In nearly every Utah home, granite countertops are prime real estate. But countertops are also easy to cover, whether it's with cute jars or with junk mail. But these uses aren't really what a countertop is for. So here are some tips to help you move the clutter elsewhere, and save your valuable space for cooking.
1. Hooks Walls have so much wasted storage space hidden on them. Grab some hooks and hang pots and lids from them. You can also hang cups, spoons, and fresh herbs. This will free up space on the counter or in the cupboards, which is the same thing, since if there is space in the cabinets, the clutter can go in there instead of on the counter.
2. Magnets for Knives Knife blocks are also space eaters on countertops. So another thing you can attach to the wall is a magnet or mounter knife holder so they are still in easy reach, but off the counter. Just make sure rack is high enough off the ground that small children can't reach the knives.
3. Shelves When you think of shelves in the kitchen, you probably think of the cupboards or the pantry, but you can also put a recessed shelf behind the stove, or put small shelves on the wall under the cabinets. These small shelves can hold spices or other small items that steal space, forcing appliances to live on the counter instead of hiding in the cabinets.
4. Bins Make a mail bin, a homework bin(s), or bins for other important papers. Then instead of sitting on the counter, taking valuable space, you have a special place for all the papers. This should also help minimize the cries of "Where's my homework?" or "We forgot to pay the cable bill!"
5. Cover the Sink or Stove Sometimes when in the kitchen, you don't actually need the sink or the stove top (like when baking) but you need more countertop space. So turn the sink and/or stovetop into a counter. There are covers or cutting boards specifically designed for this type of use, or you can have a custom cover build that fits your stovetop and sink exactly.
Granite countertop space is a valuable commodity in the kitchen, and it can disappear quickly. But if you take the time to organize and plan, you can easily free up your countertops.
The signs of spring are unmistakable: the snow begins to melt, robins start to poke around the yard, and the air smells fresher and cleaner. With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to take on that Salt Lake kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming about all winter. Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best values in home improvement: after all, it is the nerve center of every Utah home and the one room in the house that gets near-constant use. Here are some Salt Lake kitchen remodel tips for spring that will help you get the work and living center you’ve always wanted.
Tip #1: Countertops
If you only remodel one part of your kitchen this spring, make it the countertops. Everything happens on these kitchen surfaces: from food preparation to storage to kids’ homework; and you want to have countertops that are as durable under all this use as they are beautiful. When it comes to Utah countertops, natural stone continues to rule the industry: homeowners love the look and the strength of the different varieties of these materials, and they add instant class to any style home. So for best value and return on your investment, go with granite, marble, travertine, soapstone, or limestone; and insist on natural-honed products, not factory-made or fired.
Tip #2: Create More Work Space
As long as you’re redoing your countertops, you may want to consider adding more work space. Island work stations continue to be a popular part of any Salt Lake kitchen remodel, but they are more multi-functional than ever. Instead of just installing a plain countertop, consider including a sink or cooking surface for greater ease in food preparation. Of course, depending on the size of your space, you’ll also be able to add more square footage of natural stone surfaces to use for kneading bread, making cookies or carving that turkey!
If you don’t have an all-purpose bar in your kitchen yet, it’s easy to enlarge and transform an existing counter space into something more functional. Today’s kitchens are as much about congregating as they are about cooking. A nice wide counter with coordinating bar stools can act as an extra eating area, homework completion zone, or place to hang out for your teenagers. If you’re going to redo your countertops, you might as well create more useable work space too.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget Storage
Can you ever have “enough” storage in your kitchen? Even if your existing cabinets are still OK, you may want to reorganize their interiors to be more user-friendly. There are plenty of pull-out draw options and other organizers on the market today that are easy to install and can make a huge difference.
For the very best in Utah countertops, make sure to visit with the natural stone professionals at Bedrock Quartz: they will turn your wintertime remodeling dreams into a springtime reality.
If you are a new home builder, remodeler, or condominium and apartment complex developer, you know that the quality of your contractors and sub-contractors can make or break your project. Bedrock Quartz Surfaces, a premier provider of Utah countertops, has earned a reputation for excellence in the building community thanks to their total commitment to providing high quality products and having them ready when they’re needed.
Here are 6 reasons why home builders and Utah kitchen remodeling professionals should choose Bedrock Quartz Surfaces for all their countertop needs.
Visit with the professionals at Bedrock Quartz Surfaces today and see why we are a leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of top-notch Utah countertops.
It’s a New Economy out there: folks everywhere are tightening their belts and living by that old adage: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” But if your kitchen is already worn out and needs help, are there still changes you can make that are affordable? The answer is a resounding YES!
For many homeowners the concept of gutting their whole kitchen and creating an entirely new room has been put on the back burner till the economy starts to upswing again. But there are kitchen remodeling steps you can take right now that will make a huge difference in this all-important room without having to resort to breaking your piggy bank. Here are 5 hot and affordable kitchen remodeling trends for the fall of 2010:
You may not have room in your budget for an entire kitchen make-over right now: but you can help the heart of your home look better, one baby remodeling step at a time! Visit our showroom today to see what’s hot in countertops and utah kitchen remodeling; and we’ll show you how we can help you create some remodeling magic!
When getting ready for a trip, most people make a list of items they will need, then find those items, then pack them in the suitcase(s) and then head to the car. It would seem silly to take items to the car as they were thought of, simply throwing them in the back. Somethings might end up forgotten, and the items might not all fit. Being organized for a trip just makes sense.
Being organized in the kitchen makes a lot of sense too. So much sense, in fact, that there is a special term, mise en place, to describe the procedure. Mise en place is French, and roughly translated it means, "put in place, set in place." The idea of mise en place is that before you start cooking, you put your ingredients and other tools in place on the countertop(s). This entails three basic steps.
1. List of Ingredients One of the first things that needs checked is that all the ingredients are available. It can ruin a dish if a spice is missing or if a trip to the grocery store is required right in the middle of frying zucchini. Professional chefs and restaurants normally have an specific set of recipes they create, so they receive or buy the ingredients on a schedule. Home cooks can implement this by making a meal plan for the week, then listing the ingredients they will need, and then take the list with them on a weekly shopping trip. This saves time and fuel and creates less stress.
2. Tools Another part of mise en place is having the tools required out and ready. For professionals, this means having sharp knives, lots of cutting boards, bowls, pans, pots, and other tools, like a potato masher or sieve. At home, the same concept applies. If the plan is braised chicken and a cooked vegetable mix, then having a pan for the chicken, a knife and cutting board for both the chicken and the veggies, and any other things needed, like spices or broth, before a single thing is done in the kitchen means that the actual cooking time will be less.
3. Measuring and Preparing One part of working in a professional kitchen that most people never see is all the preparation that happens before the doors open every day. Prep cooks are charged with dicing and slicing vegetables fruits, and herbs, measuring out the correct amounts of spices and broths, cutting and/or precooking the meats and other tasks that make the tasks of the chefs easier. Cooking shows do this too. The host rarely touches a measuring cup; instead they pick up a bowl with the right amount of the item already in it. At home, it is a good idea to do the same thing. Taking some time on the weekend to do some of the preparation for meals the coming week makes things easier during the week. Then when doing any recipe, home cooks can also copy the professionals by measuring out all the ingredients before they start cooking. Again, this makes the cooking process run smoother, and it also helps to make sure ingredients aren't missed or added twice.
Mise en place sounds fancy, but it's really a simple, important process that professional chefs and home cooks alike can use to streamline the cooking process.
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