Best Ideas and Solutions for Your Small Kitchen

Best Ideas and Solutions for Your Small Kitchen

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] It may seem impossible to get creative with a small space, but with a little imagination and inspiration, you can make your small kitchen look like a work of art. Just an inch of space can spur miles of ideas. Here are some solutions and ideas to make the most of your small kitchen and keep you cooking in style.

Art

Do not be shy about using paintings and portraits to dress up bare kitchen walls. These do not need to be restricted to a living room or hallway. Use images of food or restaurant inspired pictures to get your appetite going.

Lights

If you do not have much wall space to work with, then try dressing up the ceilings instead. Inset lights can easily be used in a kitchen, but hanging light fixtures add so much more personality to the area.

Plants

Liven up space by adding fresh, small plants for a pop of colour and some movement. Winding vines and flowing leaves add texture to plain walls and counters. You could even make this addition more practical by planting herbs and having them within an arms reach as you cook.

Embrace the Old

Instead of covering up old brick walls or re-doing vintage tile, consider working with it instead. Older accessories do not have to look dated.

Experiment with Materials

Leather, chalkboard, and classic moulding may not seem appropriate for a kitchen, but they can be used creatively to make something unique. Consider leather handles for drawers, a chalkboard wall to write your grocery list on, or fancy moulding to help your kitchen stand out from the rest.

Colours

A splash of paint can drastically change the vibe of a room. Neutrals are typical for a kitchen so trying adding colour in different ways. You could keep the top cabinets and walls neutral and paint the drawers a bright colour. Using a vivid colour for part of a kitchen avoids overwhelming a small space. If bright colours are not your thing, trying incorporating metallics as an accent or use a colour like rose gold all over to make the space sparkle.

Shelves

One of the most inconvenient things about a small kitchen is the lack of storage space. If you cannot build out, you might be able to build up instead. Add shelving above your cabinets if you have the space to spare.

Keep it Simple

Sometimes, it is best to opt for a simple colour palette to keep the area as light and airy as possible. Using one or two neutrals is especially beneficial in a narrow space.

Soft Touches

If your home or apartment is an open concept where you have rooms spilling into each other, consider adding drapery. Your space will feel cozier than if you were to use solid blinds. And, translucent curtains can still let some light in making your home appear bigger.

Create Cabinetry

If you run out of wall and counter space, tap into your ceilings potential. A hanging bar with hooks can hold dozens of pots, pans, and kitchen tools saving you precious pantry space. You could also bring in storage space with a rolling rack or cart that can either sit against a wall or act as a mini island. Temporary fixtures are an excellent option for renters. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

5 Premium Quartz Countertops that Look Like Marble

5 Premium Quartz Countertops that Look Like Marble

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="justified" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Marble as a construction material has a charm like none other. It has been immortalized in the pages of history through the magnificent Taj Mahal in India among other famous structures worldwide. Centuries later, the Taj Mahal continues to command regal presence over all other modern structures just as it did back then. Today, marble continues to upgrade the look of home interiors with a variety of choices in colours and styles. Marble countertops can withstand a range of temperatures and weather conditions, and lasts a lifetime. However, integrating marble into a home is expensive. It is also high-maintenance and has low resistance to stains. If you are looking to revamp your kitchen, you may want to consider quartz countertops that look like marble.

Advantages of Quartz

● Quartz is more durable than marble. ● It resists scratches, spots and stains better, even though it may not be as heat-resistant. ● Quartz is non-porous. It does not harbour bacteria, hence makes the perfect countertops. ● Quartz is aesthetic. It comes in a wide range of colours, looks and styles. ● There are quartz countertops that look just like granite or marble. It’s hard to tell the difference. If you are looking for a cool, classic look that’s cheaper, easier to maintain and lasts just as long, quartz countertops that look like marble might be for you.

Quartz is More Easily Available than Marble

Quartz is more widely available than marble. It also comes in a wider variety of colours. This is because marble is a natural stone that needs to be mined from the quarries hence available in limited quantities. Quartz is a manufactured stone that is made from the mineral quartz which is abundantly available. The manufacturing process ensures consistency in colours and designs. Below are a few quartz countertops that look just like marble. 1. Calacatta Vicenza Quartz: This premium quartz is available in soft shades of gray and white with blends of gray, brown and white weaved through the surface to make it look like marble. This stone is the best of both worlds because it requires no maintenance. 2. Carrara Grigio Quartz: Quite like Carrara Marble, Carrara Quartz makes a soothing statement in white or soft gray. It is perfect for statement islands, countertops and backsplashes. 3. Cashmere Carrara Quartz: If you love the ivory and alabaster look of marble, you will love this quartz. Use it for countertops, backsplashes or floors. They are available in 2cm to 3cm polished slabs. 4. Glacier White Quartz: This milky-white quartz blends white and muted grey to make a soothing countertop in residential and commercial applications. Use it for countertops, backsplashes, flooring and walls for a pristine look. 5. Romano White Quartz: This premium natural quartz features gray and white veins and flecks in an elegant white surface. Use it to create aesthetic countertops, islands, accent walls or backsplashes

Leenlong Construction Limited, Langley: Premium Quartz Countertops

Engineered quartz, made with 90 to 94 percent ground quartz and 6-10 percent of resin and pigments is one of the newest favourite materials to create kitchen countertops. Quartz with a marble look brings you the best of both worlds. This premium countertop that resembles natural stone is resistant to abrasion, scratches and other issues that plague marble countertops, is easy to clean with soap and water and resistant to bacteria and viruses. Here at Leenlong, we carry many different brands, colours and textures of quartz that are sure to meet the specifications for your next project. Visit our showroom for a closer look through the entire range. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

The Best Countertops for Outdoor Kitchens

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, you want it to both look good as well as function. Choosing something that will not only look good but will also survive the outdoor conditions is something that will go a long way into making your outdoor kitchen something unusual. You need to think of the sunlight, the rain, the temperature, and other outdoor conditions when you are choosing your outdoor kitchen countertop. If you are looking for different types of countertops to use in your outdoor kitchen, read on.   Kitchen Quartz Countertops Surrey  

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a very durable countertop material. They feature a wide variety of styles and colours which makes them one of the best outdoor countertop materials for a wide range of different situations. The countertops should be the go-to choice for anyone looking for a safe option that will provide a look that can fit a wide variety of different conditions. Quartz is a regularly chosen material for kitchen countertops both indoor and out. The look of quartz is timeless and elegant, providing your kitchen with a modern look that will help to tie together your outdoor kitchen.

Marble

If you are looking for a convenient and comfortable countertop material, then marble may not be your best choice in an outdoor kitchen. Marble as a stone is something that can provide a beautiful and clean look to any indoor kitchen. However, in an exterior environment, the marble countertops do not have what it takes to survive the outdoor environment. The weather conditions are not kind of marble, and the stone can quickly be ruined. Stick to keeping the marble indoors where it can be protected from the elements.

Granite

Granite is a beautiful choice for any outdoor countertop. Granite is a sturdy material that can withstand anything that nature may decide to throw at it. Granite has a very luxurious appearance and is something that can be picked up if you want a high-end look for your outdoor kitchen. With proper care, a granite countertop can be long-lasting and become a focal point of your outdoor kitchen.

Dekton

A synthesized countertop material, Dekton is the latest in countertop technologies that is sure to bring you the very best. It features a unified look, and a offers a robust and resistant surface that is sure to handle what you throw at it. Dekton is UV resistant, abrasion resistant, and is also resistant to extreme heat and cold. If you are looking for a countertop material that will be there to provide you with a long-lasting look for your outdoor countertop, you can’t go wrong with Dekton. If you are installing an outdoor kitchen and want your next custom made countertop, then look to the professionals at Leen Long. We provide a custom fabrication service that will allow us to create the perfect countertop for whatever your project may bring you. We offer clean cuts and the ability to create any look. If you want to see what we have to provide you with, come into our showroom, and we will be happy to help you.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

Winter is Coming! Give a New Look to Your Kitchen Before Christmas

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section" transparent_background="on" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" custom_padding="|||20px" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" use_grid_padding="on" width_unit="on" custom_padding="|||20px" padding_mobile="off" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" make_equal="off" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off" column_padding_mobile="on"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_margin="|||20px" custom_padding="|||20px"] Whenever a new season comes around, it’s likely that sometimes you feel as if you want a change to signify a fresh start. One great way to change the layout of your kitchen before Christmas is to change your kitchen countertop. Usually, it’s time to upgrade when your countertops no longer match the overall design of your home and have become difficult to maintain. If you’ve made the decision to replace your countertops, here are some things worth considering:

Replace or Repair?

If you still like the material of your countertops and that your budget is a bit tight, think about repairing your existing countertop instead of doing a full-on replacement. Laminate countertops could be polished to erase any scratches, as well as could be painted, re-laminated and tiled for a more updated look. If you have a stone countertop that is chipped, they can be repaired by saving the fragments and adhering them in place with glues. No matter the type of countertop you have, you should be able to find a cost-effective way to revitalize it.

Measure Correctly

Before the tape measure gets taken out, make a rough sketch that represents the countertop placement in your kitchen. Mark off sections of the countertop such as:
  • Continuous countertops
  • Sink countertops
  • Peninsula and island countertops
Measure each length of the countertop by the depth and write the measurements onto the sketch. Find out each section’s square footage, and then add up all the numbers to determine the total square footage of materials needed. This will help estimate and compare the costs of different materials, which in turn will help you find the best countertop that suits both your budget and your design dream for the kitchen.

Other Considerations

If you want to completely replace the countertops, there are some other things to consider. Are you planning to replace your laminate or ceramic countertops with stone or concrete? If that is the case, you want to make sure that your cabinets can support those heavier countertops. If no, you might have to consider that your cabinets might need reinforcing supports at the base, back, sides and top to properly support the new countertops. Also, when considering the different countertop materials, think of their maintenance needs, as well as the attributes they have. Granite and Marble countertops often need to be periodically resealed and polished to stay durable, while Quartz, stainless-steel, other solid surfacing and laminate countertops don’t need any sealing and polishing. If you are considering a soapstone countertop, which is porous and unsealed, they require a special cleaning, which needs to be treated with mineral oil a few times a year. This also applies to wooden and concrete countertops as well, depending on their original finish. If you still need some help on how to revamp your kitchen countertop for the Christmas holidays, give Leen Long a call! We’d be happy to help.   All credit goes to Leen Long Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]

Quartz, Granite, Marble – Which is the Best Option for Your Countertop?

[tm_pb_section admin_label="section"][tm_pb_row admin_label="row"][tm_pb_column type="4_4"][tm_pb_text admin_label="Text" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_margin="|||20px" custom_padding="|||20px"] Granite, marble and quartz are very appealing and functional materials for kitchen countertops. They are highly durable and long-lasting, not to mention that they are cut, crafted and polished to add a beauty to the kitchen. Each material has its own grains, flecks and color variations, which means that if you have a particular style in mind, keep this as a consideration. Both marble and granite are made entirely of natural stone, while quartz has partial additives. Kitchen Countertop

Granite

Granite is considered to be one of the more common and preferred countertop materials because it is very solid, durable and resistant to stains. It is optimal for being located in the kitchen due to its ability to withstand the high heat that is associated with cooking and servicing food, as well as doesn’t show any watermarks. The granite is difficult to break, crack or scratch with the normal wear and tear. It also comes in a range of colors such as tan, gray, yellow-gold, off-white, taupe and more. However, because it is a natural stone, the color and style options are limited (especially in comparison to quartz). Granite is a good low-maintenance countertop because it doesn’t fade or discolor over time, and is not as sensitive to cleaning chemicals. It does require the occasional upkeep such as sealants to ensure its longevity and luster.

Quartz

Quartz offers all of the benefits of granite, except that it isn’t completely natural. These countertops are usually made of a majority of quartz, and some resin (with dyes for coloration). Without the color enhancements, quartz can be seen as dull. However, if you want a countertop that requires no maintenance whatsoever, and does not require top coat applications, quartz is for you. The composition of quartz is more or less the same so it doesn’t have as many natural grains, flecks or veins like granite or marble.

Marble

Marble countertops are well made and very solid, but they are the least forgiving when compared to granite and quartz. Marble is the most porous material of the three and is sensitive to acidic liquids and chemical cleaners. A good example is wine. Wine can stain a marble countertop if it isn’t wiped away fast enough. A high-grade sealant is required to protect the surface, and must only be done by manufacturers or installation specialists. Be aware that if you choose marble for the kitchen you will be dealing with more maintenance than usual, as well as with unique, unpredictable veining and natural modeling in the overall aesthetic.

Cost

Granite, quartz and marble are more expensive than the countertop alternatives of laminate, wood, tile or concrete. Each material is available in a range of quality levels, so make sure to research manufacturers to ensure that you are getting a good investment. Usually, quartz is slightly more expensive than granite, and marble is more expensive than granite. The most cost-effective option could be quartz because of the zero upkeep, or it could be granite depending on your style preferences.   All credit goes to LeenLong Construction Ltd. [/tm_pb_text][/tm_pb_column][/tm_pb_row][/tm_pb_section]