The new dry kitchen and breakfast area delivers a bold statement, with its two-toned grey-blue carpentry and oversized brass pendant lamps. The Arabescato marble installed on the backsplash and countertops is quite a stunner, too. To round off the classic elegant style, the designers also custom-made Chippendale bar stools and used the cut silk velvet fabric that the owners fell in love with for the seat cushions. Pendant lamps: Circa Lighting
If bright bulbs are hung higher than this, keep in mind that you may be able to see inside the cover, even up to the bulb.