Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops

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Image credit: HGTV

Stainless steel countertops are great for prepping food and really easy to clean. Plus they are durable and heat resistant. We came across a really good article from HGTV on stainless steel countertops. This is our overview of the article.

Stainless steel countertops are usually custom fit to any area of your kitchen. There are many different finishes from polished to brushed to hammered. Stainless steel countertops can make your kitchen appear larger because of the reflective surface. 

Image credit:  HGTV

Image credit: HGTV

Pros: The material is durable, long-lasting, eco-friendly, won't fade in color or chip. It won't hold any stains and heat won't damage it.

Cons: It will show fingerprints and can be noisy, scratched or dented. It also requires a certain cleaner.

If stainless steel doesn't appeal to you, there are other metals available. Other options include copper, pewter, zinc and bronze.

Read the full article on HGTV here.

Be Creative in Hiding Your Outlets

Electrical outlets can be designed to be hidden or placed in a area to utilize a certain space. In a kitchen there are many times where an outlet placed on the side of an island or even a strip of outlets either on the island or under overhangs can be useful. Backslashes that are bar height often will have an outlet or two. This is a very common place for them. Outlets can also be hidden behind drawer fronts to camouflage and keep a distinct design.

Bathrooms sometimes have hidden outlets, sometimes in drawers, above or inside a cabinet.   You typically see outlets in odd places in your kitchen than bathroom but they technically can be hidden anywhere in the home. Ask you remodeler to be creative in hiding your outlet in an inconspicuous place.