Floors

The Benefits of a Kitchen Island

bigstock-Bar-stools-at-breakfast-bar-in-49170038On Super Bowl Sunday people will raid the kitchens of relatives and friends for the second biggest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. In addition to the 1.25 billion chicken wings and 48 million take out pizzas that will be consumed, the internet is full of recipes for Super Bowl party foods. Considering the amount of food and people a multi-functional and aesthetically pleasing island turns your kitchen into a social centerpiece. An island allows face to face interaction while cooking or preparing food and not staring at a wall.

Previously believed to be a fad a central placed island continues to be a desired and popular addition for kitchens. The size of your kitchen will determine the best and most effective island design plan. With a larger kitchen plan the island can include stove and range fixtures. This enables a person to cook a meal with access to view the room 365 degrees. Also available at this size is an island for use as a breakfast bar, which is convenient for a quick meal and is easy to clean. Additional options include a second sink, oven or dishwasher.

For a smaller kitchen an island provides a great area for extra storage. The use of open and closed storage provides shelves for cookbooks, pots and pans, and drawers for utensils, lids, silverware and dish towels. Even without changing the location of a major appliance, a small kitchen can be used for food preparation or as a breakfast bar.

A kitchen island ensures that a host can cook and clean while socializing with party guests and family. It also allows a family to watch their young children while preparing a meal. The ability to relocate an integral part of the kitchen to an island increases personal interaction between family and friends.

To discuss the island design plan that best suits your kitchen stop by our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave or contact us 718-273-6233.

Kitchen Flooring Options

bigstock-Open-plan-kitchen-with-living--48713600While weighing your options of the best floor type for your kitchen you need to be sure the flooring is durable, easy to clean, and aesthetically pleasing. With many options to consider your selection should adhere to the style of the kitchen furniture and the ambiance of your house. It should be noted that each floor contains pros and cons.

 

Ceramic tile is extremely durable and available in assorted color and styles to fit all budgets.  If dirtied of water, soda, sauce or mud, the low maintenance of tile allows a damp mop. Ceramic tile are available glazed or unglazed. Unlike glazed tiles, the most often used residential flooring, unglazed tiles need to be sealed annually and as often as 3 months in high-traffic areas. The hardened density of tile results in the shattering of glasses and dishes. Additionally, moisture increases the chance of slipping and the temperature of tile tends to remain colder.

 

Laminate is designed to imitate the look of wood or tile. It is hard-wearing and resists scratching, denting, fading. The durability and polyurethane padding make laminate a great choice for a house with small children or pets. Unfortunately laminate cannot be refinished and needs to be replaced when it begins to age.

 

Wood is versatile enough to be used in a contemporary or traditional setting. Many people believe wood, natural by existence, creates a warmth to their house. The ability to alter the tone and color of the wood to fit the appearance of the kitchen provides customers the opportunity to feel actively involved. At a time when style changes every other year, wood never goes out of style. Should a drink spill, the flooring needs to be wiped immediately as liquid can damage wood. While not as hard as a concrete or ceramic tile floor, it's not as resilient as vinyl. laminate or cork.

Vinyl’s main advantage used to be price. However, these days the range of designs and finishes, from the mimicking of stone, wood and ceramic tile, provides a pricey material look at a fraction of the cost. Vinyl resilient flooring is comfortable on the feet and easy to keep clean. The biggest complaint from customers is vinyl's susceptibility to scratches from dirt and grit as well as tears from sharp objects. Further concerns are the form of bubbles, curls, or dents and color fade from direct sunlight.

If you would like to discuss the kitchen flooring best for your circumstance please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.