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What Is Sintered Stone? 
 
Embarking on a kitchen redesign project is a very exciting endeavour, but one that requires a lot of research and planning before the first tile can be laid, so you know that you’ve spent your money wisely and will enjoy your new investment for years to come. 
 
Material choice is a top consideration where your kitchen worktops are concerned and you’ll find you have a lot of options available to you, everything from granite and marble to quartz and natural stone. But there is one product out there that you may not have considered before - and that’s sintered stone countertops. 
 
This type of stone is similar to quartz in that it’s made from a base of natural stone but, unlike quartz, it’s made from nothing but natural materials, which makes it very strong and durable… so absolutely perfect for use in the kitchen. 
 
It’s vital that your worktops are very hard-wearing, especially if you do a lot of cooking at home, and sintered stone is very resistant to scratching and abrasion, as well as being resistant to high temperatures and high weight loads, so you won’t have to worry about it not being able to withstand heavy use. 
 
Another plus point with sintered stone that makes it perfect for use in the kitchen is how hygienic the surface is. It doesn’t release any harmful substances, so you don’t have to worry about it coming into contact with food. 
 
It’s also incredibly versatile and it can be used in other areas of your home, not just your worktops. It can serve as shelving and flooring, among other applications, so the only limit is your imagination! 
 
Check out the Better Homes & Gardens website for some kitchen design inspiration. 
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5 Top Tips For A Kitchen Remodel 

 
Renovating the kitchen can be a lot of fun, but as with any home improvements, it’s essential that you plan the project out properly so you know you’re going to like the end result, that it will add value to your home and that you won’t waste any money on fixtures and fittings that you won’t enjoy in a few months’ time. 
 
Bear in mind that a complete overhaul of your kitchen space is a big undertaking and it can be costly, so budgeting is vital or you could find yourself seriously out of pocket. 
 
Decide what you want to spend money on and where you’re happy to cut back a bit, such as investing heavily in granite worktops and lighting (advisable), and opting for bargains on your kitchen sink taps, for example. 
 
Once you have a budget in mind, the fun can really begin. It’s a good idea to go and visit some showrooms and shops to get an idea of how much items are likely to cost and what you’re able to afford. Don’t forget to do some online research as well, as you may well pick up a few design ideas along the way. 
 
The layout of your kitchen is an important consideration, as well. Think about how you intend to use the space, as this will inform all sorts of decisions later down the line. There are all sorts of apps out there that could prove particularly beneficial if you find yourself coming unstuck. 
 
You’re also sure to want to do some of the work yourself but only tackle those jobs you know you have the skills and experience to carry out properly, or you could end up damaging your home and costing yourself a lot more money into the bargain. 
 

5 Benefits Of Granite Worktops 

 
When you’re redesigning your kitchen, one of your main considerations has to be the kind of material you want for your kitchen countertops. If you do a lot of cooking and you know they’re going to be in constant use, you need to make sure that you have something hardwearing that will really stand the test of time. 
 
In this instance, granite worktops may well be the very best choice for you and your home. The material is an incredibly durable option and will handle whatever you choose to throw at it, resistant to scratches, as well as heat - so it’s perfect for use near your stove. 
 
Because it’s so resistant to heat, you won’t need to worry about putting hot cups of coffee down on surfaces and you also have nothing to worry about where stains are concerned either, as long as the granite has been properly sealed. Once this has been done, the granite won’t absorb any liquid, looking as good as new for years to come. 
 
It may seem like a bit of an investment - be aware that granite can be more expensive than other materials - but once it’s bought and paid for, you won’t need to replace it and it should last for as long as you want to have it as a feature in your kitchen space. 
 
In terms of aesthetics, you also really get what you pay for with granite. It’s a very luxurious material and will really elevate your interiors, so if you want both style and substance, granite could certainly be the way to go. 
 

What is The Difference Between Quartz, Marble, Granite and Sintered Stone? 

A stone worktop adds a lovely luxurious finish to a kitchen, not to mention providing a hard- wearing feature that should last for years to come. But what is the right stone for your kitchen surfaces? Here are some of the main differences between the most widely used types of stone. 
 
Granite worktops are made from 100% natural sawn stone. They look stunning, adding a timeless elegance to any kitchen. They are super hard wearing, scratch resistant, and can handle hot pots and pans with no trouble. However, granite is a porous material which requires proper and regular sealing to prevent staining. 
 
A marble worktop is also completely natural stone, and brings an opulent beauty to any room. It is also porous, and because it is generally a light colour, staining can be an issue if not carefully maintained. It is also relatively soft, making it more prone to chips and cracks than granite. 
 
Quartz, also known as ‘engineered stone’, is typically composed of 90% crushed quartz mineral and 10% pigments and resin binders. It has a similar appearance to natural stone, but is available in a greater range of textures and colours. 
 
A quartz worktop is non-porous, meaning it doesn’t require regular sealing and is more stain-proof. It can be cleaned with mild detergents, and won’t harbour bacteria. It is however much less heat-resistant than granite. 
 
Sintered stone is natural stone which has been transformed by intense heat and pressure to form a hard mass of material. It is non-porous like quartz, but far more heat-resistant, so you can put hot pans on it. It is also harder and much less prone to cracks or chips than granite or marble. 
 
There are many plus points for each type of material. Some people love the unique look and feel of natural sawn stone, and with careful maintenance it will endure for years. Others prefer the greater choice of colour and ease of care that more processed materials offer. 
 
If you need any advice about choosing a kitchen countertop, then contact your local supplier today
 
4 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes 
 
As with any big interior design project, a kitchen makeover requires an awful lot of planning to make sure that you’re going to like the end result and also that you will be left with a functional living space that works hard for you and your family. 
 
The look and layout have to be well considered, or you may well find that this important room of the house doesn’t meet your particular needs. 
 
One of the most common mistakes often made with kitchen design is not thinking about the floor plan and whether your kitchen will be serving as a thoroughfare into another room. If you have a narrow space to work with, make sure you think about your worktops and cabinets, so that they don’t protrude and make it hard to navigate your way through. 
 
Talking of countertops, you need to make sure you plan enough space upon which to work. You need to have room to make your meals, store appliances, do the washing up and so on… so factor this in at the beginning. 
 
Another mistake that is often made is not providing enough storage space, beyond the typical kitchen cabinets. Make sure you use the available space effectively, whether that’s with magnetic panels on unused walls or pull-out storage options to maximise what you’ve got. 
 
It’s also easy to get the lighting wrong but it’s essential that you give this a lot of thought, as the kitchen is a very functional space and needs to be lit accordingly. You’ll need task lighting for preparing food, for example, as well as softer lights for any dining areas you may have. 
 
Considering sintered stone countertops? Get in touch with Manimpex today. 
 

How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa 

Having somewhere to escape to, where you can get away from the stresses of everyday life, is becoming increasingly important at the moment, with all that’s going on in the world at the moment. Being able to switch off and indulge in a bit of self-care can truly be reviving - and one of the best ways to do this is to transform your bathroom into a luxurious spa. 
 
Nothing quite says luxury like underfloor heating, so perhaps have this installed if it’s within your budget to do so. You’ll love nothing more than getting up in the morning (especially during the winter months) and feeling that warm floor beneath your feet. 
 
Material choice is also very important when it comes to creating an at-home spa in your bathroom and, in fact, it can make or break the space. 
 
Look out for the likes of quartz, granite, natural or sintered stone, and you can’t go wrong. These all look wonderful in bathrooms and they’re durable as well as beautiful, so you can continue to enjoy them for years to come. 
 
And don’t forget about the lighting scheme in this part of the house. Lighting systems have a big impact on the look and feel of your rooms, so consider having up and down lighting, as well as a dimmer switch installed so you can create a really calming space in which to relax. 
 
Have a strong overhead light or task lighting around the mirror and sink area so you can see what you’re doing, but make sure that you have options where lighting is concerned. 
 
For help designing your luxury stone bathroom, get in touch with Manimpex today. 
 

Why Choose Natural Stone For Your Kitchen? 

 
The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms for remodelling and refurbishment projects in the UK, and there is an endless selection of options for materials and style to choose from. While some modern countertop materials have some benefits, the advantages of natural stone are nearly endless, and it will never go out of style. 
 
Many people have been refreshing their homes and kitchens during the lockdowns, and opting for easy and inexpensive ways to give the busiest room in the house a whole new look. But for a material that will last as long as your home, and still be in-demand feature decades from now, natural stone is the material to opt for. 
 
Here are some of the benefits of using natural stone in your kitchen. 
 
Eco-friendly 
We are all wanting to do more to protect the planet, and natural stone is a sustainable material. While modern alternatives may be cheaper and easier to install, they often contain chemical and plastics that contribute to greenhouse gases, do not have the same lifespan as stone, and often cannot be recycled at the end of their use. 
 
Durability and sanitary 
Stone makes the ideal material on which to prepare meals as it is durable and sanitary. It is naturally highly resistant to bacteria and can be sealed for even greater protection. It also is very resistant to heat damage and is scratch-resistant, maintaining its beauty for much longer than the alternatives. 
 
Attractive to Buyers 
Natural stone adds luxury to the kitchen, making it very desirable to homebuyers. The durability of stone and minimal maintenance adds to the marketability of your home. If you are going to invest in your home to increase its value, then the kitchen is the place to do it. 
 
If you’re looking for granite kitchen worktops for your refurbishment project, visit our site today
 
 

The Kitchen Styles To Look Out For In 2021 

Are you thinking about a kitchen renovation in 2021 and one that’s going to grab all the likes on Instagram? 
 
According to a study of US kitchens from Wren Kitchens, the way to go for the coming year is for modern-style kitchens, featuring granite or quartz worktops. 
 
The kitchen firm analysed 50,000 Instagram posts from around the US and found that modern kitchens with strong angles and lines were ranking high as a top choice for Instagram using interior designers in late-2020, leading to predictions that they will become a favoured trend for 2021. 
 
The report from the company said: “The modern kitchen style featuring a simple and sleek design was found to be the most Instagrammable style of 2020, with 44,458 posts.” 
 
It added that specific details within the kitchen such as granite and quartz gained 49,619 and 23,652 hashtags respectively throughout 2020 on the popular social media site. 
 
A modern, monochromatic colour scheme appears to be the thinking too for kitchen design, with white getting tagged 48,753 times, followed by black with 27,528. 
 
A search on Instagram for #ModernKitchen will fill your feed with streamlined black and white kitchens with silver-toned accents, as well as a mix of wood, stone and tiled textures. 
 
It certainly doesn’t mean the end of farmhouse style kitchens though, as they came in second place in kitchen aesthetics with 20,364 tagged posts, but a search will reveal that the black and white theme continues in the rustic styled kitchens, as do granite worktops. 
 
Why not get the best of both worlds by choosing a ‘modern farmhouse’ look for your kitchen redesign. Clean lines with character, neutral colours with natural textures, chippy paint paired with streamline appliances, and natural stone worktops. 
 
If you need granite worktops in the Watford area, then get in touch today
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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